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  • Article: Aug 21, 2014

    A Liberal Democrat government would introduce a package of measures supporting innovation in UK businesses, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include ringfencing the science research budget and introducing a green innovation arm to the British Business Bank.

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    The plans also provide further support for the 'Catapult' programme, which bridges the gap between universities, research institutions and business through £100m of funding over the next Parliament.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Andrew Stunell MP was one of a panel of "dragons" who were presented with project ideas from young people at Stockport Academy recently through The Challenge Network.

    The young people had just completed an intense 3 weeks of personal and team challenges aimed at equipping them with the skills and experiences they need to make their mark.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today launched a new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships.

    The "Get In, Go Far" campaign is being supported by a number of employers across the country and coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Responding to the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, the Liberal Democrats have released the following statements:

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "The Regional Parties Committee met this week to consider whether the party had been brought into disrepute by statements made by Lord Rennard, or on his behalf, following the publication of Alistair Webster's conclusions.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Following the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has written the article below.

    Since the allegations against Lord Rennard were first aired on Channel Four News, I've worked hard with members, activists, HQ staff and our parliamentary parties to fundamentally change the way our party treats these matters.

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    Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that inflation fell from 1.9% to 1.6% in July. The rate fell more than was forecast, with economists expecting it to fall to 1.8%.

    Commenting on the latest inflation figures, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Aug 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Minister Stephen Williams has called for homophobia on the football terraces to be met with the same zero tolerance as racism.

    The Bristol West MP called for football clubs, the FA and the police to tackle anti-gay abuse with the same vigour as racial discrimination.

    Gay rights charity Stonewall said seven out of ten fans have reported hearing homophobic slurs at matches.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrats would maintain free access to national museums and galleries under manifesto plans announced today.

    The party would ensure free entry and continue to make this a condition of government funding.

    Museums and galleries play a crucial role in the cultural life of the UK, attracting millions of visitors each year and the Liberal Democrats want to see that continue.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to introduce new child poverty measures it has been announced today.

    The manifesto will feature the three child poverty targets which were blocked by the Conservatives: reducing relative poverty, reducing gaps in life chances, and reducing entrenched poverty.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrats would support carers with a package of measures designed to make their lives easier under manifesto plans announced today.

    Carers save the state tens of billions of pounds a year and the Lib Dems want to give them something back.

    The package includes raising the amount carers can earn before losing their allowance.