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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: Feb 17, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats were again ahead of the game ( sorry!) when, in October 2014 at Federal Conference, where LibDem policy is formed, we passed a very comprehensive motion ' F29 Reclaiming the Peoples Game'. This recalled that the 2010 Coalition Agreement stated that "We will encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the cooperative ownership of football clubs by supporters". Why wasn't that done? Well firstly it was a LibDem -not a Conservative initiative and secondly we are a minority member of a coalition and there were perceived bigger priorities. There are 21 recommendations in the motion one of which says: "Greater clarity and robustness in the rules regarding what constitutes a 'fit and proper person' to serve as a director or owner of a football club".

  • Article: Feb 16, 2015

    One of the best bits of news at the end of last week was that Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and David Cameron have signed up to an unusual cross party pledge to combat climate change whatever the outcome of the General Election. This is another (but for a change very welcome) pendulum swing for Cameron, who you will recall promised in 2010 the 'greenest government ever' ; converted that to 'green crap' a few years later; and appointed Owen Paterson - who believes that we should scrap the Climate Change Act and that renewables are a waste - as Environment Secretary. The three party leaders have agreed to stick to the UK's goal of sharply reducing carbon emmissions; phasing out of all coal power stations unless equiped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) and to work on making a global climate deal to be signed this year legally binding. Tory right wingers are doubtless incandescent. The party leaders have agreed to work across party lines to agree carbon budgets but have left room for disagreement over how the budgets will be met. At last some sensible politics instead of the infantile 'Tweedledum and Tweedledee' that so 'distinguishes ( disgraces more like)' Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons.

  • Cllr Tony Ford & Liz Lynne
    Article: Feb 13, 2015

    Hard to think that this time last week were eagerly anticipating Fylde LibDems annual dinner. Our Chair Cllr Tony Ford [pictured with our guest speaker Liz Lynne] wrote to most people earlier this week as follows: Thank you all very much for supporting our Annual Dinner. I know not everyone could attend and I appreciate many of our members and supporters were there in spirit. Thank you too for all the donations of raffle prizes. It proved to be a really successful evening as guest speaker Liz Lynne regaled us all with tales from the EU and her experiences in Westminster. Of particular interest was the way she 'tamed' the naughty boys of the Labour party when they gave her grief. The food provided by Dahlias Kitchen was again of a very high standard and the staff looked after us really well indeed.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats are today [Thursday] publishing the front page of the party's manifesto for the May general election, with these key policies:
    * Prosperity for all: Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high skill, low carbon economy
    * Fair taxes: Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500
    * Opportunity for every child: Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class
    * Quality health care for all: Invest £8bn to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health
    * Our environment protected: Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws

  • Article: Feb 7, 2015

    Yesterday evening Fylde Liberal Democrats held their annual dinner and were delighted to welcome Liz Lynne, former MP & MEP as guest speaker. It was very pleasing that number of young people were present. One of Liz's enthusiasms and activities is the promotion of manufacturing. There is much more of that, and it is more important, than the media gives credit for especially in the North West. Today the financial pages report that shares in Clean Air Power, a company based in Leyland, have risen sharply because the company has received a Certificate of Conformity from the United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its US Genesis EDGE Dual-Fuel™ product.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2015

    The evaluation of Andew Lansley's 'reforms' of the NHS conducted by the King's Fund think tank and reported today [6th Feb 2015] says that the changes had wasted three years, failed patients, caused financial distress and left a strategic vacuum.

    Never let the voters forget that Andrew Lansley's 'reforms' to the NHS were an entirely CONSERVATIVE AFFAIR. They were in direct contradiction to the pre 2010 election promises (from 2006 onwards) of David Cameron. In a speech at the Royal College of Pathologists on 2 November 2009, Cameron reiterated :"With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS." It was NOT in the Conservative Party 2010 Manifesto. What we got was the biggest top-down reorganisation of the service in its history.

  • Green Liberal Democrats Logo (square) (Green Libdems)
    Article: Feb 4, 2015
    By The Green Liberal Democrats

    We have a PDF with suggested Fracking motions The contents of the PDF as follows:

    Fracking and other Unconventional Fossil Fuel Extraction

    There is a strong desire among environmentalists for the banning or severe restraint of "Fracking". However Local Minerals Planning Authorities (Unitary or County Councils) have to judge planning applications in the light of local plans that reflect central Government policy and that have been approved by the Minister of State.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2015

    The Prime Minister has said that his party would freeze per pupil funding at state schools in England over the course of the next Parliament, a cut in real terms. Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws said: "This is an unbelievably weak commitment from David Cameron and the Conservatives. Together with photographed briefing documents and a stated mission to make deeper cuts than necessary it can only lead to the conclusion that the Tories plan to make deep cuts in education. It makes a mockery of the Conservatives' claims to want to raise standards. You simply can't improve education while starving schools, nurseries and colleges of the resources they need" To freeze the budget against a surge in particularly primary school age children is in reality a massive cut. LibDems estimate some £3bn a year. It is exactly the same policy the Conservatives had in 2010 The Liberal Democrats have published The Gove Files, a 13 page dossier showing how the party has fought Michael Gove's ideological agenda inside the department. The document shows:how the Liberal Democrats have:

  • Article: Feb 1, 2015

    As well as the 'fracking' stories posted on here, the week has been busy with other environmental activity. The 'Big Tree Plant' was a Liberal Democrat initiative in Government and the one millionth tree has now been planted. LibDem Leader & Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has recently pointed out that " Going green is not a luxury extra but a necessary investment in our future" and "The only sustainable growth is green growth". Make no mistake this pressure is all LibDem stuff. Cameron referred to 'Green crap" and, in former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, he appointed a voiciferous climate change and renewable energy denyer.

  • Thermogram of house heat loss
    Article: Jan 30, 2015

    Good debate on Britain's energy addiction at libdemvoice:

    Cara Jenkinson writes:

    " Earlier this week parliament overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill calling for a moratorium on fracking.

    The challenge that the UK faces is that we are particularly dependent on natural gas. The vast majority of us have gas boilers and heating makes up much of the gas used in the UK. Weaning ourselves off gas boilers isn't easy. There are renewable alternatives such as heat pumps but these only work in very well insulated homes. And there's the rub. Around 70% of homes in the UK are still not well insulated, and a good portion of those have solid walls which are difficult and expensive to insulate.

    Even assuming a really ambitious programme of bringing 1 to 2 million homes a year to a high standard of insulation, and fitting them with heat pumps, we will still be dependent on gas until around 2030. On that basis, I suspect it does make sense to investigate fracking, with a robust regulatory framework, as the alternative is importing large quantities of gas.

    But the problem is we are nowhere near retrofitting 1 to 2 million homes a year.


    See more of the article and the debate at:

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