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    Article: Mar 2, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to double the UK's production of renewable electricity by the end of the next parliament and make Britain zero carbon by 2050.

    This would end the UK's adverse impact on climate change for good.

    In government the Liberal Democrats have already more than doubled the amount of electricity from renewables.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will host a special radio show tonight (Monday 2 March) on LBC, discussing mental health care in the UK.

    Nick will be on air from 7pm for the one-off show called State of Mind.

    He will interview people with mental health conditions, clinicians, business leaders and a chief constable. He will also be taking comments and questions from callers.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrats plans to extend free childcare will save families thousands of pounds, Liberal Democrats Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

    Liberal Democrats will provide 15 hours of free childcare to all children of working parents aged between 9 months and 2 years old. Under the policy, the average family will save £2,670 each year.

    Speaking on his weekly radio show on LBC, Call Clegg, Nick said:

    "One of the things we've discovered over time is that the kind of help you give as a society to little children, before they've even hung up their coat on their first day of primary school, has as dramatic, if not more dramatic, effect on their subsequent ability to do well in life than actually what happens as teenagers in the classroom."

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    Article: Feb 21, 2015

    UK unemployment fell by 97,000 to 1.86m in the three months to December.

    Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the rate of unemployment is now below 6 per cent and stands at 5.7 per cent.

    There are now 30.9m people in work.

    The level of people in work is at a record of high of 73.2 per cent and average earnings including bonuses increased by 2.1 per cent in the quarter, compared with the previous year.

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    Article: Feb 14, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    One of our priorities for the next five years is balancing the books fairly and investing in public services, creating prosperity for everyone.

    By finishing the job in 2017/18, Liberal Democrats are showing that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Article: Feb 12, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that an extra £2bn will be invested in schools across England for improvement and renovation works.

    Under the Priority School Building Programme, around £2bn will be invested in refurbishing and rebuilding 277 schools across England.

  • 5 Priorities
    Article: Feb 12, 2015

    Liberal Democrats will today (Thursday 12 February) unveil the party's five priorities for the next five years.

    These five priorities set out the Liberal Democrat agenda for government of building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

    Prosperity for all

    Creating a stronger economy is about more than just clearing the deficit that's why we will balance the budget fairly and invest in building a high skill low carbon economy. To build a strong, green, innovative economy we need to invest in upgrading our national infrastructure and producing the clean renewable energy that will power our future prosperity.

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    Article: Feb 8, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will set a new ambition to help 1m more women into work by 2020.

    In a speech to a business audience at the British Chamber of Commerce conference on Tuesday (10 February), Nick will call for the government and business to "think big" and work together to "smash the glass ceiling".

  • green Lib Dems
    Article: Feb 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg discusses his vision for a greener Britain and a sustainable economic future.

    The countdown has started. In 10 months time, the world will gather in Paris to agree a new legally binding global climate change agreement. It's no exaggeration to say our future, and that of our children, depends on its success.

    Of course, none of this is news to you. Yet, I believe it's a truth that bears repeating as often and widely as possible.

    The evidence of the global risk we face is clear, the science exhaustive and beyond doubt and, without a strong deal in Paris, the task ahead of us to reduce the world's emissions and tackle climate change will only become more difficult with every year that goes by.

    We are already running to catch up: the more we delay, the more the world's poorest countries are hardest hit of all. For them, denying climate change isn't an option. Its impact is all too plain to see on their doorstep, increasingly putting their families, homes and livelihoods at risk.

    For us too, as a country, going green isn't a luxury extra, but a necessary investment in our future.

    In the years ahead, the only sustainable growth will be green growth. It's a guarantee of jobs and prosperity for generations to come.

    It's a massive opportunity for Britain. We're a competitive place to invest, a great place to do business and have a skilled, flexible workforce.

    Most importantly, without that shift to low carbon, we put at risk the huge physical and psychological benefits, as well as the sheer joy, we gain from our natural environment. Once lost, it's gone forever.

    That's why, in government, Liberal Democrats have always fought for an approach that doesn't just look after today, but is also mindful of tomorrow; that doesn't just deal with the fiscal deficit we inherited, but also the imbalances in how we treat the environment around us.

    This includes reforming our electricity market to boost investment in low-carbon energy. Since 2010, we've more than doubled the share of electricity we generate from renewable sources - reaching nearly 15 per cent of the UK's electricity at the end of 2013.

    The UK is now a world leader in offshore wind, with more installed offshore wind capacity than any other country in the world. We're also strengthening our global lead in wave and tidal technology. According to the latest Bloomberg estimates, clean energy investment in our country rose by 3 per cent last year, to just over £10bn.

    To help each of us live our lives more sustainably, we've committed hundreds of millions pounds to drive forward green transport. This includes half a billion pounds to sharpen the UK's competitive edge in the development and use of electric vehicles, and I recently announced an unprecedented £214m investment to develop the UK's cycling networks.

    We're establishing a new generation of garden cities and all new homes will be zero carbon from 2016.

    We've created the Natural Capital Committee to help protect our natural wealth. And, step by step, we're preserving Britain's natural landscape: creating marine conservation zones; securing the future of our woodlands - England now has 10 per cent wood land cover, it's highest level in 600 years; and maintaining strong protections for the Green Belt, our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    We've secured extra funding for Kew Gardens, fought hard to ensure England's Coastal Path will be completed by 2020 and, to halt the blight of throwaway plastic bags, we're introducing our 5p charge.

    Critically, we've committed £3.87bn to the International Climate Fund to help developing countries protect their biodiversity and communities from the impacts of climate change also.

    But this is just the start. Whatever the result on May 7, we need a clear commitment from all of the main parties to achieve a landmark global deal in Paris and secure Britain's low carbon future.

    This isn't a job for the fainthearted. Climate Change has no respect for borders, job titles or the political divide. It demands leadership at a local, national and international level, and we all have a role to play - in politics, business and civil society.

    It's one of the central reasons why I believe the UK's continued membership of the EU is so important. If we're to safeguard the future for our children and their children, then we need to stand tall in the world.

    That starts with us leading in Europe, working with our partners to deliver an ambitious green agenda in Paris and beyond. Together, our voices are louder and stronger.

    So let's keep pushing across all political parties for a greener world, a better future for our children and an ambitious agreement in Paris.

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    Article: Feb 4, 2015

    Having spoken to the police officers who recovered the bodies of those murdered by terrorists on the London Underground on 7 July 2005, I know the devastating consequences of failing to disrupt terrorism.

    In the House of Lords this week, four peers from across the political divide proposed new data security measures be introduced as an amendment to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill.