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  • Article: Nov 20, 2019
    We will use this money to boost teaching numbers by 20,000 and increase starting salaries to £30,000.

    Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

    The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

    Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

    It is disgraceful that some schools feel they have no choice but to ask parents to chip in for supplies, and are closing early on Friday to balance the books.

    Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers, so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

    Headteachers are crying out for more staff, but too many are leaving the profession because they are overworked and underpaid. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing their starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.

    The funding also includes an increase in support for children with special educational needs or disabilities, and money to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.

    In addition, we will also invest in the fabric of our schools, setting aside £7 billion over five years to build classrooms fit for the future.

    This £10 billion a year is an investment in our children's future and this just one of the fantastic policies from our manifesto that will help build a brighter future for our entire country.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019
    We will prioritise tackling child poverty by abolishing the cruel two-child limit for Universal Credit and ending the unfair benefits cap.
    Parents playing with child in a field.

    Conservative austerity has left a fifth of UK citizens in poverty, unable to afford even the most basic essentials.

    Since 2015, the Tories have bungled the roll-out of Universal Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty.

    By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

    Millions of people's lives have worsened as a result of this government - and so today, the Liberal Democrats are announcing our bold proposals to invest £6 billion per year to strengthen the welfare system over the next Parliament.

    We will prioritise tackling the crisis of child poverty by abolishing the cruel two-child limit for Universal Credit and ending the unfair benefits cap.

    A Liberal Democrat government will tackle in-work poverty by using part of the Remain bonus - the £50 billion of extra funding that would be generated by stopping Brexit - to restore Work Allowances and introduce a second-earner Work Allowance. We will also invest in boosting the Local Housing Allowance by linking it to average rents in each area.

    Our plans to strengthen the UK's welfare system will protect the most vulnerable and help to build a brighter future.

    By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019
    A Liberal Democrat government will jump-start an economy-wide programme to take urgent climate action.

    The climate crisis is doing irreversible damage to our planet, and our country deserves a government that has a clear, ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency. That's the Liberal Democrats.

    We previously announced our bold green plan to build a brighter future, and now we go a step further as Ed Davey unveils the Liberal Democrats' latest economic pledge in taking urgent climate action.

    A Liberal Democrat government will jump-start an economy-wide programme to tackle the climate emergency. Across a five year parliament, we will spend and invest an extra £100 billion of public finance on climate action and environmental preservation.

    This will include a new £10 billion Renewable Power Fund to leverage in over £100 billion of extra private climate investment.

    This will fast-track deployment of clean energy, to make Britain not just the world leader in offshore wind, but also the global number one in tidal power too. There will also be a £15 billion investment to make every building in the country greener, with an emergency ten-year programme to save energy, end fuel poverty and cut heating bills.

    This election debate on the economy and public spending has Brexit at its heart, and the simple fact is, no party's economic plan is remotely credible unless it starts with stopping Brexit.

    With stopping Brexit as our number one economic policy, the Liberal Democrats won't just grow the economy faster, but we'll generate a £50 billion Remain Bonus and invest it in public services and tackling inequality.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2019
    By Chuka Umunna
    Our rights are at risk from creeping authoritarian populism - and only the Liberal Democrats will stop it. Read our plan now 🙌

    We have always been fierce advocates for human rights. We believe in a Britain where nobody has to fear discrimination.

    We've announced a huge raft of policies on rights and equalities. They are our blueprint for a government that respects the rights of the individual. This will be our foundation for a society where dignity, privacy and equality are valued.

    A Liberal Democrat government will put equality at the heart of its agenda and strive towards a brighter future.

    Protect Civil Liberties

    We will:

    • Protect the Human Rights Act and remain in the European Convention on Human Rights.
    • Halt all facial recognition data collection by law across the country.
    • Fight the Snooper's Charter. We'll end the bulk collection of communication data and internet records.

    Demand Equality

    The government should take an active part in preventing discrimination. To this end, we will:

    • Reform the Gender Recognition Act to remove the need for medical reports, scrap the fee and recognise non-binary identities
    • Protect vulnerable places of worship, schools and community centres by providing security funding
    • Scrap the Pink Tax - ending the gender price gap

    Promote Diversity

    Too many groups are underrepresented in working and public life. We'll tackle unconscious and institutional bias to ensure everyone has a fair chance by:

    • Increasing statutory paternity leave from two weeks to six
    • Extend name-blind recruitment processes to the public sector and encourage their use in the private sector
    • Develop a free and easy-to-use unconscious bias toolkit. Unconscious bias training for staff will be a prerequisite for receiving public funds

    A Liberal Democrat government will make Britain a champion of equality and freedom across the world.

    Make public services work for everyone

    Institutional bias is still rife in our public systems. Liberal Democrats will put an end to this. We will:

    • End the disproportionate use of Stop and Search
    • Tackle bullying in schools, including based on protected characteristics, by promoting pastoral leadership and high-quality sex and relationships education
    • Scrap the Tories' suppressive voter ID plans

    Promoting Human Rights and Equality Around the World

    Human rights are global. A Liberal Democrat government will make Britain a champion of equalities and freedom across the world. We're the only party with a credible plan to enhance the UK's soft power and to use it to promote human rights and democracy around the world:

    • We'll work to abolish the death penalty across the globe
    • We'll invest in the BBC World Service to ensure as many people as possible can access high quality, trusted news
    • We'll protect, defend, and promote human rights for all, including for LGBT+ individuals who are persecuted across the world - as well as those persecuted for their religion or belief.

    This is just the beginning. Only a Liberal Democrat government has the plan necessary to fight back against creeping authoritarian populism.

    Want to find out more? You can read our full plan here:

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  • Article: Nov 9, 2019
    The Liberal Democrats will introduce free childcare from 9 months, transforming the lives of parents and children across the UK.

    Today's high cost of childcare means that too many parents are unable to return to work without risking real financial hardship. With the average cost of 25 hours nursery care for a child under two running to more than £6500 per year, many parents are effectively excluded from work due to the burden of childcare costs.

    A Liberal Democrat government will build a fairer economy by providing free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four, for 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year. The offer is extended to children aged between 9 and 24 months where their parents are in work.

    "The choice for parents now is simply not good enough. That is why Liberal Democrats are proposing a transformational change to our economy, by providing working parents with free childcare from when their child is 9 months old."

    The Liberal Democrats will make sure that childcare providers are adequately funded, increasing the rates paid by government to match the actual cost of nursery provision. This will be funded by fair tax changes, ensuring that big businesses pay their share, and aligning the tax treatment of income from wealth with income from work.

    We recognise that laws need to change so that parents have the chance to work with greater flexibility. As part of these proposals, employers will be required to advertise jobs flexibly, unless there are clear business reasons why they cannot.

    The Liberal Democrat plans to transform the provision of early years support are at the heart of the our commitment to build a brighter future for the next generation.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Labour's vote share fell by almost half

    Click here to read all about it in EssexLive

  • Article: Nov 7, 2019
    The Liberal Democrats will tackle the climate emergency and deliver a bold green plan to build a brighter future.

    The UK should be leading the world on tackling the environment crisis. Our planet is on the brink of being irreparably damaged and we are responsible for that damage.

    The climate emergency is real and our planet is heating to unsustainable levels. Young people have taken to the streets because they're so worried that the Conservatives are failing to act.

    This climate catastrophe will create huge global inequalities and we have a moral duty to protect the future; that's why, as part of our Plan for the Future, the Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

    "Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Prime Minister that will deliver a bold green plan and a brighter future."

    As one of the party's key priorities, a Liberal Democrat government will raise the energy efficiency standards for new homes, as well as investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills.

    We are the only party dedicated to building a brighter future by tackling the environmental crises with urgent actions. We are the only party with a bold, credible and detailed plan to tackle the climate emergency as soon as possible, to put climate action at the heart of our government, and to reverse the damage we're doing to our planet.

    The Liberal Democrats will take bold action to tackle the climate emergency and build a brighter future.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2019
    The Liberal Democrats will treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health.

    The NHS is the envy of the world, but our mental health service is not. Waiting times are being missed, people are not being referred for the treatment they need, and often action is taken only when at 'crisis' point, or too late.

    That's why the Liberal Democrats are dedicated to transforming mental health services by treating them with the same urgency as physical health.

    "We want to break down the barriers of stigma and shame, which leave those suffering, alienated and isolated, and we want to make the UK a world leader in keeping our nation well with our push for greater emphasis on wellbeing."

    As part of our Plan for the Future, a Liberal Democrat government will invest £11 billion into mental health services such as:

    • child and adolescent mental health,
    • matching waiting time standards to those in physical health,
    • and expanding our mental health workforce

    Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. For too many, treatment is a postcode lottery; with waiting times for psychological therapy varying from 16 days in Waltham Forest, to 176 days in Leicester.

    Making mental health services accessible to all is fundamental, and no one should be forced to travel unreasonable distances away from home. By prioritising young people coming out of care, and supporting students from school through to colleges and universities, it is possible to ensure that no one will have to travel out of area for all but the most specialist mental health services.

    By putting a penny in the pound on income tax and ringfencing £11 billion in funding for mental health, the Liberal Democrats will provide real parity between mental and physical health care. We want to make prescriptions for people with chronic mental health conditions available for free on the NHS, as is the case for conditions such as cancer and diabetes.

    Brexit, either carried out by the Conservative or Labour Party, will put the NHS at risk. Our commitment will ensure it is kept safe and out of the hands of Donald Trump.

    The Liberal Democrats' Plan for the Future aims to build a brighter future for our country. Learn more here.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2019
    The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

    Today, we're kicking off the Liberal Democrats' Plan for the Future.

    At our general election campaign launch, leader Jo Swinson has declared that a Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit and use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in public services and tackle inequality. This £50 billion injection to the areas that need it most can only be delivered by a Lib Dem government - we are the only party standing up to stop Brexit.

    With Jo Swinson as Prime Minister, we will reverse the drastic cuts to public services that the Conservative government have made and continue to lead from within the EU.

    Boris Johnson and the Conservative party have caused a national crisis with Brexit; he has lied to the Queen, he's lied to Parliament and he's lied to the country to push his bad Brexit deal. Together, we can stop him, stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

    "Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, build a brighter future and invest the £50bn Remain bonus in our vital public services."

    We will be announcing more of the Liberal Democrats' Plan for the Future soon. Sign up now to be the first to hear.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2019
    🥁🥁🥁 and the newest member of the Liberal Democrats is.... Antoinette Sandbach! Find out why she joined here:

    Brexit has fundamentally rewritten the structure and shape of our politics.

    As the chief architect of Brexit, it has warped the values and principles of the Conservative Party most of all. It is therefore inevitable that politicians and the public take stock and look at the parties they support and assess whether they are fit for purpose.

    I came into politics to fight for a one-nation, pragmatic and centrist Government.

    When I was elected, I wanted to push for action to tackle climate change, protect our NHS and improve education.

    However, as I have sat on the Government benches in the House of Commons I have worked with those across the House who share these values and throughout this process one party has been stalwart in defending and promoting them, with a clear message of remain.

    That is why after several months of consideration and discussion I have decided to join the only party that represents the values that I hold dear, the Liberal Democrats.

    I have also seen on the ground in my constituency the impact that policies the Liberal Democrats introduced during the coalition have had on Cheshire.

    I have seen how the Lib Dem's pupil premium has put thousands extra into schools in Winsford and elsewhere in South Cheshire and narrowed the gap between rich and poor.

    I have seen how Lib Dem policies to protect community assets like pubs and post offices have taken root and how much of a difference their plans for treating mental health equally to physical health could help people in Cheshire.

    Beyond Cheshire, the Lib Dems are the only party who take climate change seriously.

    Their proposals for new energy efficient homes, investment in solar and protections for our countryside are things I've been arguing for since before I was elected.

    This has been a journey over the last few months, but as the kaleidoscope of politics has been shaken by the referendum, not only have the Conservative Party made clear there is no place for people like me, the Liberal Democrats have made clear their values best reflect my moderate, centre-ground politics.

    That there is now only one choice of party for a brighter future and moderate, forward looking Government and that party is the Liberal Democrats.

Join the Lib Dems