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  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Andrew Stunell MP & Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, are encouraging education and training organisations to get involved in the Money for Life Challenge, a national competition to encourage young people to improve their money management skills.

    Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove and Director of Stockport Credit Unionsaid -

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today opened the BBSRC National Virology Centre, a state-of-the-art high-containment laboratory at the Pirbright Institute in Surrey.

    The pioneering £135m labs will enhance UK capability to prevent and control virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to people.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    During her visit to Bangladesh, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote the following article on the issue of ending child marriage.

    Imagine your life if you were married at 15, against your will, to an abusive husband. It's the same for almost all the women you know. Your education came to an abrupt end once you were married, and you're not allowed to have a job - other than having babies, that is. And because you got married young, you're probably experiencing some sexual and reproductive health problems.

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    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey has opened the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.

    The wind farm is located 20km of the Barrow-in-Furness coastline in North West England.

    West of Duddon Sands has 108 wind turbines and will be able to generate 389 MW of electricity, or put simply, enough to power more than 250,000 homes.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

    Norman warns that "schizo-patient" Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses.

    Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Andrew Stunell MP & Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, urge local businesses to take advantage of the free export help on offer from UKTI during Export week, 10-14th November 2014.

    Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, said -

    "UKTI do a great job in helping businesses grow all year round, but local businesses often don't know about the free help that is available to them so Export Week is a great way of promoting this.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Andrew Stunell MP praised Stockport's apprenticeship success in Parliament this week, and persuaded the Minister to meet him to discuss the need to do more to prepare young people for apprenticeships.

    Commenting, Sir Andrew said -

    "Employers have worked very well with the Council to provide apprenticeships, with over 800 starting last year. This year the picture is just as good, meaning many young people have a realistic option of learning a career, and the companies get the benefit of their energy and ideas.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons.

    Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law.