• Article: Nov 20, 2017
    By Marko Scepanovic; Chair of Crawley Liberal Democrats

    On Wednesday 22nd November, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce the government's major financial plans for the upcoming year. The Liberal Democrats have been calling for a change in economic approach since 2012, both in coalition government and in opposition.

    Reducing funding in key sectors and failing to re-invest in long-term projects has left the economy and individuals vulnerable. The Chancellor has few opportunities left to repair the damage before it become irreversible, and Wednesday is one of them.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2017
    By Marko Scepanovic; Chair of Crawley Liberal Democrats

    A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has highlighted that an extra 400,000 children will living in absolute poverty by 2022 due to changes in the UK's benefit system. It is a measure of how civilised a society is by how it looks after those most in need. By that test, the UK and its existing approach to the benefits system is shameful.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, today set out the Liberal Democrat approach to the Budget. The full text is below.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it is one of my responsibilities to give a serious Lib Dem analysis of the economics around the Budget, and to present an alternative.

    I have recently been returned to Parliament from exile.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

  • Article: Nov 7, 2017

    The advert, which forms part of a new campaign called 'Blood Normal', attempts to get rid of the embarrassment around the 'Aunt Flo' after a recent survey found that nine out of ten women attempt to hide the fact they are on their period, and 56% of girls said they would rather be bullied at school than talk to their parents about periods.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have agreed to cross party proposals which will see an independent grievance process, improved HR support, and the establishment of a cross-party working group to implement these changes.

    Following the meeting Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

    "These are the right first cross-party steps to address harassment and abuse in Westminster. There needs to be a robust, independent complaints system across Parliament that offers victims a safe, non-partisan procedure."

  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Communities and Local Government Spokesperson, commented:

    "I very much welcome the ban on lettings fees and the cap on deposits, which Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning for.
    "The detail of this legislation must now be looked at closely to ensure that there are no loopholes which unscrupulous letting agents could exploit.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    Comments made today on Twitter by Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein highlight very real concerns about the threat of Brexit to our financial sector.

    The UK financial services industry generates over £65 billion in tax revenue each year. That is vital funding for our schools and hospitals that would be lost if companies move jobs and operations abroad.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.

    As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.

    Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The Conservatives have savaged our police force - inflicting deep cuts that have left officers struggling to respond to crime and weakening their ability to protect our communities.

    Reports today show just how deep Conservative cuts have savaged the police - with reports suggesting that the Police need at least £1.3bn a year more to fight terrorism and crime.