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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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The Liberal Democrats work hard to keep in touch with local people right across the Ashford and Tenterden area.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    There has been a marked increase in the number of out of county pupils taking the Kent Test for starting school in September 2015 and being assessed as suitable for grammar school, compared to the previous year. I believe KCC is required to open its test to anyone who applies to be tested and that the authority also receives basic need allocations for the additional school buildings that might be required, but would the Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform please provide further information with regard to this worrying situation, including where the out of county pupils will be offered grammar school places.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    With the backdrop of the Child Sex Scandal in Rotherham and the release of Ofsted's report "The sexual exploitation of children: it couldn't happen here could it", Debbie Jones, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care, said it "cannot be acceptable that local authorities and partners are still failing to grasp and deal with abuse effectively". She stated, "We are calling on all local authorities and their partners to ensure that they have a comprehensive multi-agency strategy and action plan in place to tackle child sexual exploitation,"

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Energy bills can be a significant expense for our schools. In recent years a number of schools across the country have arranged for solar energy companies to install panels on their premises. Thus the schools have significantly reduced their electricity bills and significantly reduced their carbon footprint for zero capital outlay, a true win win.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government have announced a further £12 million investment to help people with mental health conditions get back into work.

    This ties in with the Liberal Democrats' commitment to bringing treatment for mental health problems out of the shadows and in line with physical health.

    You can back our campaign to help us stamp out the stigma attached to mental health here.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.

    Liberal Democrats put safeguards in place to encourage disadvantaged young people to go to university. Setting the system on a sustainable footing, with the poorest 30% of graduates paying less overall than under the old system.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A progress report into the processes and cultures within the Liberal Democrats has been published by Helena Morrissey.

    You can read the full progress report here.

    Responding to the report, Party President Tim Farron, said:

    "I very much welcome the report, and I'm pleased the party has made positive steps in the right direction. Helena Morrissey has undertaken a badly needed review that has already triggered important progress in our party.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    A million home improvements will keep Britain's homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to energy efficiency schemes introduced by Liberal Democrats in government.

    In under two years, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal package delivered new boilers, windows and insulation to around 830,000 extra houses, meaning warmer homes and lowers bills in time for Christmas.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson is calling on the retail sector to do what is best - ensuring the greatest choice by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately.

    Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    1.3m schoolchildren across England are now enjoying a free school lunch thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

    Figures out today (December 18) show that the policy has had a very high uptake in its first three months, with a total of more than 1.6m children enjoying a school meal every lunchtime.

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    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    When asked about his views on TTIP during the Bite the Ballot Leaders' Live Debate, Nick Clegg said:

    "I would never endorse TTIP, which is a big new deal which is being negotiated between Europe and America, unless it was absolutely crystal clear that we are allowed to do exactly what we want with our public services, with our cherished NHS, without being undermined by TTIP.

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