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  • Article: Jun 30, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2015

    Reacting to the Conservatives' plans to change the child poverty target, Baroness Pinnock, Lib Dem Children's spokesperson in the House of Lords, said:

    "The Tories stubbornly refused to sign up to more credible child poverty measures while in Coalition. So, you have to question whether it really is high on their agenda now?

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrats today attacked the blinkered Tory approach to drugs policy as they tabled a series of amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the House of Lords.

    The party will call on the Conservatives to delay new laws until a full review is carried out into how existing legislation is failing to stop the harm caused by drugs.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    What is Conference?

    Liberal Democrat Conference is a twice-yearly event where members gather to put forward, debate and vote on the Party's national policies. There are keynote speeches from the Leader, MPs and other senior figures, and Party committees present their annual reports to the membership. Beyond the main Conference hall, there's a wide range of training on campaigning, fundraising, recruitment, plus advice sessions for those interested in being candidates for councils and Parliament. At lunchtimes and in the evenings there are plenty of fringe meetings with a chance to discuss ideas with speakers from party groups and national organisations. There are receptions, a disco, and even a singalong night, and there's always a large crowd in the Conference bar at the end of the day.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to rule out scrapping safeguards that could lead to two million people falling off the electoral roll.

    The Coalition Government introduced Individual Voter Registration, to put to an end the outdated system where a 'head of household' was responsible for everyone who votes at an address.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has congratulated Europol and law enforcement agencies across the EU for conducting the biggest ever international operation against the illegal wildlife trade.

    Operation COBRA III led to the recovery of over 12 tonnes of elephant ivory and at least 119 rhino horns, and saw the participation of law enforcement teams and agencies from 62 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

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    Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Brian Paddick, has called for an overhaul of UK Drugs policy.

    He said that the Government's new Psychoactive Substances Bill "adds to the confusion and further undermines the credibility of UK drugs laws."

    His comments come during the Bill's Second Reading in the House of Lords. Lord Paddick has branded the Bill unfit for purpose with huge unintended consequences.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015

    In a dedicated Commons session for Charles Kennedy today, Nick Clegg reflected on Charles' wisdom, humour and courage.

    Nick's speech is as follows:

    A few days ago I got in touch with Charles because I was looking for a telephone number of someone we both knew.

    His friends will not be surprised to learn that we were texting eachother. He was notoriously bad at answering his phone but famously fluent by SMS.

  • Charles Kennedy 1959-2015
    Article: Jun 2, 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

    Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.