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Ringfencing the science research budget


A Liberal Democrat government would introduce a package of measures supporting innovation in UK businesses, it has been announced today.

Vince Cable launches new apprenticeship campaign


Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today launched a new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships. 

The "Get In, Go Far" campaign is being supported by a number of employers across the country and coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession. 

Conclusion of Lord Rennard disciplinary process


Responding to the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, the Liberal Democrats have released the following statements: 

Tim Farron writes: We have changed our rules and codes of conduct at every level


Following the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has written the article below. 

Driving down the deficit and repairing the economy


Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that inflation fell from 1.9% to 1.6% in July. The rate fell more than was forecast, with economists expecting it to fall to 1.8%. 

Tackling homophobia on the football terraces


Liberal Democrat Minister Stephen Williams has called for homophobia on the football terraces to be met with the same zero tolerance as racism.

Free access to national museums and galleries


Liberal Democrats would maintain free access to national museums and galleries under manifesto plans announced today. 

The party would ensure free entry and continue to make this a condition of government funding.

Tackling child poverty


The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to introduce new child poverty measures it has been announced today.

The manifesto will feature the three child poverty targets which were blocked by the Conservatives: reducing relative poverty, reducing gaps in life chances, and reducing entrenched poverty.

Help for carers


Liberal Democrats would support carers with a package of measures designed to make their lives easier under manifesto plans.

Record numbers off to University


A record number of students have been accepted into university this year, with over half a million expected to take up places despite results being slightly lower.

Youth unemployment in Lynne Featherstone’s constituency halved


Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has welcome news that youth unemployment in her constituency has halved since 2010.

4 million on track towards a better retirement


Four million people have now automatically enrolled in workplace pensions - an increase of over one million this year.

Lib Dems plan to cut your tax bill further


A Liberal Democrat government will make further cuts in Income Tax and reduce National Insurance for millions of workers under manifesto plans announced today.

The party plans to raise the personal allowance to at least £12,500 by the end of next Parliament. 

Lib Dems plan 'stop and search' overhaul


Lib Dems have today announced manifesto proposals to overhaul 'stop and search'. These plans outlined in our pre-manifesto are designed to change community relationships and increase the public's trust in police.

Under the proposals, laws on 'stop and search' would be tightened and some police officers would be required to wear body cameras when stopping someone. 

Nick Clegg meets British Gas apprentices in Cardiff


During a recent visit to Cardiff, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg met apprentices at British Gas, following the company's expansion of apprenticeship opportunities. 

Watch the video below to find out more about how apprenticeships are helping young people enter the world of work.

Introducing our new Lib Dem Peers


Today Nick Clegg announced the appointment of a new group of Lib Dem peers. The six new peers, three men and three women, all have vast experience in the party. All of them have represented the party in local government and all have made a huge contribution over a number of years.

Nick Clegg announces new Liberal Democrat peers


Six new Liberal Democrat peers will enter the House of Lords, it has been announced.

The new peers are:

Ending imprisonment for the possession of drugs for personal use


Nick Clegg has announced that the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to end imprisonment for possessing drugs for personal use, so that no one is sent to prison, where their only offence is one of possession.

Under the proposals, users would instead receive non-custodial sentences and appropriate medical treatment.

Mental health research should be the next big breakthrough


A Liberal Democrat government would establish a mental health research fund to support the development of new cutting-edge mental health treatments, Nick Clegg has announced. 

Nick is calling for Britain to lead the world in understanding and treating mental illness, so that it is put on equal-footing with physical health.

Have you thought of standing for Parliament?


There are still vacancies around the country for the role of Liberal Democrat PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) and you may just be the person to fill one of them.