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  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    In the wake of the recent terrorist outrages it's clear that we need a bold change of strategy to defeat terrorism and counter violent extremism.

    To do that, at our Autumn Conference today we have proposed a bold new strategy to defeat terror. At the heart of the strategy being proposed is proper funding and resourcing for the community police.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    In surprising news today, the Head of the Deparment for Exiting the European Union, Oliver Robbins has quit to take up a new role after a series of disagreements with David Davis.

    I'm glad someone has found an exit from Brexit.

    Unfortunately for the government, it's the civil servant who was meant to be leading it.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    According to charities, councils and housing associations, the rollout of the universal credit is a disaster in slow-motion.

    A mandatory six-week wait to receive a first payment is causing people serious difficulties, with over half of new claimants having to borrow money to make ends meet. Universal Credit's policy of making claimants pay landlords

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    Fire safety has to be put at the forefront of new building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    That is abundantly clear - and that's why, today, the Liberal Democrats have voted to give a stronger role to the social housing regulator, and are pushing for a package of measures to improve fire safety and building regulations.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    In April 2016, I wrote to the UK Statistics Authority over the Vote Leave campaign's claim £350m a week is sent to the EU.

    In his reply the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, said that VoteLeave's use of the figure was "potentially misleading."

    The fact that Boris Johnson continues to use it, despite having been told repeatedly that it's nonsense, means it is just not credible for him to remain in Government.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    Today at our Autumn Conference the Liberal Democrats have called on the government to immediately lift the pay cap on the armed forces to address a growing recruitment crisis.

    Currently, a newly trained private on £18,488 would see a £351 real-terms pay cut next year once inflation is taken into account. The Liberal Democrats would raise wages in line with inflation, meaning a newly trained private would get a pay rise of £536 up to just over £19,000.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    The effects of Brexit are already being felt.

    The value of the pound has plummeted.

    Inflation has risen. Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

    Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    The simple fact is that the proposed EU-UK security treaty is likely to fail unless Theresa May drops her opposition to the European Court of Justice.

    The government has announced it will seek a new treaty with the EU to preserve vital cooperation against crime and terrorism.

    However, access to tools like the European Arrest Warrant, Europol and security databases all require abiding by rulings from the EU Court of Justice, an issue Theresa May has made a red line.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Today at #LDConf we have called for the setting up of a tough new watchdog to protect the environment from threats posed by Brexit.

    In a conference motion we called for the creation of an Office for Environmental Responsibility that would ensure laws on air quality or the cleanliness of beaches are properly enforced.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Theresa May must use her speech next week in Florence to change course and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals, to prevent a 'Brexodus' of thousands of nurses and teachers working in Britain's schools and hospitals.

    In a conference motion passed today, we demanded that the government urgently publish a review into the impact its Brexit policies are having on staffing shortfalls in public services.

Steve Riley with Norman Lamb

Steve Riley with Norman Lamb