Lib Dem News
Crime in England and Wales falls by 10% since 2010
New figures out today reveal that the number of crimes committed in England and Wales has fallen sharply since the Lib Dems entered the Coalition Government.
Overall crime is down by more than 10%, showing that Government efforts on police reform, pushed for by the Lib Dems, are working.
Nick Clegg launches the Lib Dem campaign to keep Britain IN Europe
Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today launched the Liberal Democrats’ 2014 European election campaign. The Liberal Democrats are now the only party truly campaigning to keep Britain IN Europe. Back our campaign here.
Tory plans to stop onshore wind shows their true colours
The Conservatives have today promised that they will NOT support onshore wind farms after the next election in a bid to shore up support from their right wing and UKIP defectors.
Having tried to cap onshore wind generation earlier this month (a plan which the Lib Dems blocked outright), this latest move shows that it is only the Liberal Democrats who are working in Government to tackle climate change.
The fight is on
Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Liberal Democrats’ 2014 European election campaign at a rally in Colchester.
The Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain IN Europe and protect 3 million British jobs. With UKIP trying to pull us out of Europe, and David Cameron and Ed Miliband too scared to mention Europe, it is Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats who are standing up for British interests and British jobs.
Vince Cable: Making higher apprenticeships the norm rather than a niche
Today, Vince Cable gave the Cambridge Public Policy Lecture, exploring how further and higher education can be brought closer together to create a “parity of esteem” between the sectors.
Nick Clegg: We need to sweep away Edwardian rules
Today, Nick Clegg spoke at the launch of the Cityfathers, a new forum for working fathers, on the need for radical change to create equal opportunities in our parental leave system.
Nick commented on the importance of change in modern society, where we now have the highest female employment rate on record. More parents choose to both earn and share childcare responsibility, but there is still an assumption that it is the father who works and the mother who cares for the children.
“But what about those households where the woman is the main earner? Or the families where a working father just wants to spend more time with his children, or both parents want to do their bit at home without sacrificing their careers?
In many ways, the system still treats these families as the exception not the norm.”
Ed Davey announces 8,500 green jobs
The Government has announced eight major renewable projects as part of electricity reforms, which will give a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.
The projects are delivering low-carbon, affordable and reliable power for the long-term that is better for the planet, consumers and the economy. By 2020, the projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs and will generate clean electricity to three million homes across the country.
Vince Cable warns business on ridiculous bonuses
Vince Cable has issued a warning to Britain’s top companies that they need to crack down on bonuses in order to rebuild trust.
The Business Secretary has written to the FTSE 100 members to remind them about the damage that big pay awards can have on their public image. He said pay levels at banks had been "ridiculous", which comes at a time when Barclays prepares to meet with it's shareholders this Thursday. Barclays came under fire earlier this year when it put £2.5 billion into its bonus pot, despite its dip in profits.
Vehicles of the future get £130 million investment
Vince Cable has announced £133 million of new investment into projects that will put Formula One technology into buses and diggers, developing the next generation of engines. These projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits.
Investment will go into the research and development into technologies for the vehicles of the future. This has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain.
The winning projects include Ford, GKN, Cummins and JCB, which have all received funding for projects to improve fuel efficiently and reduce carbon emissions.
Ed Davey: Energy Act will create 200,000 Green Jobs
Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour's legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected.
Government announces over 200 infrastructure projects
Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure.
More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion.
The truth about Ukip's immigration billboards
Today Ukip have published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.
The Liberal Democrats believe that it is right to tackle concerns about immigration, but spreading fear and bogus claims is not the answer.
Nick Clegg: Where would you rather live – Great Britain or little England?
This Easter weekend, Nick Clegg wrote an article in the Guardian to outline why Britain is better off IN Europe.
With 22 May approaching, it is Ukip’s goal to propel Britain closer to the door. Nick points out that this risks us drifting away from our biggest export market and jeopardising our still fragile economic recovery, as well as threatening millions of jobs.
Amongst the number of Nigel Farage’s outlandish claims, Nick addressed Farage’s claim that Ukip’s call for an exit is the insurgents’ battle cry - “There is nothing remotely new about his party's ambitions. Ukip is simply the fresh face of a long-standing Eurosceptic establishment.”
Vince Cable takes aim at dodgy directors
Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.
While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world – with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders – the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.
Martin Horwood: Lib Dems clamping down on the arms trade
I am confident that Lib Dems will be united in welcoming today’s news that Vince Cable has put out a call for evidence on a new register of arms brokers. The proposed register would introduce tougher regulations on the arms trade and is yet another historic victory for the Lib Dems in government.
Arms brokers act as intermediaries in many arms deals by bringing together potential buyers and sellers in return for a cut of the transaction. Currently UK companies require a license before they can export military goods, but brokers are somewhat of an unknown entity. Under the proposals all brokers will have to appear on a public registry, with possible requirements to attend training courses and suitability assessments.
Unemployment falls below 7%
New figures show the rate of unemployment has fallen below 7% for the first time since the recession. The number of people out of work dropped by 77,000 in the last three months, while total employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation.
There are now more people in work than ever before, with nearly 0.7 million more people in employment since this time last year, showing that the Lib Dem plan to create a million jobs is working.
Call Clegg 15th April
Catch up with this episode of Call Clegg.
Victory for Lib Dems as MEPs approve life-saving changes to lorry designs
The European Parliament has approved new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient.
Under changes pushed by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front widescreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.
Nick Clegg calls for publication of Chilcot Report on Iraq war
Nick Clegg has called for the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, which identifies exactly what happened in the run-up to the conflict in Iraq.
The Chilcot report includes about 200 cabinet-level discussions, 25 notes from Tony Blair to George W Bush and more than 130 records of conversations between the former US president and Tony Blair.
Former speech writer to Tony Blair says “I agree with Nick"
The former Speech Writer to Tony Blair said that he believes Nick Clegg is making a difference: “By stopping the Tory Right, the Deputy Prime Minister should be applauded by all liberal voters.”
Philip Collins worked as Tony Blair’s Chief Speech Writer, responsible for Blair’s very last speech as Leader of the Labour Party. In his article published today, he said that without the Lib Dems in Government, green taxes would be slashed, welfare cuts would be more severe, and there would be progress towards abolishing human rights legislation.