Lib Dem News

Stephen Lloyd chairs Eastbourne Pier meeting


Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd, today chaired a meeting of David Cameron, George Osborne, Liberal Democrat led Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the town’s tourism industry.

Nick Clegg calls to end "acrimonious relationship" between teachers and government


Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for the government to end its "acrimonious" relationship with teachers. 

Free school meals will help boost learning


Free school meals will help boost learning in schools, according to a review of pilot schemes.

Trials for the school meals scheme, which comes into effect in September, show that infants from poorer backgrounds perform better in the classroom.

A UK ban on animal tests


Liberal Democrat Minister for the Home Office Norman Baker has said that he wants to see an end to all animal testing in the UK.

Julie Pörksen writes: Winning a ward the size of Luxembourg


Kate Cairns was elected in a landslide victory in the Berwick constituency ward of Longhoughton last week, called after the passing of a much respected longstanding independent councillor. From a standing start - we didn't field a candidate in the county council elections last year - we took almost 50% of the vote, with the Tories coming a poor second with less than half our vote, an independent and UKIP followed the Tories and Labour were nearly wiped out with 3%.

Lib Dems will plant a tree for every baby born


The Liberal Democrats are proposing an increase in the number of trees planted every year to 700,000- 750,000 - equivalent to the number of children born in England and Wales each year.

Lib Dems are the only party of fair tax


We know how important it is to make your money go further, that's why the Liberal Democrats are the only party of fair tax.

Driverless cars heading to public roads


In a bid to encourage the development of driverless cars on British roads, Vince Cable has announced a £10 million investment for research projects.

Tim Gordon writes: Taking action after the Gurling Review


The recent elections that we went through were tough – both for those who stood and lost their seats but also for all those who worked hard, all across the country, to fight the election. We owe a huge thanks to everyone involved – whether member, candidate, activist or staffer. Nick appointed a review group, headed by James Gurling, to look into the lessons that we could draw from the campaign. This report, based on feedback from hundreds of people across the Party, is available here.

Should we pull the plug on Russia's World Cup?


Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

Berwick Liberal Democrats storm to victory


The Berwick Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the rural ward of Longhoughton (Northumberland CC) today as Kate Caines gained the seat.

An update on what Ed Davey's been up to


I write this while on a visit to India.  A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I’ve just left China.  Why?  These three countries are the world’s biggest emitters and the series of meetings I’m having all focus on paving the way for a global climate change deal next year.  In the UK, and with our partners across the EU we are gaining momentum for an ambitious deal, which I hope will result in a domestic EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.  But, the EU acting alone will not be enough – we need to take the rest of the world with us.

Vince Cable: We are on track to eliminate the deficit in 2017/18


Vince Cable writes about the good news regarding the rise in Britain's economy:

Economy now bigger than pre-crash levels


Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour’s economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

Britain is in the fast lane of recovery


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

Nick Clegg: LGBT rights are human rights


Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports. 

More jobs created as support for growing businesses trebles


The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

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.