Local people get more say on hospitals thanks to Lib Dems
Lib Dem MPs have secured a number of important concessions in the Care Bill today to give people more say on hospital changes. A raft of checks and balances will be introduced to make sure that changes to local hospital services are not made without local people being able to have their say. These include:
Nick Clegg: My response to the Daily Mail on Free School Meals
The Liberal Democrats are never going to be loved in the pages of the Daily Mail: our open, liberal and progressive brand of politics tends to be at odds with their editorial worldview (to put it mildly). However, even I have been surprised at the level of criticism – much of it misleading – aimed at Liberal Democrat plans to provide free school meals to children in infants school.
Baroness Alison Suttie writes: International aid success in Cambodia
I have very vivid memories of hearing about the atrocities in Cambodia as a schoolchild. I remember being shocked by the pictures of human bones and skulls scattered in the fields and hearing of an appalling dictator called Pol Pot. Like many others of my generation, I took part in a “bring and buy” sale for the Blue Peter Cambodia Appeal. By the time Pol Pot was defeated around a quarter of the population had died, there were only around 50 doctors left alive and the health care system was effectively destroyed.
Call Clegg, 6th March
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Lib Dem Pastoral Care Officer: the first 50 days
Jeanne Tarrant, new Pastoral Care Officer at the Liberal Democrats, gives an update on her first weeks in the role.
I have now been in post for two months and it has been both busy and exciting. In the initial 2-3 weeks, I undertook an analysis of the Party’s processes for receiving and managing complaints. Analysing, how the constituent parties manage complaints and how the different procedures, rules and constitutions relate to each other. I met with many people as I could, to gain an understanding of the processes, the responsibility for implementing them and when and how the rules are used. I have enjoyed meeting lots of different people to obtain their views on how the Party works.
Greg Mulholland MP writes: Suriname - another step forward for death penalty abolitionists
I have been a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Abolition of the Death Penalty since 2010. At the time it was excellently chaired by Alistair Carmichael, who then became the first-ever Chief Whip for the Liberal Democrats in Government. I remember speaking to Alistair and saying that I was keen to be Vice-Chair of the APPG and do my bit for a cause close to the heart of so many Liberal Democrats.
Nick v Nigel debates confirmed
The Liberal Democrats and UKIP have reached agreement with two national broadcasters, LBC and the BBC, to host hour-long debates between Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
A radio debate will take place on LBC on Wednesday 26 March from 7-8pm, hosted by Nick Ferrari.
A televised debate will then take place on BBC Two on Wednesday 2 April from 7-8pm, hosted by David Dimbleby.
Gordon Birtwistle MP writes: National Apprenticeship Week 2014
It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for: National Apprenticeship Week 2014! This year, it is even more important that we talk about NAW and spread the word #NAW2014. Since 2010, the Liberal Democrats in Government have helped to create an amazing 1.6 million new apprenticeship starts – more than double the number under Labour. As a party, we are extremely dedicated to keeping the number of apprenticeships growing and as Government Apprenticeship Ambassador it is a matter very dear to my heart.
Speech: Security and Privacy in the Internet Age
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has given a speech on security and privacy in the internet age. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a plan to protect civil liberties, while ensuring that security services can do their job to keep us safe. You can find out more about what we're doing here.
In his speech, Nick said:
Security oversight must be fit for the Digital age
Nick Clegg has commissioned a review into the accountability of the UK's intelligence agencies in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.
In an article in the Guardian, he challenged Labour and the Conservatives to support the Lib Dem plans to protect people's privacy and ensure intelligence agencies can still protect us.
Nick Clegg drags the Tories "kicking and screaming" in tax talks
Nick Clegg has lamented the Tories' inconsistency and hostility towards raising the income tax threshold.
Following his speech at the Royal United Services Institute this morning, Clegg was asked about the progress of talks with the Conservatives about raising the tax threshold in the next Budget.
Financial support for disabled election candidates extended to 2015
Disabled people who want to stand for election as a councillor or MP, including the 2015 General Election, can benefit from a grant to help cover any additional costs they may face.
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund has been extended by an extra 12 months to the end of March 2015 and provides cash grants to help with any supplementary costs that a disabled candidate might face when standing for election (such as extra transport or sign-language interpreting).
Sarah Ludford writes: EU exit would be a gift to major criminals
Ahead of the crucial Euro-elections on 22nd May, Liberal Democrats as the party of ‘In’ are strongly making the case for Britain remaining in the EU. This is primarily about jobs, but another reason #whyIamIN is that we need to work with our European partners to tackle cross-border crime.
Criminals don’t stop at our borders, and neither should our efforts to catch them. Those efforts are facilitated by European police and court cooperation measures, of which the flagship is the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).
Nick's Speech on Careers Guidance and Young People
Nick's speech at Southfields Academy: Better Choices, Better Prospects: Helping All of Our Young People Succeed.
Call Clegg, 27th February
Listen to the most recent episode of 'Call Clegg', Nick Clegg's weekly radio phone-in show.
Your say - The Great Debate - Nick v Nigel
With just 85 days until the European elections, the Liberal Democrats are making our voices heard when it comes to Europe. Liberal Democrats are unambiguously the party of IN.
We’re IN for the sake of 3m jobs linked to our trade in the single market.
Forget the myths about Higher Education and make the right decision for you
This afternoon, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave speech on Higher Education to young people and parents at the Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School in East London.
In his speech Nick said:
Julian Huppert writes: Bringing an end to child detention
When we came into office in 2010 we made it a priority to end the abhorrent practice of child detention for immigration purposes. This is something we had committed to in our 2010 manifesto; under Labour many thousands of innocent children were detained – in some cases for months on end, in prison-like conditions.
I had the pleasure of being the first Liberal to ask a question of a Liberal at PMQs since Lloyd George, and it was there that Nick announced that we would end child detention.
Family spending power continues to rise
The latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that family spending power increased by £3 a week compared to last year. The rise was driven by a fall in the rate of essential item inflation to 1.9%, the lowest rate in four years.
Key figures include:
Farage accepts Nick's challenge
Nigel Farage this morning accepted Nick's challenge to a public debate on Europe.
The Liberal Democrats are the party of IN, while UKIP are the party of OUT. This debate will let the British public decide whether to vote IN or OUT at the European elections in May.
Find out more about our campaign.