• Stephen Lloyd.
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    The government have today agreed to bring forward plans to review the current rules concerning the priority of pensioners following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.


    Responding to calls from the Lib Dem Spokesman for the Department for Work & Pensions, Stephen Lloyd MP, new DWP Secretary of State Esther McVey agreed that a review into the current rules - past and current - after companies go bust is "something that needs to be brought forward".

    Under current rules, pension obligations are unsecured - meaning that insolvent companies only fund their pension schemes once they have compensated they are other supposedly more 'important' secured creditors."

    Today I urged the new Secretary of State to review the rules and provide further protection for employees with private pensions by giving them greater priority when companies fail. I was delighted to hear the Minister agree that this is something 'which needs to be brought forward'.

    Then and only then will employees with private pensions be wholly protected when large companies collapse. I will be making sure that the Minister sticks to her word on this.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    The Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally blocked Fox's attempt to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not own already.

    The Liberal Democrats have opposed the deal would result in a significant reduction in media competition with one family having too much power.

    The CMA has reached the correct decision on the Murdochs' attempt to take full control of Sky.

  • A pen marking an X in a box.
    Article: Jan 19, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    In this year's local elections, EU Citizens can vote. For many of them, it'll be their one and only chance to make their voice heard on Brexit at the ballot box.

    And in many places, winning the EU citizen's vote could be a big boost to a Liberal Democrat campaign.

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  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Jan 18, 2018

    More than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding.

    Those figures are absolutely shocking.

    They provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking point.

    The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard-working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

    The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    If Brexit wasn't happening, taxpayers wouldn't be paying yet another huge bill.

    The French President is able to demand £45 million because he also has the option of withdrawing co-operation over the special border control in Calais, as the UK withdraws from the EU.

    Parliament needs to be told when this money was budgeted for, and what guarantees the UK has secured in return, if any, for future co-operation on our border security.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    A Lib Dem amendment that would have forced the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal in Parliament has received cross-party support in a vote today.

    The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes to 301.

    Let this be a warning to the Conservatives: they are not going to get the easy ride they expect in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    This is more evidence that the opposition parties will work together to avert the Conservatives' disastrous path to Brexit. We just hope this is not a one-off by the Labour Party and we urge their leadership to join us in this fight.

    The fight now goes to the Lords where the Government isn't close to commanding a majority for it's hard and damaging Tory Brexit.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Judith Jolly

    Figures released today show 1 in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS every year. The number of nurses leaving the NHS now outnumbers those joining.

    Nurses are the backbone of our NHS. The vital service and quality of care they provide cannot continue to be undervalued.

    It is little wonder nurses are leaving in droves and that they far outnumber new nurses being recruited.

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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have gained strong cross-party support behind their bid to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill at Report Stage. The amendment will be debated in the house tomorrow.

    It's vital that MPs are fully briefed on the impact of Brexit on British jobs and families before any meaningful vote on the deal.