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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: Jan 26, 2015

    George Osborne has requested that ministers make dozens of interventions to fast-track fracking projects for oil in the UK as a "personal priority", including the delivery of numerous "asks" from shale gas company Cuadrilla, according to The Guardian. The list of requests are laid out in a leaked letter to the chancellor's cabinet colleagues. The Guardian said they include interventions in local planning, and offering public land for potential future drilling. Anti-fracking campaigners claim the letter reveals collusion with the industry, while Labour said it showed the government was an "unabashed cheerleader for fracking". You can find the full report in today's [26th January] Guardian Newspaper:

  • Article: Jan 25, 2015

    Please take a look at the main website www.libdems.org.uk for full information on the following topics.

    In a speech to the Journalists Charity on 13th January Nick Clegg said that the LibDems are committed to a Constitutional Convention after the General Election.

    Following our story of 6th January about Nick Clegg leading a campaign to bring mental health up the priority list there have been several follow up actions by LibDems as well as a future NHS funding statement if we remain in government.

  • Article: Jan 24, 2015
    By Simon Oliver in LibDemVoice.org

    Simon OliverSimon Oliver (chair of GLD) wrote in in the libdemvoice blog last week.

    His post has garnered 99 comments (at time of writing this article)

    Opinion: Britain's Greenest Party, the Green Party and Environmentalism

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    The Federation of Self-employed and Small Businesses Ltd (FSB) is headquartered on Blackpool Business Park. The FSB is not party political but one of our LibDem members is also member of FSB and we are grateful for the following alert: Lancashire Apprenticeship Hub helps SMEs in Lancashire to fill their skills gap by offering support in recruiting apprentices and trainees, and by offering access to funded mentoring training to your employees who will be supporting the new apprentice or trainee.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    In response to a comment about the Charlie Hebdo attack by a listener to his Radio Talk show on LBC on 9th January LibDem leader Nick Clegg said very forcefully: "There can be no excuse, no reason, no explanation - they have killed cartoonists who have done nothing more than draw drawings which they so happen to find offensive.At the end of the day, in a free society people have to be free to offend each other. You cannot have freedom unless people are free to offend each other. We have no right not to be offended. That fundamental principle of being free to offend people…is exactly what was under threat by these murderous barbarians.". This writer is delighted he did not say 'Islamists' because these killers, and those who think like them, are NOT Islamists. They breach everything that Islam stands for. In a three page story about the attack, (in the Observer on 18th January by Ed Vulliamy),the important point was also made that humour is the one thing all powerful and bigoted people are afraid of. They are also highly selective in their concept of free speech. " Pussy Riot are feted by the Brittish establishment. But what would happen if a female punk band - - was stomping on the alter steps of St Paul's singing abuse of the Queen? Would the media rally to their cause and would they be fawned over by parliament?". Perhaps the lesson is that we need to be very much more reluctant to take offence and also more thoughtful about giving it.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    At the 2010 General Election the Conservatives spent nearly £17m; Labout £8m; and the LibDems nearly £5m on their campaigns. Since the huge Conservative spend did not secure outright victory for them we might draw some comfort that it is not so easy to 'buy' a British election & a good thing too. Nonetheless the Tories are reported [FT 17/18 January] to be planning on spending £19.5m (the upper legal limit for a Political Party) and Labour £12m. We don't know what the LibDems & Ukip will have available. It's when you look at where this money is coming from that one has some concerns. Strict compliance rules apply to all donations. In 2014 Lord Farmer donated close to £900k and Sir Michael Hintze £1.5m to the Conservatives. They are Hedge fund executives. Property companies have donated £2.75m since 2010. Wealthy City figures are expected to swell Conservative coffers. UKIP (laughingly known as the peoples party) has received large donations from a nightclub owner; hedge fund founder; spread betting pioneer; retail tycoon amongst others. The LibDems by & large rely on small donations from a lot of people but are not going to turn down a large donation if offered. In a free society these big donors are entitled to have expectations as to reward but surely also the playing field should be levelled a bit? You can run a decent campaign locally for about £7k per seat so if the maximum total party spend was reduced to say £10 - £12m there would be enough to fund 631 candidates plus central activity.

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Winter Strategy Conference 2015
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    LGBT+ Lib Dems met at party HQ in Westminster last weekend for their annual Winter Strategy Conference. Activists from around the country, including our President, Baroness Liz Barker, assembled to plan objectives for the year, including policy and campaigning. A full report will be sent to members, including information from the recent Members' Survey.

  • Christmas tree planting on St Annes dunes
    Article: Jan 21, 2015

    On Mon 26th Jan hundreds of Christmas trees will be planted on St. Anne's beach as part of the project to protect the dunes. All the trees have been donated by local residents. Volunteers are now needed to finish the job.This is a Liberal Democrat initiave that has been running for a number of years. LibDem Cllr Tony Ford paid tribute to those other than LibDems who have turned out to help and to the co-operation of Fylde Brough Council. With respect to the planting he said: "All we have to do is drag trees from a pile on the beach and lay them into the trench(es) a bit of back-filling with a shovel might be needed. Contact me if you would like to help tonyford19@gmail.com and I can give you the details"

  • Article: Jan 16, 2015

    Let's have a break from politics for a day. There is a lot of activity in the UK making use of waste materials or otherwise getting commercial results from being concerned about the environment. Just three examples from the construction sector:

    A British company Co-Tropic Ltd has developed a fibre re-inforcemment system for concrete that increases its load bearing capacity by 76% and its ability to withstand deflection by 900%. enquiries@co-tropic.co.uk

  • Article: Jan 15, 2015

    More than 3million young adults between the ages of 17 & 22 will be eligible to vote for the first time on May7th. A wide ranging poll carried out on behalf of the Observer, & published on 28th December, shows them to be pro - European (62%); socialy liberal; against the pessimism, insularity, and negativity of many older people. Specifically 65 % believe we should retain both the monarchy and the Human rights Act. Given that 25 - 29yr olds have been worst hit by the recession they are not impressed by the Conservatives, nor forgiving of the LibDems; the Greens coming out at 19% in the party popularity stakes. (relevant to yesterday's story about the Greens & TV debates). They are not obsessed by immigration and dislike Farage, only 3% saying they will vote UKIP. The young are not impressed with the way the major parties engage with them and the challenge is to put that right. Since most of what they believe in is good LibDem stuff that is an especially big challenge for us.

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