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  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today reached an agreement with the Trades Union Congress to begin work towards enabling trades unions to ballot their members electronically.

    A small expert task force will be established to consider how best to implement e-balloting in keeping with current legislation.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 8.4 per cent in 2014, thanks in part to the increasing use of renewable energy sources.

    Wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower technologies generated 19 per cent of the UK's electricity last year, a record high for the use of clean energy.

    This shift away from burning coal contributed to a 15 per cent reduction in the emissions produced by the power sector.

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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

    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

    Local community campaigners have begun a new project to finally identify the 'Romsey Pong' blighting our market town.

    The now-notorious smell appears to have stumped experts, and concerns are rife that it will affect tourism to the town in summer months.

    Ben Nicholls, Lib Dem PPC for Romsey, has spoken to the Environment Agency, adding his voice to the many Romsonians calling for decisive action. "What began as a mildly unpleasant mystery has rapidly become a blight on our beautiful town," Ben said. "The potential health and economic risks to the area are now causing real concern. EA staff have reassured me they are working hard to bring about the swift solution we all want."

  • Dr Kirsten Johnson supports Mencap campaign
    Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Today Dr Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Chesham & Amersham, has signed up to show her support for Mencap's Hear my voice campaign.

    Dr Johnson says, "People with a learning disability and their families are as much a part of our society as anyone else and deserve to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. I am listening and I hope that many more MPs and potential candidates will do the same by getting on board with Mencap's Hear my voice campaign."