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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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    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on Sunday as they want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to the Liberal Democrat team and newly elected councillor Kim Adams who took the Epping Hemnall seat from the Conservatives in yesterday's by-election.

    Liberal Democrats now hold every seat in the ward on Epping Forest District Council. It was a great win for Kim who took 43.3% of the vote.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014
    By Daniel Henry - Leicester City

    At Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow, a motion on Welfare Reform will be debated.

    This is an amendment being proposed to add a section on the motion to address concerns around Workfare.


    As it is a broad motion, I have chosen to avoid getting bogged down in too much detail and to instead focus on two proposals:


    1. The DWP currently arranges work placements with companies and then tries to get claimants to participate in these placements, but these placements aren't necessarily suited to the claimants needs or career aspirations.

      Switching the focus so claimants were instead given help, support and encouragement to find their own placements would allow them to explore what they want to do, find what their talents are suited do, and would have a better chance of finding a placement that would actually further their employment prospects.

    2. Many of the DWP schemes are mandatory - the claimant has to participate or they lose their benefits and have nothing to live on. Being made to work in full time placements for the benefits effectively means being made to work for below minimum wage. Many feel that this is unfair and that it undermines the minimum wage.

      Establishing a fairness principle, so that participants on mandatory placements were given the equivalent of minimum wage, would ensure that these participants are getting the same fair treatment as regular workers. This can be done by either limiting their hours or by topping up their benefits so their final payment is equal to the minimum wage for the hours they have worked.


    If you are a conference voting rep and would like to support this amendment, please send an email to drh4321@gmail.com with your:

    • Name

    • Local Party

    • Membership Number


    The wording of the amendment:




    Conference notes;


    Add:


    F. Complaints against Welfare to Work schemes involving unpaid work, such as unsuitable placements, the undermining of the minimum wage and how these controversies are discouraging third party organisations from participating and providing placements.



    Conference therefore Calls for:


    Add:


    6. A reformed approach to Welfare to Work schemes whereby:


    i) Benefit claimants to be given encouragement and support to arrange their own work experience placements, to help them find the right placement in their area of interest to further their dreams and aspirations.

    ii) A Fairness Principle is implemented for mandatory schemes, so claimants made to work for their benefits receive the equivalent of minimum wage for their work.

  • John Leech MP
    Article: Sep 26, 2014
    By John Leech MP

    I am half Scottish (my mum is from Glasgow) and I am really happy that Scotland voted to stay as part of the UK last week. However, their debate has raised important issues for places like Manchester.

    No-one can argue that this Government has not given extra powers to the Manchester City Region. The City Deal, led on by Deputy PM Nick Clegg, was described as a "Game Changer" by Manchester's Chief Executive, Sir Howard Bernstein. The deal gives Manchester more power over Housing, Jobs, Infrastructure, Training and Transport

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to Guildford Liberal Democrats who stormed to victory in last night's by-election.

    New Councillor Colin Cross gained the seat on Guildford Borough Council and overturned the Conservatives 55 per cent majority.

    Guildford Liberal Democrats now have a 330 vote majority. This is fantastic result for Colin and the team.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    As Liberal Democrats we have never been afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if that means standing against the crowd. At conference in Glasgow, the Federal Policy Committee will present its policy paper Doing what Works to Cut Crime, a paper that amongst other issues, revisits and has restarted the debate on drug policy.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Nick Clegg has emailed Liberal Democrat members about Parliament's recall on Friday 26 September. The full text is below.

    On Friday Parliament is to be recalled to debate Britain joining the coalition of nations who have launched air strikes against the ISIL terrorist organisation in Iraq.

    Liberal Democrat MPs will be supporting Britain joining this coalition for three reasons. Firstly, the threat from ISIL to Britain has already been made clear by the sickening sight of British hostages being executed on television. Secondly, unlike the 2003 war in Iraq this intervention is legal - we are responding to a direct request for help from the legitimate Government of Iraq and Parliament will vote before any action is taken. Thirdly, we're acting as part of a broad coalition of countries, including many Arab countries, to deal with a real and immediate threat.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live for this week's Call Clegg.

    Transcript

    This is LBC Call Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast. Call 0345 6060973 tweet at lbc973 text 84850. This is Call Clegg on LBC.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock on Thursday 25 September and that means it's time for Call Clegg with me, Nick Clegg here on LBC. So get in touch in the next half an hour if you want to get involved. And you can call on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course you can always look on the website on lbc.co.uk. Let's go straight to the first caller Andrew in Twickenham. Hello Andrew