Lib Dem News

Danny Alexander reveals EU currency bombshell


Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is to reveal a significant blow to the Scottish nationalists’ currency assertion from a leading figure in EU monetary policy. 

Further life-saving services for South Sudan


Liberal Democrat Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone has announced that Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

Free school meals for all primary pupils


Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

Council tax cut for energy efficient homes


Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

Five new laws for a greener Britain


The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

Spreading opportunity through education


Spreading opportunity through education will be at the heart of the Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto.

The 80-page document will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election campaign.

Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto


On Wednesday 3 September, Liberal Democrats will launch their pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party's general election platform. 

The party's focus will be a ‘manifesto for the next generation’ with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.  Read Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto below.

Six weeks paternity leave for fathers


Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today. 

Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks. 

Lib Dems win North Jesmond by-election


Liberal Democrat and former teacher Gerry Keating has been elected new councillor in North Jesmond (Newcastle Upon Tyne).

Nick Clegg reviews his third day in India


Our third and final day in India began with an early rise of 5.15am so we could make the long journey to Southern India - myself to Bangalore to try to better understand India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and for Ed to visit Hyderabad to continue his energy and climate change discussions.

Nick Clegg writes: Dadabhai Naoroji is one of my political heroes


The latest leg of my visit to India has taken me to Mumbai where I have been able to spend time on a Bollywood set and have dinner with Sachin Tendulkar

Nick Clegg's postcard from Mumbai


After a fascinating first day our delegation left Delhi on an early morning flight to arrive in the hustle and bustle of India’s financial capital Mumbai. Mumbai is famous for many things, but in particular for being the heart of India’s world famous film industry – Bollywood!

Alistair Carmichael takes the ice bucket challenge


Liberal Democrat Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael has called on major supermarket chains to do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

Making our tax system fairer


The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to introduce a trio of wealth taxes which will help to cut the deficit whilst ensuring fairness in our tax system.

Generating jobs and growth with India


Nick Clegg is leading a trade delegation in India with more than 40 British businesses, colleges and representatives of the aerospace industry to secure the incredible opportunities on offer.

Nick Clegg launches Dadabhai Naoroji Awards


During his visit to Mumbai, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a new awards programme for individuals whose outstanding achievements have strengthened relations between the UK and India.

The awards are dedicated to Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian MP in the UK. 

Guaranteeing sex and relationship education in state schools


Children in state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, will be guaranteed age appropriate sex and relationship education under manifesto plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.

Closing loopholes in zero hours exclusivity ban


Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. 

Exclusivity clauses prevent workers on zero hours contracts from taking work elsewhere even when their employer provides no work.

The government is launching a consultation to find out whether a minority of unscrupulous employers may attempt to circumvent the ban by offering contracts which could guarantee just one hour of work. 

Tripling the early years pupil premium


Liberal Democrats will more than triple the early years pupil premium to £1000 per child under manifesto plans announced today by Schools Minister David Laws.

Vince Cable: Large companies will have to publish top earner’s salary


Companies will be forced to publish their highest earners pay under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans.