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  • Article: Nov 28, 2014

    Towards the end of the Scottish referendum campaign the leaders of the three main parties made a vow that we would deliver significant new powers to the Scottish Parliament. We not only delivered on that vow, on the timetable that we said, we've actually over delivered on it. It's vow max, if you like, and now we will have a Scottish parliament which can raise the majority of the money that is spent in Scotland, as well as gaining significant new welfare powers.

  • cycling invest
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today unveiled the biggest single investment in cycling.

    The funding worth £214m is designed to make it easier and safer to get on your bike in the UK.

    In July Nick said he wanted to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Nick will today discuss how this will be made possible by the new funding when he hosts a cycling summit in Bristol.

    The investment will include:

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    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    To mark Carers Rights Day, Liberal Democrats are urging people who care for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.

    Across the UK there are around 6.5m unpaid carers looking after family, friends and neighbours.

    These unsung heroes save the country an estimated £119bn a year, which is why Liberal Democrats want to give something back to those who dedicate their time to care for another person.

  • Event: November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Magdalen Hall, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DE

    Open to anyone who wants to improve or practice their Connect skills. Training will focus on tools that can save us all time and effort on the campaign trail. Please bring own laptop if possible and your smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android) if you have one.

    Sessions are free as part of the work the regional party is doing to help local parties and activists prepare for the General Election. However booking is essential for space reasons. Please email jon.whitehouse@eastlibdems.org.uk for further information and to book places.

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    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Children with mental health conditions who have committed no crime should not be kept in police cells while awaiting treatment.

    In England last year, more than 200 under 18s who suffered a mental health crisis were held in police cells instead of being taken to health based places of safety.

    These children were locked up due to staff shortages and lack of appropriate facilities.

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    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    More than 2,000 struggling schools could be turned around if they had effective support, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws has said.

    Speaking to CentreForum, David said the Conservatives' determination to monitor all schools from Whitehall threatens standards in education.

    He said the Conservatives refused to introduce proper oversight for academies and free schools, relying only on the Department for Education.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson's latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen looked at the dramatic fall in unemployment revealed by the latest figures for Bedford Borough, including a 46% drop in jobseeker's allowance claimants since February last year. Here's the piece in full:

    Latest figures show a dramatic fall in unemployment in Bedford Borough. Since February last year, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dropped by a staggering 46%. The age group with the highest proportion of claimants, 18 -24 year-olds, saw numbers drop by 16% between September and October alone, much faster than the regional reduction.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today unveiled the biggest single investment in cycling.

    The funding worth £214m is designed to make it easier and safer to get on your bike in the UK.

    In July Nick said he wanted to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Nick will today discuss how this will be made possible by the new funding when he hosts a cycling summit in Bristol.

  • Councillor Malcolm Cowan, your local Councillor representing Handside and Peartree on the County Council, is pictured outside County Hall.
    Article: Nov 27, 2014
    Liberal Democrats were celebrating that the ruling Tory group on Herts County Council has finally admitted the performance on flooding is not good enough. A motion criticising the continued failures and calling for action was modified by the Tories on Tues to make it clear they would not spend any more money, but did call for performdayance to be improved.
  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Nick Clegg has announced plans to see abandoned buildings brought back to life in a renewed effort to tackle a chronic problem where vast sites in Northern cities become empty and unused for long periods of time, making areas look blighted.

    Nick wants to help match-make entrepreneurs and community groups with local authorities and land-owners to find temporary uses for vacant buildings and land rather than let those sites go to waste.

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