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  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Two local Lib Dem teams have stormed to victory in three by elections held yesterday.

    Firstly, Peter Agoro took a seat from Labour in Gatehouse ward, Aylesbury, while the Anders Christensen also held onto one other seat in Southcourt ward.

    And in Rawcliffe Parish Council in York, John Ballantine gained the seat from an Independent, taking the Lib Dem group on the council to 4 out of the 9 seats on this Parish, up from none in 2011.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Leader of Eastbourne Council, David Tutt, has won a prestigious award for transforming the town.

    The award is to recognise the contribution local leaders make in advancing the liberal cause and was introduced by the Liberal Democrats' party grouping, ALDE in the Committee of the Regions.

    David was nominated by Eastbourne's Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, for his enormous contribution to the local community by attracting investment into the town, including £100 million from Legal & General.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2014

    Attainment in primary schools has risen in every subject and disadvantaged pupils continue to close the gap on their peers, according to figures published today by the Department for Education.

    The results for more than half a million 11-year-olds (at Key Stage 2) show the percentage achieving the expected level (level 4) in reading, writing and maths has risen by 3 percentage points to 79% while the proportion achieving the more challenging level 4b is also up - from 63% to 67%. 22,000 pupils have improved their reading, writing and maths since 2013.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Nick Clegg has written to Andy Burham MP in response to his claims that Nick misled the House of Commons over the issue of Hichingbrooke Hospital today during PMQs.

    Nick did no such thing, as this letter send to Andy Burham reveals:

    10 December 2014

    Dear Andy,

    I see that you raised a Point of Order in the House of Commons and that you accused me of "sheer inaccuracy". I am always happy to confirm the accuracy of what I have said.

    You said that "when the previous Government left office there was still an NHS bidder in the competition." That is simply not true.

    These are the facts.

    On 26 March 2010, that is before the General Election and while you were still Health Secretary, the three organisations shortlisted for the contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital were Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health - all of which are non-NHS organisations.

    The NAO report of the bidding process published on 8 November 2012 clearly states that in December 2009 there were only 3 bidders left in the process - Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health. It says on page 20 that the "the two NHS trusts involved both withdrew at early stages of the process."

    When making your Point of Order, you may have been referring to the fact that the Serco bid included working with the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust. Given it is clear that the actual bidder was Serco, I suggest that you are stretching the boundaries of accuracy to their very limit.

    As you can see, I very much stand by what I said at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons today. You asked if I had inadvertently misled the House of Commons. I would suggest that by misquoting what I said, it may be you who has inadvertently misled the House of Commons. Given that the facts are as I have outlined above, I wonder if you would be prepared to set the record straight yourself?

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    As of today, couples in England and Wales have the choice to convert their civil partnership into marriage, concluding a historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to get married.

    Liberal Democrats were the first party to support same sex marriage and we have delivered our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place from 10 December. We are delighted that there is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    From today, couples in civil partnerships in England and Wales will be able to convert them into a marriage, concluding an historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to be married.

    In doing so, the Liberal Democrats have delivered on our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place from 10 December and there is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Business Secretary Vince Cable introduces our two millionth apprentice and explains why her story is now far from unusual:

    Today is a very proud day. We have reached an important milestone and a huge achievement in Government. Today, we celebrate our 2 millionth apprentice, sixteen-year-old Paige McConville, who has recently started an advanced apprenticeship at engineering company FMB in Oxford. She will be trained to design and manufacture complex tools for scientific research, with the opportunity to progress to equivalent university degree level while learning on the job and earning her way as she does so.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Today Liberal Democrat Education Secretary David Laws has announced plans to support the set-up of a new, independent, professional body - a College of Teaching - to represent and champion high standards in the teaching profession.

    The UK already has world-class teachers, who are driving up standards in our schools and helping prepare every child, regardless of their background, for life in modern Britain. But the Liberal Democrats are committed to helping teachers improve even further.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today announced that the Liberal Democrats have fulfilled our commitment to starting two million apprenticeships in this Parliament.

    To mark the occasion, Vince met the two millionth apprentice, Paige McConville in Oxford. Paige, aged 16, started her Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture with high-tech engineering firm FMB Oxford in August.

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    Article: Dec 8, 2014

    The Conservative Chief Whip Michael Gove has barred Tory Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd from attending critical climate change talks in Lima this week, calling into question Gove's stance on climate change.

    With a year away from what is hoping to be a historic global deal to tackle climate change, the UN climate negotiations in Lima have the best chance in a generation of striking a deal on global warming.