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Norman Lamb's article on NHS spending

Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

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Earl of Oxford and Asquith joins Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. 

He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

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Presidential candidates announced

The official nominations for Party President have now closed and the party can confirm that there are 3 candidates:

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Helena Morrissey writes: Call for feedback on progress since independent inquiry of June 2013

As set out in my Report into 'Processes and Culture' within the Party, I would now like to assess progress made against my recommendations.

Taken together, the recommendations formed a suggested - but by no means exhaustive - blueprint for change over both the medium and long term.

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Nick Clegg's speech to Autumn Conference 2014

Watch Nick Clegg deliver his keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2014.

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Liberal Democrats to support community banks

The Lib Dems have today voted to support measures that will increase diversity in the banking sector, encouraging real alternatives to break up the monopoly held by big banks.

The Liberal Democrats recognise that co-operative and savings banks play an important role in encouraging the growth of SMEs.

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New mental health waiting time standards set

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has today announced that treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services with the introduction of the first ever waiting time standards.

For the first time, from April 2015, most patients needing talking therapies – for conditions like depression – will be guaranteed the treatment they need in as little as six weeks, with a maximum wait of 18 weeks.

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Extracts from Nick Clegg's Autumn Conference speech

 

The Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference will draw to a close this afternoon, following Nick Clegg's keynote speech.

Here are some extracts from his speech which he is due to give at around 1pm. 

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Conference - Day 4

Watch the highlights from day 4 of the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference in Glasgow, where members voted on policies for a Stronger Economy and a Fairer Society.

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Tim Farron's speech to Autumn Conference

Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron today addressed Liberal Democrats at the party's Autumn Conference in Glasgow.

In his speech Tim said it was time for active and ambitious liberalism. 

You can watch his speech in full by clicking on the link above. 

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Free school meals help boost learning and save parents money

Free school meals help boost learning, improve behaviour and save parents money.

EU Leaders agree 2030 deal on climate change

EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

Fathers to get same 'maternity' pay as mums in the civil service

Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week setting out measures to ensure that the Civil Service will offer equal parental pay and support for all its employees.

New mental health waiting time standards set

Nick Clegg has announced that treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services.

State pension will rise by 2.5 per cent next year thanks to Triple Lock guarantee

Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

Encouraging employment figures show our economy is recovering

Employment figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show further encouraging signs that our economy is recovering.