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  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    The campaign is now well underway.

    And the Liberal Democrats are announcing fantastic policies every single day.

    In fact, we've announced so many brilliant ideas this week that it can be hard to keep up.

    So we've rounded up everything we've announced this week right here:

    Skills Wallets 💰

    We will create "skills wallets" - a bold new initiative to give adults £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives. They will help everybody to develop the skills needed to work in a 21st-century economy.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    This week NHS England released statistics on the NHS's key performance measures - and they are abysmal.

    Almost 1 in 5 patients attending A&E in England were not treated or admitted within four hours. This is the worst performance ever recorded since the target was introduced in 2004.

    Meanwhile, just 76.9% of cancer patients are starting their treatment within target waiting times. And only 85% of patients referred for non-urgent treatment were seen within 18 weeks.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    The election campaign has started in earnest, and we're delighted about how it's going.

    Jo Swinson has introduced herself to the country as a potential Prime Minister.

    We've released our ambitious plan to change Britain for the better, and ensure a brighter future for all.

    We've even put Jo on the side of a bus.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Hate crimes against trans people have gone up by 81% in the UK.

    This Transgender Awareness Week, we must reflect on how much further we must go.

    The profile of trans issues is higher than it ever has been, yet we are no closer to trans people being treated as equals.

    Our system is ill-equipped to meet the needs of those who are transitioning. It is a long, arduous and expensive process.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    Bart at Tettenhall

    Bart Ricketts , the Liberal Democrat candidate for Wolverhampton South West, was in Tettenhall over the weekend.

    He found that Tettenhall residents who were normally Tory supporters are dismayed at the behaviour and general incompetence of the Tory government. The prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn led government appalled them.

  • Bart with electric car charger
    Article: Nov 16, 2019

    Bart Ricketts, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Wolverhampton South West, has welcomed the installation of electric charging points in the City.

    Bart said "This will help us reach net-zero emissions and will combat air pollution. Our plan is to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, to halve emissions by 2030 compared with today.

    "It's clear that the Conservative party doesn't take climate change seriously. Only the Liberal Democrats have a radical plan to make a real impact in the fight against climate change and build a brighter future for our planet."

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    A Liberal Democrat government will plant 60 million trees every year, increasing UK forest cover by 1 million hectares by 2045.

    The climate emergency is destroying our natural environment and threatening our children's futures. It's clear that the Conservative Party doesn't take climate change seriously.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    It was a pleasure to be in Leeds today to give my keynote speech as Lib Dem Shadow Chancellor.

    Things need to change. Too many people can't live a secure, happy and fulfilling life. And too many businesses face crippling uncertainty over their future.

    The economic debate in this election has been between two fantasies. Between Conservative fantasies of the days of empire or Labour fantasies of failed '70s socialism. Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will only take our country backwards.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2019

    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 today we go a step further as Ed Davey unveils the Liberal Democrats' latest economic pledge in taking urgent climate action.