• Article: Oct 30, 2017

    Comments made today on Twitter by Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein highlight very real concerns about the threat of Brexit to our financial sector.

    The UK financial services industry generates over £65 billion in tax revenue each year. That is vital funding for our schools and hospitals that would be lost if companies move jobs and operations abroad.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.

    As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.

    Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The Conservatives have savaged our police force - inflicting deep cuts that have left officers struggling to respond to crime and weakening their ability to protect our communities.

    Reports today show just how deep Conservative cuts have savaged the police - with reports suggesting that the Police need at least £1.3bn a year more to fight terrorism and crime.

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Oct 20, 2017

    Responding to Theresa May's comments in Brussels, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "The Prime Minister cannot say one thing in Brussels and another in Britain. She needs to face down the right-wing Brexiteers in her party in order to guarantee the talks actually move forward. Above all she still needs to protect citizens' rights to ensure they are not a casualty of a no-deal Brexit, and the European Union must also do more to make this happen.

  • Wera Hobhouse (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    • Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.

    • The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year

    • The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    • 83 of 150 local authorities in England will see per pupil funding fall in in real terms during 2017-18, i.e. once inflation is taken into account.

    • England as a whole will see spending per spending per pupil fall by £29 (0.65%) in real terms.

    • Local authorities with some of the worst school results in England, including Blackpool, the Isle of Wight and Poole, will be hardest hit by the funding cuts

    • The South East will see the largest real-terms fall, with funding per pupil falling by £131 (3%.)

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Knife crime was up 26% year-on-year, while overall crimes increased by 13%.

    Commenting on the reported rise in violent crime, Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, said:

    "People's lives are under threat because Theresa May is failing to back Britain's police.

    "These increases in violent crime are frightening and it ought to be government's first priority to protect the public. Yet with her police cuts, Theresa May has gone soft on crime and is letting the country down.

    "Theresa May was the Home Secretary for six years: she ought to understand the needs of the police. Instead, she has left them out in the cold."

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Meanwhile, prices in the shops increased by 3.3% compared to last year, the largest annual rise since March 2012.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "This fall in retail sales shows shoppers across Britain are feeling the Brexit squeeze.

    "A toxic combination of rising prices and stagnant wages is severely constraining household spending.

    "Year on year retail growth is also looking weak compared to previous years.

    "Given the UK's unhealthy over-reliance on consumer spending, the government must clarify where future economic growth is going to come from."

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    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    "Labour's Brexit blank cheque was cashed in by Theresa May six months ago, after Labour MPs were ordered to vote through Article 50 with no conditions.

    "Today is a chance for Labour to announce to EU leaders they will now fight to stay in the single market and customs union, and support a referendum on the deal.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    "This report shows that a whole section of society are being failed by this government and remain permanently trapped in low-paid work.

    "This is only being made worse by the Conservatives' pursuit of an extreme Brexit that is damaging businesses, pushing up prices and hitting the poorest hardest.

    "We urgently need to invest more in education, including adult learning, to improve social mobility and help people escape from poverty.

    "Employment rules must be made fit for the 21st century, to strengthen rights and increase security for workers."