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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: Mar 26, 2015

    New research published by the Government Equalities Office reveals that the ages of seven and eight are critical in keeping girls motivated to play sport.

    Beyond this age, girls become more self-conscious, some lose confidence and many stop taking part in sport.

    The study by Women in Sport and the Youth Sport Trust follows research from the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation which showed that in Year 4 in school, activity levels are similar for boys and girls but by Year 6, girls are doing significantly less and the gap grows in the years that follow.

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    Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat manifesto plans for the NHS and the education system have been recognised by experts in these areas.

    Under our manifesto plans, we will invest £8bn a year in the NHS in real terms by 2020.

    We are the only party to set out an NHS plan that meets that meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens in his Five Year Forward View.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tim Farron has joined with Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone and International Development Minister Baroness Northover to announce a manifesto commitment to promote LGBT+ rights across the globe.

    Our manifesto plans include a commitment to promote international recognition of same sex marriages and civil partnerships, as part of a comprehensive international LGBT rights strategy that promotes the cause of decriminalising homosexuality in other countries.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    A new poster unveiled by the Liberal Democrats shows that a Labour or Conservative government would lurch economic policy dangerously to the left or the right.

    The poster highlights the crossroads facing the British public at the General Election and points to the dangers of leaving Ed Balls or George Osborne in charge of the nation's finances.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has awarded prizes to schools across the country in recognition of the work they are doing to close the gap between rich and poor children.

    The Pupil Premium Awards recognise the success of these schools in helping their most disadvantaged pupils reach their full potential.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has said he is over the moon at news the Scottish Government is to endorse his Member's bill to ban smoking in cars with children present.

    The proposals, which have already received cross-party support and backing from many charities, could see smokers hit with a £100 fine if they are caught smoking in their car whilst children under the age of 18 are present.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Responding to a report on HS2 by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "One of the biggest infrastructure projects in a generation should not be jeopardised by short sightedness.

    "Bringing hundreds of thousands of jobs to the North West, HS2 will help to finally address the North - South divide.

    "Those who doubt the project need to think hard about what we would lose if we didn't go ahead with HS2 - 400,000 jobs and £50 billion of economic benefits."

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    Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a new scheme to kick the mental health stigma out of sport.

    Nick is being joined by a network of major sports organisations in blowing the whistle on mental health discrimination in sport.

    For the first time ever a group of organisations including the Rugby Football Union, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Football Association will sign a charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the pitch to the playground.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2015

    In the final days of this Government Lib Dems are still delivering our agenda against the odds, and against Conservative obstruction.

    Under the coalition government the gender pay gap had fallen to its lowest level, at just under 20 per cent - but this is still 19.1 per cent too high.

    Despite our high levels of women's employment the UK has the 8th highest gender pay gap in the EU.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said that Labour have no credibility on the economy.

    Responding to Ed Balls' announcement that he would rule out an increase in VAT, Danny said:

    "Labour have no credibility on the economy. Ed Balls might be ruling out a rise in VAT but he can't rule out a rise in National Insurance and already plans to hike Corporation Tax.