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  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

    Following evaluation of this policy, the free school meals scheme would be extended, as resources allow, while ensuring that school food standards apply to all schools, including free schools and academies.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

    The Liberal Democrats would reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes by giving them a council tax discount and slashing their energy bills - a double bill cut.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Spreading opportunity through education will be at the heart of the Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto.

    The 80-page document will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election campaign.

    The party's focus will be a 'manifesto for the next generation' with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    On Wednesday 3 September, Liberal Democrats will launch their pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party's general election platform.

    The party's focus will be a 'manifesto for the next generation' with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people. Read Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto below.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.

    Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat and former teacher Gerry Keating has been elected new councillor in North Jesmond (Newcastle Upon Tyne).

    Cllr Keating won by a landslide over a field of four other competitors, with more than 50% of the votes.

    The Lib Dems gained 711 votes at this by-election, beating Labour, who lost over 250 votes. The Conservative candidate gained 117 votes. The UKIP candidate had 112 votes, and the Greens garnered 94 votes.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014
    By Sarah Smith

    "It's exciting news that the Harbour Board is cracking on with recruiting its first community director. And it is right that our democratically elected representatives will sit on the interview panel. But there are five important ingredients they must not overlook if the public is to have confidence in the appointment." warns Liberal Democrat MP candidate Sarah Smith.

    - An independent recruitment expert with a track record of successful public appointments should manage the process.

    - Terms must put the community director on an equal footing with the other non-executive directors

    - The interview panel must receive fair selection training before any interviews take place.

    - Local community, arts and heritage organisations should be invited to submit questions they would like asked of the candidate.

    - If no applicant meets the job description the role should be re-advertised rather than risk a poor appointment

    "Above all those with responsibility for the appointment should select a candidate who will keep the community fully involved in Port development plans. That's what Dover needs and deserves." says Smith