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  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

    Following evaluation of this policy, the free school meals scheme would be extended, as resources allow, while ensuring that school food standards apply to all schools, including free schools and academies.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

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    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council, is fighting a near 60% increase in bus fares that would affect many Theale residents using the popular JetBlack 1 service.

    The hike is the result of moving the boundary of the simplyReading flat fare scheme from the edge of the village to its centre. Councillor Macro said "Reading Buses are moving the flat fare boundary from the Wigmore Lane bus stop to the stop at The Crown. This increases the single fare for travelling between the affected stops and Reading from £1-90 to £3-00. To travel from those stops to Sainsbury's at Calcot increases from £1-20 to £1-90. Reading Buses have told me that this is to help pay for an additional bus on the route and to make up for reduced payments from West Berkshire Council for use of pensioners' bus passes. It is very unfair to ask Theale residents to pick up the tab!"

    Councillor Macro has set up an on-line petition against the big rise. Readers can sign it at www.theale.org.uk/bus-fare-petition.

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    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Portsmouth Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that local party members have selected Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson as their parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South while Councillor Darren Sanders was selected for Portsmouth North.


    The vote concluded at a hustings meeting last night following a three week campaign.
    Portsmouth Liberal Democrat local party Chair Simon Dodd said "In a high turnout, local members made their choice clear. I am delighted that we have a strong team who will work with our city councillors and local candidates. Portsmouth needs the skills and vision that only the local Liberal Democrat team bring to the city."
    Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said "It is a privilege to have been chosen to fight Portsmouth South. I want to thank Tam Langley and David McBride for the campaign. It has been a vigorous, active but friendly selection. We have all shared a clear vision for Portsmouth and belief in the people of our city. I am looking forward to getting out tomorrow to campaign for the positive, practical and liberal policies which offer real hope for the future."
    Councillor Darren Sanders said "I am delighted to have been chosen to stand again for Portsmouth North. More than ever the city needs Liberal Democrat representatives to stand up for it. Conservative MP Penny Morduant is now concentrating on a ministerial career rather than putting Portsmouth first while Independent MP Mike Hancock is too ill to attend parliament. The minority Conservative administration on the council has already descended into chaos. The local Lib Dem team will work together to give Portsmouth the strong voice it needs."

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

    The Liberal Democrats would reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes by giving them a council tax discount and slashing their energy bills - a double bill cut.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Spreading opportunity through education will be at the heart of the Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto.

    The 80-page document will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election campaign.

    The party's focus will be a 'manifesto for the next generation' with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2014

    On Wednesday 3 September, Liberal Democrats will launch their pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party's general election platform.

    The party's focus will be a 'manifesto for the next generation' with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people. Read Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto below.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.

    Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat and former teacher Gerry Keating has been elected new councillor in North Jesmond (Newcastle Upon Tyne).

    Cllr Keating won by a landslide over a field of four other competitors, with more than 50% of the votes.

    The Lib Dems gained 711 votes at this by-election, beating Labour, who lost over 250 votes. The Conservative candidate gained 117 votes. The UKIP candidate had 112 votes, and the Greens garnered 94 votes.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2014

    Our third and final day in India began with an early rise of 5.15am so we could make the long journey to Southern India - myself to Bangalore to try to better understand India's 'Silicon Valley' and for Ed to visit Hyderabad to continue his energy and climate change discussions.

    After arriving at Bangalore's impressive new airport, our first stop was the Airbus India facility in one of the hubs of the city's IT sector. This Airbus site isn't where they actually build the planes - a lot of that happens in the UK - but it instead focuses on the hi-tech modelling, testing and simulation of civil aircraft.