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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

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Jan 23, 2015

    After over 25 years of heading the Harborough Hospital Campaign Cllr Phil Knowles has warmly welcomed tonight's news that NHS bosses have today approved funding for the £7 million plus, scheme.

    There is still a way to go but hopefully the contractors will shortly be on board and the scheme, delayed on so many occasions will finally proceed.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    The IFS report released today (Friday 23 January) confirms that the richest have shouldered the highest share of the burden as we move to repair the public finances.

    The Liberal Democrats have been clear that we expect those with the broadest shoulders to pay their fair share towards deficit reduction.

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    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Ibrahim Taguri, Liberal Democrat candidate for Brent Central, has been named as the party's Race Equality Champion.

    Ibrahim will engage with all communities and ensure the party continues to include commitments reflecting a diverse Britain in our manifesto.

    The new appointment was announced by Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a reception for the BAME community on Wednesday evening (21 January).

  • key_crime.jpg
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Figures released today (Thursday 22 January) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the level of crime in England and Wales has fallen to a record low.

    The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that in the year ending September 2014, crime fell by 11 per cent compared with the previous year.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Writing in the Independent, Tim Farron MP calls for an end to the delays in publishing the Chilcot Report.

    Read Tim's article in full below.

    In 2003 Britain was led by the Labour Party with Conservative support into a war with Iraq which many people in our country believe was illegal.

    It is why on the eve of the conflict a million people took to the streets to protest against the decision to send our troops into harm's way without the backing of the United Nations.

    The grim statistics resulting directly from that fateful decision are now, sadly, all too familiar.

    Nearly 200 British service personnel killed. More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Hundreds of thousands of families torn apart in the post-war chaos; and billions of pounds of taxpayer's money spent.

    But it important to remember that the conflict with Iraq is not ancient history. It is not some distant tragedy fought between past warring nations, led by romanticised characters from popular myth or legend.

    The war in Iraq helps to explain the world today. You cannot begin to understand modern geopolitics without first understanding its intricacies and its aftermath. The legacy of the Iraqi conflict is Britain's legacy too. Our country is less safe, less secure and less trusted in the Middle East because of it.

    This makes the public inquiry into British and American invasion of Iraq so important. The British people, the wounded soldiers and their families, deserve to understand how the decision to go to war was made.

    Six years after the independent inquiry was set up in 2009 by Gordon Brown - due to be published within 12 months - we are still waiting for answers. We have now been told Sir John Chilcot will not be reporting until after the General Election in May.

    This is completely unacceptable for two reasons.

    Firstly, the public, not just the million war protestors, and the thousands still affected by this terrible conflict have waited long enough. They need and deserve closure. They cannot move on if the decision to topple Baghdad is still shrouded in mystery.

    Secondly, by delaying publication the electorate will not be able to hold to account those who took the decision to go to war at the ballot box until 2020, the date of the next General Election.

    It means voters will have waited 17 years from the day British boots hit the ground in Iraq to be able to make a fully informed decision on the war, listening to all the evidence, and use it as a factor to decide who governs the country.

    This is a democratic deficit - we should not stand for it. It is why today (Wednesday) the Liberal Democrats launched a petition to call for the urgent publication of Sir John's report. It the very least the public expect.

    Whether it is the case or not, with every passing day there is a real danger the public will assume the report is being, as Nick Clegg has said, 'sexed down' by individuals rebutting criticisms put to them by the inquiry.

    David Cameron, the Conservative Party and, of course, Labour all voted for the Iraq War; and they all condemned the Liberal Democrats for opposing the invasion.

    It is incomprehensible to the British public that such an important report should be delayed. The voters did not have a say on the decision to go to war in 2003. They must have their say now - 17 years is far too long.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Applications are now open for the Liberal Democrats Diversity Office's training weekend for young people from Black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds.

    The event, which is open to young people aged 18 to 25 who self identify as being from a Black, asian or other ethnic minority background will be held at our party HQ in Westminster on Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 March.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 21, 2015
    By Laurence Norman in Wall Street Journal

    David Cameron's push for a referendum on his country's membership in the European Union, and his demand for powers back from Brussels to persuade U.K. voters to stay in the EU, has its fans.

    Vince Cable, his business secretary, is not among them.

    Mr. Cable, a leading figure in the Liberal Democrats, the British government's junior coalition partner, was in Brussels Tuesday speaking at the Lisbon Council think tank about the EU. Long known for his pro-European views, Mr. Cable sent Mr. Cameron a warning: raising expectations of major changes in EU rules to satisfy British demands was a dangerous gambit.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2015

    Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the rate of employment is at a record high of 30.8m.

    In the last three months employment rose by 37,000 and was up 512,000 on the year.

    For the first time since 2008 the unemployment rate has fallen below 6 per cent, falling 1.3 ​percentage points​ ​on the year to 5.8 per cent.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has written to the Sir John Chilcot in regard to the progress of the Inquiry he chairs into the United Kingdom's role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    In it he says: "if the findings are not published with a sense of immediacy, there is a real danger the public will assume the report is being 'sexed down' by individuals rebutting criticisms put to them by the Inquiry, whether that is the case or not."

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Controversial PFI deals in hospitals signed by Labour will cost taxpayers £11.7bn repayments over the next parliament, Liberal Democrat research reveals.

    Treasury figures analysed by the Liberal Democrats show the last Government signed off at least 138 Private Finance Initiative projects in the sector with private firms during their time in office.