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  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Minister for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey answered questions on the DECC Twitter about the impact of climate change and the actions that can be taken.

    Take a look at the questions and answers here:

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the SNP Government is sliding backwards as the UK Government strides forwards in its efforts to improve mental health services.

    The warning comes after Deputy Prime Minister today announced he has established a new mental health taskforce which will examine a range of issues around the provision of mental health services.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Yesterday, Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather's bill to tackle retaliatory evictions was published, ahead of its second reading on Friday.

    Commenting on the bill that will stop landlords evicting tenants who make a complaint about essential repairs or poor conditions in their homes, Liberal Democrat Minister for Communities and Local Government Stephen Williams said:

  • Nick meets RBL SW representatives in Parliament
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP has met local representatives from the Royal British Legion (RBL) to discuss the welfare of the North Devon service community.

    At an event in the Houses of Parliament, Nick spoke to RBL's Team Leader for the South West Sue Archard. The Legion's recent household survey of the ex-Service community revealed that veterans are more likely than other citizens to be unemployed, have higher rates of alcohol dependency, or to experience back pain and limb problems. The Legion is helping to meet this need through a range of services, including independent money and benefits advice services and online training.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Baroness Northover will today announce that Britain has joined global action and pledged £31m to help prevent millions of people dying from illnesses linked to cooking over coal, wood, dung or biomass stoves.

    Figures from the World Health Organisation show that every year year 4.3m people die from illnesses caused by exposure to household air pollution.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling on businesses to revolutionise what they are doing to support family friendly working.

    Nick's call for action follows the results of a survey by Mumsnet which reveals that 39 per cent of dads have had to use their paid annual leave just to take time off after the birth of a child.

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    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    The pay gap between men and women has fallen to a record low, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    In April, the difference in pay between men and women stood at 9.4 per cent, compared with 10 per cent the previous year.

    When records began in 1997, the pay gap was 17.4 per cent, the ONS said.

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    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb has welcomed moves by the police and NHS services in the West Midlands to improve mental health care.

    The police force and NHS have signed a declaration to improve mental health crisis care and make the use of police cells for people with mental health issues, a thing of the past.

  • Article: May 30, 2014

    Latest reports show that Britain's economic prospects are the brightest that they have been in over a decade.

    According to two major business lobby groups, the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the UK economy has reached a record high this month.

    Optimism among consumers has risen to its best level in nine years. The CBI said that its survey of more than 700 firms showed the economy growing at its fastest pace since its records began in 2003. Meanwhile, the BCC upgraded its growth forecast for 2014 from 2.8% to 3.1%, which would be the highest since pre-crisis 2007.

  • Article: May 30, 2014

    As Chair of the Party's democratically elected Campaigns & Communications Committee, Nick Clegg has today asked me to conduct a review into the Local and European election campaign and result. I will be joined in doing this work for Nick by a small group comprised of Cllr Abi Bell - Leader of the Party Group on Hull City Council, Cllr Ruth Dombey - Leader of Sutton Borough Council and George Lyon - former MEP for Scotland.

Video of Recent Devon County Council Meetings