• Article: Jan 21, 2017

    Data released today shows the NHS is still at crisis point as winter pressure it testing it to it's limits.

    The top-level alert, considered a "serious incident" by NHS England, can result in scheduled operations being cancelled and patients being diverted to other hospitals as overflowing A&E departments struggle to cope. NHS England has devised a new system of Operational Pressure Escalation Levels (OPELs), which are numbered.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership passed 80,000 as hundreds of people joined the party in the wake of Theresa May's Brexit Speech.

    Over a thousand members have joined the party during the course of the week, half of which have joined since Corbyn confirmed Labour will back the Tories in triggering article 50, even if it leads to a hard Brexit without the public being given a say.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2017

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised the Prime Minister for declaring that she is taking Britain out of the Single Market and denying the British people a say on the final deal.

    Tim Farron said: "Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn't. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2017

    Commenting on news inflation has reached its highest level since mid-2014 while the pound continued to sink ahead of Theresa May's Brexit speech, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said:

    "This is a clear sign the government's hard Brexit agenda is beginning to bite, as the falling pound leads to higher prices in the shops.

    "Theresa May says she wants a Red, White and Blue Brexit, but there is nothing patriotic about sinking the pound.

    "People did not vote to leave the Single Market, increase prices and cause our currency to collapse.

    "Liberal Democrats will hold this Conservative Brexit Government to account and fight for Britain's place in the Single Market."

  • Article: Jan 17, 2017

    Commenting on Theresa May's speech in which she is set to announce a clean Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "This speech could have been written by Peter Bone, delivered by Nigel Farage and will no doubt be cheered on by Jeremy Corbyn.

    "You can call this Brexit clean, red, white and blue, or whatever you want. But this doesn't disguise the fact that it will be a destructive, Hard Brexit and the consequences will be felt by millions of people through higher prices, greater instability and rising fuel costs.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2017

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Prime Minister of losing control of the NHS crisis, as new figures reveal the extent to which the health service is creaking under the pressure of underfunding and growing demand.

    The figures show that in November 2016:

    • The Government missed its A&E target for the sixteenth month in a row, with just 88.4% of patients being dealt with at A&E within four hours, way below the 95% target
    • The proportion of ambulances arriving within 8 minutes to life-threatening calls was 67.8%, below the target of 75% which has not been met since May 2015
    • 32,606 calls to 111 were abandoned after waiting over 30 seconds
    • There were 489,333 emergency admissions, up 2.9% on the previous year
  • Article: Jan 13, 2017

    Last night, the Liberal Democrats selected Rebecca Hanson as our candidate for the Copeland by-election

    Commenting after her selection, Rebecca said:

    "This by-election is a chance for people to send a strong message against a hard Brexit that damages local jobs by pulling Britain out of the Single Market."

  • Article: Jan 13, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the Government to "see sense" and provide an urgent cash boost to the NHS, as new figures reveal that four in ten hospital trusts issued emergency alerts warning that they were facing serious operational pressures in the first week of January.

    The figures show that from the 3rd to 8th January:

  • Article: Jan 10, 2017

    In the first day back of 2017 the House of Lords have defeated the Government (248-221) over an amendment to the Higher Education Bill which sets out the role and purpose of universities in our society.

    Following the government defeat, Sue Garden, Liberal Democrat Higher Education Spokesperson in the Lords, said: