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Probation reforms are failing

Reforms to probation services are far from complete and there is no clear picture of how the new system is performing in important areas, the Committee of Public Accounts says. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Jonathan Marks QC said:

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Nursery school closures show education not safe in Tory hands

Analysis by school leaders’ union NAHT has shown that hundreds of nursery schools across England would be forced to close if the government doesn’t adjust its proposals on Early Years Funding.

Analysis by school leaders’ union NAHT has shown that hundreds of nursery schools across England would be forced to close if the government doesn’t adjust its proposals on Early Years Funding.
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Lib Dems select Witney candidate

Liz Leffman was selected overwhelmingly last night at a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.

Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate the Charlbury councillor on her selection. Tim and Liz met shoppers and stallholders at Chipping Norton market.

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Lib Dems uncover shocking levels of force against mental health patients

The use of physical restraint against mental health patients has surged by almost 17% over the last three years, with an average of 183 restraints every single day, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

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Tim Farron's Conference Speech

Below is the final version of Tim Farron's speech at the close of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today.

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Lib Dems Launch National Consultation on Brexit

The Liberal Democrats are today launching a National Consultation exercise on the impact of Brexit on local communities.

All Lib Dem parliamentary candidates will contact businesses, health and educational institutions and civil society organisations in their constituencies to discuss their Brexit concerns.

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Sal Brinton Conference Speech

Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, will give a speech today to members on the final day of the party's Autumn Conference.

She will say

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Disgrace that Britain refusing to help child refugees

The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to play its part in resettling refugees, in particular unaccompanied children, in an emergency motion at their Autumn Conference.

The demand comes as Theresa May addresses a special UN meeting on migration in New York. Yesterday the Prime Minister resisted calls to take in more vulnerable refugees from Syria.

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Tories turning lights off on green economy

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has accused the Conservatives of trashing the coalition government’s green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point.

The Government’s own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector.

The Liberal Democrats are debating a package of measures to new green industrial strategy at their conference in Brighton.

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