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  • 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.

  • Garden Tax Petition Group (Sally Morgan)
    Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Some of the LibDem team for Teignbridge handed in a nearly 7000 signature strong petition today to Teignbridge District Council.

    Despite huge opposition to the Garden Tax, Teignbridge Conservatives today voted in favour of the tax at today's annual budget meeting.

    The additional £35 charge is set to come in after the elections in May.

  • in europe
    Article: Feb 25, 2015
    In YouGov

    You'd be forgiven for thinking that it's only a matter of time before the UK upsticks and leaves the European Union based on the negative press and the prominence given to groups such as UKIP (the UK Independence Party).

    However independent polls tell a very different story.

    The YouGov monthly poll, started in September 2010, has shown that:

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Jobseekers have taken part in more than 469,000 voluntary placements through Jobcentre Plus since January 2011, according to new figures published today by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Around seven in ten participants were young people able to gain skills and experience to help them move into paid work. Accordingly, the number of young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is now at its lowest since the 1970s.

  • 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.

Video of Recent Devon County Council Meetings