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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.

Recent updates

  • Article: Nov 7, 2014

    Northern Futures Summit

    The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is hosting the Northern Futures Summit on 6 November 2014 in Leeds, in partnership with Centre for Cities.

    The Northern Futures consultation launched in July this year, asking the question:

    "How do we build on the strengths in the north to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest and regions in the world?"

    Read the ideas that people have sent in: http://bit.ly/NorthernFutures

  • Article: Sep 18, 2014
    By By Jonathan Walker (The Journal) http://www.thejournal.co.uk/

    The Scottish referendum has "electrified" the debate about how the North East should be governed and whether it should have the power to manage its own affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

    But he defended controversial plans to retain the Barnett Formula, a funding system which helps determine how public money is distributed across the United Kingdom - and helps ensure Scotland receives more cash than the North East.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    86612 children in the North East are now receiving free school meals because of the Lib Dems working in government.
    Free School Meals will be served up from the first day of term thanks to the Lib Dems - saving families over £400 a year per child. Vote Lib Dems.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Work Experience Opportunity (Paid)


    Assistant to Chair of North East Lib Dems: 8 hrs per week. The role will last until the end of May 2015.


    High level of IT skills, experience with use of Serif Page Plus (or similar) and interest in design of literature are essential. The role will include some admin support tasks.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Stunning victory for veteran Lib Dem campaigner Gerry Keating in North Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne tonight with 52.5% of the vote. UKIP beaten into 4th place just ahead of Greens. Full voting figures Lib Dem 712, Lab 320, Con 117, UKIP 112, Green 94
    Swing of 20% as well as absolute increase in Lib Dem votes in low turnout.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2014

    Kate Cairns was elected in a landslide victory in the Berwick constituency ward of Longhoughton last week, called after the passing of a much respected longstanding independent councillor. From a standing start - we didn't field a candidate in the county council elections last year - we took almost 50% of the vote, with the Tories coming a poor second with less than half our vote, an independent and UKIP followed the Tories and Labour were nearly wiped out with 3%.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2014
    Durham Lib Dems select 2015 candidate
    Liberal Democrats in the City of Durham, one of the most marginal seats in the North East, have selected their Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election.
    Craig Martin, a 25-year-old teacher from County Durham, was elected by the local party last night and says the Lib Dems', who finished a close second in the seat in 2010, have a proud record in the area.
  • 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.