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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

  • 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.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2015

    Before the 2010 General Election David Cameron said " TV debates are here to stay" and " We will have them in every election in the future and that is a good thing for democracy". Now he and his party are doing everything that they can think of to prevent debates this time. Even [Lord] Norman Tebbitt think he will come across as 'frit' if they don't happen. His latest pathetic excuse is that the Green Party must take part. The Greens have had a setback in that Ofcom has made a preliminary ruling that they don't command enough support whereas UKIP does. Fancy Dave being so keen on the Greens. The Greens gained an elected MP in 2010. UKIP got two renegade Tories re-elected as MPs in 2014. If you want to find out how Ofcom manages to deny commonsense look up on the 'net' : Review of Ofcom list of major political parties for elections taking place on 7th May 2015. All 50 pages of it ! Please contribute to the 'consultation' which ends on 5th February. LibDems don't want 'Desperate Dave' let off the hook.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2015

    Between now and the election LibDems will fight every day for the stronger economy and fairer society this country needs - where everyone has the opportunity to get on in life.

    LibDem election 'Cabinet' During the election campaign existing Cabinet Members in the Coalition will retain their positions. The 'election cabinet' is strengthened by the allocation of Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs to former President, Tim Farron and Nick Harvey returns to Defence. The North West's John Leech picks up Culture Media & Sport. Commenting on the team Nick Clegg said: "This talented front bench have shown both inside government and beyond that they stand for a liberal Britain - one of openness, tolerance and compassion. Over the coming months, they will prove that the Lib Dems are the only party that can balance the budget, cut taxes for 30 million people, invest in health and education and protect our environment. It is a team that will never pander to the politics of grievance, fear and blame but instead work every day to keep Britain anchored in the centre ground.

  • Richard Bennett & Caro Lanyon collecting trees
    Article: Jan 11, 2015

    May we say a big thank you to all the Fylde residents who offered their Christmas trees for recycling and planting on the beach to protect the dunes in St Anne's. This year we have collected in excess of 370 trees mainly from St. Anne's but also from further afield in the borough.

    Our team of collectors, including St Annes TC Cllr. Carol Lanyon & FBC prospective candidate for Central Ward, Richard Bennett [Pictured], and in truth only 5 in number, have done a terrific job in really poor weather conditions to amass such a huge number of trees which are now stored on North Beach Car Park, to be planted out in front of the dunes in late Jan/early Feb dependent on the tides.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2015

    Opening his press conference on Monday 5 January Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg argued that the biggest threat to Britain's economic recovery comes from Labour and the Conservatives.both of who are reverting to type as the election approaches.

    Labour say trust us, we'll fix the economy and raise living standards. But they won't. They are a clear and present danger to the recovery. Their economic policy consists of huge borrowing and total denial about their responsibility for what happened last time.In Ed Balls you have the man who, as city minister, let the banks get away with utterly irresponsible behaviour, now claiming he is the guy you should trust with the economic recovery. "It's like waking up to find a late night voicemail from an ex saying that they've changed and it will all be different if only you give them one more chance". But it won't be different. Labour will borrow and borrow. Under Labour, we could be paying billions more every year just on the interest on our debt - money that should be spent on schools, hospitals and frontline public services.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2015

    Exactly seventeen weeks from today on 7th May we will be able to vote in the most important General (and indeed local) Election for many years. We just hope that firstly the turnout will be large. It is very important that, whatever the outcome, it reflects a high level of participation from the electorate. Secondly we hope that the campaign - although passionate & heated - will also allow serious and evidence based debate. Gary Silverman from the USA writing in the Financial Times on 27th December fires some warning shots in this regard. He writes " - the shrillest voices are more likely to be heard and the most gruesome images - to be seen". He goes on " ---- the social media era has been marked by the rise of tribalism, separatism,sectarianism,chauvanism and provincialism all over the planet". And don't we know how true those comments are, and, as we have seen yesterday in France and in many other places in the last year, how dangerous and damaging are the forces thus unleashed. He continues " In the US ---- right & left are so far apart that they have stopped bothering to disagree " They just talk about the different issues that consume them. So please voters - think carefully before you cast your vote.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2015

    The Tories election poster which claims that the deficit has been halved was described as 'porkies' by the Tory supporting 'Spectator' magazine whose editor wrote: "The Tory leadership is prepared to use dishonesty as a weapon in this election". Osbornes policy for 2015 & beyond is to simply hack away even more fiercely at welfare expenditure. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander, who is the Cabinet Minister responsible for controlling public expenditure, in an interview with The Independent, accused chancellor George Osborne of planning £60bn of unnecessary cuts by 2020. He said: "The Tory agenda to keep reducing public spending beyond what is necessary would result in the wilful destruction of important parts of our public services. That is not appropriate or right for this country." The trouble is that Osborne's rigid Tory ideology has focused, and will continue to focus, exclusively on public expenditure cuts and ignores the need to increase tax revenue (despite much lip service to the issue of corporate tax avoidance) and increase business activity.

  • Nick Clegg and Norman Baker at Lewes constituency office
    Article: Jan 6, 2015

    One in four people will experience a mental health condition, but for many the stigma surrounding mental health will prevent them from speaking out or getting the help they need. As part of his campaign to increase awareness of mental health issues, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling for people to nominate those in their areas ,from healthcare professionals to next door neighbours, who have gone the extra mile to help, support and inspire those with mental illnesses and/or change perceptions of mental health conditions. Nick said:"I want to celebrate those whose passion and commitment have helped someone get through their darkest days and helped challenge the taboo around mental health which has existed for far too long. It is my ambition to bring mental health out of the shadows and create a fairer society where people can speak up about how they feel and get the support and treatment they need to live the life that they choose." Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: "Mental illness touches us all and, everyday, people in our communities are doing amazing things to improve the lives of those affected. We want to recognise and reward them" To nominate someone complete and return the nomination form. The winning nominees will be invited to a ceremony in London on Thursday 5 February, which will mark Time to Change's 'Time to Talk Day' to encourage people to speak out about mental health.

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