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Liberal Democrats work all the year round on your behalf not just election time

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The Trade Bill announced in the Queen's speech is simply a job creation scheme for Liam Fox, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, said: "In reality this is an Anti-Trade Bill, as it means leaving the single market and customs union, despite clear opposition from the Chancellor and the Bank of England.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after Conservative plans were slammed as a Dementia Tax during the election.

    Commenting, Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: "Social care is in a state of total crisis. A million older people are missing out on care they need and services face a funding black hole of billions in this year alone.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have vowed to oppose any attempts to weaken workplace rights, health and safety standards and environmental protections as part of the government's Repeal Bill.

    The party is also calling for proper oversight and transparency over the Repeal Bill, after the government's White Paper hinted at a power grab by ministers through the use of so-called Henry VIII powers.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Donald Trump's state visit to the UK appears to have been shelved for at least two years after it was not included in the Queen's speech.

    Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael commented: "It took Theresa May just seven days to offer Donald Trump a state visit, it's taken her 145 days to officially postpone it.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on the Scottish Police Authority to use a new report from the police watchdog condemning its secrecy and weaknesses as the impetus for root and branch reform of the organisation.

    The HMICS Thematic Review of the Scottish Police Authority, published today, highlights a number of failures of governance including the holding of meetings in private and a "dysfunctional" relationship between the SPA chair and chief executive.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Letting agents fees look set to be banned in this year Queen's Speech following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.

    The fees cost on average £223 per tenancy but under the new plans they will be banned and tenants will be given the opportunity to recover illegal fees imposed upon them.

    Lib Dem peer Olly Grender, who has led a campaign against the fees, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the ban on letting fees set out in my Private Members' Bill is now being proposed as law.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Jo Swinson has been elected unanimously as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The result was announced on Tuesday evening at the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party meeting.

    Jo will continue in her role as Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.

    Jo Swinson said:

    "I am very proud to have been elected by a newly energised and strengthened parliamentary party.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Jo Swinson has been elected unanimously as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The result was announced on Tuesday evening at the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party meeting.

    Jo will continue in her role as Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.

    Jo said: "I am very proud to have been elected by a newly energised and strengthened parliamentary party.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Responding to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice's statement to the Parliament today on the Policing 2026 strategy, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "Officers and staff are doing an incredible job in keeping our communities safe but the loss of 2000 civilian posts as a result of the SNP's botched centralisation and diktats continues to cause real harm. It is now clear this will take years to fix - time and resources the police could have used to better adapt to emerging threats such as cyber crime.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Responding to reports that Nicola Sturgeon is likely to make a statement on plans for a second independence referendum before recess, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Any announcement from the First Minister must be to take another divisive independence referendum off the table. We all remember this time last year when Nicola Sturgeon rallied the independence troops in the hope it would change public opinion. It didn't.