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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.

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  • Article: Apr 24, 2015

    In 2012 William Hague described the 'Balance of Competencies' review as the ''most extensive analysis of the impact of UK membership of the EU ever undertaken''. It was intended to demonstrate the truth of David Cameron's assertion that the EU was 'becoming a state' which had accrued excessive powers. To the dismay of the Tory party, whose whole EU policy is geared to bringing power back from Brussels, Lord Hannay, former British Ambassador to the EU, said: ''The clear message from the review is that none of its 32 chapters is there a compelling case for the repatriation of powers'' back from Brussels. It gets worse for the Tories (and of course for UKIP). At the end of March the chair of the House of Lords European Union Committee, Conservative former minister Lord Boswell came close to accusing the Government of trying to cover up the findings. Last Sunday, in an extensive interview with the Observer, LibDem Lord Wallace of Saltaire went further and spelled out how Downing St had repeatedly sought to block evidence which did not support the Eurosceptic position, particularly in the 'Free Movement of Labour' chapter, and delay publication.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2015

    In the mid 18th Century John Harrison invented a clock which could keep accurate time at sea thus finally allowing navigators to measure their longitude position. The full story was turned into a book and TV programme both called 'Longitude' . Harrison was a carpenter so his success was a serious embarrasment to the 'elite' of the times and he had to wait a long time for recognition and the reward money. Later he wrote a book in which he claimed he could build a pendulum clock for use on land that would keep time to within a second over 100days (although it would have to be wound regularly) and outlined its design. He was massively ridiculed. Fast forward to 1970 when interest was revived. Artist & clockmaker, Martin Burgess, built two versions of this clock and at a conference 'Harrison Decoded:Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock' held at Greenwich on 18th April it was revealed that one of these, Clock B, had run, in a meticulously controlled experiment, for 100days during which it lost only five eighths of a second.

  • Stephen Williams
    Article: Apr 21, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats want to make certain there's more affordable housing, not less, by building 300,000 homes a year and making it easier for young people to both rent their first property and then buy their first home via a Rent to Own scheme .

    We noted on 14th April [A Conservative manifesto full of anomalies] the shambles that the proposed Conservative housing policy is. It now transpires that in October 2013 their own Minister of Housing, Kris Hopkins, wrote to LibDem MP Tessa Munt stating: '"Housing associations are independent, not for profit voluntary bodies and if they are obliged to consistently sell off their stock at less than market value they might find it difficult to borrow which could impact adversely on their repair and maintenance programmes and affect the future provision of affordable housing.
    Any increase to the discount available under the [Right to Buy] would only be possible through upfront central Government subsidy, potentially incurring a high liability for the public purse."

  • Budget 2015 Danny Alexander
    Article: Apr 20, 2015

    During the TV debates, and in the Conservative manifesto, David Cameron repeatedly said that Tory cuts would only amount to 'the equivalent of a normal household saving just £1 a year in every £100 it spends'.However, the Conservatives refusal to raise a penny from fair & proportionate taxes from the wealthy, along with an extra year of ideological driven cuts once the books have been balanced, plus their unfunded election giveaways, amount to taking £6 for every £100 the government spends for three years. More than the UK's entire defence and police budget combined. David Cameron either knows the true facts and refuses to tell us, or he simply doesn't know. Either way it does him & the Tories no credit

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    Three quarters of the policies that featured in the 2010 Liberal Democrat Manifesto formed the backbone of the Coalition's programme. In Government, Liberal Democrats delivered on front-page commitments like raising the Income Tax threshold and investing in the poorest schoolchildren through the Pupil Premium. The 2015 Manifesto builds on a record of policies delivered in national government. That's why, in Government for the next five years, Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society with opportunity for everyone. This time the front page priorities are:

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    Just a sample from one political party (Guess which) all within the last few days:

    * Campaign leaflet littered with spelling and grammatical errors

    * Councillor arrested after alleged assault

    * Boost to minimum wage ruled out because it will provoke a 'surge' in Romanian immigrants

    (never mind a minimum wage rise benefiting millions of 'native' British)

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Hopefully folk are waking up to the fact that the Liberal Democrats put their words into action for the benefit of the people they represent. It may not seem like a big deal but the Fylde LibDems have ALL their leaflets etc printed in the Fylde & Preston. Conservative Mark Menzies leaflet was printed in Burnley; Labour's Jed Sullivan's leaflet is printed in Laindon, Essex; the Greens leaflet is printed in Wellington. For the local elections the Conservative Heyhouses leaflet was printed in Birmingham; Conservative St Leonards in Derbyshire and so on. We think this matters. So do others. Liberal Democrat party membership has had eight months of continuous growth . This has not happened to a party in Government for as long as people can remember. And despite the media trying to marginalise us, because they prefer a fist fight to common sense, where it really matters - in the polling booth - we offer huge congratulations to Liberal Democrat, David Lee, who, a couple of weeks ago, took the Whyteleafe Ward of Tanridge District Council from the Tories gaining 50% of the vote.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    The BBC inaccurately report that Nick Clegg had 'chosen not to take part' in last night's election debate. Indeed David Dimbleby gave no explanation in the debate itself why the BBC had excluded Nick Clegg from participating - presumably because the Corporation was too embarrassed to admit they kow-towed to the Prime Minister. The truth is that Clegg was not invited to take part. Nick has said many times: '' I would have happily taken part and proudly defended our strong record in government''.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2015

    We are not going to do a detailed critique of the Conservative Party 2015 Manifesto launched today but the housing and inheritance policies are connected and very puzzling. There seems to be a general consensus that the replacement of housing stock for the least well off has fallen well behind the amount of such housing that has been sold off under various schemes since Thatcher started the practice in the 1980's. The Conservative Manifesto talks about extending the right to buy to Housing Association tenants. A figure of 1.3m households has been bandied around. (the National Housing Federation says Housing Associations provide 2.5m homes ) It seems that such houses will be sold at a discount similar to existing rules for Council owned housing - what is left of it. That can amount to a max. discount outside London of £77900. The average house price in Burnley is £95854 [FT'Money' 11 April]. How does a discounted sale provide enough money for a replacement?

  • Article: Apr 13, 2015

    There are no adequate words to do justice to the appalling tragedy that was the crash of the German Wings aircraft and we are not going to try. There are obviously a few occupations where the mental health of an individual is a barrier to employment. But too much of the media coverage has been unthinking, and has raised questions which are prejudicial to the employment of people with a mental health problem. Having and holding a worthwhile job has been shown in many many cases to be a massive boost to mental well being and helping those with a problem respond to treatment and so forth. In the vast majority of employment situations the mental condition poses no threat to anyone and does not hamper the employees ability to perform the job. It is critical that 'Officialdom' at all levels supports individuals and employers and does not allow the tragic aircraft incident to be misrepresented.

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