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  • 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.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying.

    The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country.

    Liberal Democrats want to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying once and for all. You can show your support for this too by backing our campaign here.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Andrew Stunell MP is calling for Stockport schools to take part in Parliament Week, an annual programme of events and activities to inspire young people across the UK to participate in democratic life.

    Andrew Stunell MP commented-

    "I'm delighted that three of our local schools have already taken up the challenge of Parliament Week. It is a great opportunity for schools in Stockport to engage their pupils in democracy by putting on an event such as a debate, arrange a trip to Parliament or using the many interactive resources available on the Parliament Week website."

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Reacting to the news that the UK has fallen to 26th in the 'World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report', Liberal Democrat Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson said:

    "Today's report shows that we need to take further action to tackle the inequality that still exists between men and women. That is why Liberal Democrats would introduce laws requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Mental health charity Mind has said that the amount of public budgets spent on mental health prevention is too low.

    In a report published by Mind today (October 28), figures reveal that £40m of council funds will go on mental health compared to £900m for physical health.

    Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb Tweeted: