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Commenting on EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier’s press conference today in Brussels, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “Theresa May has created a callous level of uncertainty for British citizens currently resident in the EU. “Instead of proposing mutually beneficial terms, May’s proposal has put the futures of millions of Brits across the continent […]

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Real wages fell by 0.5% in the three months to May compared to last year, official figures published today have revealed. This is a result of inflation soaring to a four-year high of 2.9% in May. Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable commented: “Families across the country are struggling as prices rise and real wages […]

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Teacher pay rise “an insult” – Lib Dems

by Steve Beasant on 10 July, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of insulting teachers and of having a “tin ear” to public opinion after giving a below inflation pay-rise to teachers. Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson, said: “Giving teachers another below inflation pay-rise is frankly an insult to these incredibly hard working and dedicated professionals. The message coming […]

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Theresa May’s twenty U-turns in one year

by Steve Beasant on 10 July, 2017

On the first anniversary of Theresa May becoming the new Conservative Party leader, the Liberal Democrats have revealed twenty policies her government has U-turned on over the last year. These include recent U-turns on fox-hunting, the Dementia Tax and hiking taxes for self-employed workers. Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael said: “When she became Conservative leader, Theresa May […]

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Over two million jobs in the UK are with companies that receive investment from the EU, striking new figures have revealed today. According to the Office for National Statistics, a total of four million UK employees work for companies that benefit from foreign direct investment (FDI). Two million of these, or over half, are with companies that received investment from the […]

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Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrats Chief Whip, has criticised International Trade Secretary Liam Fox MP over his comments about the BBC’s coverage of Brexit. Mr Fox claimed in the House of Commons that the BBC would “rather see Britain fail than Brexit succeed”. His comments came in response to a question from Nigel Evans MP […]

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Tom Brake comments on EU-Japan Trade Deal

by Steve Beasant on 6 July, 2017

Commenting on the news that the European Union and Japan have reached an outline agreement for a free trade deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:  “Last year the Government estimated that an EU-Japan Free Trade Deal  could be worth £5 billion annually to the UK economy – roughly £200 per household. Sadly, by […]

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One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and services providing care in people’s homes require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate. Commenting on the news, Shadow Health Secretary Norman […]

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Working families with children are facing bigger shortfalls in their household budgets this year, despite an increase in the National Living Wage and tax cuts, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s authoritative annual report on living standards. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “Millions of people are facing a squeeze because […]

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The following article was written by Alistair Carmichael is the MP for Orkney and Shetland and Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson and was published today on the Liberal Democrat Voice Website. A couple of weeks ago I was due to meet with one of my counterparts in the Conservative whips office. These meetings are routine […]

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