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  • Article: Aug 2, 2014

    Today Nick Clegg has written for the Guardian about the situation in Gaza:

    The daily images of human torment in Gaza have been harrowing and heartbreaking. More than 1,000 Palestinian civilians have been killed. Were it not for international aid rations, half the population would be without food. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are seeking shelter in UN schools - over recent days we have seen that even those places offer little safety from the conflict.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2014

    This week The Electoral Commission published the 2013 accounts for all the major political parties. These reveal the party's finances but also other interesting things like membership and staffing numbers. This is exactly the sort of thing that, frankly, only political geeks get excited about, so obviously the team was downloading them the moment that they were published.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd, today chaired a meeting of David Cameron, George Osborne, Liberal Democrat led Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the town's tourism industry.

    Stephen Lloyd said:

    "I am delighted that the Government has supported my calls for financial support for Eastbourne. The money will be a great help in the aftermath of this dreadful fire to our beloved Pier.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for the government to end its "acrimonious" relationship with teachers.

    In an interview with TES, Nick expressed concerns with the rising workloads facing teachers and called for the government to tackle the issue.

    Nick said:

    "I think we now need to reset the relationship. Not, I should stress, by summarily abandoning all government policy or reforms, but first and foremost by ensuring that, where there is debate and discussion between the teaching profession and government, it is conducted in a spirit and tone of mutual respect. And that we seek out every opportunity to celebrate, and not always seek to denigrate, the fantastic work that teachers do."

  • Event: August 24, 2014 8:00 AM
    Exmouth Pavilion

    Volunteers required to run a stall. Good bric -a- brac, books, preserves needed to sell for party funds. For more details contact 01395 264043

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    Article: Jul 31, 2014

    Free school meals will help boost learning in schools, according to a report published today.

    Trials for the school meals scheme, which comes into effect in September, show that infants from poorer backgrounds perform better in the classroom.

    The report finds that pupils were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy food like crisps.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Minister for the Home Office Norman Baker has said that he wants to see an end to all animal testing in the UK.

    Lib Dems in government are committed to reducing the number of live animal experiments. They are working to introduce legislation before the next election to increase transparency so that the public are informed about what happens to animals in laboratories.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2014

    Kate Cairns was elected in a landslide victory in the Berwick constituency ward of Longhoughton last week, called after the passing of a much respected longstanding independent councillor. From a standing start - we didn't field a candidate in the county council elections last year - we took almost 50% of the vote, with the Tories coming a poor second with less than half our vote, an independent and UKIP followed the Tories and Labour were nearly wiped out with 3%.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    The Lib Dems are proposing an increase in the number of trees planted every year to 700,000- 750,000 - equivalent to the number of children born in England and Wales each year.

    The Liberal Democrats will also include plans for a Nature Act in their 2015 manifesto, which will include targets for clean air and water. Natural resources that are being harvested at an unsustainable level will be identified, and better protections will be enforced to safeguard them for future generations.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    We know how important it is to make your money go further, that's why the Liberal Democrats are the only party of fair tax.

    The Tories are talking about a 'flat tax' system - where everyone pays the same rate of tax regardless of income - and Labour are talking about being in favour of a 15% 'death tax'.