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  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    A package of measures worth £530,000 will be invested in encouraging students to register to vote, the government has revealed.

    The National Union of Students will be allocated funding to run national competition for student unions to find the best ideas to get students to sign up to the electoral register.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Growth in the UK has shown the strongest performance among G7 countries from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has welcomed the fact that today's OECD report sets out that the best way to secure the recovery in the next Parliament is to finish the job of deficit reduction and to do so fairly by selective tax increases on the wealthy.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today announced that the Low Pay Commission's recommendations to government for the 2015 rates are as follows:

    Adult rate - £6.70

    18-20 rate - £5.30

    16-17 rate - £3.87

    Apprenticeship rate - £2.80

    Commenting Vince said:

    "Today the Low Pay Commission have made their recommendations to government that the adult national minimum wage should rise by just over 3 per cent to £6.70 an hour from October 2015 .

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Tim Farron tells the Liberal Democrats' Diversity and Outreach Officer Lucile Kamar about what he feels is his most important work.

    Described as "a brave politician" who delivered "the stand out speech out of all the party conferences" by Operation Black Vote, Tim Farron, MP for the constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale is clearly championing diversity.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    The working age poor will pay the price under the Conservatives' plans to ring -fence pensioners benefits.

    The Conservatives plans include protecting all universal pensioner benefits such as the winter fuel allowance and free TV licences.

    Liberal Democrats believe in creating a fairer society. Our plans include removing the winter fuel payments and free TV licences from the wealthiest five per cent of pensioners.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, will tomorrow (Monday 23 February) highlight the importance of economic stability and why the Liberal Democrats are the only Party capable of delivering for business in the UK.

    Speaking to an audience at the Saïd Business School in Oxford Danny is expected to say:

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    In a speech on Liberal Democrat justice policy Nick Clegg will say that a rising prison population is a sign of "failure not success."

    Nick will make the case that too many abused and vulnerable women, drug addicts and people with mental health problems are currently locked up behind bars.

    Nick will call for an evidence-based approach to do "what works" to cut crime, not just "to sound tough" or "play to the gallery."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrats plans to extend free childcare will save families thousands of pounds, Liberal Democrats Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

    Liberal Democrats will provide 15 hours of free childcare to all children of working parents aged between 9 months and 2 years old. Under the policy, the average family will save £2,670 each year.

    Speaking on his weekly radio show on LBC, Call Clegg, Nick said:

    "One of the things we've discovered over time is that the kind of help you give as a society to little children, before they've even hung up their coat on their first day of primary school, has as dramatic, if not more dramatic, effect on their subsequent ability to do well in life than actually what happens as teenagers in the classroom."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling for fewer women offenders to be put behind bars.

    In a speech on Liberal Democrat justice policy on Monday, Nick will describe the plight of thousands of abused and vulnerable women imprisoned in England and Wales as a "litany of despair."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    In a speech to the Pre-School Learning Alliance, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg outlined the party's vision for a world-class early years education system.

    A transcript of Nick's speech is below.

    Today, I want to talk to you about the Liberal Democrats' vision to build a world-class early years education system in Britain.

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