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  • Article: Feb 6, 2018

    In the last 100 years there have obviously been massive changes for the role of women in society. We are more equal, we are treated more fairly, and we face fewer obstacles in our lives. But the job is not yet done. As women we are not yet truly equal, we are not yet treated fairly, and we still face obstacles in our lives.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    The fight for women's suffrage was long and brutal, but those courageous women won a crucial battle.

    As we all know - the fight for equality is far from over.

    The gender-pay gap still exists; women still face daily abuse, harassment and sexual violence and gender stereotypes and assumptions still constrain and narrow the choices of many individuals.

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Feb 5, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Theresa May is no insisting that the UK will leave the Customs Union after Brexit.

    The idea that UK will not be in the, or any, Customs Union, confirms that the extreme Brexiters are now in control of the Government.

    The Tories' increasing obsession with putting two fingers up to all things European will only ensure maximum damage is done to our country in the long term.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018

    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

    The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018

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    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

    The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2018

    In a few months time, Theresa May will return from Brussels with a deal on Brexit.

    But what if the deal is a bad deal? Or worse - there's no deal?

    It's why we think you, the British people, need to have the final say on whatever Theresa brings back from Brussels in a referendum on the deal.

  • A sign pointing to passport control, with people climbing a flight of stairs in the background.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    Leaked government Brexit analysis reveals that the cost to the British economy of cutting migration from the EU would be significantly greater than the benefits brought by a US trade deal.

    The negative impact of a stricter immigration policy would be far bigger than the 0.2% boost to economic growth that a US trade deal is calculated to bring.

    Buzzfeed News, 31 Jan 2018
  • Woman comforting girl.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018
    By Norman Lamb

    Shocking evidence of discrimination against people with severe mental illness has been uncovered by the Liberal Democrats, as a national survey reveals that a flagship treatment programme for psychosis is not being properly delivered in most parts of the country.

    In the Coalition Government, I introduced new treatment standards for 'Early Intervention in Psychosis' (EIP) to guarantee that at least 50% of patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis receive a specialist package of treatment within two weeks of being referred. The new standard came into effect in April 2016.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    Speaking in the House of Commons debate on the release of the full copies of the leaked Brexit papers, I asked Labour's Spokesperson Keir Starmer:

    "If these reports confirm that the UK will be harmed, whatever deal the UK strikes with the EU, will Labour campaign to stay in the EU?"

    Labour did not answer the question.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    With a Prime Minister pandering to the extremists on the right of her party; delivering up the most divisive, extreme version of Brexit imaginable and Corbyn's Labour Party sitting on its hands, letting the bumbling Tories off the hook - we are needed more than ever.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only political party in the UK offering a different, brighter future when it comes to our relationship with Europe.

  • Plastic waste floating on the surface of water. Plastic like this is wreaking havoc on the environment
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    The world's oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup.

    Unless we take action, plastic waste will continue to pollute our oceans with devastating effect.

    We have all heard the reports of seabirds strangled by 6-pack rings and whales washing up with guts full of plastic, but did you know the average seafood consumers eats around 11,000 plastic particles a year?

  • Layla Moran speaking at a rally in Oxford.
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    Today at PMQs, MPs debated extending the right to vote to 16-year-olds - and the debate showed one thing clearly.

    Theresa May and her Tory party are shamelessly behind the times. They stick to arguments of tradition rather than trusting in the next generation.

    England is now behind the rest of the UK in empowering young people and the Tory party are clearly scared of the change.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 31, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    I have spent much of the last six months travelling around England from Torquay to Tyneside, as well as several trips through Wales - where Jane Dodds is leading the charge to revive our fortunes - and a visit to Scotland, where Willie Rennie leads a great team.

    What I have found is a party in good heart, mounting a sure, steady fightback to recover ground lost during the Coalition years.

  • Screen of an iPhone showing Google, Mail and Phone apps.
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    The UK's surveillance regime has once again been declared unlawful by the courts.

    What we need is an overhaul of the system that puts protecting freedoms & civil liberties at its very core.

    The Government cannot simply tinker around the edges and hope for a different result.

    What we need is a full overhaul over the system that puts protecting our freedoms and civil liberties at it's very core.

    Liberal Democrats believe we can be safe and secure by ensuring surveillance is targeted and suspicion-led.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    In my opening remarks in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill today, I plan to attack the government's "arrogance and incompetence

    I will also highlight the complete lack of progress on Brexit despite the government's own deadlines fast approaching.

    This Withdrawal Bill exhibits the arrogance and incompetence of the Government in equal measure.