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Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

Latest News

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Before we really get cracking on the General Election campaign perhaps we should reflect on the final day of this Parliament last Friday & what it tells us about the Conservatives. The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, elected six years ago, is a Conservative. They don't like him much. They reckon he sides too much with Labour. Actually his record suggests that he has been very even handed - which is what he is supposed to be. In a reminder of how squalid and partisan our politics can be the Conservatives organised a debate, on the very last day when they knew that most MPs would be absent, on the important constitutional issue of how the Speaker should be elected after May 7th, . Worse they insisted that ALL Conservative MPs should be present in the House. Happily for our so called 'democracy' the move was defeated. If this is a reflection of how a Conservative government will behave, unfettered by having to sustain the support of the Liberal Democrats, be afraid voters, be very afraid.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2015

    Let's have a break from politics. In the 1960's a magazine, issued in 23 parts plus index, called the 'History of the Motor Car' was produced, I believe by Brooke Bond/.PG Tips. I have been loaned a copy and it contains some truly stunning photographs, particularly of early cars, as well as superb text. Two stories stand out from early chapters.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2015

    All hospitals in England will provide "a truly seven-day NHS" by 2020 under a future Conservative government, so sayeth David Cameron at his party's spring forum in Manchester today [28th March]. He also said that more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. Is this any more trustworthy as a promise as the one he made before the 2010 General Election about no more top down re-organisation of the NHS* which was almost instantly broken by the Tories?

  • Nick Clegg Pupil Premium
    Article: Mar 28, 2015

    New evidence shows that the gap between rich and poor children in schools is narrowing thanks to the Pupil Premium delivered by Liberal Democrats in government. The Pupil Premium provides schools with extra funding to help support their most disadvantaged pupils. Schools can use the money to fund extra teacher support for pupils who need it most or send their disadvantaged pupils on educational visits that benefit their studies.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Discussing the financial future of the NHS on the Today programme, BBC Health Correspondent Adam Brimelow said: "We know that the NHS is looking at a really growing gap in terms of its expected income and what it's likely to be spending to meet growing demand. It's been identified as an £8bn gap, even after the NHS has made pretty heroic savings and improvements in efficiency.. So there is this expectation from the health service that there will be substantial additional money coming from the government to keep it on track during the next parliament, and clearly that's going to be an enormous challenge, a challenge for politicians to make firm pledges in meeting that. We heard from the Liberal Democrats saying that they would plug that gap'' Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has called on the Conservatives and Labour to also agree to meet this commitment, but so far neither party has.

  • Abby Carmichael helping at clear up of St Annes rail station
    Article: Mar 23, 2015

    Lib Dems Abbigail Carmichael & Councillor Tony Ford, St Anne's In Bloom supporters, and other volunteers, set to on Saturday to give St Anne's station a bit of a spring clean as part of National Spring Clean Week. The volunteers swept up and cleared the kerbs of months of accumulated grime and debris, tidied up on of the flower beds and removed broken planters. Cllr. Tony Ford who represents Ashton Ward where the station is located said "I am so pleased that people were willing to give up a couple of hours to tidy up the station forecourt."

  • Article: Mar 23, 2015

    LibDems held their Federal Conference in Liverpool from 13t the 15th March.. You can find all the details at www.libdems.org.uk/conferences

    As well as the Budget in an important speech to the Federation Of Small Businesses (FSB) Conference Deputy Prime Minister & LibDem Leader, Nick Clegg, said: ''There are now 5.2 million businesses in the UK - over 99% of which are small businesses like yours. Together, you employ 12.1 million people and generate £1.2 trillion in turnover. You are the lifeblood of our economy - the engine that helps drive our growth''.

  • Budget 2015 Danny Alexander
    Article: Mar 22, 2015

    The day after the budget, in a statement to the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat First Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, amplified the Liberal Democrat fiscal plans designed to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone. He outlined how the plans are based on the Liberal Democrat values of fairness and strength and how they will deliver on our commitment to balance the books fairly. Our plans include borrowing £70bn less than Labour and cutting £50bn less than the Conservatives, keeping Britain on the path to prosperity. The plan has been produced by the Treasury based on Danny's assumptions and using data from the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecast. Finishing the job of economic recovery, which we started in 2010, requires roughly £30bn of fiscal consolidation by 2017/18. In order to do so we will ensure that those with the broadest shoulders bear the largest share. There are a lot of important numbers in this presentation which can be found at www.libdems.org.uk

  • Article: Mar 22, 2015

    The budget is packed full of policies that deliver Liberal Democrat priorities:

    • Help for lower and middle income earners by increasing the Personal Allowance by further £200 so that from April 2016 the tax threshold increases to £10,800 and from April 2017 to £11,000. By 2017/2018, 27.2 million workers will have benefited from increases in the personal allowance and we will have lifted over 3.7 million out of income tax altogether.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2015

    The BBC NEWS SCHOOL REPORT project is worth spending some time looking at. Those taking part will mostly not be able to vote this time but they represent the future and, to this writer, mostly come across as wanting to be interested in politics but find vision and inspiration in short supply. Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, Plaid Cymru and Scottish Nationalist parties each produced a one minute long 'party political programme' aimed at 11 -16yr olds and a group of such students from Hertswood Academy, Borehamwood viewed them and commented. Overall they were unimpressed. ' Reading off a script' ; ' lectured like an uncle';' looked like an advert'; ' issues were important but not main stream'; were some of the more polite comments. But let's be clear ( as politicians are far too fond of saying) these young people were taking the exercise seriously and were reflecting disappointment rather than teenage rebellion. When the current General Election rough & tumble is over parties should take heed.

A £600 tax cut for every ordinary worker in the country Income Tax Halved for Someone on the Minimum Wage