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  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have produced figures to show that government plans to boost house-building cannot be delivered because of a Brexit-driven labour crisis.

    Andrew Stunell, Liberal Democrat construction spokesperson, has shown that the construction industry would need a 35% increase in workers to deliver the houses the government claims it will build - but if ministers do follow through on their stated intention of delivering hard Brexit and cutting labour access to the EU27, the construction industry's labour force would shrink by 9%.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    The Government has shown how "out of touch" it is by declaring today that those in need of affordable homes are on incomes of up to £80,000.

    Commenting on the government's housing proposals today, including defining those in need of affordable homes as being on an income of up to £80,000 across the UK and £90,000 in London, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "A government that thinks affordable homes can be worth £450k and should be available to those on £80k frankly doesn't have a clue.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Maternity services are "reaching crisis point" with a shortage of 3,500 midwives in the NHS in England, according to the Royal College of Midwives' State of Maternity Services report.

    Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, said: "The Government is sleepwalking into a maternity care crisis that is putting the safety of new mothers and babies at risk.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    UK tourists travelling to Europe could face mobile phone roaming charges post-Brexit.

    The Guardian reported this week on a leaked document showing how UK citizens could face the additional charges.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "From food and petrol prices to mobile phone bills, it's clear Brexit is hitting consumers in the pocket.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2017

    Commons Speaker John Bercow has told MPs he is strongly opposed to allowing Donald Trump to address Parliament during his state visit.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This is the right decision by The Speaker. The Prime Minister might wish to kowtow to the nasty misogynist that now sits in the Oval Office but no-one else does. We do not want him to speak to us. He is not welcome.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have identified five black holes in the Government's Brexit White Paper.

    The paper fails to address key questions facing Britain after Brexit including on common trading standards with Europe, key crime-fighting measures and the right of UK citizens to live and work on the continent.

    It also fails to propose any solutions to the issue of how to maintain the current soft border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "This is not a White Paper, it's a whitewash. The government has completely failed to answer key questions about Britain's future relationship with Europe.

    "If this is the paper Labour sold their votes for, they've been short-changed.

    "From the ability of businesses to trade freely to the right of future generations to live and work abroad, instead of concrete proposals we see yet more vague platitudes.

    "This is not good enough. The British people deserve to know more about what this government will negotiate on their behalf and they deserve to have the final say on the deal."

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    Among the many deeply worrying things about Theresa May's Brexit strategy is that it showed more clearly an ever that the Conservative Party is no longer prepared to listen to business. That is why it's never been more important that the Liberal Democrats, as a party that knows we need a strong, sustainable, fair, free trading economy, listens to the concerns of those who create jobs and drive our economy.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have pulled off a stunning victory in the previous Labour heartland of Rotherham, taking the seat from Jeremy Corbyn's party and receiving almost four times as many votes as Labour.

    Local doctor Adam Carter came from fourth place last time to win 2,000 votes in Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward. Labour were second on just 519 votes in a five-way contest. It is believed to be the best win by any party since the ward was created, beating Labour's huge 63.2% in 2011.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    More than 7,000 people have reportedly quit their membership of the Labour Party in the last week over the party's Article 50 stance.

    Meanwhile, 4,000 people have joined the Liberal Democrats in the last month, pushing the party to its highest level of members for two decades, now soaring past 82,000.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    The former UK Ambassador to the EU has laid bare the "difficult trade-offs" Britain will face during Brexit talks.

    Sir Ivan Rogers' stark warning exposes scale of the challenge facing this Brexit government.

    He warned today that the Brexit negotiations will be "on a scale we haven't experienced before" and will involve "difficult trade-offs."

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