Vince Cable: Making higher apprenticeships the norm rather than a niche

Today, Vince Cable gave the Cambridge Public Policy Lecture, exploring how further and higher education can be brought closer together to create a “parity of esteem” between the sectors.

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Nick Clegg: We need to sweep away Edwardian rules

Today, Nick Clegg spoke at the launch of the Cityfathers, a new forum for working fathers, on the need for radical change to create equal opportunities in our parental leave system.

Nick commented on the importance of change in modern society, where we now have the highest female employment rate on record. More parents choose to both earn and share childcare responsibility, but there is still an assumption that it is the father who works and the mother who cares for the children.

“But what about those households where the woman is the main earner? Or the families where a working father just wants to spend more time with his children, or both parents want to do their bit at home without sacrificing their careers?

In many ways, the system still treats these families as the exception not the norm.”

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Ed Davey announces 8,500 green jobs

The Government has announced eight major renewable projects as part of electricity reforms, which will give a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

The projects are delivering low-carbon, affordable and reliable power for the long-term that is better for the planet, consumers and the economy. By 2020, the projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs and will generate clean electricity to three million homes across the country.

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Vince Cable warns business on ridiculous bonuses

Vince Cable has issued a warning to Britain’s top companies that they need to crack down on bonuses in order to rebuild trust.

The Business Secretary has written to the FTSE 100 members to remind them about the damage that big pay awards can have on their public image. He said pay levels at banks had been "ridiculous", which comes at a time when Barclays prepares to meet with it's shareholders this Thursday. Barclays came under fire earlier this year when it put £2.5 billion into its bonus pot, despite its dip in profits.

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Vehicles of the future get £130 million investment

Vince Cable has announced £133 million of new investment into projects that will put Formula One technology into buses and diggers, developing the next generation of engines. These projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits.

Investment will go into the research and development into technologies for the vehicles of the future. This has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain. 

The winning projects include Ford, GKN, Cummins and JCB, which have all received funding for projects to improve fuel efficiently and reduce carbon emissions.

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Ed Davey: Energy Act will create 200,000 Green Jobs

Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour's legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected.

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Government announces over 200 infrastructure projects

Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure.

More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion.

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The truth about Ukip's immigration billboards

Today Ukip have published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.

The Liberal Democrats believe that it is right to tackle concerns about immigration, but spreading fear and bogus claims is not the answer.

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Nick Clegg: Where would you rather live – Great Britain or little England?

This Easter weekend, Nick Clegg wrote an article in the Guardian to outline why Britain is better off IN Europe. 

With 22 May approaching, it is Ukip’s goal to propel Britain closer to the door. Nick points out that this risks us drifting away from our biggest export market and jeopardising our still fragile economic recovery, as well as threatening millions of jobs.  

Amongst the number of Nigel Farage’s outlandish claims, Nick addressed Farage’s claim that Ukip’s call for an exit is the insurgents’ battle cry - “There is nothing remotely new about his party's ambitions. Ukip is simply the fresh face of a long-standing Eurosceptic establishment.”

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Vince Cable takes aim at dodgy directors

Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.

While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world – with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders – the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.

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