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  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven's five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

    "Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding our NHS for the future, and providing better care, both for physical and mental health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

    The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

    He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

    The Earl of Oxford said that his focus will be foreign and defence policy, foreign trade and commercial affairs as well as farming and environmental issues.

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    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The UK's wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid.

    On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records.

    This produced almost 20 per cent of the UK's electricity.

    The milestone was followed by further news from the National Grid that on Tuesday 21 October, the UK's wind farms generated more power than nuclear power stations.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Conservative MEPs today confirmed they would abstain in a European Parliament vote to approve the new European Commission, which includes the UK's new EU Commissioner and Conservative Peer Lord Jonathan Hill.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "There was a real cross-party effort to build support for Lord Hill amongst MEPs so he could become EU Commissioner for financial services, a sector vital for the UK economy.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Shocking NHS waiting times in Wales mean nearly 1,400 patients are waiting more than a year for treatment.

    The figures obtained by Liberal Democrats show that 9 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, have been waiting over 2 years and still haven't received their treatment.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Workload Challenge and invite teachers from across the country to have their say on the causes of unnecessary workload.

    Nick recently said that many teachers had been left feeling "browbeaten" and undervalued. He also expressed concern for the rising workloads face by teachers.

  • Jenner Institute Malaria Lab
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it intends to rapidly mobilise funds from the Horizon 2020 research fund to help fund clinical trials searching for an Ebola vaccine such as the one taking place at the Jenner Institute, Oxford University.

    The Commission is working with the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines agency in order to define the most useful research to spend the funds on.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    At a UNHCR conference in Sharjah, UAE on October 16, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech entitled Investing in the Future: Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa.

    In her speech, Lynne focussed on ensuring adequate protection for refugee girls, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MP and European Business Adviser Michael Moore has published a report calling for 'a new engagement' with the EU to give British businesses a stronger influence in Europe.

    'Doing Business Across Europe: A New Engagement', makes a number of recommendations to support British businesses, improve the UK's relationship with the largest trading partner and lead the way in reforming the EU to increase trade and competitiveness.