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Fox Prepared to Sacrifice UK Jobs to Keep His Own

The government's Customs Bill sets out plans for a "new and time-limited customs union between the UK and the EU Customs Union," as well as setting out contingency plans for if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated outcome on customs. Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake has responded to its details, describing the plans as unnecessary and unrealistic, and motivated by Liam Fox's desire to "jet around the world".

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Scrap Benefits Freeze, Say Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat MPs have called for the immediate ending of the benefits freeze in Parliament. Inflation and the flawed roll out of Universal Credit is hitting the poorest the hardest, and even back bench Tories have joined the Lib Dems in the criticisms. Labour, in contrast, have remained silent.

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Stephen Lloyd MP has spoken out on the issue.


CQC Report shows NHS and Care are 'Surviving on Borrowed Time'

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual State of Care report has warned the NHS and care system is ‘straining at the seams.’ The crisis in funding is reducing the quality of care, and the Lib Dems have called on the Government to drive a cross party solution which will deliver long term results.

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Carmichael Wins Emergency Debate on Government Abuse of Power

Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael has successfully called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons today, Tuesday 10th October, over whether the government is abusing parliamentary process.

This follows opposition day motions on public sector pay and tuition fees, which were both motions passed without division and were then ignored by the government.

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Alistair Carmichael, MP.


Business Rates Relief Withheld from Pubs in Nearly half of the UK

Thousands of pubs hit with crippling hikes to their business rates still haven’t received any funding from the government’s flagship relief scheme, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.


Cable responds to fallen car sales

Commenting on news that new car sales have fallen for a sixth month in September, with the industry on course for their first annual decline since 2011, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:
 
“This is a worrying indicator from the car industry. Uncertainty over the Brexit process and outcome is leading to a deepening erosion of confidence, which is harming our economic prospects.
 
“The Government must give some much needed certainty to business and industry, most crucially by committing to continuing our membership of the single market and customs union beyond any transition period.”

 

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Lib Dems welcom Sadiq's call for Brexit Deal Referendum

The Liberal Democrats have welcomed signs from Labour that they want to join in demanding a referendum on the facts at the end of the negotiations.


Prevent another Grenfell, say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have criticised the watering down of fire safety regulations under privatised control, and are fighting for the enforcement of better, more strict standards. MP Wera Hobhouse has called out the "systematic failures" which resulted in the tragedy, and she has been echoed across the party.


Rise in Private Ambulances in NHS a Stain on Government's Record

Rises in NHS spending on private ambulances has risen to over £78 million, creating a "stain on the government's record", says former Health Minister Norman Lamb. Not only is this costly, but it has raised serious concerns regarding patient safety.


Pause 'shambolic' Universal Credit roll-out

The Liberal Democrats have demanded a pause in the disaster that is Universal Credit until the system can be reformed, as its policies and waiting times cause serious difficulties across the country. They have called on the Labour Party to work with them in achieving this aim, which builds on existing party commitments to reverse the damaging Conservative cuts that have undermined Universal Credit’s original aim of boosting incentives to work.