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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 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.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2015

    This is an update on the posts on this site of 26th March ' Liberal Democrats have the RIGHT priorities for the country' and 29th March 'NHS safe in Tory Hands'. Liberal Democrats, are leading a sustained campaign, and have done for many months, to get the stigma removed from mental health and give it the same status as other illness. There is still much to do. On March 14th LibDem Leader, Nick Clegg, announced £1.25bn for children's mental health. On 6th January the LibDems promised to plug the NHS funding gap in England and know how to fund it. Nick Cohen (not a LibDem enthusiast) in the Observer 12th April referred to 'The LibDems - - - - impressive health minister, Norman Lamb''. By contrast the Tories, have only just realised that this is important, they've only come round to it in the last few days, probably only because one recent press report says: ' Thanks to the Liberal Democrats the treatment of mental illness is an election issue'. Asked HOW they were going to fund the £8bn needed Tory Jeremy Hunt floundered about eventually being asked by a questioner ''Do you make this stuff up as you go along?'' [ Huffington Post; BBC et al] The truthful answer should probably have been 'yes' but that's not what we got.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2015

    The Conservatives have today revealed that their manifesto will have a commitment to build four new, nuclear missile-armed, submarines. Speaking on LBC's Election Call, LibDem Leader Nick Clegg said he thought it was odd that the Conservatives were elevating Trident over other key areas such as education and jobs. Nick said: "I find it quite extraordinary that the Conservatives appear this morning to have elevated this nuclear weapons system as the most important thing in which they are in politics for. They're saying it's a red line and all of this kind of stuff.'' The Liberal Democrat position is that we remain wholly unconvinced that the UK needs to renew its current system on the same scale as the Cold War system. Furthermore, we believe that the nation cannot afford to do so.Under our approach we will keep the United Kingdom secure whilst keeping cost down through having a sensible and pragmatic approach to our independent nuclear deterrent. We will have a policy which is based on contingency planning rather than a continuous at sea deterrent. We will take a step down the nuclear ladder by ending 24-hour patrols of the high seas and producing few submarines. This is a sensible approach that reflects our defence needs without needless posturing. This issue is too important to be brought down by the Conservatives to General Election point-scoring - not about what is best for the UK. Any debate on our nuclear capacity should be a grown-up conversation of the merits of our nuclear policy.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2015

    The disaster that has befallen the NHS as a result of Conservative Andrew Lansley's 'reforms' that Cameron promised in 2010 would not happen continues to manifest itself. With the complete ignorance of common sense economics for which the Conservative Party [and UKIP] are justly famous a recent report from the Nursing & Midwifery Council reveals that, due to cuts in number of nurse training places in the UK, the number of 'homegrown' nurses coming into the system has fallen by about 8000 a year for each of the last four years. Displaying typical politics of delusion Cameron said in the 7way debate that there were 'more nurses, more doctors'. In 2009/10 11% of nurses were recruited from overseas. By 2014/15 that had risen to 29%. So that's where the increase is coming from. Eat you heart out Nigel & the Tory right. Immigration is saving the day. Pat Read, chief nurse at Luton and Dunstable University Trust points out that it costs some £2500 to actively recruit a nurse from the EU. Happily their skills are of a high order but that is not the point. The point is that the so called party of business and custodian of austerity and proper custodian ship of the public purse (according to George Osborne) has seen the spending on Agency Staff rise by £540million since 2010. Given that Agencies need to retain money to cover their own costs etc. can someone please explain how this is financially efficient?

  • Article: Apr 7, 2015

    We hope our visitors of all Faiths and none had a happy & restful Easter break. As appropriate our activists were still out there leafleting and getting our Liberal Democrat message across. For Christians, as befits the occasion, one can always rely on Archbishop of York, the Rev John Sentamu to stir things up, but he was not alone. In February the Church of England House of Bishops (all 42 of them) published a 56 page pastoral letter ''Who is my Neighbour'' Archbishop Sentamu confronted head on the argument that the Church should not intervene in Politics. Responding to Matthew 22:21 ' Then he said unto them: therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's' ,which is often used as veto on the Church taking an interest in politics, he said [in an Email to the Observer which devoted three pages on Easter Sunday to the issue] ' For Jesus the head of Caesar may be on the coin, but all things belong to God. So giving must be first to the Lord and Caesar may get what God permits Caesar to take! To suggest that some areas of life are off-limits for the Almighty is at best ignorant and at worst heretical'. It got worse for the politicians. The letter noted that the poor had borne the biggest burden during five years of austerity. Politicians should raise their sights beyond arguments about who might manage the existing system best and grasp a fresh moral vision - the common good. And much much else. Predictably the Conservative Party in particular were aroused to fury. Practising Catholic Iain Duncan Smith sounded off in the Daily Mail [we all know hoiw compassionate he is]. Right wing blogger Guido Fawkes, whose general lack of interest in facts and balance is well known, had a go as did even David Cameron. It seems that the old cliche about the Church of England being the Tory Party at prayer had been betrayed. The CofE was not alone either. The Roman Catholic Cardinal Vincent Nichols; Andrew Marr; Will Hutton; and many many others have made the same general point. The Archbisop of Canterbury sums it up ' Our greatly secularised society seems to agree on only one, quite un - Christian principle: that is every persoin for themselves' Other Faiths would identtify with that we are sure.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2015

    Gerald Vernon Jackson, Leader of the Local Government Association (LGA) Liberal Democrats, has welcomed a new announcement that will enable councils to keep a lid on the numbers of payday loan companies or betting shops allowed to open. He said: "Councils and their communities have repeatedly called for powers to tackle problems caused by the proliferation of betting shops and pay day loan companies. We are pleased the Government has acted on the concerns expressed both by the LGA and Liberal Democrat Councillors. Putting bookmakers in a new planning class will rightly ensure councils can consider and scrutinise all applications for new betting shops. However, this will not help areas with existing clustering of betting shops as it will still allow a rival betting company to simply take over a vacant betting or payday loan ship without needing planning permission.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2015

    How should we react to Geothermal Energy? The Blackpool Gazette reported on 31st March 2015 the Cuadrilla had joined up with Geothermal Engineering Ltd to explore getting geothermal heat from existing drill sites to power nearby homes. The proposal, as reported, is far to vague to form an opinion but geothermal certainly has far less to worry about than fracking. Iceland is a pioneer in the use of geothermal energy for space heating. Generating electricity with geothermal energy has increased significantly in recent years. Geothermal power facilities currently generate 25% of the country's total electricity production. During the course of the 20th century, Iceland went from what was one of Europe's poorest countries, dependent upon peat and imported coal for its energy, to a country with a high standard of living where practically all stationary energy is derived from renewable resources. In 2011, roughly 84% of primary energy use in Iceland came from indigenous renewable resources. Thereof 66% was from geothermal. Generating electricity with geothermal energy has increased significantly in recent years. As a result of a rapid expansion in Iceland's energy intensive industry, the demand for electricity has increased considerably.

  • 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?

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