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    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    More than 2,000 struggling schools could be turned around if they had effective support, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws has said.

    Speaking to CentreForum, David said the Conservatives' determination to monitor all schools from Whitehall threatens standards in education.

    He said the Conservatives refused to introduce proper oversight for academies and free schools, relying only on the Department for Education.

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    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The EU must take action to prevent a delay in millions of pounds worth of European funding for the South East, Liberal Democrat Euro MP Catherine Bearder has warned in a debate in the European Parliament.

    Local Economic Partnerships, which combine public and private institutions, will be given European funding but were asked to draw up detailed strategies outlining how they will spend it.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today unveiled the biggest single investment in cycling.

    The funding worth £214m is designed to make it easier and safer to get on your bike in the UK.

    In July Nick said he wanted to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Nick will today discuss how this will be made possible by the new funding when he hosts a cycling summit in Bristol.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Nick Clegg has announced plans to see abandoned buildings brought back to life in a renewed effort to tackle a chronic problem where vast sites in Northern cities become empty and unused for long periods of time, making areas look blighted.

    Nick wants to help match-make entrepreneurs and community groups with local authorities and land-owners to find temporary uses for vacant buildings and land rather than let those sites go to waste.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Catherine Bearder MEP's speech in the European Parliament on UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25th November 2014.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    The rise of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is one of the most serious and dangerous issues we have had to face since we came into Government. Whatever we call this organisation - IS, ISIL or Da'ish - we can't ignore their brutal activity. The graphic and disturbing images of violence coming from Syria and Iraq show the barbaric way this extremist group has perverted the Muslim faith.

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    Article: Nov 26, 2014

    A new report published by World Animal Protection, an organisation campaigning to stop animal cruelty, shows that out of 43 Police forces in England and Wales Surrey and Thames Valley were found to be in the bottom 13, while Hampshire and Sussex were found to be in the top 12 for measures to protect wildlife against cruelty.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg announced that he will be establishing and chairing a new Mental Health Taskforce, which will include Cabinet Ministers from across the coalition.

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on mental health issues for many years, with a focus on bringing treatment for mental health problems in line with physical health and ending years of discrimination.