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  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Election Spokesperson Lord Scriven has written a letter to Conservative Chairman Grant Schapps, challenging his party to come clean on their plans to slash £12bn in working-age benefits from the welfare budget.

    The Tories have consistently refused to outline where their spending cuts will fall.

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    Article: Mar 31, 2015

    A law to cut the the use of disposable plastic bags in the EU by 80% has been overwhelmingly approved by MEPs in the European Parliament Environment Committee today in Brussels, despite a lack of support from Conservative MEPs.

    The EU legislation will help ensure that efforts by the coalition to cut plastic bag waste, including a 5p mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags in England being introduced in October 2015, will not be withdrawn by future governments.

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    Article: Mar 31, 2015

    London has come joint sixth in a new study by the European Environmental Bureau that ranks 23 major cities in Europe according to their efforts to improve air quality. Zurich topped the ranking followed by Copenhagen, while Lisbon and Luxembourg came last.

    London was given a high score for efforts to increase cycling and the use of public transport and for implementing the congestion charge. However, the report warned that several measures to tackle air pollution have been weakened since their introduction.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for Wales, Nick Clegg has said today as he launches the Welsh Liberal Democrats' General Election campaign.

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    Speaking ahead of a visit to Panasonic Manufacturing in Cardiff Central with Jenny Willott and leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams AM, Nick Clegg said:

    "Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for Wales. We'll build on our work in Government to deliver economic growth that benefits all of the UK.

    "The Tories and Labour's over-reliance on the financial sector in London didn't deliver for Wales. With our relentless focus on manufacturing and apprenticeships, we are showing a new way doing things.

    "Labour's poverty of ambition held us all back for too long; in contrast we've delivered over two million apprenticeships so everyone has an opportunity to make a success of their lives. Over the next parliament, we'll build on this apprenticeship revolution.

    "Both Labour and the Tories are a threat to our strong economic recovery. The Tories want to cut, cut and cut - not because they have to but because they want to. Labour's addiction to borrowing and debt will risk our recovery. Put simply: the Liberal Democrats will borrow less than Labour and cut less than the Conservatives - guaranteeing an economy that delivers for everyone across the UK."

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Economic spokesman Danny Alexander has welcomed the upward revision in GDP and business investment figures for 2014, saying that they are evidence that the Liberal Democrat recovery plan is working.

    The numbers show that business investment increased by 7.5 per cent in 2014, the highest rate since 2007.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    At a press conference today, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg issued a stark challenge to David Cameron and Ed Miliband, asking them to answer one simple question: "Will you, or will you not, give the NHS the £8bn a year by 2020 that it needs and tell us how you plan to fund it?"

    Only the Liberal Democrats will give the NHS the funds that doctors have asked for. Our manifesto plans include £8bn a year by 2020 for the NHS, with £3.5bn dedicated to improving mental health services.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Conservative job creation plans have been branded as "totally meaningless", given their aim to let company bosses fire workers at will.

    We already know what a Conservative jobs plan looks like. In government the Lib Dems blocked them allowing businesses to fire workers at will. They now plan savage cuts for the working age poor only to the benefit of very wealthy pensioners.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats would spend £3.5bn more on mental health care in England over the next parliament.

    The money would be spent on revolutionising children's and adult mental health care including:

    • £250m over five years for pregnant women and mums dealing with depression. This would include eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care for pregnant women and new mums and 40 new community services helping new mums adjust to life at home with a new born.
    • New waiting time standards for people in crisis and for conditions like bipolar disorder so that those who are ill know how long they have to wait.
    • Hundreds of thousands more people will get access to talking therapies for anxiety and depression.
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    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    The government has announced the Modern Slavery Bill is set to become law after being accelerated through parliament.

    Human trafficking campaigner and South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery.

    The MEP has worked with a number of charities to raise the issue of trafficking up the agenda and has made calls for an anti-trafficking Commissioner, and for victims of trafficking to be protected.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Amid all the media noise around the start of the General Election campaign, let's not forget the extraordinary nature of this Government.

    The Coalition was formed at a a time of national emergency to rescue an economy on the brink of disaster. Most said it wouldn't last five months, let alone five years.