Roger Harmer

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Lib Dem News

Warmer homes, lower bills and a greener Britain


Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

A step forward in preventing FGM


Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM. This follows a Lib Dem campaign to end FGM within a generation.

Lib Dems win fight to tackle global warming


Liberal Democrats in Government have confirmed the Government's commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.

Labour backs free school meals


Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

End FGM and forced marriage within a generation


Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will speak at the Girl Summit on Tuesday, a summit with the aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

At the Summit, Nick will announce a package of measures to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

It is estimated that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM and that around 20,000 young girls are at risk of being cut every year.

New rules to provide greater choice and more innovative pension products


New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility. 

Education programme launched to tackle online piracy


Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new programme designed to crack down on online piracy. 

The new scheme called Creative Content UK, will promote legal entertainment online and warn Internet users whose connections are being used to illegally share films and music.

Review of the 2014 European & Local Elections Campaign


After the elections in May, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

On Monday, the Review Group presented our findings to the Leader and later to the Federal Executive. I am pleased to say that they endorsed both the report and its recommendations, and we will now set about putting them into practice well in advance of next year’s elections. 

Liberal Democrats Review of the 2014 European and Local Elections Campaign


Following the May elections, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

Our recommendations are available to party members and can be read below. 

Lynne Featherstone discusses progress in eliminating FGM


Liberal Democrats are breaking the taboo on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our goal is to end FGM within a generation

Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone is working to end FGM in the UK and in other parts of the world, and to increase awareness of the issue.

Looking ahead to next week's Girl Summit, Lynne discusses progress in eliminating FGM. 

Lifting the lid on the gender pay gap


Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women, under manifesto plans set out by Liberal Democrats today.

Liberal Democrats would make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers.

Ed Davey writes: Investing in Green Energy


Today I published the Government’s first ever Energy Investment Report.  It shows how Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered on jobs and investment in energy – particularly green energy - and shows the plan we now have for this to continue for decades to come.

Call Clegg 17th July


Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

Watch the latest episode here. 

Electricity generated by renewables has doubled since 2010


The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources has doubled since 2010.

A report released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) assesses the investment in UK energy and the progress being made. 

UK aerospace projects to receive £154m boost


Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has announced a £154 million investment in research projects to keep the UK as a world leader in aerospace innovation. 

The investment will be used in four areas - which the UK excels in - wings, engines, aircraft structures and radio communications. 

Lib Dems commit to spare room subsidy reform


The Liberal Democrats have said they plan to significantly reform spare room subsidy rules.

The plans will see those already in the social rented sector only lose their benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and turn it down.

Employment at a record high


Figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that employment is at a record high.

More people up and down the country are finding work as we build a stronger economy.

Pupil Premium is boosting educational prospects of poorer children


The Pupil Premium is helping to boost the educational prospects of poorer children, it has been announced today. 

Ofsted has published a report on how well schools in England are using the money to help support disadvantaged pupils in reaching their potential. 

Greg Mulholland writes: The first MP to play rugby for GB


On Saturday 12th July I had the huge honour of becoming the first MP to pull on the famous Great Britain white shirt with the red and blue ‘V’, and play for his country at rugby league.

Plastic bag charge will help reduce waste and protect the environment


Liberal Democrats are introducing a plastic bag charge to help reduce waste and protect the environment.

A new report published today by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) shows that 8.3 billion plastic bags were used last years by shoppers at UK supermarkets.