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  • Article: Nov 28, 2014

    Towards the end of the Scottish referendum campaign the leaders of the three main parties made a vow that we would deliver significant new powers to the Scottish Parliament. We not only delivered on that vow, on the timetable that we said, we've actually over delivered on it. It's vow max, if you like, and now we will have a Scottish parliament which can raise the majority of the money that is spent in Scotland, as well as gaining significant new welfare powers.

  • Cycle For Freedom and OXCAT in Oxford
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    The latest human trafficking operation uncovered in Oxford last night shows us all we need to open our eyes to the signs of human trafficking.

    Last night at 8pm 20 police officers raided the Athena Guesthouse on Cowley Road in a coordinated operation with representatives from the City Council, the Kingfisher Unit and the specialist trauma team.

  • Farage
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    MEPs this week overwhelmingly rejected a vote of no confidence in the European Commission put forward by UKIP and far-right MEPs, with 461 MEPs against and just 101 in favour.

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who proposed the motion along with MEPs from Marine Le Pen's Front National, was not present for the vote.

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    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    To mark Carers Rights Day, Liberal Democrats are urging people who care for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.

    Across the UK there are around 6.5m unpaid carers looking after family, friends and neighbours.

    These unsung heroes save the country an estimated £119bn a year, which is why Liberal Democrats want to give something back to those who dedicate their time to care for another person.

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    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Children with mental health conditions who have committed no crime should not be kept in police cells while awaiting treatment.

    In England last year, more than 200 under 18s who suffered a mental health crisis were held in police cells instead of being taken to health based places of safety.

    These children were locked up due to staff shortages and lack of appropriate facilities.

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    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    More than 2,000 struggling schools could be turned around if they had effective support, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws has said.

    Speaking to CentreForum, David said the Conservatives' determination to monitor all schools from Whitehall threatens standards in education.

    He said the Conservatives refused to introduce proper oversight for academies and free schools, relying only on the Department for Education.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The EU must take action to prevent a delay in millions of pounds worth of European funding for the South East, Liberal Democrat Euro MP Catherine Bearder has warned in a debate in the European Parliament.

    Local Economic Partnerships, which combine public and private institutions, will be given European funding but were asked to draw up detailed strategies outlining how they will spend it.