• Article: Nov 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats said the figures showed Michael Gove "needs to get his own house in order," after he vowed yesterday to tackle plastic pollution.

    516,000 disposable coffee cups have been purchased by DEFRA's catering and facilities providers in the last year alone, for use in restaurants and caf├ęs across the Department's offices.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2017
    By Morwen Millson

    Local Councillor and former Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Horsham, Morwen Millson, has welcomed a proposal for a National Health Service Care Convention to be set up.

    Morwen says:

    "The NHS and Social Care are completely inter-dependent and they should be looked at together. Social Care includes support for frail older people (in their own homes and in care homes), support for adults of any age with additional needs (including learning, physical and sensory disabilities), as well as preventative services aiming to reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions, and rehabilitation services for people leaving hospital.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017
    By Morwen Millson

    Whilst those who know me are aware that I am anything but a keen cyclist, I have always been a keen supporter of cycling and cyclists. I have campaigned for better facilities and safety provision, so that more people can enjoy cycling safely and conveniently.

    But in the same way that motorists need to ensure their tyres are up to scratch, and their lights are working properly, at this time of the year I am often concerned that cyclists and pedestrians - including me - could do more to ensure they are visible at night.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017
    By Stephen Lloyd

    From the newsletter of Stephen Lloyd, Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne. Stephen writes:

    I had a meeting with the Child Poverty Action Group in Parliament to explore a recent report they've produced on the impact of recent and proposed government cuts on family incomes and poverty. I have to say that some of the figures are shockingly bad.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017
    By Morwen Millson

    There are three issues that the European Union negotiators insist on settling before they will allow the Brexit discussions between the EU and the UK to turn to a post-Brexit trading relationship.

    The first is the most obvious - the future status of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens resident in other parts of the EU, after the UK leaves the EU. Many took advantage of the EU's freedom of movement to work in another country, and ended up making their lives there. Both their rights and those of their children must be taken into account.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, today set out the Liberal Democrat approach to the Budget. The full text is below.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it is one of my responsibilities to give a serious Lib Dem analysis of the economics around the Budget, and to present an alternative.

    I have recently been returned to Parliament from exile.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

  • Article: Nov 7, 2017

    The advert, which forms part of a new campaign called 'Blood Normal', attempts to get rid of the embarrassment around the 'Aunt Flo' after a recent survey found that nine out of ten women attempt to hide the fact they are on their period, and 56% of girls said they would rather be bullied at school than talk to their parents about periods.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have agreed to cross party proposals which will see an independent grievance process, improved HR support, and the establishment of a cross-party working group to implement these changes.

    Following the meeting Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

    "These are the right first cross-party steps to address harassment and abuse in Westminster. There needs to be a robust, independent complaints system across Parliament that offers victims a safe, non-partisan procedure."

  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Communities and Local Government Spokesperson, commented:

    "I very much welcome the ban on lettings fees and the cap on deposits, which Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning for.
    "The detail of this legislation must now be looked at closely to ensure that there are no loopholes which unscrupulous letting agents could exploit.