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  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Today, Nick Clegg spoke at the launch of the Cityfathers, a new forum for working fathers, on the need for radical change to create equal opportunities in our parental leave system.

    Nick commented on the importance of change in modern society, where we now have the highest female employment rate on record. More parents choose to both earn and share childcare responsibility, but there is still an assumption that it is the father who works and the mother who cares for the children.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today warned that the clock is tickingJim HumeJim Hume for SNP Ministers to give farmers the information they need on the future of Scottish agricultural payments ahead of a key EU deadline.

    Speaking after the appearance of the Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP at the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs Committee, Mr Hume said the powers SNP Ministers have to create a Scottish Common Agricultural Policy come with real responsibilities.

    During the meeting, the Secretary of State underlined the consequences of missing key deadlines and falling foul of EU rules, pointing to the substantial fines imposed on England following previous reforms.

    Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

    "UK Ministers helped ensure that Scottish Ministers have the power take the big decisions over how we support our agricultural sector. But power comes with responsibilities. Richard Lochhead needs to give our farmers the answers they need on the CAP to allow the industry to plan for the future.

    "Scotland is now falling behind the rest of the UK on CAP implementation. The deadline for announcing details of the new Scottish payments system is fast approaching and the clock is ticking.

    "If we miss the boat on EU deadlines this would cause fundamental problems for farmers who are already facing real uncertainty."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    The Government has announced eight major renewable projects as part of electricity reforms, which will give a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

    The projects are delivering low-carbon, affordable and reliable power for the long-term that is better for the planet, consumers and the economy. By 2020, the projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs and will generate clean electricity to three million homes across the country.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Vince Cable has issued a warning to Britain's top companies that they need to crack down on bonuses in order to rebuild trust.

    The Business Secretary has written to the FTSE 100 members to remind them about the damage that big pay awards can have on their public image. He said pay levels at banks had been "ridiculous", which comes at a time when Barclays prepares to meet with it's shareholders this Thursday. Barclays came under fire earlier this year when it put £2.5 billion into its bonus pot, despite its dip in profits.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Vince Cable has announced £133 million of new investment into projects that will put Formula One technology into buses and diggers, developing the next generation of engines. These projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits.

    Investment will go into the research and development into technologies for the vehicles of the future. This has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power Liam McArthurLiam McArthur'blackout' across much of the Highlands & Islands last week was discussed in the Scottish Parliament earlier this afternoon.

    The Finance Secretary, John Swinney came to the Chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact on their constituents.

    Orkney's MSP Liam McArthur took part in the exchanges at Topical Questions, and commented afterwards:

    "The Finance Secretary accepted that delays in restoring power to customers in Orkney took longer than elsewhere. He insisted, however, that lessons had been learned and that steps were being taken to avoid any repeat of such problems in the future.

    "It was also helpful to understand the safeguards in place to help meet the needs of more vulnerable members of communities across the Highlands & Islands. While blackouts can cause inconvenience for many, they can present real risks to the elderly and infirm. Mr Swinney was able to reassure MSPs that SSE had worked closely with the emergency services, as well as those involved in health and social care, to minimise any such risks.

    "While preventing all future blackouts may be impossible, it is important that systems are made as resilient as possible and that response procedures are improved where appropriate. In that sense, Mr Swinney's comments to parliament this afternoon offer some hope that this is happening".

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour's legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure.

    More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ukip have published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that it is right to tackle concerns about immigration, but spreading fear and bogus claims is not the answer.

    Instead, we are working to deliver better immigration checks and more job opportunities. That's why we have created 1.6 million apprenticeships, helping young people in Britain find work.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the NorthAlison McInnesAlison McInnes East Alison McInnes has today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker, and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petition's Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Ms McInnes is a member.

    Commenting on the petition, Ms McInnes said:

    "This petition shows the clear extent to which people in the North East and Highlands and Islands feel let down by the closures caused by the SNP's centralisation plans. Scottish Liberal Democrats share concerns that the closure of police and fire control rooms, and frontline police counters, represents a damaging loss of local knowledge.

    "From Aberdeen and Montrose to Durness and Portree, decades of local policing is being replaced by a one-size-fits-all faceless organisation. As a member of the justice committee I will be doing my utmost to ensure the justice secretary pays heed to these local voices."