Charter win sets bar for civil, political, social and economic rights

Liberal Democrats have voted with a majority of cross-party Peers in the House of Lords to inflict another defeat on the government.  An amendment to retain the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK law was successfully moved and is the third defeat for the government in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords … Continue reading Charter win sets bar for civil, political, social and economic rights

Vince Cable: tech sector threatened with ill-thought-out legislation 

Responding to Jeremy Hunt's letter to large tech corporations, leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: "Although clearly action must be taken to address the disproportionate power of large tech corporations, Hunt is wrong to threaten this sector with more ill-thought-out legislation.  "Technology and social media are here to stay, and we must establish … Continue reading Vince Cable: tech sector threatened with ill-thought-out legislation 

Lib Dems respond to leaked EHRC letter 

Responding to the leaked EHRC letter revealing that ethnic minorities may be disproportionately affected by new electoral identification rules, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said: “The government has proven itself unable to strike the right balance between preventing the very limited electoral fraud we see, and encouraging as many people as possible to vote. … Continue reading Lib Dems respond to leaked EHRC letter 

Theresa May had an obsession with cultivating harsh policies aimed at immigrants

Responding to reports that Theresa May played a leading role in shaping anti-immigration plans Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey, said:   “Theresa May is desperate to distance herself from the regressive and hostile actions of the Home Office whilst she was in charge, but the evidence is that she was only too keen to … Continue reading Theresa May had an obsession with cultivating harsh policies aimed at immigrants

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

Rudd’s “desperate defence” of police cuts “nonsense on stilts”

Responding to Amber Rudd's statement on increases in violent crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:     "It’s nonsense on stilts for the Home Secretary to argue lower police numbers don’t matter in the fight against serious crime and she knows it. “Amber Rudd’s desperate defence of police cuts is a crude attempt … Continue reading Rudd’s “desperate defence” of police cuts “nonsense on stilts”

Ed Davey: Worboys’ release was a “terrible decision”    

Responding to the decision to block Worboys' release, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Ed Davey, said: “We welcome the landmark decision made by the High Court today to overturn the release of John Worboys. The evidence heard by the Court begs serious questions about how the Parole Board made the terrible decision to release … Continue reading Ed Davey: Worboys’ release was a “terrible decision”