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  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour's legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure.

    More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ukip have published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that it is right to tackle concerns about immigration, but spreading fear and bogus claims is not the answer.

    Instead, we are working to deliver better immigration checks and more job opportunities. That's why we have created 1.6 million apprenticeships, helping young people in Britain find work.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    This Easter weekend, Nick Clegg wrote an article in the Guardian to outline why Britain is better off IN Europe.

    With 22 May approaching, it is Ukip's goal to propel Britain closer to the door. Nick points out that this risks us drifting away from our biggest export market and jeopardising our still fragile economic recovery, as well as threatening millions of jobs.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2014

    Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.

    While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world - with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders - the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    I am confident that Lib Dems will be united in welcoming today's news that Vince Cable has put out a call for evidence on a new register of arms brokers. The proposed register would introduce tougher regulations on the arms trade and is yet another historic victory for the Lib Dems in government.

    Arms brokers act as intermediaries in many arms deals by bringing together potential buyers and sellers in return for a cut of the transaction. Currently UK companies require a license before they can export military goods, but brokers are somewhat of an unknown entity. Under the proposals all brokers will have to appear on a public registry, with possible requirements to attend training courses and suitability assessments.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    New figures show the rate of unemployment has fallen below 7% for the first time since the recession. The number of people out of work dropped by 77,000 in the last three months, while total employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation.

    There are now more people in work than ever before, with nearly 0.7 million more people in employment since this time last year, showing that the Lib Dem plan to create a million jobs is working.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Catch up with this episode of Call Clegg.

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    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast 0845 6060973 tweet at LBC text 84850. Leading Britain's conversation. This is "Call Clegg" on LBC 97.3.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock, on Tuesday 15April and a couple of days early this week it's time for Call Clegg with me, Nick Clegg here on LBC 97.3. So this is your chance to ask me anything you want for the next half hour so if you want to get involved ring on 0845 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course you can watch on the website lbc.co.uk. So let's go to the first caller, Emma. Emma in Stevenage. Hello Emma.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    The European Parliament has approved new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient.

    Under changes pushed by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front widescreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Nick Clegg has called for the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, which identifies exactly what happened in the run-up to the conflict in Iraq.

    The Chilcot report includes about 200 cabinet-level discussions, 25 notes from Tony Blair to George W Bush and more than 130 records of conversations between the former US president and Tony Blair.