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  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Latest unemployment figures for Bedford Borough have revealed that the dramatic fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is continuing. The figures show that a further 126 people came off JSA in November 2014, meaning the number of claimants has fallen by a massive 49% since the early part of last year. The proportion of claimants now stands at 2.2%, having fallen for nine consecutive months.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government have announced a further £12 million investment to help people with mental health conditions get back into work.

    This ties in with the Liberal Democrats' commitment to bringing treatment for mental health problems out of the shadows and in line with physical health.

    You can back our campaign to help us stamp out the stigma attached to mental health here.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.

    Liberal Democrats put safeguards in place to encourage disadvantaged young people to go to university. Setting the system on a sustainable footing, with the poorest 30% of graduates paying less overall than under the old system.

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    Article: Dec 19, 2014


    Prime Minister David Cameron has implied that people are fed up with onshore wind farms being built, despite the Government's own research showing that a large majority of the public back them.

    Latest research by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 67 per cent of people support onshore wind farms. However, the Conservatives have said they would not subsidise new onshore turbines if they win the general election.

    You can tell David Cameron that you support onshore wind farms here.

    The Liberal Democrats will never abandon our commitment to the environment and we have ensured that it stays at the top of the agenda. In government, we have blocked a Conservative plans to impose a cap on wind farms.

    Putting the brakes on onshore wind would be disastrous for the environment, businesses and jobs.

    Figures released earlier this year by RenewableUK show that 15,400 people are now employed in Britain's wind power industry, an increase of 70 per cent since 2010.

    In the year 2013 to 2014 the wind turbine industry attracted £2.6bn of investment.

    Just days after Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove barred Tory Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd from attending critical climate change talks in Lima, the Tories have yet again shown their lack of commitment to green causes.

  • Christmas Lights on The Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Mayor Dave's latest montly column for the Bedford Times and Citizen newspaper has a festive theme, including the events taking place around the Borough in the run-up to Christmas, Dave's visit to thank the postal workers for their efforts at this time of year and a few words on support for good causes at a time at which we think of those in need. Here's the full text of the piece:

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A progress report into the processes and cultures within the Liberal Democrats has been published by Helena Morrissey.

    You can read the full progress report here.

    Responding to the report, Party President Tim Farron, said:

    "I very much welcome the report, and I'm pleased the party has made positive steps in the right direction. Helena Morrissey has undertaken a badly needed review that has already triggered important progress in our party.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A million home improvements will keep Britain's homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to energy efficiency schemes introduced by Liberal Democrats in government.

    In under two years, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal package delivered new boilers, windows and insulation to around 830,000 extra houses, meaning warmer homes and lowers bills in time for Christmas.

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    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    When asked about his views on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) during the recent Bite the Ballot Leaders' Live Debate, Nick Clegg said:

    "I would never endorse TTIP, which is a big new deal which is being negotiated between Europe and America, unless it was absolutely crystal clear that we are allowed to do exactly what we want with our public services, with our cherished NHS, without being undermined by TTIP.

    "We, as a government, are making sure that that is clearly there in writing by the EU negotiators and the European Commission for us to see, that there is no threat to the NHS, which I know is a fear that has been raised.

    "I would never endorse TTIP if that were the case. I think that if I want my children and my grandchildren, if I want future generations to live in a world where the standards are set by our hemisphere, in Europe and across the Atlantic in America, and not just all set on the other side of the planet in Asia or Latin America, then having America and Europe sort out some things together, I think, is in the long term interests for us as we all move ever more in this globalised world.

    "But it cannot, must not, and will not happen at the expense of our sovereign right to run the NHS the way we want."

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson is calling on the retail sector to do what is best - ensuring the greatest choice by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately.

    Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    1.3m schoolchildren across England are now enjoying a free school lunch thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

    Figures out today (December 18) show that the policy has had a very high uptake in its first three months, with a total of more than 1.6m children enjoying a school meal every lunchtime.

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    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

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