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  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

    Norman warns that "schizo-patient" Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses.

    Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey), has lambasted the ruling Conservatives at County Hall for proposing bus cuts when council papers just released now show the savings have already been made.

    On 16th July the County Council put forward a public consultation saying that "the county council is committed to saving at least £700k from the annual bus budget of £3.8m by April 2015". In order to achieve this the Conservatives proposed in the consultation to cease bus routes after 6.30pm and on a Sunday, affecting as many as 809,000 trips a year.

    Now in papers made available to councillors officers have told them that "efficiencies in excess of £700,000 have been achieved in the current financial year and in 2015/16 and 2016/17 through a mixture of underspends and contributions." No cuts to routes have been made so far this year.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the delayed £3.2 million review into local health services which threatens Bedford Hospital with a major downgrade, after it published a 'progress report' which serves only to prolong the uncertainty around the hospital's future. The report recommends a downgrade for either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospital, but says that 'further work' is needed before NHS Commissioners take proposals to public consultation.

  • gdp
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

    The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: "Our recovery is now well established and creating jobs in record numbers.

    "These GDP figures show the UK economy has good momentum to deal with a less certain global outlook. Our plan is working and we need to stick to it.

    "The families and businesses of Britain whose hard work is powering this recovery will judge harshly any Party that threatens to squander this progress.

    "Britain can't forget the deficit or believe unfunded promises.

    "Being sensible with the nation's money is the bedrock of the Liberal Democrat approach. We will keep a steady hand on the economic tiller because that is the only way to produce the stronger economy and fairer society that Britain needs."

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said: "After many difficult decisions and with the hard work of people up and down the country, the British economy is doing well.

    "Our economy is now larger than it was before the crash of 2008; over a million more private sector jobs have been created since 2010; and nearly 3 million people on low wages no longer pay any income tax on what they earn.

    "As the economy continues to grow stronger, we are making sure that it does so in a society that is fairer."

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the delayed £3.2 million review into local health services which threatens Bedford hospital with a major downgrade, after it published a 'progress report' which serves only to prolong the uncertainty around the hospital's future. The report recommends a downgrade for either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospital, but says that 'further work' is needed before NHS Commissioners take proposals to public consultation.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.

  • green law
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

    The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

    This is great news for the Liberal Democrats in government who have worked hard to keep the environment at the top of the agenda. Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has been pushing for Europe to make an ambitious deal to tackle climate change.

    Commenting on the good news Ed Davey said: "This is a historic moment. Europe has sent a clear and firm message to the world that ambitious climate action is needed now. True to our word, we have delivered a highly ambitious EU climate target while also significantly strengthening Europe's energy security by making us less reliant on imported energy. This morning only five countries in Europe had climate targets post 2020, now 28 Countries do.

    "The UK has been leading the climate debate pushing for an ambitious deal in Europe and by building alliances and working constructively with our European partners, we've agreed a package of measures that meet all the UK's top priorities.

    "It lays down the gauntlet to the world to come forward with ambitious climate targets, reforms EU energy policy so it's flexible and affordable, and tackles energy security - reducing Europe's energy import bill for fossil fuels by around €285 billion by 2030.

    "It's good for consumers because we can decarbonise at the lowest possible cost using a diverse mix of technologies.

    "And it's good for business as it provides the certainty they have been calling for to unlock billions in low carbon investment."

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons.

    Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law.

  • lynne feather
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister, Lynne Featherstone, has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

    Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

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