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Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.


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  • John Marriott
    Article: Feb 28, 2015
    By Cllr John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    If Liberal Democrats are going to show that they really are radicals, our Manifesto should not just appear as Tory lite.

    It needs to show what has always made us different. Liberals do not accept things as they, like the Conservative Party or claim to be something we are not, like Labour. Here are a few ideas that might show that we can still be different, even though we have had to swallow hard as a partner in government over the past few years. Most of them are not new; but many reflect what we appear to have lost over the past five years. They may be a bit rough around the edges and are in no particular order of priority. I wonder whether colleagues can come up with a few more 'radical' ideas. To be honest, we aren't going to get far on what we appear to be offering the electorate at the moment.

  • Tuition Fees
    Article: Feb 28, 2015
    By David Walker - Loughborough

    On the Today Programme on Friday, Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said "A typical teacher will still have £25,000 to pay off at the the age of 50 and will really struggle to be able to do that". It is really horrifying that either he does not understand the system, or that he is deliberately misleading the millions who listen to the Today programme.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Speaking at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Cardiff, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Welsh NHS could benefit from up to £450m extra under his party's plans.

    Accusing the Labour party of failing to support Wales' health service, Nick argued that this extra investment can be used, amongst other things, to support Kirsty Williams' pledge to increase the number of nurses on hospital wards.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Peer Jeremy Purvis has today welcomed the successful progress though the House of Lords of the Lib Dem Bill to enshrine the UK's aid spending target in law.

    The Bill, which was proposed in the Commons by Michael Moore MP and which would ensure 0.7% of the UK's Gross National Income is spend on international aid, cleared its Report Stage despite sustained pressure from a small minority of Peers set on derailing the proposals.

  • Ashfield Weekender
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Don't forget that tomorrow is the start of the Ashfield Action Weekend. The team are tackling their most ambitious target yet - to deliver the whole constituency in one weekend. Lib Dem Party Chief Executive - Tim Gordon will be attending, rolling up his shirtsleeves and joining the team.

    It'll be a busy weekend - as the team try and deliver nearly 50,000 leaflets in what is the most marginal Lib Dem/Labour battle in the East Midlands.

    Lib Dem Chief Executive Tim Gordon will also be hosting a rally from 11.30am at the HQ on Outram Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

    As well as this, there will be plenty of admin and phone calls to be made from their Sutton-in-Ashfield HQ. Ashfield's Jason Zadrozny, the PPC said, "This will be our biggest Action Weekend ever. It will be just 6 weeks before postal votes land and we will be joined by Lib Dem Head Honcho CEO Tim Gordon who will be rallying the troops on the Saturday Morning. There will be lots to do from the office on both days from 9am til 7:30pm. We need to show once and for all what Team Ashfield is made of!."

    WHAT: - Ashfield Weekender with Tim Gordon - Saturday, February, 28th and Sunday, March 1st - 9.30am - 7pm. Luxury hot buffet will be provided.

    WHERE - Ashfield Liberal Democrats HQ 84-86 Outram Street Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4FS

    Contact Sara in the Ashfield Office on 01623 613 495 or email sara@aldmail.co.uk

    https://www.google.com/maps?q=84-86+Outram+Street+Sutton-in-Ashfield+Notts,+Sutton-In-Ashfield+NG17+4FS,+United+Kingdom

    Nearest train station: Sutton Parkway (regular services from Alfreton and Nottingham Train Stations). There are also buses from Derby, Nottingham & Sutton Parkway station that go right past the office door. You can't miss their office - it's painted Lib Dem yellow.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Labour's plan to cap maximum tuition fees to £6,000 is deeply regressive. Under their plans only the wealthiest graduates would benefit.

    Only graduates with a starting salary of at least £35,000 would pay less. A salary only paid for by a handful of big City firms.

    This compares to an average graduate starting salary of £21,700.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015
  • Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives record on immigration, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "I said to David Cameron he shouldn't make the commitment because it was inevitable he was going to break it because you can't control the net figure.

    "They made that commitment - we said we were not going to do it as a coalition government .. and they are now going to have to suffer the embarrassment.

  • key_Pensions.jpg
    Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the highest level of pension saving since records began in 1997.

    Pension membership has risen across all age groups. The figures underline the success of automatic enrolment, where workers are automatically placed in a pensions scheme.

    To date the programme has brought more than five million workers into a pension scheme.