Nobody loves rule-makers, but despite the grumbles the UK had a good deal from the EU on financial services.
Ask the French, they say we always got what we wanted and if I’m allowed to blow my own trumpet, we did.
Now there is uncertainty stalking everything.Read more
Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.
Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters’ Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.
The Bill calls for:
- A ban on letting fees for tenants
- Public access to a database of rogue landlords
- Compulsory electrical safety checks for renters
- A ban on rogue landlords obtaining an HMO licence
Tom Brake MP has been supporting the Bill and has himself sponsored an Early Day Motion calling for fees to be banned.
Liberal Democrat Councillors across the country have been pushing for renting reform, with successful council motions passed in support of the Renters’ Rights Bill in Hull and Haringey.
Commenting on news of the ban, Baroness Olly Grender said:Read more
This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out of our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it’s no wonder the Chancellor doesn’t want to have to do another Autumn Statement.Read more
Today is the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking BBC film Cathy Come Home, the gripping and controversial 1966 film about poverty and homelessness.Read more
Nick Clegg explores possible approaches that the Government could take towards EU negotiations.Read more
In his fourth Brexit Challenge paper, Nick Clegg sets out the challenges facing the Government on Freedom of Movement.Read more
Earlier this month, I was delighted to welcome 20 young, bright campaigners here to the Parliament to protect their rights to live, study and work abroad.
This morning, I set out a red line on Article 50 and made clear that unless the government agrees to a referendum on the final Brexit deal, the party will vote against Article 50 in the House of Commons.Read more
Paddy Ashdown today slammed Theresa May's hardline stance on immigration and her "shambolic" trip to India, as he accompanied the party's Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election candidate Sarah Olney to a curry restaurant in the constituency.
The pair spoke with the owner and head chef of the Roz Ana restaurant in Kingston about its problems recruiting chefs from abroad and the impact of Brexit on rising food prices.