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  • Tim Farron MP visits apprentices on local housing development
    Article: Nov 27, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP

    We've had an industrial strategy already for five years. But there is a big cloud hanging over it now caused by the major uncertainties around Brexit.

    The combination of falling apprenticeship starts and restricted access to skilled labour after Brexit will cripple the Industrial Strategy.

  • Rebecca Taylor - Candidate for Morley & Outwood Constituency
    Article: Nov 8, 2017
    By Rebecca Taylor in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It is widely recognised that the UK has a mid-level skills gap, which means employers can struggle to recruit for medium skilled occupations. At the same time, it can be hard for established workers (those over 25) to retrain or upskill if they aren't supported by their employer or can't self-fund.

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat small business spokesperson Lorely Burt has backed a British Retail Consortium report warning that the future of the high street is threatened by business rates.

    Lorely Burt said:

    "The whole system of business rates is not working and is not fair. The government has tried tinkering but this is no longer enough. We need to look at land tax valuations.

  • Teresa May's Money Tree
    Article: Oct 17, 2017
    By Vince Cable in City A.M.

    The magic money tree has become an overused, hackneyed term of political abuse.

    Worse, it seems to have lost its capacity to hurt.

    It was, when first used, a rather witty way of making a serious point about political programmes which don't add up financially.

    Throughout three decades of Tory, Labour and coalition rule, opposition as well as government spokespeople took the concept of financial responsibility seriously.

  • Policy
    Article: Sep 29, 2017
    By George Kendall in Lberal Democrat Voice

    Have you ever heard the following?

    "The government should stop subsidising exploitation wages."

    "I work hard for my money. Families on child tax credits need to get up off their backsides."

    If you've canvassed on council estates you probably have. And, no doubt, the #labservatives have too, which is why both of them supported massive cuts to welfare.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 28, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP

    Business-bashing slogans will do nothing to increase the confidence of companies already worried about the effects of Theresa May's plans to take us out of the single market and customs union.

    As Business Secretary I gave binding votes on executive pay policy to shareholders of publicly limited companies, requiring the approval of 50% of shareholders, and allowing a transparent single number for pay.

  • train
    Article: Aug 23, 2017
    By Jenny Randerson

    Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Chris Grayling said: "the success of Northern transport depends on the North itself."

    It comes after the government dropped pledges to electrify rail routes in Wales, the Midlands and the North, while supporting the £30 billion Crossrail 2 scheme for London.

    This is a betrayal of the North and all the areas across the country being neglected under this Conservative government.

    The government is trying to dodge responsibility after breaking its promises to upgrade regional rail links.

    Chris Grayling may be a South East MP but as Transport Secretary he has a responsibility to look beyond the capital.

    The rest of the country deserves better. The government needs to act now to stop the 'Northern Powerhouse' becoming a byword for failure.

  • high speed train
    Article: Aug 22, 2017
    By Vince Cable

    I'm backing George Osborne in the row with Theresa May over HS3. He's accused her advisers of trying to bury the Northern Powerhouse.

    Cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull need to grow and become stronger.

    George Osborne

    George Osborne is absolutely right to call out the prime minister for starving the North of investment in its railways. It is a priority for the economy of the North of England that it has a good trans-Pennine rail route.

  • Tim Farron 2017
    Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Lib Dem Press Office has issued a veritable storm of press releases in response to the Queen's Speech today. Here's a round-up of what our key figures said about their areas of expertise.

    Tim Farron looked at the whole speech and was unimpressed:

    This slimmed down Queen's Speech shows a government on the edge.

  • VInce Cable
    Article: May 17, 2017

    Real wages fell by 0.2% in the three months to March 2017, the first decrease in real regular pay since September 2014, figures published today by the Official for National Statistcs have revealed.

    The figures take into account soaring levels of inflation due to the falling pound since the EU referendum.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said:

    "This squeeze on living standards is almost certainly caused by the falling pound since the Brexit vote.

    "If Theresa May is allowed to pursue her extreme Brexit agenda, we can expect further weakening of the economy and erosion of people's living standards.

    "People don't have to settle for a bad Brexit deal that will cost jobs and push up prices. A brighter future is possible.

    "The Liberal Democrats will give you the final say on the deal, with a chance to reject it and stay in the EU."