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Latest News from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Aug 19, 2017

    A renowned scientist such as Stephen Hawking questioning your evidence might normally be cause to think again, but sadly it looks as though Jeremy Hunt has joined the chorus of those who have had enough of experts.

    Hunt had cherry-picked research to justify his argument. For a scientist, cherry-picking evidence is unacceptable.

    Stephen Hawking
  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    The Government's sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, is environmentally irresponsible.

    The Government confirmed today Macquarie Group Limited has now completed its purchase of the GIB for £2.3bn, which will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG).

    I launched the Bank in 2012, during my time as Business Secretary. Its environmental mission is now in danger of disappearing, I am calling for Parliament to ensure commitments to protect green investment in the UK are kept.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Over the summer, we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers. Supposedly he was looking for a compromise to keep Britain within the customs union and single market as long as possible.

    The rebellion didn't last very long. He has now teamed up with one of the more extreme and ideological supporters of a 'Hard Brexit.

    It is now painfully clear who calls the shots in the Cabinet; it isnt' the Chancellor.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Ministers have privately admitted that the government may not start negotiating Britain's future trade relationship with the EU until the end of the year, it emerged today.

    This comes despite David Davis insisting back in May that talks on a future trade agreement would take place in parallel with negotiation over the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    The number of patients suffering the indignity of staying in mixed-sex wards soared to 908 in July 2017, more than double the number in the same month last year.

    In total over 9,000 patients were put in a mixed sex ward over the last year, up 55% from the previous year.

    The figures come after a recent official survey found NHS patients are increasingly dissatisfied with levels of privacy, dignity and well-being in hospital.

    The Liberal Democrats have called on Theresa May to recommit to ending mixed-sex hospital wards, after the Conservative Party's longstanding pledge to end the practice was dropped from its 2017 Manifesto.

    Under Theresa May's watch, we've seen a scandalous rise in the number of patients being forced to stay in mixed-sex wards.

    Men and women shouldn't have to share hospital wards, it's an affront to basic human dignity.

    It's time to end the the continued underfunding of the NHS and care that is putting intolerable pressure on services and leading to these sorts of failures.

    The Conservatives once pledged to end mixed-sex wards, now it seems they've given up.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    The government's plan for the Northern Ireland border after Brexit has more holes in it than a colander.

    It comes after the government admitted EU nationals will still be able to enter the UK from Ireland after Brexit under its plans.

    The government's position paper on Ireland and Northern Ireland states that "it is important to note that immigration controls are not, and never have been, solely about the ability to prevent and control entry at the UK's physical border."

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Real wages fell by 0.5% in the three months to June 2017 compared with a year earlier, figures from the Office for National Statistics today have revealed.

    Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1%, but with inflation standing at 2.6% real earnings still fell by 0.5%.

    This is a direct consequence of the higher inflation we have seen since the EU referendum.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    The events of the last few days have shocked and appalled the entire world.

    Images of Nazis, marching in American streets, terrorist attacks on peaceful protestors. Every world leader should be able to condemn that.

    Donald Trump's response to these tragic events has been shocking.

    He has shown that he is unable to detach himself from the extreme-right and racial supremacists.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Using an anonymous government source to announce an official position paper on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is shambolic.

    The Leave campaign pledged that Brexit would not leave the border any less open after Brexit, but the government proposals leave the door open to customs checks on larger traders.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today, I've challenged David Davis to answer six questions over plans set out on future customs arrangements after Brexit.

    The government is offering two ways forward but won't tell us which it prefers. That's no doubt because cabinet ministers can't even agree amongst themselves.

    These plans are more concerned with papering over the cracks within the Conservative party than protecting our economy.

    All those industries that depend on membership of the customs union, from the car industry to aerospace, still have no clear idea what is coming down the track.

    All they know is that instead of jumping off a cliff in 18 months, the government now wants to do so in a few years' time.

    The government must come clean over the real costs of these plans for British businesses and consumers.