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  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats would spend £3.5bn more on mental health care in England over the next parliament.

    The money would be spent on revolutionising children's and adult mental health care including:

    • £250m over five years for pregnant women and mums dealing with depression. This would include eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care for pregnant women and new mums and 40 new community services helping new mums adjust to life at home with a new born.
    • New waiting time standards for people in crisis and for conditions like bipolar disorder so that those who are ill know how long they have to wait.
    • Hundreds of thousands more people will get access to talking therapies for anxiety and depression.
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    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    The government has announced the Modern Slavery Bill is set to become law after being accelerated through parliament.

    Human trafficking campaigner and South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery.

    The MEP has worked with a number of charities to raise the issue of trafficking up the agenda and has made calls for an anti-trafficking Commissioner, and for victims of trafficking to be protected.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Amid all the media noise around the start of the General Election campaign, let's not forget the extraordinary nature of this Government.

    The Coalition was formed at a a time of national emergency to rescue an economy on the brink of disaster. Most said it wouldn't last five months, let alone five years.

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    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Nick Clegg will today (Sunday 29 March) launch the Liberal Democrats General Election campaign.

    At a campaign rally with activists, Nick will launch the party's election battle bus, before heading to Oxford West and Abingdon for a day of door knocking and delivery.

    The bus will include a satellite radio transmitter so that Nick will be able to do radio interviews direct from the bus when he is on the road, campaigning across the country.

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    Article: Mar 28, 2015

    As we enter the General Election campaign this weekend, Liberal Democrats are poised to knock on the one millionth door since the start of the year.

    Across the country our activists have ventured out in all weathers and have so far knocked on 960,000 doors since January 1.

    With the campaign stepping up another gears, we are expecting another 40,000 doors to be opened this weekend.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    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 to safeguard the NHS for the future.

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    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Winchester and Oxfordshire are failing to meet EU environmental standards that protect local rivers from being contaminated by sewage, it was announced yesterday.

    The EU Commission is taking the UK to court for breaching EU standards on treating waste water in 18 towns including Winchester.

    The Winchester Wastewater Treatment Works at Morestead Road were found to be in breach of the rules despite undergoing a £9m upgrade that was completed last year, as well as the Islip Wastewater Treatment Works.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Catherine Bearder this week presented a letter co-signed by 32 fellow liberal MEPs from 16 differnet countries, laying out the issues with new EU VAT rules for sole traders.

    Since then, Vice President Frans Timmermans has said he will look carefully at these rules and will consider a change in them to lessen the burden for small businesses.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable today 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.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    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 to a 15 per cent reduction in the emissions produced by the power sector.