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  • Article: Mar 13, 2022

    Stopping criminals from reoffending is crucial for cutting crime and making our communities safer. The Conservative Government is failing badly on that score: rehabilitation is poor and reoffending rates are far too high.

    We know that stable employment is a key factor that reduces the risk of reoffending, helping people to build lives free from crime. But the current rules around criminal records can negatively affect people's job prospects, as well as their ability to travel, adopt, access domestic violence shelters, and many other parts of civil life.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2022
  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    A robust and well-functioning justice system is a foundation stone of society.

    But in England and Wales we are facing a soaring backlog of court cases.

    The backlog of outstanding criminal cases in the Crown Court stood at 59,928 at the end of September. 13,202 cases in the backlog are more than a year old.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    Our Ambulance services are at breaking point. Record long ambulance waits are leaving vulnerable patients stuck in queues outside hospitals for hours without the treatment they need. People are being left scared, panicked and with worsening symptoms, and in extreme cases dying when they might have been saved.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    In the midst of a humanitarian crisis in Tigray, we urgently need to provide as much support as we possibly can. But thanks to the Government's aid cut, we are fighting with one arm tied behind our back.

    The ongoing civil war in Ethiopia, primarily between Ethiopian government forces and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands; the internal displacement of at least 4 million; and at least 9 million in need of desperate help.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Tim Farron

    England's rivers and lakes are in a terrible condition due to sewage discharges.

    Water companies are responsible for this mess, not consumers.

    Water companies discharged raw sewage into our rivers and lakes 400,000 times in 2020. That's the equivalent of 3 million hours of discharges.

    This is particularly worrying given the increases in the use of our waterways by wild swimmers, paddle-boarders, kayakers and canoeists.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Layla Moran

    At this dark moment, our security depends on urgently forging a relationship that works with our closest neighbours. Countering the grave threat posed by Putin means we must stand tall with our European allies instead of needlessly antagonising them, while working closely together on issues like energy security, trade and helping Ukrainian refugees.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Munira Wilson

    Teachers have been off for over 267,000 days due to Covid since the return of school in September, meaning children have lost out on the equivalent of 1.5 million teaching hours in just this school year.

    They have suffered enormous disruption to their education and spent months isolated from their peers.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    Air pollution is to blame for nearly 40,000 deaths each year in the UK.

    Everyone has the right to clean air, but it's a right many people in the UK are unable to realise. The Conservatives have repeatedly failed to take meaningful action to address this killer.

    1 in 4 pupils attend schools in areas over air pollution limits.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    This country is built on the simple mantra, that it doesn't matter how high and mighty you think you are, the rules are the rules. If you break the rules, you get punished. Yet Boris Johnson and many Conservative MPs think the rules don't apply to them.

    Conservatives' actions have created a sense of 'one rule for them, another rule for us', eroding the trust of the public they are meant to be acting in the best interest of.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    The UK has lost nearly half of its biodiversity since the Industrial Revolution. We're ranked in the bottom 10% in the world and the worst among G7 nations for biodiversity.

    The UK should be leading at COP15, but the lack of action at home undermines our credibility

    Conservative ministers claim to be close to the target of protecting 30% of the land and sea for nature, but are completely undermined by a lack of management measures and enforcement.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    As a child I learned basic sign language.

    My parents' had a friend whose mother had been deaf since birth and just loved looking after and playing with me.

    Part of that was teaching me her language so we could chat about the TV we were watching, what I was doing at school or just whatever flitted through my happy little head.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2022

    Conference starts on Friday, and if you haven't yet registered you can do so HERE.

    The Federal Conference Committee met on Saturday, 5 March to review amendments, emergency motions, and questions to reports submitted for next week's Spring Conference.

    Spring Conference 2022 will again be held online via the Hopin platform, and we would like to thank the Conference Team and the wider team at HQ for making it happen.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2022

    I'm proud of the strides our country has made towards gender equality, and of the role Liberal Democrats have played in delivering that progress. Yet there is still so much more to do.

    Far too many women still face violence, sexism and discrimination - a reality that has been brought into sharp focus by the pandemic and Sarah Everard's murder last year.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2022

    In the House of Commons, nine of the Liberal Democrats' thirteen MPs are women. This year for International Women's Day, our MPs are proposing nine new Bills which embody the principles at the heart of our party.

    Our passion for gender equality will help drive business at the heart of our democracy this week, tackling problems affecting women and girls in the UK and beyond.