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Delivering on Fairer Tax and on Pensions

by prestwichfocus on 9 April, 2013

There has been a lot of discussion in the news about changes to tax and benefits which have been coming into effect in the last few weeks. Two things worth highlighting are things which have gone straight from the Liberal Democrat Manifesto at the last General Election into reality in the last week. A tax […]

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Together with the musician and long time electoral reformer Billy Bragg, Neil Lawson (Compass), Billy Hayes of the CWU and Fiona McTaggert MP Take Back Parliament are holding a purple rally for reform in Manchester Town Square. YOU DON’T NEED A PASS FOR THIS EVENT – Its outside of the security zone. Message from Billy: […]

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Nick Clegg on his visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan

by timpickstone on 3 September, 2010

Earlier this week this week I went to Afghanistan and Pakistan to see for myself the problems and challenges that those countries face. The coalition government is committed to playing our part to helping ensure that the region has a peaceful and prosperous future. It was my second visit to our armed forces in Afghanistan, […]

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Vince on the Budget

by timpickstone on 25 March, 2010

Statement from Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable MP: Today, Britain needed a Budget that gave us honesty in spending and fairness in tax. Alistair Darling has given us neither. Labour is in denial, while the Conservatives are talking tough to cover up the fact that they only offer more of the same. You can […]

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Time to Stop Short Changing our Troops

by timpickstone on 2 September, 2009

Nick Clegg has today launched a new Liberal Democrat pledge to put service personnel and their welfare at the heart of our defence policy. Nick said: “Many soldiers fighting on the front line are on salaries lower than those of trainee police and fire fighters. 13,000 members of the armed forces take home less than […]

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In the Know Campaign

by timpickstone on 28 August, 2009

The Liberal Democrats have launched a new campaingn about public spending – you can find out all the details at www.NickClegg.com/InTheKnow As Liberal Democrats, we’re firmly committed to new public spending in important areas – such as delivering our green new deal on jobs and housing, lowering infant class sizes and cutting student debt. These […]

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DfID Palestine Humanitarian Crisis Report

by timpickstone on 10 February, 2009

The Department for International Development, has produced this report of its work to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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The scandal of our wasted taxes

by timpickstone on 5 February, 2009

A shocking dossier from the Liberal Democrats has revealed just some of the ways our taxes are being wasted on extravagant and incompetent projects. Despite the hardship many local families and residents face, Labour found £130 million to refurbish the Ministry of Justice’s office, £29 million to build accommodation for asylum seekers which was never […]

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Ivan Lewis Voting Record

by timpickstone on 2 February, 2009

Over the weekend there’s been discussion amongst Liberal Democrat colleagues about our MPs voting records, as recorded on the excellent website They Work for You. My colleage Richard Baum reports more on this. According to the report on our local Bury South MP Ivan Lewis, our representative’s voting record includes the following “highlights” (or is […]

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Lib Dem Party Conference

by timpickstone on 19 September, 2008

I’ve just come back from nearly a week at the Liberal Democrat’s Party Conference in Bournemouth. This was Nick Clegg’s first major Autumn Conference as Leader, and delegates gave him a brilliant response. Here’s his main speech to conference: Some important decisions were made by Conference, not least important vision and values paper “Make it […]

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