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Harry Hayfield’s Local By-Election Preview: August 28th 2014

Yes, we all know that the media is focusing on Clacton this evening but let us not forget that Clacton is not the only show in town! North Jesmond on Newcastle upon Tyne (Lib Dem Defence) Result of last election to council (2014): Labour 52, Liberal Democrats 24, Independents 2 (Labour majority of 26) Result […]

4Children welcomes Lib Dem pledge to more than triple investment in Early Years Pupil Premium

In its response to the Department for Education’s consultation on Early Years Pupil Premium and Funding for Two-Year-Olds, 4Children calls for the Early Years Pupil Premium to be increased until it matches the funding per head allocated to primary school children. 4Children’s Head of Public Affairs Helen Berresford said: Investing in some of the most […]

Sex education debate: Lib Dems say 7-year-olds must learn facts of life

Title: David Laws Alt Text: David Laws Labour back Lib Dem proposal, but why is sex education still such a controversial issue in the UK? First Reaction Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:18pm The Liberal Democrats have reignited the debate...Show More Summary

Lib Dems pledge sex education for seven-year-olds

Children in all state schools would be given "age-appropriate" sex and relationships education from the age of seven under plans announced Tuesday by the Liberal Democrats. Financial literacy and citizenship would also be taught as part of what Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's party termed a "Curriculum for Life". Show More Summary

Lib Dems: Tripling the early years pupil premium

Liberal Democrats will more than triple the early years pupil premium to £1000 per child under manifesto plans announced today by Schools Minister David Laws. The early years pupil premium was introduced in March 2014 and is currently worth £300 for every disadvantaged child. Liberal Democrats want to extend this to £1000, helping to ensure […]

Lib Dems: 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.  Safe standing already operates in domestic leagues across Europe, including Germany, Austria and Sweden.  70% of UK […]

Local By-Election Preview: August 21st 2014

Wroxham on Broadland (Lib Dem defence) Result of last election to council (2011): Conservatives 34, Liberal Democrats 11, Labour 1 (Conservative majority of 21) Result of last election in ward (2011): Emboldened denotes elected Liberal Democrats 985, 829 Conservatives 741, 537 Labour 227 Greens 197 Candidates duly nominated: Malcolm Kemp (Lab), Malcolm Springall (Lib Dem), […]

Stephen Williams: What have the Lib Dems in Coalition done for the cost of living?

The following article by Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, originally appeared on his blog.: The recession of 2008 and the years that followed had a devastating effect on people’s finances.  Unemployment soared and many factories reduced hours, preserving jobs but depressing pay. This was the situation I and my Lib Dem colleagues found ourselves in, […]

UKIP's New Manifesto Shows They're Playing The Lib Dem Game

Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the new manifesto from UKIP - Britain's Tea Party - is the debt it owes to its most bitter ideological opponents, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. From the simperingly centrist, faux-Tory Prime Minister, it has borrowed the technique of trying to wrong-foot its enemies on the left by trying to ape their language. Show More Summary

The Lord Rennard fiasco is a political foul-up that could only happen to the Lib Dems

If there is ever a degree course in how not to handle political PR, undergraduates will surely spend some time on the Liberal Democrats and Lord Rennard. To recap: Lord Rennard, the former party chief executive, invaded the personal space of several women who were subordinate to him. Those women say those invasions include groping [...]

Lib Dems lift suspension of peer Rennard

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Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrat party came under fire Wednesday after lifting the suspension of former executive Chris Rennard, whose membership was frozen in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. A report into the claims found the...Show More Summary

Lib Dems reinstate Lord Rennard and drop disciplinary process

The Lib Dems are not taking any disciplinary action against Lord Rennard and have reinstated his membership, the party said this evening. Lord Rennard had been suspended from the party… Continue reading The post Lib Dems reinstate Lord Rennard and drop disciplinary process appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Lib Dems: 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%. Commenting on the latest inflation figures, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “The fact that inflation has […]

Lib Dems: Help for carers

Liberal Democrats would support carers with a package of measures designed to make their lives easier under manifesto plans announced today. Carers save the state tens of billions of pounds a year and the Lib Dems want to give them something back. The package includes raising the amount carers can earn before losing their allowance. […]

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.  This move would cut income tax for 30m workers and be worth £400 […]

Why LAB wins more seats with fewer votes : The way First Past the Post works in its favour

Understanding Labour’s “other crutch” We’ve talked a lot on PB about Labour’s “electoral crutch” – the big shift to it since 2010 of Lib Dem voters which has so far remained. Well Labour has another crutch – the electoral system which could be equally or even more important. UK general elections are not decided by […]

How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza?

Well, well, well. What’s all this then? Uncle Vince has announced the suspension of 12 export licenses to Israel. Here’s what he said: ‘We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza… Continue reading The post How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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 […]

Spectator competition: write a preview in verse of when the lights go out (plus voter-repelling party political broadcasts)

The recent call for off-putting party political broadcasts on behalf of the Tories, Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens or Ukip drew a surprisingly small entry. But the Green party… Continue reading The post Spectator competition: write a preview in verse of when the lights go out (plus voter-repelling party political broadcasts) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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