Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today opened the BBSRC National Virology Centre, a state-of-the-art high-containment laboratory at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey.

    The pioneering £135m labs will enhance UK capability to prevent and control virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to people.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    During her visit to Bangladesh, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote the following article on the issue of ending child marriage.

    Imagine your life if you were married at 15, against your will, to an abusive husband. It's the same for almost all the women you know. Your education came to an abrupt end once you were married, and you're not allowed to have a job - other than having babies, that is. And because you got married young, you're probably experiencing some sexual and reproductive health problems.

  • key_wind-farm.jpg
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey has opened the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.

    The wind farm is located 20km of the Barrow-in-Furness coastline in North West England.

    West of Duddon Sands has 108 wind turbines and will be able to generate 389 MW of electricity, or put simply, enough to power more than 250,000 homes.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

    Norman warns that "schizo-patient" Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses.

    Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.

  • Sarah Smith discussing the Liberal Democrat approach with students
    Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Sarah Smith

    Since 2012 I have been a member of the Liberal Democrats Crime and Criminal Justice Policy Working Group. We have reviewed all aspects of the criminal justice system and taken evidence from dozens of experts including police, lawyers, scientists, prison workers, victims and perpetrators of crime. Throughout our review we asked - What works? What is the evidence?

  • Sarah Smith Police Corruption Speech
    Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Sarah Smith

    Corruption and poor practice at any level corrodes public trust and undermines the police. Sarah Smith is a member of the Liberal Democrats Crime and Criminal Justice Working Group. In October Smith suceeded in ensuring that our national policy on criminal justice states explicitly what practical action Liberal Democrats in governmnent would take to tackle police corruption. Watch Smith in action by clicking PLAY below.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.