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Ed Davey welcomes people with learning disabilities being invited for Covid vaccines

  Today, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey welcomes the news that all people with learning disabilities will be invited for Covid vaccines.   Ed asked the Prime Minister about the issue in the House of Commons on Monday, and has previously written to the Prime Minister urging him to prioritise people with learning … Continue reading Ed Davey welcomes people with learning disabilities being invited for Covid vaccines

Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Responding to new ONS unemployment figures, showing the unemployment rate has risen to 5.1%, Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "Behind each number in today's statistic is a family worrying how they will pay their bills, and hoping that next week the Chancellor will offer a big, bold innovative plan that will help … Continue reading Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Mask slips as Tories dodge vote on foreign aid

  Responding to the news that the Government will not give MPs a vote before cutting the aid budget, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “By avoiding a vote after promising one the Conservatives have confirmed what we already knew: they don’t need legislation to make a temporary cut.    “The Liberal … Continue reading Mask slips as Tories dodge vote on foreign aid

Secretive fund not the answer to UK’s R&D strategy

    Responding to the launch of the UK's new "high risk" science agency Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:   “Liberal Democrats have long called on the Government to invest in new technologies that will create future jobs – but a secretive fund spending taxpayer money with next to no oversight isn’t … Continue reading Secretive fund not the answer to UK’s R&D strategy

Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

  Responding to new figures which show that UK Government borrowing was at its highest levels in January since records began, Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson said: “These record borrowing figures demonstrate clearly the scale of the challenge posed by COVID-19, but they must not be seen as an excuse for cutting support … Continue reading Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

UCAS response: Govt must step up on student mental health

  Responding to today's UCAS figures*, finding student application numbers rising, particularly in health courses, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Daisy Cooper MP, said: “Record numbers applying for health courses is a real sign of hope for Britain. Not only have younger people seen the extraordinary commitment of front-line workers during this pandemic, but they now … Continue reading UCAS response: Govt must step up on student mental health

Courts rule Home Office charges to register children unlawful: Lib Dem response

  Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that the £1,012 fee charged by the Home Office for registering a child as a British citizen is unlawful.  Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, urged the fees to be reduced immediately: “It’s shameful that children are being denied their rights by these outrageous, … Continue reading Courts rule Home Office charges to register children unlawful: Lib Dem response

“No more games of wait and see with people’s lives” – Lib Dems on Resolution report

Last night's publication of the Resolution Foundation report* revealed that almost two million workers have not worked for at least six months of the Covid crisis. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP responded, saying:  "These figures show exactly why the Government needs to act decisively and the budget will tell us if they have … Continue reading “No more games of wait and see with people’s lives” – Lib Dems on Resolution report