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In his campaign to get drugs funding for patients with ultra-rare diseases, after his meeting yesterday with life sciences minister George Freeman, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland declared himself “disgusted” at the way NHS England have acted towards families, charities and by misleading ministers. He called on health ministers to use […]

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Tougher punishments for dangerous drivers and better support for victims have been called for by Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge Julian Huppert. He claims victims and their families of drivers who break the law deserve proper justice and he has backed a move to introduce changes to the law. Among other measures the changes would […]

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Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has commented on Labour’s pledge to cap private profits in the NHS, saying that a simplistic policy could cause “chaos” for local hospitals. Labour today announced it would limit the profits of private firms in the NHS by a negotiable amount, but only Liberal Democrats have a credible plan […]

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New laws give energy regulators across the UK powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market. Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices could face up to two years in jail under new regulations which come into force on 13 April 2015. The new laws make it a criminal offence […]

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Stephen Williams confirms new measures giving communities a greater say in how their local neighbourhood should be governed. Communities Minister Stephen Williams has confirmed new measures that will make it far easier for communities to set up new town and parish councils giving them a greater say in how their local neighbourhood should be governed. […]

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The SFA has notified 62 Community learning providers they will receive a contract to pilot adult education courses. Following a successful procurement process, the Skills Funding Agency has notified 62 Community learning providers they will receive a contract to pilot adult education courses to help adults recover from mild to moderate mental health problems. Mental […]

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Consumers will have enhanced, easy to understand rights following Royal Assent for the Consumer Rights Act being given today (26 March 2015). The Act is a major part of the government’s reform of UK consumer law and is predicted to boost the economy by £4 billion over the next decade by streamlining complicated law from […]

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Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday reached an agreement with the Trades Union Congress to begin work towards enabling trades unions to ballot their members electronically. A small expert task force will be established to consider how best to implement e-balloting in keeping with current legislation. Under existing laws, balloting union members for industrial […]

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A new poster unveiled by the Liberal Democrats shows that a Labour or Conservative government would lurch economic policy dangerously to the left or the right. The poster highlights the crossroads facing the British public at the General Election and points to the dangers of leaving Ed Balls or George Osborne in charge of the […]

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The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 8.4 per cent in 2014, thanks in part to the increasing use of renewable energy sources. Wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower technologies generated 19 per cent of the UK’s electricity last year, a record high for the use of clean energy. This shift away from burning coal contributed […]

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