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  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has commented on Labour's pledge to cap private profits in the NHS, saying that a simplistic policy could cause "chaos" for local hospitals.

    Labour today announced it would limit the profits of private firms in the NHS by a negotiable amount, but only Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to safeguard the NHS for the future.

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    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Winchester and Oxfordshire are failing to meet EU environmental standards that protect local rivers from being contaminated by sewage, it was announced yesterday.

    The EU Commission is taking the UK to court for breaching EU standards on treating waste water in 18 towns including Winchester.

    The Winchester Wastewater Treatment Works at Morestead Road were found to be in breach of the rules despite undergoing a £9m upgrade that was completed last year, as well as the Islip Wastewater Treatment Works.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Catherine Bearder this week presented a letter co-signed by 32 fellow liberal MEPs from 16 differnet countries, laying out the issues with new EU VAT rules for sole traders.

    Since then, Vice President Frans Timmermans has said he will look carefully at these rules and will consider a change in them to lessen the burden for small businesses.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    "Exit checks with the capacity to bring mega-gridlock to Dover start in three weeks and the Conservatives are telling us that meetings are only just taking place to figure out how to manage Dover's roads. It is an extraordinary failure to plan ahead.", said Sarah Smith, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Dover & Deal.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today reached an agreement with the Trades Union Congress to begin work towards enabling trades unions to ballot their members electronically.

    A small expert task force will be established to consider how best to implement e-balloting in keeping with current legislation.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    With only weeks left until the General Election, BBC Radio Kent's Julia George will be hosting a debate in Dartford.

    If you would like to be part of the audience and to put your question to the candidates - you can request tickets by emailing Election2015@bbc.co.uk

    Admittance is free of charge but these events are ticket only.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 8.4 per cent in 2014, thanks in part to the increasing use of renewable energy sources.

    Wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower technologies generated 19 per cent of the UK's electricity last year, a record high for the use of clean energy.

    This shift away from burning coal contributed to a 15 per cent reduction in the emissions produced by the power sector.

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    Article: Mar 26, 2015

    New research published by the Government Equalities Office reveals that the ages of seven and eight are critical in keeping girls motivated to play sport.

    Beyond this age, girls become more self-conscious, some lose confidence and many stop taking part in sport.

    The study by Women in Sport and the Youth Sport Trust follows research from the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation which showed that in Year 4 in school, activity levels are similar for boys and girls but by Year 6, girls are doing significantly less and the gap grows in the years that follow.