Vince Cable takes aim at dodgy directors
Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.
While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world – with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders – the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.
Martin Horwood: Lib Dems clamping down on the arms trade
I am confident that Lib Dems will be united in welcoming today’s news that Vince Cable has put out a call for evidence on a new register of arms brokers. The proposed register would introduce tougher regulations on the arms trade and is yet another historic victory for the Lib Dems in government.
Arms brokers act as intermediaries in many arms deals by bringing together potential buyers and sellers in return for a cut of the transaction. Currently UK companies require a license before they can export military goods, but brokers are somewhat of an unknown entity. Under the proposals all brokers will have to appear on a public registry, with possible requirements to attend training courses and suitability assessments.
Unemployment falls below 7%
New figures show the rate of unemployment has fallen below 7% for the first time since the recession. The number of people out of work dropped by 77,000 in the last three months, while total employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation.
There are now more people in work than ever before, with nearly 0.7 million more people in employment since this time last year, showing that the Lib Dem plan to create a million jobs is working.
Victory for Lib Dems as MEPs approve life-saving changes to lorry designs
The European Parliament has approved new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient.
Under changes pushed by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front widescreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.
Nick Clegg calls for publication of Chilcot Report on Iraq war
Nick Clegg has called for the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, which identifies exactly what happened in the run-up to the conflict in Iraq.
The Chilcot report includes about 200 cabinet-level discussions, 25 notes from Tony Blair to George W Bush and more than 130 records of conversations between the former US president and Tony Blair.
Former speech writer to Tony Blair says “I agree with Nick"
The former Speech Writer to Tony Blair said that he believes Nick Clegg is making a difference: “By stopping the Tory Right, the Deputy Prime Minister should be applauded by all liberal voters.”
Philip Collins worked as Tony Blair’s Chief Speech Writer, responsible for Blair’s very last speech as Leader of the Labour Party. In his article published today, he said that without the Lib Dems in Government, green taxes would be slashed, welfare cuts would be more severe, and there would be progress towards abolishing human rights legislation.
Message from Nick Clegg to mark Passover
With Passover celebrations starting today, Nick Clegg wishes the Jewish Communities, within Britain and around the world, a happy Passover:
Nick Clegg calls for new Garden Cities
Communities with ideas for a new generation of garden cities will receive support from the government to turn their ambitions into reality, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today.
A prospectus published today will help communities work up proposals for ambitious new developments, which are locally-led, include at least 15,000 homes and have the backing of existing residents.
Millions to benefit from improved GP care
It has been announced today that extended opening hours and enhanced local care for the elderly will soon be available at doctors’ surgeries across many parts of the country, thanks to a new drive to improve local GP services.
Millions of people will now be able to see their family doctor outside of working hours, including late night and weekend appointments, while the elderly and those with more serious health complaints will get tailored care, coordinated by just one local GP.
Ed Davey welcomes UN climate change report
The UN's Intergovernmental panel con Climate Change (IPCC) has warned the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.
In a significant report published today on how to curb climate change, the IPCC warns that global temperatures be between 3.7C and 4.8C higher in 2100 if no action is taken. This is significantly higher than the 2C level, regarded by experts as the point at which the impacts of climate change become dangerous.
Lib Dems reveal the truth about Tuition Fees
The Liberal Democrats have released a new factsheet which sets out the truth about the impact of Tuition Fees.
As a party, we acknowledge that we couldn't deliver our policy on tuition fees - and we've apologised for this. But we did make sure the system was as fair as possible. To read the factsheet in full, click here.
Tim Farron: There's only one party that's the party of IN
Yesterday, the Lib Dem president, Tim Farron MP, launched the North East Lib Dems Europe campaign. Speaking about the European elections on 22nd May, Tim said it was a straight fight between the Lib Dems and UKIP, between IN vs Out.
"If you want to leave Europe and risk the UK's future in the world then you vote UKIP. If, however, you think North East jobs are worth fighting for, and the peace and security that comes from being the EU is worth fighting for, there's only one party that's the party of in and that's the Liberal Democrats.
"In many ways this is a two horse race and if you vote Labour or Tory your vote will be wasted."
Multi-million pound boost for growing businesses
Nick Clegg has today announced an extra £300 million to help growing businesses and create tens of thousands of jobs across England.
The £300 million forms part of the Liberal Democrat’s Regional Growth Fund, which is now being delivered in Government. The Fund is designed to unlock billions of pounds of private sector investment and create sustainable employment and growth in a wide range of sectors across the country.
Danny Alexander renews push for a Mansion Tax
The Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, has today outlined his proposals for a Mansion Tax. In a speech on tax this morning, Danny described some of the details of the Tax, which would apply on homes worth over £2 million.
The Liberal Democrats first proposed our Mansion Tax in 2009 and have been pushing for it to be implemented in Government, against huge opposition from the Conservatives.
Labour's promises of devolution are misleading
Ed Miliband’s claim that he wants the "the biggest economic devolution of power to England's great towns and cities in a hundred years" is ludicrous, considering their track record.
When in power, Labour’s Government was incredibly centralised.
Free School Meals on track for Autumn
From September this year, all children between the ages of five and seven will receive free school meals, regardless of family income.
Despite strong opposition from Tory backbenchers, the Liberal Democrats have fought to deliver free lunches in schools which will improve the lives of many children, as well as saving families £437 a year. Many studies have found that nutritious meals at school improve pupils’ health, behaviour, concentration and their overall wellbeing. It makes a real difference in the classrooms, and these findings have been backed by the Department of Education and the Department of Health.
Nick Clegg: Ed Miliband is clutching at straws and now he's down to his last one
The Labour leadership has spent the last four years praying that the recovery would not materialise.
For a long time they insisted that the Coalition’s action to tackle the deficit would choke off growth. Wrong: the deficit has been eliminated by a third and growth is back.
Fraudster who fled Britain has been returned and put behind bars
Thanks to the European Arrest Warrant, a member of a Nottingham-based crime gang who fled the UK to avoid prison has been returned to Britain to start a five-year jail sentence.
Nick Clegg speaks at Welsh Conference
On Saturday, Nick Clegg spoke at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference about the Liberal Democrats’ achievements and plans for the coming years.
British workers now have the best tax deal in the G7
The amount British taxpayers can earn before paying income tax is the highest starting threshold across the G7 countries, Treasury analysis released by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has revealed.