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R&D industry in danger due to Brexit

Commenting on a Public Accounts Committee report on the threat of Brexit to research and development, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson and member of the Public Accounts Committee Layla Moran said: “Britain is one of the world leaders in research and development and Brexit is an increasing threat to the industry -  both to funding and ensuring the … Continue reading R&D industry in danger due to Brexit

Persecution of whistleblowers must be punished

Commenting on the decision to fine Barclays boss Jes Staley, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:  “I welcome today’s announcement from the FCA and PRU, which recognises and penalises Mr Staley’s unacceptable persecution of whistleblowers at Barclays.   “Whistleblowers have played a crucial role in exposing misconduct at the time of the financial crisis and … Continue reading Persecution of whistleblowers must be punished

May should have sought parliamentary approval for action

Responding to the military action taken by the UK government in Syria Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable said: “Riding the coattails of an erratic US President is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons. “The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs … Continue reading May should have sought parliamentary approval for action

Leaked Grenfell report a ‘wake-up call’ 

Responding to today's leaked report on the Grenfell fire, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, said:  “We have been pointing out for months that the lack of accountable building control services on Kensington Council is likely to be at the heart of the Grenfell tragedy.  “The Grenfell fire exposed current safety regulations as outdated and inadequate and … Continue reading Leaked Grenfell report a ‘wake-up call’ 

Royal Prerogative needs to be brought within the power of Parliament

Commenting in advance of today’s emergency debate Parliament’s powers in relation to military action, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:   “Today’s debate on Parliament’s powers is welcome.  Liberal Democrats have long argued that powers exercised under the Royal Prerogative need to be brought within the power of Parliament.    “Yesterday’s exchanges in the Commons … Continue reading Royal Prerogative needs to be brought within the power of Parliament

 The Home Office is seriously failing the Windrush generation

Commenting on the treatment of the Windrush generation by the Home Office, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Ed Davey said: “The Home Office is seriously failing the Windrush generation by this heavy-handed bureaucratic treatment - and that is unacceptable.  “It’s time Home Office Ministers recognised we should be treating these people with the respect they … Continue reading  The Home Office is seriously failing the Windrush generation

Government must properly fund A&E services

Commenting on A&E waiting times former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb, said:   “Today’s figures highlight the extraordinary pressure that hospitals are under across England. Immediate action is needed to ensure that A&E services – as well as the wider health and care system – are properly funded.   “Data which emerged today from … Continue reading Government must properly fund A&E services