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  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour's legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure.

    More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ukip have published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that it is right to tackle concerns about immigration, but spreading fear and bogus claims is not the answer.

    Instead, we are working to deliver better immigration checks and more job opportunities. That's why we have created 1.6 million apprenticeships, helping young people in Britain find work.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    This Easter weekend, Nick Clegg wrote an article in the Guardian to outline why Britain is better off IN Europe.

    With 22 May approaching, it is Ukip's goal to propel Britain closer to the door. Nick points out that this risks us drifting away from our biggest export market and jeopardising our still fragile economic recovery, as well as threatening millions of jobs.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2014

    Lorna Dupré and her team have been hard at work campaigning in the council by-election for Sutton ward on East Cambridgeshire District Council.

    Lorna commented "Many residents have told me they appreciate the Focus newsletters the local Liberal Democrat team have been delivering throughout the year and are please to have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who lives Sutton."

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    Article: Apr 19, 2014

    Nick Clegg has revealed Labour's secret plans to scrap half a million apprenticeships. Apparently Labour and their Union bosses see no value in this popular and effective way to help people into work, because they think they are 'deadweight'.

    This is the strongest signal yet that Labour can't be trusted to build a stronger economy. Their wrecking plans would make it harder for young people to find good, well-paid jobs, and would damage the skills base in the British economy.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2014

    Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.

    While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world - with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders - the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.

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    Article: Apr 18, 2014

    Over 3 million workers have for the first time been given a workplace pension, according to figures from the Pensions Regulator. The 3 millionth worker is employed by West Ham United.

    The new scheme, which Liberal Democrats in Government began rolling out in 2012, provides workers with a safe, private pension that both their employer and the Government pay in to. This tops up the worker's contributions significantly.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    I am confident that Lib Dems will be united in welcoming today's news that Vince Cable has put out a call for evidence on a new register of arms brokers. The proposed register would introduce tougher regulations on the arms trade and is yet another historic victory for the Lib Dems in government.

    Arms brokers act as intermediaries in many arms deals by bringing together potential buyers and sellers in return for a cut of the transaction. Currently UK companies require a license before they can export military goods, but brokers are somewhat of an unknown entity. Under the proposals all brokers will have to appear on a public registry, with possible requirements to attend training courses and suitability assessments.

  • Demolition of Bedford Town Hall Annex Office Building
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    This photo taken last week from River Street car park shows the little left of the Council office buildings which stand, or rather stood, beside the Town Hall Office Block alongside the River Great Ouse. The Town Hall Office Block and neighbouring council blocks are being demolished to make way for a large, public riverside square and for new restaurants and retail outlets as part of the development which is bringing town centre cinema back to Bedford. The developers Coplan have announced operators that have been signed up to date, which include Vue Cinema and restaurants Zizzi, Chimichanga and Bella Italia.

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