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Willie Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.


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  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP today said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie people in the north of England will not be taken in by warm words from the First Minister over his independence plans.

    Speaking after First Minister's speech at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Mr Rennie argued that the SNP's independence tax plans were based on undercutting the north of England and amounted to little more than a 'cross-border economic raid'.

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "People in Liverpool will not be taken in by the First Minister's warm words. They understand full well that his entire economic plan is based on undercutting the north of England on corporation tax in a policy gamble that would cut tax revenues and public sector jobs.

    "The SNP's corporation tax policy is nothing more than a cross-border economic raid. It is designed to strip investment out of England."

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are breaking the taboo on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our goal is to end FGM within a generation.

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone is working to end FGM in the UK and in other parts of the world, and to increase awareness of the issue.

    Looking ahead to next week's Girl Summit, Lynne discusses progress in eliminating FGM.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women, under manifesto plans set out by Liberal Democrats today.

    Liberal Democrats would make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Today I published the Government's first ever Energy Investment Report. It shows how Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered on jobs and investment in energy - particularly green energy - and shows the plan we now have for this to continue for decades to come.

    Let me be clear - investment in the energy sector has not been a 'nice to have'. We inherited a legacy of energy underinvestment from Labour and we've spent the last four years turning this around. The sheer scale of the investment has already been huge: between 2010 and 2013 we've secured £45 billion of investment in electricity generation and networks alone. The UK's future energy infrastructure investment is larger than transport, communications and water spending combined.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

    Watch the latest episode here.

    Transcript

    This is LBC Call Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast. Call 0345 6060973 tweet at lbc973 text 84850. This is Call Clegg on LBC.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock, on Thursday, 17 July. That means it's time for Call Clegg with me Nick Clegg here on LBC with Nick Ferrari. I'll be taking your questions as ever for next half an hour or so. So get in touch on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk or you can watch of course you on the website, lbc.co.uk. So let's go straight to the first caller who is Alex. Alex in Edgware. Hello Alex.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander is seeking a meeting withDanny AlexanderDanny Alexander Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House to discuss local concerns over the routine deployment of armed police in the Highlands.

    Speaking after reports that armed police had been called to a disturbance in a fast food restaurant in Inverness, Mr Alexander said that Police Scotland must prove they have the flexibility to provide the sort of service that the Highlands deserves.

    Last month, Highland Council backed a Liberal Democrat motion calling on Police Scotland to review their policy on the use of armed officers.

    Mr Alexander has asked people in the Highlands who have concerns over the routine deployment of armed officers to contact him with their experiences.

    Commenting, Danny Alexander MP said:

    "It is perfectly understandable that shoppers and revellers would be surprised to see officers with fire-arms on the beat.

    "Clearly people's concerns are about far more than poor communication from the SNP and Police Scotland. It's about meeting the needs and expectations of community policing in the Highlands.

    "Those of us that opposed the centralisation Scotland's police force feared the impact a one-size-fits-all approach would have. Now Police Scotland must prove that they have the flexibility needed to provide the sort of service that the Highlands needs and deserves.

    "I am seeking a meeting with Sir Stephen House, the Chief Constable, and over the coming weeks I will be asking people and businesses in the Highlands to contact me with their experiences."

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    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources has doubled since 2010.

    A report released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) assesses the investment in UK energy and the progress being made.

    The report which finds that renewable sources now supply 15% of the UK's electricity was unveiled at the CBI Energy Conference by Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has announced a £154 million investment in research projects to keep the UK as a world leader in aerospace innovation.

    The investment will be used in four areas - which the UK excels in - wings, engines, aircraft structures and radio communications.

    This funding is part of a £2 billion government and industry investment in researching and development for the next generation of quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly planes.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have said they plan to significantly reform spare room subsidy rules.

    The plans will see those already in the social rented sector only lose their benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and turn it down.

    It would also permanently exempt disabled adults.

    It comes after a government report published this week showed changes to how housing benefit is paid are not delivering the outcomes we had hoped despite Discretionary Housing Payments.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that employment is at a record high.

    More people up and down the country are finding work as we build a stronger economy.

    In the last three months the number of people in work rose by 254,000.

    More than 30.64m people are now in work and over the quarter unemployment fell by 121,000.