• Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Passing the tests would have signalled that Theresa May is moving away from her reckless, extreme Brexit.

    Instead, in the vast majority of cases she failed to offer any solutions to the major issues related to Brexit that are currently facing the country.

    Commenting on her failure, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson said:

    "Theresa May's speech in Florence was a failure. She ruled out staying in the single market, she failed to ring fence the rights of EU nationals, she has failed to take 'no deal' off the table.

    "Theresa May, six months since Article 50, has once again failed to give answers.

    "There was so much waffle in this speech she should have made it in Belgium."

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    These are people who voted Labour in the hope that they would stand up to the Conservatives on Brexit and fight to stay in the Single Market.

    "Who will pay for Labour's policies if the highest earners are forced out or flee the country?

    "If Labour get into power they will soon find their golden goose running out of eggs."

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    "It is misleading for him to pretend that some new customs arrangement can be reached which doesn't cause massive disruption to British trade.

    "Instead of joining the Tories in the land of fairy tales, Labour should be fighting with the Liberal Democrats to maintain membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union. There would be a parliamentary majority if Corbyn and his comrades got off the fence.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2017

    9,832 EU nationals left the NHS between 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017, figures published by NHS Digital today have revealed. This is an increase of 22% on the previous year, and up 42% on two years earlier.

    In total 3,885 nurses, 1,794 doctors and 1,518 support staff from the EU left the NHS between June 2016 and June 2017.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    We need a bold new approach to improving mental health focused on prevention, including giving discounts to business rates for companies that take concrete steps to improve well-being in the workplace.

    We also need a pay rise for NHS staff and demanded that Theresa May give EU nationals working in the NHS the right to stay now.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    The IFS has demolished Boris Johnson's repeated claim that Brexit will lead to an £350m for the NHS.

    In a letter to The Times, the IFS's deputy director Carl Emmerson points out that overall Brexit is actually set to damage the public finances and lead to "net fiscal loss."

    This is a point made by the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast and adopted by the government.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    At our conference today, the Liberal Democrats have agreed to a raft of new policies which will see stricter penalties for companies that break the law, as part of a series of measures to improve corporate governance.

    This would include scrapping the need to establish intent or guilt of a senior executive in cases of corporate failure, meaning that companies themselves could be held criminally liable.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    In the wake of the recent terrorist outrages it's clear that we need a bold change of strategy to defeat terrorism and counter violent extremism.

    To do that, at our Autumn Conference today we have proposed a bold new strategy to defeat terror. At the heart of the strategy being proposed is proper funding and resourcing for the community police.