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  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports.

    Almost 80% of Commonwealth countries (42 out of 53 countries) represented in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way. Pride House is an LGBT space set up to promote diversity at the Games and within the Commonwealth.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

    The Regional Growth Fund, introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government, is strengthening Britain's economy and making a big difference to local communities. Through supporting business of all sizes and sectors, new job and apprenticeship opportunities are opening up across Britain.

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    As the Conservative County Council plans how to implement the next round of funding cuts, Jackie Porter, Lib Dem spokesperson for children, has met with parents who describe how valuable and vital these services are to their families.
    Amanda Stretch whose son Freddie attends Shepherd's Down school says, 'Our son gets a huge amount out of the playschemes and support provided by the short Breaks. It means he can enjoy the local activities at Messy Church and Cubs and a few days at the KIDS and Disability Challengers playscheme in the summer holidays.' Freddie needs constant attention, so Amanda and her husband Tim have the chance to catch up or play with their other children whilst he goes off to other activities with the buddy provided by the scheme.

  • thornton porter motorway noise
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Local residents have welcomed news of action to tackle motorway noise on one of the busiest motorways in Hampshire, after a local MP successfully fought for low noise resurfacing.


    Residents living near the M27 motorway have had to put up with 'horrific' noise levels for years.
    Government noise maps shows that amongst the worst affected are areas of Eastleigh Borough, where the volume hits more than 75 decibels - equivalent of a loud radio or a very busy street.

    The worst noise hotspots are centred around West End on the M27, and a stretch of the M3 that separates Chandler's Ford and Allbrook.

    Now, after several interventions and pressing by local MP Mike Thornton over the past year, the Highways Agency have confirmed funding to resurface the M27 between Junction 5 and Junction 7 using noise reducing materials. The work, originally scheduled for 2018, has been brought forward and is now due in two years' time.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, who pressed Ministers over the issue earlier this year, has welcomed the news, but has said the scheme doesn't go far enough.

    Mr Thornton said, "One of my main priorities since becoming an MP has been to get action on motorway noise. It's a problem that blights thousands of my constituents who live near the M27 and M3, and is potentially very damaging to their long-term health.

    "While I'm pleased that the Highways Agency have listened and committed to funding M27 resurfacing, more can be done.

    "I'd like to see a much bigger stretch of the M27 resurfaced, and the latest noise mapping shows that areas either side of the M3 need similar solutions.

    "The Highways Agency has now agreed to re-investigate further noise mitigation at key points along both motorways, and I'll be following this closely to ensure residents get the best deal possible."

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

    Households on low incomes and high energy costs, often caused by poorly insulated homes, will face lower bills as they are raised to a Band C energy efficiency rating by 2030.

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM.

    At the summit, which saw 500 delegates from 50 countries, the government announced a range of measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation in Britain and abroad.

    New laws were announced that would see parents prosecuted if they failed to prevent their daughter undergoing FGM. Programmes were also introduced in order to prevent FGM in 12 developing countries.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Government have confirmed the Government's commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.

    Tories had attempted to weaken measures to tackle global warming with plans to change the fourth carbon budget, which sets a greenhouse gas emissions limit through the 2020s. However, thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the fourth carbon budget will be retained.

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    Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

    After pressure from the party's grass roots at the National Policy Forum, Labour agreed to endorse the policy which was announced by Nick Clegg last year.

    Free school meals are expected to benefit 1.5 million children between the ages of five and seven, greatly improving their health, behaviour and results.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will speak at the Girl Summit on Tuesday, a summit with the aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

    At the Summit, Nick will announce a package of measures to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

    The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility.