William Wallace writes… Sources of UK extremism

by Steve Beasant on 5 February, 2016

The following article was written by Lord William Wallace and published yesterday on the Liberal Democrat Voice Website. Part of our role in both houses of Parliament is to hold the government to the commitments they – often reluctantly – give.  One of the five conditions Lib Dem parliamentarians established in return for supporting the […]

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Liberal Democrats refer UKIP to the BBC Trust and Ofcom.

by Steve Beasant on 5 February, 2016

The Liberal Democrats have made an official complaint over the content of UKIP’s party political broadcast for inciting racial and religious hatred. The presentation and tone of the broadcast is focused on provoking negative and hostile reactions. The broadcast clearly uses images, music and misleading information to inflame racial tension – a direct breach of […]

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MEPs narrowly failed to overturn the decision to weaken diesel emission limits today, with 317 voting in favour of the rejection, 323 against and 61 abstaining. Under an EU agreement reached by national governments including the UK in October last year, diesel cars will be allowed to spew out double the current legal limit of […]

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The following article was published today on the Liberal Democrat Voice Website. Tim Farron has missed Cameron’s “Deal or no deal” performance today as he’s been away in Manchester and Edinburgh, but he’s been keeping an eye on developments. This is what he had to say: “The Prime Minister’s draft deal means the first stage […]

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Speaking in a European Parliament debate on the UK government’s EU renegotiation this morning, spokesperson for the Liberal  Democrat EU referendum campaign Catherine Bearder MEP said: “As the UK’s most internationalist and outward-facing party, the Liberal Democrats are committed to keeping Britain a full member of the EU. “We will wholeheartedly stand against the idea […]

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Liberal Democrats fight to protect Feed-in Tariffs

by Steve Beasant on 2 February, 2016

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs. The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its […]

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MEPs have warned that the EU is set to miss its biodiversity targets unless it takes drastic action to ensure nature conservation laws are strengthened and properly implemented. Over 1000 species are protected by the EU’s nature laws including some of Britain’s best-loved birds and animals such as otters, puffins and turtle doves. But these […]

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Lab-Con alliance opposes Norman Lamb’s NHS Commission

by Steve Beasant on 2 February, 2016

Labour and Conservative united in Parliament last week to oppose plans for a Commission to examine the future of the NHS and Social Care. The Commission was proposed by Norman Lamb who has previously warned of an impending funding crisis faced by the NHS. Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk and the Liberal Democrat spokesperson […]

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team is warning people to beware of fraudsters that turn up on your doorstep and ask for your signature.  The Proactive Intelligence Team debriefs convicted offenders to identify emerging trends and have found that your signature is one part of a puzzle that the fraudsters are putting […]

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Google tax: EU proposes clampdown on tax evasion

by Steve Beasant on 28 January, 2016

The Commission is set to unveil proposals to crack down on tax evasion and avoidance today, including requiring EU countries to share tax information about large multinational corporations with each other. The news comes amid growing controversy over a deal struck by the UK government with Google, which netted the Treasury just £130m in tax […]

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