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  • Thornton_Holocaust
    Article: Jan 30, 2015

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton paid tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

    Mike marked the Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment and pledging to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust.

    Tuesday 27th January marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are celebrating the one millionth tree being planted this Parliament through the Big Tree Plant.

    The Big Tree Plant is the first government tree planting initiative since the 1970s. Liberal Democrats in government are proud to have delivered this project which will leave a living, lasting legacy in communities across England.

  • Ben_cycle
    Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Romsey's Lib Dem candidate has joined calls for changes in local and national cycling policy, including the appointment of a political Cycling Champion.

    Speaking at a hustings arranged by the Southampton branch of CTC - the national cycling charity - Ben Nicholls called for a Cycling Champion to be appointed from amongst Test Valley councillors, to ensure the high-level political leadership needed to raise the profile and take-up of cycling. Ben also supported Hampshire cyclists' calls for improvements to lights, cycle paths and driver awareness.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Mims Davies, Mid-Sussex District Councillor for Haywards Heath, has invited Nick Boles MP, the former Planning Minister, to visit Eastleigh on Wednesday. While in Government, Mr Boles introduced rules that make it harder for councils to stop developers bringing forward inappropriate building plans on countryside and on green fields.

    Ms Davies is part of the Mid-Sussex Conservative-run administration which is promoting building 3500 new houses on greenfield land around Burgess Hill. Mr Boles will be carrying out a political visit with Mims to Eastleigh. During Mr Boles' time as Planning Minister, rules he introduced weakened local authorities' abilities to resist inappropriate development proposals on greenfield and countryside land, making it harder for them to stand up for their communities.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    This week, Gerald Vernon-Jackson has signed up to show his support for Mencap's Hear my voice campaign.

    The newcampaign is about empowering people with a learning disability and their families to have their voices heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    In a move at odds with the Government, the Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh Mike Thornton voted to back a moratorium on fracking, arguing the drive for shale gas would make Britain over-reliant on fossil fuels.

    The moratorium vote was defeated in Parliament after Labour asked its MPs to abstain from this vote, but the government pledged to bar fracking from national parks and agreed to 13 new conditions to be met before drilling can take place.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Justice minister Simon Hughes has highlighted the importance of rehabilitating female prisoners.

    Work and educational opportunities are crucial to helping rehabilitate women offenders.

    Commenting, Simon said:

    " I'm not prepared to accept a situation where female offenders don't have the chance to turn their lives around and support themselves and their families.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg discusses his vision for a greener Britain and a sustainable economic future.

    The countdown has started. In 10 months time, the world will gather in Paris to agree a new legally binding global climate change agreement. It's no exaggeration to say our future, and that of our children, depends on its success.

    Of course, none of this is news to you. Yet, I believe it's a truth that bears repeating as often and widely as possible.

    The evidence of the global risk we face is clear, the science exhaustive and beyond doubt and, without a strong deal in Paris, the task ahead of us to reduce the world's emissions and tackle climate change will only become more difficult with every year that goes by.

    We are already running to catch up: the more we delay, the more the world's poorest countries are hardest hit of all. For them, denying climate change isn't an option. Its impact is all too plain to see on their doorstep, increasingly putting their families, homes and livelihoods at risk.

    For us too, as a country, going green isn't a luxury extra, but a necessary investment in our future.

    In the years ahead, the only sustainable growth will be green growth. It's a guarantee of jobs and prosperity for generations to come.

    It's a massive opportunity for Britain. We're a competitive place to invest, a great place to do business and have a skilled, flexible workforce.

    Most importantly, without that shift to low carbon, we put at risk the huge physical and psychological benefits, as well as the sheer joy, we gain from our natural environment. Once lost, it's gone forever.

    That's why, in government, Liberal Democrats have always fought for an approach that doesn't just look after today, but is also mindful of tomorrow; that doesn't just deal with the fiscal deficit we inherited, but also the imbalances in how we treat the environment around us.

    This includes reforming our electricity market to boost investment in low-carbon energy. Since 2010, we've more than doubled the share of electricity we generate from renewable sources - reaching nearly 15 per cent of the UK's electricity at the end of 2013.

    The UK is now a world leader in offshore wind, with more installed offshore wind capacity than any other country in the world. We're also strengthening our global lead in wave and tidal technology. According to the latest Bloomberg estimates, clean energy investment in our country rose by 3 per cent last year, to just over £10bn.

    To help each of us live our lives more sustainably, we've committed hundreds of millions pounds to drive forward green transport. This includes half a billion pounds to sharpen the UK's competitive edge in the development and use of electric vehicles, and I recently announced an unprecedented £214m investment to develop the UK's cycling networks.

    We're establishing a new generation of garden cities and all new homes will be zero carbon from 2016.

    We've created the Natural Capital Committee to help protect our natural wealth. And, step by step, we're preserving Britain's natural landscape: creating marine conservation zones; securing the future of our woodlands - England now has 10 per cent wood land cover, it's highest level in 600 years; and maintaining strong protections for the Green Belt, our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    We've secured extra funding for Kew Gardens, fought hard to ensure England's Coastal Path will be completed by 2020 and, to halt the blight of throwaway plastic bags, we're introducing our 5p charge.

    Critically, we've committed £3.87bn to the International Climate Fund to help developing countries protect their biodiversity and communities from the impacts of climate change also.

    But this is just the start. Whatever the result on May 7, we need a clear commitment from all of the main parties to achieve a landmark global deal in Paris and secure Britain's low carbon future.

    This isn't a job for the fainthearted. Climate Change has no respect for borders, job titles or the political divide. It demands leadership at a local, national and international level, and we all have a role to play - in politics, business and civil society.

    It's one of the central reasons why I believe the UK's continued membership of the EU is so important. If we're to safeguard the future for our children and their children, then we need to stand tall in the world.

    That starts with us leading in Europe, working with our partners to deliver an ambitious green agenda in Paris and beyond. Together, our voices are louder and stronger.

    So let's keep pushing across all political parties for a greener world, a better future for our children and an ambitious agreement in Paris.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today (Thursday 29 January) announced that the government is investing an extra £1bn in local economies by expanding local Growth Deals.

    The government has struck a deal to expand the Growth Deals signed last year with 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their first PPB of 2015, which outlines how we will cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than Labour.

    In the broadcast, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg says:

    "Over the coming months, you might have campaigners coming to knock on your door. You may think you've heard it all before. You may not know where to turn or you might already have decided.