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  • Article: Oct 23, 2013

    Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

    "I am saddened to hear of INEOS' plans to place petrochemicals business into administration, particularly because of the impact it will have on the workforce and local community.

    "While respecting INEOS' right to make this decision, it is regrettable that both parties have not managed to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement that delivers a viable business model for the plant.

    "Even at this late stage, I urge INEOS to continue dialogue with the workforce, and Government will offer help and support with this.

    "INEOS have informed us that the refinery will stay open and the management wish to restart full operations as soon as possible.
    "We stand ready to help with discussions between the management and the union to ensure this can happen.

    "Fuel supplies continue to be delivered as usual and there is no current risk of disruption to supplies.

    "I continue to work very closely with the Scottish Government, and other colleagues across Government to share information with them."

  • Article: Oct 17, 2013

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics show crime against households is down by 7 per cent compared with the same time last year and has hit the lowest level since the record began in 1981.

    Norman Baker said:

    "The drop in number of crimes is very welcome. It shows we are tackling crime better than any time during the last 30 years and are providing safer communities for people than Labour ever did.
    "Police reform is working and crime is falling. Recorded crime has dropped yet again and now by more than ten per cent under the Coalition Government.
    "People have the right to go about their daily lives without being scared of becoming victims of crime, and it is Lib Dems in the Coalition Government who are helping to make their lives safer."

  • Article: Oct 16, 2013

    Across the UK the number of unemployed people in the UK has dropped by 18,000 in the last three months.

    The figures released show that the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance has fallen by 41,700.

    Today's figures also show that the total number of people in employment is at a new record high, with 29.87 million people in work between June and August.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Minister for the Department of Work and Pensions Steve Webb said:

  • Nick Clegg and school dinners (Dave Radcliffe)
    Article: Sep 18, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to announce that all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from September 2014, with equivalent funding for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals also from next September. Money is also being provided for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but as education is a devolved issue, it will be up to those running schools there to decide whether to spend the money on free lunches.

  • Article: May 9, 2013

    A massive thank you to everyone who worked hard in this year's local elections. It's been another tough year in our journey from a party of protest to a party of Government, but where it matters most, in our Parliamentary seats, we've stayed strong and even made gains, beating the Conservatives by 5% of the vote.

  • Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 28, 2013

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched the first phase of a business bank aimed at helping smaller firms struggling to access finance.

    A £300m will be initially invested in the venture, the first slice of £1bn of new capital with the first transactions likely to take place by the autumn, although small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were urged to submit an expression of interest by 22 May.

  • Fairer Taxes - £600
    Article: Apr 26, 2013

    In these tough times, we believe that everyone should pay their fair share of tax. That's what the Fairer Tax campaign is all about, and there are two things we want to do.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlIXCuJL6wM

  • Change that Work for You
    Article: Apr 26, 2013



    The Liberal Democrats Party Election Broadcast on the eve of their 2010 Election Manifesto launch:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTLR8R9JXz4

    Nick Clegg talks of the broken promises put forward by the Labour party and Conservatives, and that a vote for the Lib Dems means a vote for hope and an end to broken promises. Read the manifesto here: http://j.mp/LDManifesto

  • Adrian Sanders MP
    Article: Apr 25, 2013

    Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay Adrian Sanders has urged the Rail Minister to improve Great Western services in the South West.

    During a Transport Select Committee hearing on the state of rail franchises in the UK with Minister Simon Burns, Mr Sanders highlighted the uncertainty that stemmed from the postponement of the renewal of the Greater Western franchise, which covers services across Devon and Cornwall.

  • Jan Henshall poster
    Article: Apr 22, 2013

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for Dartmouth and Kingswear ward points out her priorities if elected as Devon County Councillor.

Video of Recent Devon County Council Meetings