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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.

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  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave especially for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.

    The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave in order to ensure that new parents can make the decisions which work best for their family.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    I passionately believe that the British people are open, tolerant and progressive. That's what I love about us. But lately I've felt the country slide into a Britain I don't recognise - a Britain that's closed, insular and suspicious.

    The Conservatives are largely to blame.

    Their treatment of refugees - especially child refugees - is despicable and shameful. Faced with the biggest global trauma since the Second World War, Theresa May has torn up her promises and turned her back on the most vulnerable people in the world.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    Excellent healthcare is at the heart of our vision for Britain. As a leading liberal democracy, our public services should - and can be - the envy of the world. The Lib Dems are committed to making this vision a reality.

    Last weekend, Tim Farron and I announced our five point NHS and care recovery plan, which laid out our health strategy for the next parliament - generating an extra £6bn funding boost.

  • Article: May 11, 2017

    The leaked version of the Labour manifesto has confirmed Jeremy Corbyn's Labour won't give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    This comes after Jeremy Corbyn made clear that Labour believes Britain must leave the EU whatever the agreement reached, in an interview with BBC Look North yesterday.

  • Article: May 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament.

    The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said: "Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    Today, we at the Lib Dems are proud to announce our plan to introduce mandatory reporting on the ethnicity pay gap for organisations with 250 employees or more.

    Why? Because we think it's shocking that racial inequality still exists in 21st century Britain, and because practical measures are needed if we want to combat it.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced a new General Election Campaign Team, with former ministers including Jo Swinson, Vince Cable and Ed Davey all returning to the Lib Dem frontbench.

    I'm delighted to announce my new campaign team, which sees some big beasts of the party returning to lead our General Election fight.

  • Article: May 6, 2017

    Today, we've announced our first election manifesto commitment; we will invest an extra £6bn a year in our NHS & Social Care system.

    This new funding will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax.

    This funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found.

  • Article: May 5, 2017

    In today's Local and Mayoral elections we have made good progress - gaining on vote share and topping the polls in lots of seats that we can gain in June. However, I know it doesn't feel that way for those brilliant campaigners who haven't got the result they deserve.

    As we're looking at the results coming in, there are two clear stories emerging:

  • Article: May 5, 2017

    Liberal Democrats are on course to make scores of gains at the general election and establish themselves as the real opposition to the Conservatives, based on the local election results in so far.

    Seats as diverse as Bath, Cambridge, Cardiff Central, Cheltenham, Eastleigh, Eastbourne, Edinburgh West, St Albans and Watford would fall to the Liberal Democrats on the basis of the results so far. This would more than double the size of the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party.