Demand better for education

The Education Select Committee report, published today, calls on the Government to commit to a 10-year, multi-billion cash injection for schools and colleges. Sitting on the Education and Culture committee, I have been horrified over the past few years by the way that the Conservative government has cut funding for schools and colleges to the … Continue reading Demand better for education

Time for Change – our commitment on disability

Where disability is concerned, Theresa May isn’t listening and is taking people for granted. People don’t have to settle for this cold, mean-spirited vision of Britain. A better future is available. The Liberal Democrats will stand up against a bad Brexit deal that will cost jobs and push up prices, and we will reverse Conservative cuts … Continue reading Time for Change – our commitment on disability

Lib Dems will cut youth unemployment

Above: With Courtney from Thatcham, an apprentice at the Thatcham Automotive Academy, which trains youngsters from across the UK for the motor repair and insurance industries. The Liberal Democrats aim to see an extra 100,000 young adults into work through on the job training such as an apprenticeship or full-time education. This week, Nick Clegg outlined a plan which … Continue reading Lib Dems will cut youth unemployment

Lib Dem Manifesto 2015 – in full

The Liberal Democrat Manifesto for 2015 is published today. Our top priority is a World Class Education for all. This will underpin future economic security and ensure everyone gets the best start in life.

Hustings update

LOCAL NEWS: Last week saw parliamentary candidates in our constituency taking part in the Hungerford Question Time, always an important staging post in election campaigning. The usual suspects were on the panel, with Paul from the Green Party replacing UKIP Katherine who was indisposed. Proceedings were well chaired by Greg Furr. Questions ranged from rail electrification (supported … Continue reading Hustings update

Stop the Cuts to Children’s Services

Please Sign the Petition to Stop the Cuts: The formal consultation period finishes on Friday 8th January - that's tomorrow. Please sign now. West Berkshire Council is proposing to cut another £168,000 from specialist services currently provided for vulnerable young people. These cuts come on top of the £253,000 cut from services to vulnerable young people … Continue reading Stop the Cuts to Children’s Services

Secret Tory plans to slash education budget by £13.3bn

Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats New damning evidence has lifted the lid on Conservative plans to slash the education budget in the next Parliament. Private briefing notes photographed on Monday (5 January) show the Tories have refused to rule out cutting the schools budget after the general election. Research by Liberal Democrats shows that … Continue reading Secret Tory plans to slash education budget by £13.3bn

Science toys for boys and girls this Christmas

Judith Bunting is calling on the retail sector to do the right thing - by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately. Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years. Campaigners have suggested … Continue reading Science toys for boys and girls this Christmas