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  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Theresa May will this week mark her anniversary of becoming Prime Minister by making a speech which seems to suggest that she needs the help of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour to deliver Brexit. Commenting on the speech, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit secretary Tom Brake said:

    "A call for Labour to contribute is superfluous. On the single biggest issue of our generation, Brexit, Corbyn isn't contributing, he is cheerleading. He has already swallowed the PMs line hook, line and sinker. But at least Theresa May knows where to find Jeremy Corbyn, it's in the same voting lobby as her, helping her, like he has before, to deliver this divisive, hard Brexit.

    "The PM is promising to take big decisions in the long-term interests of Britain. Her first such decision must be to negotiate to keep the UK in the Single Market and the Customs Union. This is in the long term interests of British prosperity, jobs and families.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Research from Churchill Car Insurance has revealed that drivers across the UK are wasting nearly £2.2bn every year because they don't have the right change to pay for parking,

    According to the study, the average amount overpaid is £2.68 per week, working out as £139.36 every year per driver.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Baroness Randerson said:

  • Article: Jul 10, 2017

    Department for International Trade (DIT) figures on Foreign Direct Investment show that the number of new jobs created by foreign investment fell by 9% last year, with the number of company expansions also falling. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has blasted Liam Fox's department as a 'disaster'.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2017

    Government plans to axe free school lunches have been dropped in another humiliating u-turn. Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:

    "Theresa May was worried that she would go down in history as the lunch snatcher. Dropping these plans is just another humiliating climb down, in what seems to becoming a long list for the Prime Minister.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2017

    One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and services providing care in people's homes require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

  • Article: Jul 10, 2017

    A National Audit Office investigation into NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) for patients with significant ongoing healthcare needs has found the number of people receiving CHC funding is rising, and is a significant cost pressure on CCGs' spending.

    NHS England wants CCGs to make £855 million of savings on CHC and NHS-funded nursing care by 2020-21.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2017

    There were 5,391 newly recorded cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England during 2016-17, according to NHS Digital.

    Women and girls born in Somalia account for more than one third (35 per cent or 875 cases) of newly recorded cases of FGM with a known country of birth (2,504). Of the newly recorded cases, 112 involved women and girls who were born in the United Kingdom.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    9 hospitals where flammable cladding identified must be made public

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a list of nine hospitals with the highest fire risks due to the use of cladding to be made public.

    According to the Health Service Journal, 9 hospital sites have been identified by NHS Improvement as being at the highest risk and in need of intensive support. These are understood to be mainly high-rise hospitals where potentially combustible cladding has been used.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    £1bn DUP deal could have paid for 17 teachers in Nottingham says Barry Holliday

    The government's £1bn deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, including 17 more teachers in Nottingham, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    Official figures show there are 4,169 state-funded secondary schools in the UK and that the average cost of employing a teacher is £44,500. This means if the additional £1bn had been distributed evenly among the UK's schools, each would receive £240,000, enough to hire one additional teacher over the next five years.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Vince Cable has warned that an "economic storm is brewing", as the Bank of England has ordered banks to beef up their finances against the risk of bad loans.

    The Bank also said that it was looking at the risks to financial stability posed by the Brexit negotiations, including leaving without a deal in place.