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  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    Over the last five weeks, hundreds of Liberal Democrat activists have been hard at work campaigning in Lewisham East, for our fantastic candidate, Lucy Salek.

    And last night, their hard work was rewarded - we quadrupled our share of the vote and delivered a 19% swing against Labour - the largest swing against a Labour opposition since 1983.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2018

    Atos and Capita must improve the delivery of Personal Independence Payments (Pip) or face losing their contracts, MP Frank Field has said. The government says it is looking at extending the firms' contracts by two years to "better allow for a stable transition to any new provision". And it was developing IT systems to move some of the work in-house.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2018

    Vulnerable old and disabled people will see cuts to vital care services and higher charges, council chiefs say. The annual budget survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows councils expect to spend £21.4bn this year in England. While this is a rise from £20.8bn last year, the cost of inflation combined with growing demand means this will not be enough, ADASS said. The warning comes as ministers prepare to unveil plans to reform the system. A green paper on social care is expected to be published in the coming months.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today described new statistics showing hundreds of patients in need of chronic pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target as "consistently disappointing".

    The ISD Scotland figures show just 71.5% of patients in need of chronic pain treatment were seen within the treatment target between January and March. This means that 732 people seen in the last quarter had to wait more than 18 weeks, with a similar number still on the waiting list also already having missed the target.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2018

    Recent events have raised the profile of the Windrush Generation in the media and public consciousness, but sadly not for reasons our country can be proud of. Instead, we should be celebrating the contributions of migrant communities in the UK.

    Windrush citizens like myself have lived here for decades, working, raising families and making a positive contribution to British society. Our generation answered the call to help address the UK's post-WW2 labour shortage, yet many of our children know nothing of that Windrush legacy.

    To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Windrush, Liberal Democrats are calling for 22nd June to be recognised as 'National Windrush Day'. Let's give people from all ethnic backgrounds a reason to celebrate their unique identities, histories and rightful home in UK.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2018

    In news from Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have been instrumental in delivering new legislation that offers greater protection and powers to Scotland's island communities.

    Year in year out, our islands are voted among the best places to live. From unique culture to breathtaking landscapes and world class heritage, we have it all. But for those of us who live and work in our islands, we know there are also unique challenges.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    The EU Withdrawal Bill came back to the House of Commons this week after 15 Government defeats in the Lords. Theresa May's strategy this week was shaped entirely by her tenuous grip over her own ranks.

    Theresa May has struggled for months to maintain Tory unity during her mishandling of Brexit negotiations. Cabinet disputes are spilling into public view, ministers are resigning, and Boris Johnson is whispering about his wish to replace Theresa with Trump.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2018

    By-elections might not be able to change the Government, but shock results can change politics and change Britain.

    And now we have a chance to do just that in Lewisham East.

    Since the referendum, every time Jeremy Corbyn could have stood up to the Tories on Brexit, he's sat on his hands.

    We can only stop Brexit with the Labour party's votes. And the only way we get those votes is if they're scared of a pro-European tide sweeping them away.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    He explores some of the serious problems facing capitalism today, and how these issues have provoked reactions from the extremes of the political spectrum. Common sense reform is necessary to curb the worst excesses of capitalism.

    "Scarcely a day goes by without a scandal erupting around greedy or bullying bosses, pilfered pension funds, business tax dodging, chaotic private train operators, rewards for failure, bankers' bonuses, price gouging or exploitation of gig workers, zero hours contract employees or modern slaves.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: May 24, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Peers have been leading the fight against the Conservatives in the House of Lords and inflicted a whopping 15 Government defeats on the EU Withdrawal Bill. That Bill is key to reversing Brexit and is expected to return to the House of Commons in late June.

    The Liberal Democrats will now spearhead the resistance against Brexit in the Commons.