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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: Apr 1, 2015

    Knowing that you will receive the best care possible means the world to everyone who finds themselves or their loved ones in need of social care.

    That is why I made it my first priority as Care Minister, and together with Norman Lamb - our current Care Minister - and other Lib Dem colleagues we have worked hard to reform our badly out of date care system.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Reacting to news that Ed Balls appears to be refusing to take part in a three way Chancellor debate, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

    "This is classic Ed Balls. He's always keen to rush to TV and radio studios to run down the achievements of the last 5 years, but now he runs from the debates.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Labour have failed to meet their 20 year promise to ban zero hours contracts.

    In a party conference speech in Brighton in 1995, Tony Blair said that if elected Labour would bring, "and end to zero hours contracts."

    He said:

    "A Labour government will be part of the European Social Chapter. Part-time employees will no longer be treated as second class citizens. There will be an end to zero-hours contracts."

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Tomorrow (Thursday) Nick will debate the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Green Party, UKIP, SNP and Plaid Cymru in a televised debate.

    The debate will be live on ITV1 from 8pm until 10pm.

    To help us spread the message that Britain needs a liberal voice in government and to show your support for Nick, it would be great if you could back our Thunderclap.

    Joining a Thunderclap is quick and easy. Click here to add your name and show your support.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    The Conservatives are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the British public by saying they will stay the course when in fact Tory plans drastically depart from the direction set out by the Coalition Government.

    They have set out new plans to cut further and for longer than necessary, and are refusing to get the wealthiest in society to pay their fair share. They have also consistently refused to come clean on their plans for £12bn of cuts.

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    Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has called for the Conservatives and Labour to commit to investing £8bn a year in the NHS by 2020.

    Analysis in the British Medical Journal said that pledges by the Conservatives and Labour to improve access to GP appointments are unlikely to be achieved.

    Commenting, Norman said:

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg and Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson will today unveil plans to triple paternity leave for fathers.

    To mark the introduction of shared parental leave, which begins on April 5, Nick will announce plans to give dads an extra four weeks off work with their newborns.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Election Spokesperson Lord Scriven has written a letter to Conservative Chairman Grant Schapps, challenging his party to come clean on their plans to slash £12bn in working-age benefits from the welfare budget.

    The Tories have consistently refused to outline where their spending cuts will fall.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for Wales, Nick Clegg has said today as he launches the Welsh Liberal Democrats' General Election campaign.

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    Speaking ahead of a visit to Panasonic Manufacturing in Cardiff Central with Jenny Willott and leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams AM, Nick Clegg said:

    "Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for Wales. We'll build on our work in Government to deliver economic growth that benefits all of the UK.

    "The Tories and Labour's over-reliance on the financial sector in London didn't deliver for Wales. With our relentless focus on manufacturing and apprenticeships, we are showing a new way doing things.

    "Labour's poverty of ambition held us all back for too long; in contrast we've delivered over two million apprenticeships so everyone has an opportunity to make a success of their lives. Over the next parliament, we'll build on this apprenticeship revolution.

    "Both Labour and the Tories are a threat to our strong economic recovery. The Tories want to cut, cut and cut - not because they have to but because they want to. Labour's addiction to borrowing and debt will risk our recovery. Put simply: the Liberal Democrats will borrow less than Labour and cut less than the Conservatives - guaranteeing an economy that delivers for everyone across the UK."

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Everyone makes mistakes. That's a fact of life. However, when you do, you need to properly acknowledge it and make amends.

    One of the key Liberal Democrat priorities for this election is that we would fund the £8 billion that the NHS in England needs. In fact, we're spending more than that on health because there are Barnett consequentials giving about another billion to Scotland and Wales. It's not difficult to understand.