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

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  • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 8, 2018
    By Norman Lamb MP

    Today, Lord Saatchi backed called for a Royal Commission on the NHS. His call is very welcome.

    The Liberal Democrats have long called for a cross party NHS and Care Convention, bringing together stakeholders from across the political spectrum, along with staff, patient groups and members of the public to look at how we can tackle the funding and workforce pressures on the service in the long term.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 7, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    On Monday, Parliament will return from recess and debate the Taxation (Cross-Border trade) Bill. This sets the ground to pull the UK out of the existing Customs Union.

    Labour's leadership has published a typically vague amendment against taking the Bill to a second reading and does not tackle the Conservatives' pursuit of a hard Brexit.

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 7, 2018
    By Layla Moran MP

    Almost 2,350 academics from the EU have resigned from UK universities in the past year, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. That's up 19% from 1,975 two years ago (i.e. before the Brexit vote), and up 10% from 1,938 last year.

    There are over 25,400 academics at UK universities from elsewhere in the EU. Of these 6,633 are employed by departments working on 'STEM' subjects such as engineering, maths and computing, where the UK faces serious skills shortages.

  • Non-recyclable coffee cup
    Article: Jan 5, 2018
    By Tim Farron MP

    MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have published a report backing Liberal Democrat calls for a charge on disposable coffee cups.

    The Committee has called on the Government to introduce a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups and a target to ensure they are all recycled by 2023.

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a charge on coffee cups since September 2016 and were the only party to include the policy in their 2017 Manifesto.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The NHS crisis is worsening.

    The latest figures show that hospitals are facing the highest pressures so far this winter.

    16,900 patients faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E in the week to 31st December, 4,700 of them delays of over 60 minutes. These are the worst figures for ambulance delays for a single week so far this winter.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Tim Farron

    Today, in a speech on his vision the future of our farming industry DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove has called for a move away from what he claims are farming "subsidies for inefficiency".

    For Gove to imply that farm payments are a reward for inefficiency is an insult to British farmers.

    It shows he has no understanding of the reality of farming in this country.

    British farmers are some of the most efficient and dynamic in the world.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Natalie Chindipha

    Applications close on Jnauary 8th for the 2018 edition of the Future Women MPs Weekend, to be held in Milton Keynes on 24-25 February 2018.

    Don't miss out, apply today:

    Register now

    The weekend is an intensive residential training weekend for aspiring female MPs; designed to equip you with the knowledge you need as a candidate.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018

    On Wednesday this week, Jo Swinson had a chance to view the Government's Brexit impact papers. This is her reaction:

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  • Article: Jan 4, 2018

    Can you guess which of these things were in the reports?

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  • Article: Jan 3, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    Jeremy Hunt's apology will be little comfort to the tens of thousands of people across the country seeing their operations delayed.

    There is no doubt that patients will die and families will suffer because of the impossible pressure the NHS is being put under.

    Tragically this crisis was wholly predictable and preventable.