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Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.


Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    When asked about his views on TTIP during the 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.

  • Article: Dec 17, 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.

  • Catherine on Hastings Fishing Boat
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed a deal reached in Brussels last night that will lead to more sustainable fishing across South East coastal towns.

    Fishermen can now rely on quotas based on concrete scientific advice that will ensure the long-term survival of the fishing industry.

    Mrs Bearder commented:

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment has fallen again.

    In the three months to October, unemployment fell by 63,000.

    The rate of unemployment stands at 6 per cent, its lowest level in 6 years.

    There are 30.8m people in work and 1.7m new jobs have been created since Liberal Democrats entered government.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Nick Clegg has said that all 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel.

    Appearing on Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live, which can be viewed on Youtube, Nick Clegg set out the proposal which would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person's Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg chaired his first Mental Health Taskforce meeting this afternoon with Ministers from across the coalition.

    The Mental Health Taskforce was set up by Nick Clegg in order to combine Government's efforts and pool its resources to help the millions of people whose mental health condition is preventing them from getting on in life.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced a signing of a new deal with Post Office Limited to ensure the Post Office Account, previously due to be withdrawn next year, remains available until at least 2022.

    The new £250m seven-year contract will protect services for vulnerable pensioners and benefit claimants, as well as safeguard the future of the Post Office network.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Vice-President Frans Timmermans today confirmed that the European Commission intends to withdraw and modify EU proposals to increase recycling and curb air pollution as part of its 2015 Work Programme.

    Mr Timmermans said the current recycling proposal would be withdrawn and be replaced by a "broader and more ambitious" approach in 2015. Meanwhile the Clean Air Package would be modified as part of the EU's 2030 Energy and Climate Package to overcome supposed disagreements between national governments and the European Parliament.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    In the wake of the Scottish Referendum result and the Smith Commission process it is right that Government and all political parties should consider the implications for England, and indeed the rest of the United Kingdom.

    The Liberal Democrats believe it is now time to set out a reform programme to devolve more powers within England and to address the so called "West Lothian Question."

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has written to the Conservative and Labour LGA heads - Cllr Gary Porter and Cllr Jim McMahon on the issue of council tax.

    Dear Gary/Jim,

    As you may be aware, there have been some discussions in the past few weeks regarding the level at which the Council Tax referendum threshold should be set.

    While some Conservative colleagues in the Coalition Government favour leaving the cap at the level that it is, other Conservative colleagues have argued in favour of lowering the threshold to 1%. In practice, this would mean that even the smallest rise in Council Tax would result in Local Authorities having to hold a referendum.

    As I am sure you know, only one Liberal Democrat authority raised Council Tax at all last year and this level of discipline and protection for Council Tax payers has been a consistent trait of Liberal Democrat councils throughout this Parliament. Many more Labour and Conservative controlled councils chose to increase Council Tax last year.

    The Liberal Democrats have long believed in devolving power to the most local level, on the principle that the best decisions tend to be made by those closest to the people those decisions effect. It is for this reason, that the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government will not support proposals to lower the referendum threshold.

    Because of the state of the public finances, we are having to ask a lot of Local Authorities, who, by and large, are rising to the challenge of cutting expenditure while protecting important public services. Lowering the threshold will put unnecessary further pressure on local authorities and the much needed services they provide.

    Lowering the threshold is a change of policy that puts an unnecessary further constraint on local authorities. While I would strongly argue for local authorities to protect taxpayers from rises in Council Tax, nevertheless this is a choice that should rightly be made by Local Authorities and not be imposed centrally.

    While Conservative and Labour Councils have been quick to increase Council Tax, Lib Dems have not. In the end, these councils should be accountable to their electorates. It is not for central government to impose such constraints.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Danny Alexander MP

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury