Lib Dem News

Safe standing for football fans

A Liberal Democrat government would allow football clubs in the top divisions to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds.

Under manifesto plans announced today, football clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to introduce standing areas. 

Wedding bells for 1,400 same-sex couples

More than 1,400 happy couples have tied the knot since same-sex marriage came into effect in March.

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. 

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.

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