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  • Brighter
    Article: Dec 11, 2019

    National economic growth, as shown by the Gross Domestic Product, was flat in the three months to October while output in the manufacturing sector continued to fall, the latest Office of National Statistics figures have revealed.

    Commenting, Liberal Democats Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said: "These figures show the extent of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn's economic incompetence. Johnson's pursuit of Brexit and Labour's muddle and fudge about what they'd do are causing the economy to grind to a halt, and the most vulnerable will be hit hardest if they aren't both stopped .

  • Chuka Umunna
    Article: Dec 11, 2019

    Johnson attack on international aid will destroy our global credibility - reports are that he plans to close the Department for International Development and merge it into a joint department with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:

    "Boris Johnson is demonstrating yet again his damaging plans to close the UK off from the world and destroy our global credibility.

  • Ed Davey (in Bournemouth 2019)
    Article: Dec 10, 2019


    The Liberal Democrats have revealed that Brexit is already costing the government £380-470 million a week - money that could have been spent on the NHS instead.

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that GDP is £55-66 billion lower this year than it would have been without Brexit, mainly due to uncertainty deterring business investment. Business investment in the UK has fallen by 3% since the end of 2017, whereas other G7 countries have seen it grow.

    Based on the IFS figures, the Liberal Democrats have calculated that public sector receipts (which are 37% of GDP) are £20.3-24.3 billion lower this year than they would have been, which equates to £380-470 million a week.

    Commenting on the figure, Liberal Democrats Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said:

    "Boris's lie on the side of a bus was an even bigger whopper than we thought. Not only does Brexit not mean an extra £350 million a week for the NHS, it actually means £350 million a week less - and that's before we've even left.

    "If Boris Johnson wins a majority on Thursday, his disastrous hard Brexit will suck even more money out of our economy and our public services. Only the Liberal Democrats can win seats from the Tories and deny Boris a majority.

    "That's why every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris, stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus from higher economic growth to build a brighter future."

  • Ed Davey (in Bournemouth 2019)
    Article: Dec 10, 2019


    The Liberal Democrats have revealed that Brexit is already costing the government £380-470 million a week - money that could have been spent on the NHS instead.

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that GDP is £55-66 billion lower this year than it would have been without Brexit, mainly due to uncertainty deterring business investment. Business investment in the UK has fallen by 3% since the end of 2017, whereas other G7 countries have seen it grow.

    Based on the IFS figures, the Liberal Democrats have calculated that public sector receipts (which are 37% of GDP) are £20.3-24.3 billion lower this year than they would have been, which equates to £380-470 million a week.

    Commenting on the figure, Liberal Democrats Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said:

    "Boris's lie on the side of a bus was an even bigger whopper than we thought. Not only does Brexit not mean an extra £350 million a week for the NHS, it actually means £350 million a week less - and that's before we've even left.

    "If Boris Johnson wins a majority on Thursday, his disastrous hard Brexit will suck even more money out of our economy and our public services. Only the Liberal Democrats can win seats from the Tories and deny Boris a majority.

    "That's why every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris, stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus from higher economic growth to build a brighter future."

  • Jo Swinson Manifesto Launch
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    To mark Human Rights Day, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has warned: "Human rights are under threat at this election.

    "Boris Johnson's Brexit deal would rip up protections for workers' rights and children's rights, while his manifesto threatens our Human Rights Act itself.

    "Liberal Democrats have always stood up for human rights, whether it was ending child detention in immigration centres, opposing the Snoopers' Charter or introducing same-sex marriage.

    "Liberal Democrats stopped the Conservatives from scrapping the Human Rights Act before, and we will stop them again now. We are the only party that can win seats from the Conservatives and deny Boris Johnson a majority.

    "Every vote for the Liberal Democrats on Thursday is a vote to stop Boris, stop Brexit and build a brighter future, where human rights are protected and everyone's dignity is respected."

  • CHugh GrantChukaU LDV twitter (CityOW LDs Twitter)
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    Almost one million businesses in the UK have closed in the past three years, analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed, showing how Brexit uncertainty under the Conservatives is hitting our high streets.

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost small businesses, to mark Small Business Saturday.

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    "Boris Johnson has been caught lying to the British public once again. Leaked documents reveal the Conservative government's Northern Ireland Protocol plans, showing that his "great" Brexit deal would be in fact a knockout blow to the economy of Northern Ireland,", say Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrats Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary.

    "This is proof that the Conservatives just see Brexit as a political game, no matter the cost. Boris Johnson doesn't care about other people's jobs, he only cares about keeping his own.

    "The Tories knows that their Brexit deal will devastate the economy. By their own estimate, 98% of Northern Irish exporters are "likely to struggle to bear this cost". Many of these are small, local businesses who form the backbone of our communities and our economy.

    "Any form of Brexit will be disruptive to jobs, the economy, and our security.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    An Amnesty International survey shows that young people view climate change as one of the most important issues facing the world. Liberal Democrats Shadow Secretary for Climate Emergency, Wera Hobhouse responded:

    "Gen Z have been shouting it in the streets: the climate emergency is one of the most important issues we have ever faced. It's real and we have to act now.

    "Young people shouldn't have to strike from school to get the Tories to listen to their concerns. The Conservatives are climate delayers and are complacent in the face of a crisis. The Liberal Democrats are listening. We have a credible plan to tackle the climate emergency. We will spend £100 billion pounds to generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030, retrofit all homes by 2025, and planting 60 million trees a year to increase UK forest cover.

    "The Liberal Democrats will make tackling the climate emergency an absolute priority. We have to act now to build a brighter future for our planet."

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Dec 9, 2019

    "The Conservatives want to deny EU citizens yet another right: the right to a say in their future in the UK by taking part in a People's Vote", Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary, Tom Brake says. "They have been perfectly happy to use EU citizens' rights as a political football for years yet refuse to give them a say in a potential People's Vote. It's hardly surprising from the party responsible for the Windrush scandal.

    "Meanwhile, Labour are hypocritically pandering to EU citizens, telling them they would support their right to vote in a future referendum, while at the same time supporting Brexit. They have shown once again they can't be trusted.

    "A Liberal Democrats government will stop Brexit. We will make sure EU citizens continue to feel welcome in their home: the UK. We will continue to protect their rights and give them their voice in any future People's Vote."

  • Ed Davey at march
    Article: Dec 9, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have unveiled ambitious plans for a £50 billion Regional Rebalancing Programme to invest in infrastructure projects outside London, helping to tackle ingrained inequality across the UK.

    The Liberal Democrats have earmarked £50 billion to reverse regional under-investment from the Conservatives, not least their failure to deliver on the promise of the Northern Powerhouse, as a key priority.

    This £50 billion ring-fenced by the party will go towards major, sustainable infrastructure projects, such as electrifying railways, increasing the availability of charging points for electric vehicles and improving broadband access.

    Introducing the plans, Liberal Democrats Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said:

    "For far too long, people have seen their communities up and down the country miss out on the investment needed. Now, any form of Brexit will escalate the problem and make people poorer.

    "Neither Labour or the Tories can square their spending promises today with the cost of Brexit. They are writing promises on cheques that will bounce.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to invest £50 billion in our regions, promoting growth, connectivity and enhancing our environment. We will give local and devolved authorities given a meaningful say in how funding is used, so that communities can prioritise projects that offer them the most value.

    "Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit so we can invest billions across the UK, helping to tackle ingrained inequality."


    The Liberal Democrats will: