Lib Dem News

Tim Gordon writes: Taking action after the Gurling Review


The recent elections that we went through were tough – both for those who stood and lost their seats but also for all those who worked hard, all across the country, to fight the election. We owe a huge thanks to everyone involved – whether member, candidate, activist or staffer. Nick appointed a review group, headed by James Gurling, to look into the lessons that we could draw from the campaign. This report, based on feedback from hundreds of people across the Party, is available here.

Should we pull the plug on Russia's World Cup?


Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

Berwick Liberal Democrats storm to victory


The Berwick Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the rural ward of Longhoughton (Northumberland CC) today as Kate Caines gained the seat.

An update on what Ed Davey's been up to


I write this while on a visit to India.  A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I’ve just left China.  Why?  These three countries are the world’s biggest emitters and the series of meetings I’m having all focus on paving the way for a global climate change deal next year.  In the UK, and with our partners across the EU we are gaining momentum for an ambitious deal, which I hope will result in a domestic EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.  But, the EU acting alone will not be enough – we need to take the rest of the world with us.

Vince Cable: We are on track to eliminate the deficit in 2017/18


Vince Cable writes about the good news regarding the rise in Britain's economy:

Economy now bigger than pre-crash levels


Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour’s economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

Britain is in the fast lane of recovery


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

Nick Clegg: LGBT rights are human rights


Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports. 

More jobs created as support for growing businesses trebles


The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

Warmer homes, lower bills and a greener Britain


Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

A step forward in preventing FGM


Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM. This follows a Lib Dem campaign to end FGM within a generation.

Lib Dems win fight to tackle global warming


Liberal Democrats in Government have confirmed the Government's commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.

Labour backs free school meals


Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

End FGM and forced marriage within a generation


Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will speak at the Girl Summit on Tuesday, a summit with the aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

At the Summit, Nick will announce a package of measures to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

It is estimated that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM and that around 20,000 young girls are at risk of being cut every year.

New rules to provide greater choice and more innovative pension products


New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility. 

Education programme launched to tackle online piracy


Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new programme designed to crack down on online piracy. 

The new scheme called Creative Content UK, will promote legal entertainment online and warn Internet users whose connections are being used to illegally share films and music.

Review of the 2014 European & Local Elections Campaign


After the elections in May, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

On Monday, the Review Group presented our findings to the Leader and later to the Federal Executive. I am pleased to say that they endorsed both the report and its recommendations, and we will now set about putting them into practice well in advance of next year’s elections. 

Liberal Democrats Review of the 2014 European and Local Elections Campaign


Following the May elections, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

Our recommendations are available to party members and can be read below. 

Lynne Featherstone discusses progress in eliminating FGM


Liberal Democrats are breaking the taboo on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our goal is to end FGM within a generation

Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone is working to end FGM in the UK and in other parts of the world, and to increase awareness of the issue.

Looking ahead to next week's Girl Summit, Lynne discusses progress in eliminating FGM. 

Lifting the lid on the gender pay gap


Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women, under manifesto plans set out by Liberal Democrats today.

Liberal Democrats would make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers.



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