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  • Article: Apr 14, 2014

    With Passover celebrations starting today, Nick Clegg wishes the Jewish Communities, within Britain and around the world, a happy Passover:

    Transcript:

    "I want to wish Jewish Communities, within Britain and around the world, a happy and peaceful Passover.

    This is a time when families and friends gather round the Seder table to remember the struggles of the Jewish people to secure their freedom. Every year, they tell this story to their children so it is never forgotten.

    And what this ancient journey shows us is the enduring power of people to overcome even the greatest of adversity and build a better future together. And, during this celebration, we're reminded of all those people still suffering oppression, because of their religious beliefs, race or creed.

    That cannot be right and Passover is a chance for all of us to commit ourselves again to helping those -- of all faiths and none -- who face persecution around the world.

    It's also an opportunity for us to recognise the contribution Britain's Jewish Communities make to every area of our society

    Thank you and Chag Sameach."

  • Article: Apr 14, 2014

    Communities with ideas for a new generation of garden cities will receive support from the government to turn their ambitions into reality, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today.

    A prospectus published today will help communities work up proposals for ambitious new developments, which are locally-led, include at least 15,000 homes and have the backing of existing residents.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesman Liam Mcarthur MSP todayLiam McArthurLiam McArthur warned Ministers they are putting teachers under enormous strain after new figures revealed a big fall in spending on supply staff over the last three years.

    Figures revealed through Freedom of Information requests show that spending on supply teachers fell by nearly £18 million between 2010/11 and 2012/13.

    In December 2013 it was confirmed that the number of teachers in Scotland had also declined for the sixth year in a row.

    Commenting, Liam McArthur said:

    "Supply teachers are an invaluable part of our education system but the figures show that spending on supply staff has fallen over the last three years. With reports suggesting this is at least in part down to fewer staff being available to work there are real questions over how Ministers will ensure that there are sufficient teachers available across our schools system.

    "With the number of full-time teaching staff also in decline, parents will wonder whether this will see regular teachers being asked to take on more responsibilities at a time of major change with the curriculum. That is a combination that is scarcely sustainable, putting teaching staff under enormous strain and pupils at a potential disadvantage.

    "In opposition the SNP promised to increase teacher numbers and reduce class sizes. In government, they have delivered the exact opposite. This government has failed teachers and pupils alike."

  • Article: Apr 14, 2014

    It has been announced today that extended opening hours and enhanced local care for the elderly will soon be available at doctors' surgeries across many parts of the country, thanks to a new drive to improve local GP services.

    Millions of people will now be able to see their family doctor outside of working hours, including late night and weekend appointments, while the elderly and those with more serious health complaints will get tailored care, coordinated by just one local GP.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2014

    The UN's Intergovernmental panel con Climate Change (IPCC) has warned the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.

    In a significant report published today on how to curb climate change, the IPCC warns that global temperatures be between 3.7C and 4.8C higher in 2100 if no action is taken. This is significantly higher than the 2C level, regarded by experts as the point at which the impacts of climate change become dangerous.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have released a new factsheet which sets out the truth about the impact of Tuition Fees.

    As a party, we acknowledge that we couldn't deliver our policy on tuition fees - and we've apologised for this. But we did make sure the system was as fair as possible. To read the factsheet in full, click here.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Yesterday, the Lib Dem president, Tim Farron MP, launched the North East Lib Dems Europe campaign. Speaking about the European elections on 22nd May, Tim said it was a straight fight between the Lib Dems and UKIP, between IN vs Out.

    "If you want to leave Europe and risk the UK's future in the world then you vote UKIP. If, however, you think North East jobs are worth fighting for, and the peace and security that comes from being the EU is worth fighting for, there's only one party that's the party of in and that's the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Nick Clegg has today announced an extra £300 million to help growing businesses and create tens of thousands of jobs across England.

    The £300 million forms part of the Liberal Democrat's Regional Growth Fund, which is now being delivered in Government. The Fund is designed to unlock billions of pounds of private sector investment and create sustainable employment and growth in a wide range of sectors across the country.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2014

    The Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, has today outlined his proposals for a Mansion Tax. In a speech on tax this morning, Danny described some of the details of the Tax, which would apply on homes worth over £2 million.

    The Liberal Democrats first proposed our Mansion Tax in 2009 and have been pushing for it to be implemented in Government, against huge opposition from the Conservatives.

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    Article: Apr 8, 2014

    Ed Miliband's claim that he wants the "the biggest economic devolution of power to England's great towns and cities in a hundred years" is ludicrous, considering their track record.

    When in power, Labour's Government was incredibly centralised.

    In contrast, The Liberal Democrats are already devolving powers to the cities and regions through mechanisms that are boosting local economies. These mechanisms include City Deals, the Local Growth Deal and the Regional Growth Fund, which are benefitting businesses and families, as well as creating new jobs and apprenticeships.