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  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 19, 2018

    Congratulations to all the very many Liberal Democrats who stood for local council seats this month.

    Local democracy relies on those who put themselves forward to represent residents, so whether you won or not, I hope you will be proud of having stood.

    As a party, we saw results greatly exceeding expectations, with a big net gain of 75 councillors and four new councils under Liberal Democrat majority control.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: May 19, 2018

    We're looking for members for two new policy working groups: one on health and social care and one on climate change.

    Do you have expert knowledge of the healthcare system? Of social care? Or climate change and energy policy?

    If so there is an opportunity to help set the direction of party policy on these issues by joining a policy working groups. The party's Federal Policy Committee is launching two new working groups: a Health and Social Care working group and a Climate Change and the Low Carbon Environment working group.

  • Article: May 19, 2018

    I've been blown away by the thousands of people who have joined the campaign to ban upskirting so far.

    Together, I know we can achieve a change in the law.

    Two weeks ago at Prime Minister's, Questions the Prime Minister said the Government were considering supporting my bill ban upskirting. We need to make sure her warm words are backed up with action

  • Article: May 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has reiterated his calls for an independent expert commission to repair the damage the SNP have done to Scottish policing after a study showed concern among senior figures about the impacts of the botched centralisation.

    The Scottish Government has today published the latest evaluation of police and fire reform, comprising findings from interviews with "senior representatives" from the police, fire and partner organisations.

  • Article: May 17, 2018

    Responding to the First Minister's comments on prisoner voting, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, who sits on the Equalities & Human Rights Committee, said:

    "There were indications from the First Minister today that the Scottish Government is considering giving some prisoners the vote, we need to know what exactly she has in mind.

  • Article: May 17, 2018

    Responding to a new poll by Citizens Advice Scotland saying than more than 7 in 10 Scots are worried about Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The public are deeply concerned about the shambles that the Conservative party is making of Brexit. The whole process will leave us poorer, more isolated and less secure.

  • Article: May 17, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats are proposing a radical plan for maternal mental health and have today launched a petition calling on the Scottish Government to introduce the new five-point offer for mothers.

    Post-natal depression and depression during pregnancy affect up to one in five women. One in two women who experience it will go undetected and untreated.

  • Donald Trump and Theresa May holding hands at the White House.
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Trump's decision to scrap US participation in the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and short-sighted.

    The deal is far from perfect, but it is better to work with our partners to make changes than to pull out altogether and risk heightened tensions in the Middle East.

    Trump's careless actions serve as another reminder of the enormous value of our EU partners.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Thank you! Thank you for everything that gave us the best election night in some years.

    We took control of four councils: Richmond & Kingston in London, Three Rivers District in Hertfordshire, and South Cambridgeshire District.

    We also had a great increase in the net councillors across England, +75, just behind Labour on +79. The Tories had -33, with UKIP -123.

  • Article: May 16, 2018

    Following this morning's meeting of the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP criticised the Transport Minister for evading reasonable questions on the age of refurbished ScotRail stock.

    Mr Rumbles has already attempted to gain this basic information by means of written questions. He has appealed to the Minister to confirm the lifespan of the new trains.