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  • Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Conservatives launch their 25-year environment plan tomorrow.

    Despite being heavily trailed to the media, the proposals are expected to be limited.

    The Conservatives should be eliminating all avoidable plastic waste now - a target of 2042 beggars belief.

    They ramped up expectations only to disappoint.

    The Conservatives have shown a complete lack of ambition.

  • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Stephen Lloyd MP

    "The Conservative's roll out of Universal Credit risks driving up homelessness.

    "That's what I will warn in a debate in Westminster Hall this morning.

    "Without urgent reform of the housing benefit element of Universal Credit, disaster will occur in what is an already dysfunctional housing market.

    "If those urgent changes are not made to the Government's new benefit, Universal Credit, homelessness will skyrocket and the private rental sector will prove even more resistant to tenants on benefits.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    This morning I attended the Single Market Summit, the start of a cross-party initiative between opposition leaders to oppose the Conservatives' hard Brexit.

    To the anger of many Labour MPs - and to my great disappointment, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend.

    What is disappointing is that the Labour leadership has declined to take part in this summit

  • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 8, 2018
    By Norman Lamb MP

    Today, Lord Saatchi backed called for a Royal Commission on the NHS. His call is very welcome.

    The Liberal Democrats have long called for a cross party NHS and Care Convention, bringing together stakeholders from across the political spectrum, along with staff, patient groups and members of the public to look at how we can tackle the funding and workforce pressures on the service in the long term.

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    Article: Jan 7, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    On Monday, Parliament will return from recess and debate the Taxation (Cross-Border trade) Bill. This sets the ground to pull the UK out of the existing Customs Union.

    Labour's leadership has published a typically vague amendment against taking the Bill to a second reading and does not tackle the Conservatives' pursuit of a hard Brexit.

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 7, 2018
    By Layla Moran MP

    Almost 2,350 academics from the EU have resigned from UK universities in the past year, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. That's up 19% from 1,975 two years ago (i.e. before the Brexit vote), and up 10% from 1,938 last year.

    There are over 25,400 academics at UK universities from elsewhere in the EU. Of these 6,633 are employed by departments working on 'STEM' subjects such as engineering, maths and computing, where the UK faces serious skills shortages.

  • Non-recyclable coffee cup
    Article: Jan 5, 2018
    By Tim Farron MP

    MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have published a report backing Liberal Democrat calls for a charge on disposable coffee cups.

    The Committee has called on the Government to introduce a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups and a target to ensure they are all recycled by 2023.

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a charge on coffee cups since September 2016 and were the only party to include the policy in their 2017 Manifesto.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The NHS crisis is worsening.

    The latest figures show that hospitals are facing the highest pressures so far this winter.

    16,900 patients faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E in the week to 31st December, 4,700 of them delays of over 60 minutes. These are the worst figures for ambulance delays for a single week so far this winter.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Tim Farron

    Today, in a speech on his vision the future of our farming industry DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove has called for a move away from what he claims are farming "subsidies for inefficiency".

    For Gove to imply that farm payments are a reward for inefficiency is an insult to British farmers.

    It shows he has no understanding of the reality of farming in this country.

    British farmers are some of the most efficient and dynamic in the world.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Natalie Chindipha

    Applications close on Jnauary 8th for the 2018 edition of the Future Women MPs Weekend, to be held in Milton Keynes on 24-25 February 2018.

    Don't miss out, apply today:

    Register now

    The weekend is an intensive residential training weekend for aspiring female MPs; designed to equip you with the knowledge you need as a candidate.