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  • 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."


  • don foster
    Article: Apr 13, 2017

    Liberal Democrats: Listening to Business

    Liberal Democrats are increasing seen as the only political party for business.

    But, to enable us to maximise our support for business, it is vital that we listen to, and work with, businesses and business organisations from all sectors.

    A Perfect Storm

    The Conservative Government's reaction to the referendum result is creating a perfect storm;