• Money
    Article: Jun 30, 2017

    Household savings have plummeted to their lowest level in 50 years, official figures published today have revealed.

    It comes after figures yesterday showed household borrowing has continued to grow, with unsecured consumer credit increasing by £1.7bn in May.

    Vince Cable has warned the stark figures show the economy is on an unsustainable footing and that this could have "severe consequences" when combined with the impact of an extreme Brexit.

  • Single Market
    Article: Jun 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have accused Jeremy Corbyn of failing Labour voters who wanted a different approach to Brexit, after he imposed a three-line whip on his MPs to abstain on a cross-party amendment to keep the UK in the single market.

    Only 49 Labour MPs voted for the amendment, fewer than a fifth, while the rest abstained.

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Jun 29, 2017

    Former Equalities Minister Jo Swinson MP has said the government's last-minute announcement that women from Northern Ireland will be able get abortions for free on the NHS in England shows "the power of cross-party pressure."

    Jo Swinson was among the MPs who had signed an amendment by Stella Creasy on the issue, which had been selected for a vote today.

  • Classroom
    Article: Jun 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of treating schoolchildren like "battery hens," as shocking figures published today have revealed the number of pupils in classes over 30 continues to soar.
    344,000 secondary school pupils are now being taught in class sizes over over 30, up 21% compared to two years ago

  • Single Market
    Article: Jun 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called on Jeremy Corbyn to ensure a cross-party amendment on the single market is backed by "the many, not the few" in a crucial vote later today.

    The cross-party amendment to the Queen's Speech, signed by all Liberal Democrat MPs, calls on the government to set out proposals to stay in the single market and customs union.

  • Allistair Carmichael
    Article: Jun 28, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will support a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech on lifting the public sector pay cap.

    This follows the Liberal Democrats leading calls to increase pay for firefighters, nurses and police in the wake of the Grenfell Tragedy and recent terrorist attacks.

  • Poverty
    Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Data released by the Office of National Statistics today shows 4.6 million people were classed as being trapped in a vicious cycle of 'persistent' poverty. Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These figures must be a wakeup call for the Conservatives, in Britain, 4.6 Million people endured persistent hardship and poverty. For all the Conservatives talk, these figures show they just don't care and sadly, I think poverty is going to get worse.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jun 26, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Ed Davey has slammed the government after news that all 3m EU citizens resident in Britain will have to apply for identity cards.

    Ed Davey said:

    "The government announcement on EU citizens leaves so much in doubt. From the description, it seems as if this is ID cards by the backdoor.