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Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

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  • Article: Jul 1, 2014
    By Libdem HQ 29/07/2014

    Your pension to be protected by law

    Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today.

    These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago.

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    Thanks to the Liberal Democrats' triple lock guarantee, the basic state pension has risen in each year of the last parliament by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or 2.5%. The triple lock was a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Coalition negotiations.

    This means the state pension is £440 higher per year in 2014-15 than if it had increased in line with earnings from the start of this Parliament, and worth over £800 a year more in total.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to write this guarantee into law, giving pensioners more certainty that their pension will continue to rise in future.

    Announcing the plan, Steve Webb said:

    "A decent income in retirement for pensioners is central to the Liberal Democrat vision of a fair society.

    "For decades, successive Labour and Conservative governments allowed the state pension to decline after Mrs. Thatcher broke the 'earnings link' in 1980. Our manifesto promise of a 'triple lock' has been implemented every year since 2010 and means that the state pension is already a higher share of the national average wage than at any time since the early 1990s.

    "But if we are serious about having a decent state pension we need to go further. That is why the Liberal Democrats will guarantee in law that in each year pensions will rise by the highest of wages, prices or 2.5%."

    The Liberal Democrat plans are in stark contrast to the Labour years, which on one occasion saw Gordon Brown increase the state pension by just 75p-a-week.

    The triple lock guarantee would ensure an increase in the value of the state pension of at least £790 per year by the end of the next Parliament.

  • euro group
    Article: May 20, 2014

    All three Lib Dem Euro candidates, Angelika Schneider, Owen Temple and Christian Vassie, have signed up to support the fairtrade manifesto ahead of Thursday's election.

    The manifesto backs "A world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full human potential".

  • Article: May 6, 2014

    The North East benefits more, in terms of jobs and investment, than almost any other region in the UK according to a leading EU figure.

    Regional policy commissioner Johannes Hahn says only Cornwall receives more EU money per head than the North East, with £600m earmarked for the region in the next six years.

  • Angelika at Atlas Industrial Services
    Article: Apr 29, 2014


    The prospective Lib Dem MEP for North East England, Angelika Schneider, has visited a Hartlepool chemical cleaning company to speak to bosses about their business and how the EU affects their industry.

    Hartlepool-based Atlas Industrial Services uses chemical cleaning and decontamination processes like metal pickling to increase the efficiency and working life of industrial equipment.

  • Article: Apr 29, 2014

    Published statement by Lib Dem Euro-candidate Angelika Schneider:

    On May 22 you will have the chance to vote for an MEP to represent North East England in the European Parliament. These elections matter more than ever, because they come at a time of national debate about Britain's role in Europe.

    The Liberal Democrats are the party of IN. We believe that EU membership is vital to our economic future, which depends heavily upon the UK's ability to trade freely with the rest of Europe. In the North East alone, 150,000 jobs are linked to our EU trade. MEPs are able to change EU rules so that they work for people and businesses in their area, but only if we sit at the table.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Nick Clegg has promised to take the fight to UKIP as he launched the Liberal Democrat's European election manifesto today.

    Speaking in Colchester, Nick said:

    "Ukip and others have been allowed to peddle their myths unchallenged for decades, claiming that all of our problems would magically disappear if the UK just left the EU. But it's a dangerous fantasy. It's the surest way to jeopardise jobs, risk our fragile economic recovery, and it will leave Britain alone and diminished in the world.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Farron launch
    Article: Apr 10, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their European election campaign in the North East, highlighting the 150,000 jobs in the region linked to EU trade.

    Party president Tim Farron MP spoke at the launch yesterday and said the election in May was a straight fight between the Lib Dems and UKIP:

    "If you want to leave Europe and risk the UK's future in the world then you vote UKIP. If, however, you think North East jobs are worth fighting for, and the peace and security that comes from being the EU is worth fighting for, there's only one party that's the party of in and that's the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Commenting on today's announcement of £57m of Regional Growth Funding for the North East, Lib Dem MEP Fiona Hall said:

    "The Regional Growth Fund has proven to be one of the government's big successes, cleverly matching public money with private investment to support businesses and create jobs.

    "The North East has done particularly well out of the scheme, consistently punching above its weight in terms of grants awarded. Rather than have an expensive organisation deciding how to allocate money through the region, this government is giving it directly to the businesses that are best placed to grow and strengthen the economic recovery."

  • Durham Market
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Euro-candidates Angelika Schneider and Christian Vassie visited Durham Market Hall this week to speak to shoppers about the forthcoming European elections on 22 May.

    Commenting, the lead Lib Dem Euro-MP candidate Angelika Schneider said:

    "It was great to spend the day in Durham speaking to local residents about how the European elections affect people and businesses right here.