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Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.


Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    A Conservative majority Government would cut the education budget by more than a quarter - or £13.3bn a year - by 2020, Liberal Democrat analysis has found.

    The analysis is based on the spending, tax and borrowing commitments made by David Cameron and George Osborne.

    Unlike the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives have not committed to protecting funding for schools, nurseries and colleges in the next parliament.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    The number of workers automatically enrolled into a workplace pension across the UK has now reached five million. This marks a milestone halfway point of policy roll-out which will see around 10 million automatically enrolled by 2018.

    Liberal Democrats in government introduced automatic enrolment, which their boss and the government pay in to, in order to give people the confidence to save for retirement.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Two local Lib Dem teams have stormed to victory in three by elections held yesterday.

    Firstly, Peter Agoro took a seat from Labour in Aylesbury, while the local Lib Dem group also held onto one other seat.

    And in Rawcliffe Parish Council in York, John Ballantine gained the seat from an Independent, taking the Lib Dem group on the council to 4 out of the 9 seats on this Parish, up from none in 2011.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Two local Lib Dem teams have stormed to victory in three by elections held yesterday.

    Firstly, Peter Agoro took a seat from Labour in Gatehouse ward, Aylesbury, while the Anders Christensen also held onto one other seat in Southcourt ward.

    And in Rawcliffe Parish Council in York, John Ballantine gained the seat from an Independent, taking the Lib Dem group on the council to 4 out of the 9 seats on this Parish, up from none in 2011.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Leader of Eastbourne Council, David Tutt, has won a prestigious award for transforming the town.

    The award is to recognise the contribution local leaders make in advancing the liberal cause and was introduced by the Liberal Democrats' party grouping, ALDE in the Committee of the Regions.

    David was nominated by Eastbourne's Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, for his enormous contribution to the local community by attracting investment into the town, including £100 million from Legal & General.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2014

    Attainment in primary schools has risen in every subject and disadvantaged pupils continue to close the gap on their peers, according to figures published today by the Department for Education.

    The results for more than half a million 11-year-olds (at Key Stage 2) show the percentage achieving the expected level (level 4) in reading, writing and maths has risen by 3 percentage points to 79% while the proportion achieving the more challenging level 4b is also up - from 63% to 67%. 22,000 pupils have improved their reading, writing and maths since 2013.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Nick Clegg has written to Andy Burham MP in response to his claims that Nick misled the House of Commons over the issue of Hichingbrooke Hospital today during PMQs.

    Nick did no such thing, as this letter send to Andy Burham reveals:

    10 December 2014

    Dear Andy,

    I see that you raised a Point of Order in the House of Commons and that you accused me of "sheer inaccuracy". I am always happy to confirm the accuracy of what I have said.

    You said that "when the previous Government left office there was still an NHS bidder in the competition." That is simply not true.

    These are the facts.

    On 26 March 2010, that is before the General Election and while you were still Health Secretary, the three organisations shortlisted for the contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital were Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health - all of which are non-NHS organisations.

    The NAO report of the bidding process published on 8 November 2012 clearly states that in December 2009 there were only 3 bidders left in the process - Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health. It says on page 20 that the "the two NHS trusts involved both withdrew at early stages of the process."

    When making your Point of Order, you may have been referring to the fact that the Serco bid included working with the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust. Given it is clear that the actual bidder was Serco, I suggest that you are stretching the boundaries of accuracy to their very limit.

    As you can see, I very much stand by what I said at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons today. You asked if I had inadvertently misled the House of Commons. I would suggest that by misquoting what I said, it may be you who has inadvertently misled the House of Commons. Given that the facts are as I have outlined above, I wonder if you would be prepared to set the record straight yourself?

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    As of today, couples in England and Wales have the choice to convert their civil partnership into marriage, concluding a historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to get married.

    Liberal Democrats were the first party to support same sex marriage and we have delivered our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place from 10 December. We are delighted that there is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    From today, couples in civil partnerships in England and Wales will be able to convert them into a marriage, concluding an historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to be married.

    In doing so, the Liberal Democrats have delivered on our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place from 10 December and there is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Business Secretary Vince Cable introduces our two millionth apprentice and explains why her story is now far from unusual:

    Today is a very proud day. We have reached an important milestone and a huge achievement in Government. Today, we celebrate our 2 millionth apprentice, sixteen-year-old Paige McConville, who has recently started an advanced apprenticeship at engineering company FMB in Oxford. She will be trained to design and manufacture complex tools for scientific research, with the opportunity to progress to equivalent university degree level while learning on the job and earning her way as she does so.