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  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Tim Farron has rejected Jeremy Corbyn's suggestions that supporting continued membership of the Single Market is 'Free Trade Dogma', saying that free trade is vital to our economy and to millions of jobs.

    He also called on Liam Fox to apologise for calling businesses too 'lazy' to export, and said that neither Labour not the Conservatives are now willing to stand up for business.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Baroness Susan Kramer has called for a 45 billion pound investment in house-building, enough to build 150,000 homes a year for five years.

    This would form part of a wider fund to deliver on the infrastructure the country desperately needs - on roads, rail, broadband, schools and hospitals.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Susan Kramer will this morning deliver a speech to party conference on building an economy fit for the future, attacking the Conservatives for only standing up for the wealthy elite and Labour for failing to offer a credible economic alternative.

    Full text of Susan Kramers' speech below

  • Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat members have overwhelmingly endorsed the party's plan to offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.

    This makes the Liberal Democrats the only party whose official policy is to continue campaigning for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have denounced the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

    The party voted at their conference in Brighton to oppose the construction of the new plant agreeing that represents very poor value for money for UK consumers.

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a UK energy strategy resting on investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, storage and interconnection with European grids, thereby providing energy security, an end to fuel poverty and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at the same time as creating jobs, exports and prosperity.

  • Lord Jonathan Marks QC
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an urgent review into the effect of cuts to the legal aid budget and increased court fees.

    The changes have seen a rise in the number of people coming before the courts without being represented by a lawyer, as well as deterring individuals and small businesses from taking legal action.

  • Kirsty Williams (Liberal Democrats on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/rr9xcp)
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams will launch an attack on grammar schools in a speech to Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon, insisting they will not be introduced under her watch in Wales. She also announced plans to double the early years pupil premium.

    Full text of Kirsty Williams' speech below:

  • Erasmus
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU's Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was set up in 1987. Around 100,000 more young people in the UK were expected to go on Erasmus from now until 2020, benefiting from EU funded grants to cover tuition, travel and living costs.

    Almost 10,000 people have backed a petition launched by the Liberal Democrats to save Erasmus that will be delivered to Downing Street and European leaders.

    Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson John Pugh MP commented:

    "Young people overwhelmingly voted to remain, it would be utterly unfair to make them pay the price for Brexit by depriving them of this unique opportunity to study abroad."

    "The Government must commit to making it an absolute priority to preserve the UK's participation in Erasmus in the negotiations ahead."

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to be the true voice of opposition, holding this Conservative Brexit government to account and fighting to ensure vital European cooperation is protected."

    Co-Chair of Liberal Youth Charlie Kingsbury commented:

    "Erasmus unlocks so many opportunities for students across Europe."

    "It enriches their cultural knowledge and understanding of people from all walks of life, providing life-changing experiences to thousands."

    "As proud internationalists, the Liberal Democrats cannot allow the Tories to put this in jeopardy."