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  • Article: May 14, 2017

    As part of the coalition, the Lib Dems managed to secure 0.7% of Britain's gross national income for international development. It was one of our final acts in government, and it's one we're most proud of.

    Since then, 0.7% has been a legal requirement, which has prevented the Conservatives and UKIP from stopping these vital funds getting to the world's most vulnerable people.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    As part of the coalition, I was proud to introduce the original Shared Parental Leave programme.

    The Lib Dems campaigned hard for this transformational policy, that allows parents - instead of the Government - to choose how they share their childcare.

    Parents across the UK have already benefitted from greater flexibility and freedom, marking a massive step towards equal parenting.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    The Conservative government has given developers a carte blanche to play the property market at the expense of our citizens. And now the country's in crisis.

    Not enough homes. Properties sitting empty. Exorbitant prices. The market is closed and exclusive: a fat cats' game. That's not good for people and it's not good for business.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats plan to break the grip of criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.

    Why are we doing this?

    Because the current approach to cannabis has been a catastrophic failure.

    Unregulated cannabis is freely available and widely used, generating significant mental and psychical health problems - especially for young people - who are being harmed by increasingly potent products.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave especially for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.

    The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave in order to ensure that new parents can make the decisions which work best for their family.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    I passionately believe that the British people are open, tolerant and progressive. That's what I love about us. But lately I've felt the country slide into a Britain I don't recognise - a Britain that's closed, insular and suspicious.

    The Conservatives are largely to blame.

    Their treatment of refugees - especially child refugees - is despicable and shameful. Faced with the biggest global trauma since the Second World War, Theresa May has torn up her promises and turned her back on the most vulnerable people in the world.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    Excellent healthcare is at the heart of our vision for Britain. As a leading liberal democracy, our public services should - and can be - the envy of the world. The Lib Dems are committed to making this vision a reality.

    Last weekend, Tim Farron and I announced our five point NHS and care recovery plan, which laid out our health strategy for the next parliament - generating an extra £6bn funding boost.

  • Article: May 11, 2017

    The leaked version of the Labour manifesto has confirmed Jeremy Corbyn's Labour won't give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    This comes after Jeremy Corbyn made clear that Labour believes Britain must leave the EU whatever the agreement reached, in an interview with BBC Look North yesterday.

  • Article: May 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament.

    The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said: "Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    Today, we at the Lib Dems are proud to announce our plan to introduce mandatory reporting on the ethnicity pay gap for organisations with 250 employees or more.

    Why? Because we think it's shocking that racial inequality still exists in 21st century Britain, and because practical measures are needed if we want to combat it.

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