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  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year.

    The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents.

    It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Last night Tim Farron gave a passionate attack against the Government's housing reforms, saying:

    "If we believe that aspiration is right and that the right to own one's home is good and something to work towards, we should be allowing a like-for-like replacement of homes sold off in advance. If we want to destroy social housing, we should do what the Government are doing."

  • doctor
    Article: Jan 28, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the British Medical Assocation's decision to call off the 48-hour junior doctors' strike due to start next Tuesday in England.

    Tens of thousands of trainees in England were due to provide emergency care-only cover for 48 hours, beginning next Tuesday. However, the association decided to halt the action while conciliation talks between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health continue.

  • Post 2015-Conservative Government Environmental Record graphic
    Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Responding to reports that 2015 was the hottest year since records began Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, said:

    "This frightening data has to be a wakeup call to the Tories as they relentlessly move ahead with cuts to the green sector whilst crying crocodile tears.

    "This warning proves that the state of the environment is far too serious for us to sit on our hands.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 28, 2016

    News that Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes for the last ten years has been slammed as a "sweetheart deal" by the Liberal Democrat Treasurer Spokesman Susan Kramer.

    Responding to the Google tax settlement Susan Kramer said:

    "This settlement shows once again that the Government is allowing one rule for the biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Commenting on the Royal Bank of Scotland's warning of a 'cataclysmic' year with slumps in shares and oil, Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "The warnings by RBS today expose how complacent George Osborne is being with our economy. Just as experts are telling investors to brace for a return to 2008, the Chancellor is declaring economic turmoil a thing of the past and relaxing rules on the banks.

  • Fracking [Schematic depiction of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas] (By Mikenorton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 21, 2015

    The Conservative Government are today attempting to force through plans to allow fracking in National Parks without a proper debate in the House of Commons. The Government will make the changes through a Statutory Instrument which means there is no Commons debate held around the details of their proposals.

  • Tim Farron Floods
    Article: Dec 21, 2015

    In the aftermath of devastating flooding in Cumbria, Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron, has called for the Government's flood risk insurance scheme to be extended to cover small businesses.

    The 'Flood Re' scheme was created by the Coalition Government to cover people who are unable to get reasonably priced flooding insurance because they lived in a high risk area. However, the scheme will only apply to home owners and excludes small businesses when it comes in in April 2016.

    Article: Dec 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called on the government to provide additional funding to affected areas to help deal with the aftermath of the recent floods.

    Following the extreme flooding of the last couple of days, residents in Cumbria have been forced to evacuate as their homes have flooded, whilst business premises have also been adversely affected. Local infrastructure has also faced a severe hit, with many residents facing power blackouts, and many local roads in severe need of repair.