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  • Article: Apr 21, 2015

    Remember to make your volunteers welcome, and to put their generously-given time to the best use, writes Mark Pack.

    Probably only older activists now remember Pat Wainwright, the doyenne of the front of house at Parliamentary by-elections for years. She was brilliant at meeting you like a long lost friend (even if you'd only met once before, half-hidden behind a pile of leaflets) and shepherding you out of the door with something useful to do as quickly as possible.

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    Article: Apr 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out a package of measure to help rural areas thrive.

    The plans set out by Nick Clegg in a Countryside Charter will create more than 300,000 new jobs and ensure people living in rural areas have access to the facilities they need to prosper.

    The Charter includes measures to improve high speed internet provisions in rural areas, keep local services open and secure the future of the farming industry.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2015

    The era of the single party government is over, and it is only the Liberal Democrats who will add a heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one.

    Last week, we launched our manifesto, and it's a manifesto that has decency, tolerance and generosity at its very heart.

    Our priorities, which we have set out on the front page, include: balancing the budget fairly, giving opportunity to every child, fairer taxes, quality healthcare for all and a pledge to protect the environment.

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    Article: Apr 20, 2015

    Labour's green plans are a last minute attempt to grab green headlines.

    In opposition, Labour have been silent on green issues and no one should be fooled by their new promises.

    Labour should be judged by their record which is more Brown than green.

    They lobbied for a third runway at Heathrow, pushed a new coal power plant at Kingsnorth and left office with renewables contributing just five per cent of energy supply.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2015

    The Conservatives have admitted their Right to Buy housing scheme would damage communities. A letter sent to Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt in October 2013 by then Conservative Housing Minister Kris Hopkins reveals that at least some in the Conservative party know their policy is deeply unfair.

    By allowing social housing tenants to purchase their homes at a large discount, the Right to Buy policy will lead to longer waiting lists for homes and fewer social houses, doing nothing to tackle the country's affordable housing needs and only benefiting the lucky few.

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    Article: Apr 20, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has announced a 'Five Point Plan' for teachers and parents.

    Nick has also criticised drastic Tory cuts which would slash £5.2bn from the education budget; threatening teachers' jobs and teacher training across the UK.

    The scale of Tory cuts is equivalent to axing four starter salary teachers in every school in England.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    The Conservatives are not being honest about the scale of the cuts they want to inflict on the country.

    They are not being honest about how they intend to pay for their major new spending commitments.

    During the TV debates and in the Conservative manifesto, David Cameron repeatedly said that Tory cuts would only amount to 'the equivalent of a normal household saving just £1 a year in every £100 it spends'.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Commenting on Michael Gove's claim that the Conservatives will not do a deal with UKIP, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson has said that the danger of a right-wing bloc remains.

    The spokesperson said:

    "It is clear that David Cameron and Ed Miliband won't win this general election outright.

    "Michael Gove knows full well that there is a very real danger that BLUKIP - a bloc of right wingers from UKIP, the Conservatives and the DUP could hold the balance of power.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrats will make the UK the apprenticeship powerhouse of Europe by creating more new apprenticeship places per year than Germany. Central to the ambition is a commitment to double the number of employers offering apprenticeships to young people to 360,000 - as part of a big expansion of apprenticeships.

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    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    New figures show that the rate of employment is at a new record high of 73.4 per cent.

    In the last three months, the number of jobs created increased by 248,000.

    During the quarter youth unemployment fell by 21,000 and 151,000 on the year.

    Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable said: