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Welcome to the web site of Baroness Joan Walmsley

Baroness Walmsley is a Liberal Democrat Peer and is Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Education, Families and Young People.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jan 27, 2015

    Welcome to the final 100 days of the campaign. For many of you this is the final lap in an almighty marathon that you have been running for months if not years.

    Thank you so much for what you have already done. I know that whether you are a veteran activist or one of our thousands of new members, you're part of the Liberal Democrats because you are up for this next phase.

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    Article: Jan 27, 2015

    GDP figures released today (Tuesday 27 January) shows that Britain's economy is growing.

    Quarterly growth of 0.5 per cent puts the UK in pole position to be the fastest growing economy in 2015.

    Liberal Democrats have anchored economic policy in the centre ground.

    In government we have driven through a host of Lib dem inspired measures including income tax cuts for millions of working people, cutting the deficit fairly, boosting apprenticeships and investing in regional and local projects to rebalance the economy.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has recorded the following message to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Earlier this month Nick announced that a Liberal Democrat government will protect funding for the Holocaust Education Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' project for the next five years.

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    Article: Jan 27, 2015

    To vote in UK elections you must be on the electoral register. Make sure you don't lose your vote by ensuring your details are up to date.

    If you're not sure if you are registered to vote then you should contact your local electoral registration office. To find your nearest office, click here.

    To register

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    Article: Jan 27, 2015

    There are just 100 days until the General Election and the Liberal Democrat campaign is really heating up.

    On May 7 voters will go to the polls to decide the next government.

    Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society creating opportunity for everyone.

    Only the Liberal Democrats will balance the budget, cut taxes for 30m people, invest in health and education and protect nature, creating opportunity for everyone.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2015

    To mark 100 days until polling day, Liberal Democrats are today (Tuesday 27 January) launching an election poster attacking both Labour and the Conservatives for wanting to veer off course and threatening economic recovery by either borrowing too much or cutting too much.

    The poster which reads "don't let Britain take the wrong turn" shows that only the Liberal Democrats can create both a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said the conviction of an Egyptian doctor who performed an illegal female genital mutilation operation on a 13 year-old is a step forward in ending FGM across the world.

    The doctor was today (Monday 26 January) convicted of manslaughter after Suhair al-Bataa died following the operation in 2013.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    Britain is providing extra humanitarian support for millions in need, Liberal Democrat International Minister Baroness Northover has announced today (Monday 26 January) during a visit to Khartoum.

    With the UN estimating that seven million people will need humanitarian assistance in Sudan this year, Britain is contributing £7 million to the Sudan 2015 Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF).

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    The Conservatives are making brazen attempts to take credit for raising the personal tax threshold despite the changes being delivered by Liberal Democrats in government.

    New analysis by HM Treasury reveals that by raising the personal tax allowance to £10,600, 8.3m families will be £1,330 better off per year.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    8.3m families will benefit twice from the Liberal Democrat tax cut, new analysis has revealed.

    Thanks to Liberal Democrats increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,600, these families will on average be £1,330 better off each year.

    New research using HM Treasury's tax and benefit model shows that our flagship policy of increasing the amount that people can earn before they pay income tax is vital in creating a fairer society.