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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.


Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government have announced a further £12 million investment to help people with mental health conditions get back into work.

    This ties in with the Liberal Democrats' commitment to bringing treatment for mental health problems out of the shadows and in line with physical health.

    You can back our campaign to help us stamp out the stigma attached to mental health here.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.

    Liberal Democrats put safeguards in place to encourage disadvantaged young people to go to university. Setting the system on a sustainable footing, with the poorest 30% of graduates paying less overall than under the old system.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014
    By Sean Coughlan, Education Correspondent in BBC

    The number of UK university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time in 2014, with women a third more likely to enter higher education than men, Ucas admissions service figures show.

    Among 18-year-olds, 34% of women were allocated university places, compared with 26% of men, the widest ever gap.

    The gap is more than 50% in a quarter of parliamentary constituencies.

  • EU flag
    Article: Dec 19, 2014
    By Lord Wallace of Saltaire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    If you're interested in the evidence about UK interests at stake in EU membership, it's now available: over 2000 submissions, to 32 government reports. And the overwhelming evidence, from small business and large, from legal bodies and service providers, is that the EU serves British interests well, above all in the regulations that underpin the Single Market, but also in fighting cross-border crime and providing a multilateral framework for UK foreign policy.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A progress report into the processes and cultures within the Liberal Democrats has been published by Helena Morrissey.

    You can read the full progress report here.

    Responding to the report, Party President Tim Farron, said:

    "I very much welcome the report, and I'm pleased the party has made positive steps in the right direction. Helena Morrissey has undertaken a badly needed review that has already triggered important progress in our party.

  • Nick Clegg Question and Answer
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A million home improvements will keep Britain's homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to energy efficiency schemes introduced by Liberal Democrats in government.

    In under two years, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal package delivered new boilers, windows and insulation to around 830,000 extra houses, meaning warmer homes and lowers bills in time for Christmas.

  • David Laws
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Tuesday in parliament, William Hague announced four options to address the "English votes for English laws" issue. They are:

    • Barring Scottish and Northern Irish MPs from any role in English and Welsh bills and limiting England-only bills to English MPs
    • Allowing only English MPs, or English and Welsh MPs, to consider relevant bills during their committee and report stages, where amendments are tabled and agreed, before allowing all MPs to vote on the final bill
    • Allowing only English MPs, or English and Welsh MPs, to consider relevant bills at committee stage and giving them a effective veto in a separate vote before their third reading
    • A separate Lib Dem plan to establish a grand committee of English MPs, with the right to veto legislation applying only England, with its members based on the share of the vote.
  • John Marriott
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
    By Cllr John Marriott - Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the Lincolnshire County Council

    I was interested in Danny Alexander's reply to LGA Tory and Labour Group Leaders about rumours that the government might be considering lowering the maximum increase a council can raise its Council Tax by before triggering a local referendum.

    Claiming that Lib Dem led councils are tougher than those led by the two main parties will get us nowhere. In any case, how many councils do we still control? Not many I would guess compared with Tory and Labour and probably none at County or Unitary level where the real responsibility lies.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson is calling on the retail sector to do what is best - ensuring the greatest choice by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately.

    Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.