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Jeanne Tarrant, new Pastoral Care Officer at the Liberal Democrats, gives an update on her first weeks in the role.
I have now been in post for two months and it has been both busy and exciting. In the initial 2-3 weeks, I undertook an analysis of the Party’s processes for receiving and managing complaints. Analysing, how the constituent parties manage complaints and how the different procedures, rules and constitutions relate to each other. I met with many people as I could, to gain an understanding of the processes, the responsibility for implementing them and when and how the rules are used. I have enjoyed meeting lots of different people to obtain their views on how the Party works.Read more
I have been a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Abolition of the Death Penalty since 2010. At the time it was excellently chaired by Alistair Carmichael, who then became the first-ever Chief Whip for the Liberal Democrats in Government. I remember speaking to Alistair and saying that I was keen to be Vice-Chair of the APPG and do my bit for a cause close to the heart of so many Liberal Democrats.Read more
The Liberal Democrats and UKIP have reached agreement with two national broadcasters, LBC and the BBC, to host hour-long debates between Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
A radio debate will take place on LBC on Wednesday 26 March from 7-8pm, hosted by Nick Ferrari.
A televised debate will then take place on BBC Two on Wednesday 2 April from 7-8pm, hosted by David Dimbleby.Read more
It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for: National Apprenticeship Week 2014! This year, it is even more important that we talk about NAW and spread the word #NAW2014. Since 2010, the Liberal Democrats in Government have helped to create an amazing 1.6 million new apprenticeship starts – more than double the number under Labour. As a party, we are extremely dedicated to keeping the number of apprenticeships growing and as Government Apprenticeship Ambassador it is a matter very dear to my heart.Read more
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has given a speech on security and privacy in the internet age. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a plan to protect civil liberties, while ensuring that security services can do their job to keep us safe. You can find out more about what we're doing here.
In his speech, Nick said:
Nick Clegg has commissioned a review into the accountability of the UK's intelligence agencies in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.
In an article in the Guardian, he challenged Labour and the Conservatives to support the Lib Dem plans to protect people's privacy and ensure intelligence agencies can still protect us.Read more
Nick Clegg has lamented the Tories' inconsistency and hostility towards raising the income tax threshold.
Following his speech at the Royal United Services Institute this morning, Clegg was asked about the progress of talks with the Conservatives about raising the tax threshold in the next Budget.Read more
Disabled people who want to stand for election as a councillor or MP, including the 2015 General Election, can benefit from a grant to help cover any additional costs they may face.
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund has been extended by an extra 12 months to the end of March 2015 and provides cash grants to help with any supplementary costs that a disabled candidate might face when standing for election (such as extra transport or sign-language interpreting).