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Northampton Liberal Democrats currently have 2 Councillors on Northampton Borough Council and 6 on Northamptonshire County Council.

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Tim Farron M.P. Leader of The Liberal Democrats

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  • Libby
    Article: Dec 22, 2015
    By Brian Markham

    Northampton Liberal Democrats and your Local Focus Team wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  • Energy Saving
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    By national liberal democrats

    In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient.

    Tim Farron has condemned the new policy, saying:

    "Today's news is yet another blow for green industry and British jobs. The Conservatives claim they want to tackle climate change, but this is further evidence they don't care about the environment.

  • Votes @ 16
    Article: Jun 24, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    The EU Referendum Bill will pave the way for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU and yet the Government has not proposed any extension in the election franchise to allow 16 year-olds the right to vote.

    16 year-olds are eligible to join the armed forces, get married and pay income tax but yet don't have the right to vote.

    16 and 17 year-olds were able to vote in last years Scottish Referendum and this helped add life to the campaign. When it comes to a referendum on our future in Europe and the World then Liberal Democrats believe that those who will build that future should also have their say.

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    Article: Jun 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

    "The need for us to secure the greatest amount of renewable electricity as part of our energy mix is more important now than ever before.

    "This Conservative commitment was wrong to make it in the first place, it is being delivered in the wrong way and the result will be the wrong one for the renewable energy sector and for the future of our planet."

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    Article: Apr 30, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Extending free school meals for seven to 11 year olds will benefit 1.9 million children and save parents around £400 per child a year.

    These plans will more than double the offer of free schools meals to all five, six and seven year old pupils delivered by the Liberal Democrats in government.

    Pilot studies have shown that a hot, healthy meal at lunchtime greatly improves the health, behaviour and results of school children, providing them with the best start in life.

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    Article: Apr 29, 2015

    MEPs are set to give the final seal of approval today to binding targets to cut plastic bag use in the EU by 80 per cent by 2025.

    Conservative MEPs are expected to abstain in the vote, after having refused to back the new limits in a committee vote last month.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said:

    "This is a huge step forward in tackling the plastic waste in Europe's oceans that kills thousands of marine animals each year.

    "Liberal Democrats had to fight tooth and nail against the Conservatives to ensure a 5p charge on plastic bags will be introduced in England later this year.

    "By refusing to back these much-needed targets across the EU, Conservative MEPs have shown their true colours.

    "Left to their own devices, the Tories would lurch to the right on green issues. Only Liberal Democrats in government will ensure the environment stays at the top of the agenda."

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey added:

    "This is another clear example that Conservatives simply can't be trusted to deliver on the green agenda.

    "In Government we've dragged them kicking and screaming to agree to Liberal Democrat priorities including charges for plastic bags.

    "It's essential to have Lib Dems in Government as a toxic BLUKIP alliance would see the green agenda ripped up."

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    Article: Apr 29, 2015

    Liberal Democrats set education red line

    By setting education as a red line, any government with the Liberal Democrats must increase spending on nurseries, schools and colleges.

    Liberal Democrats want to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19, in real terms, by the end of the parliament.

    This would amount to £5.2bn more funding than is planned by the Conservatives and £2.5bn more than Labour.

    Nick said:

    "I can confirm a Liberal Democrat red line - a pre-condition for government - is increasing spending on education.

    "The Liberal Democrats will not allow our children and grandchildren to pay the price of this generation's mistakes.

    "We believe above all else in spreading opportunity, in tearing down the barriers that stop people from reaching their potential. Nothing is more crucial to that than education.

    "So the next government must increase spending on nurseries, schools and colleges. That means education spending must rise with both prices and pupil numbers.

    "Without investment in education, there can be no deal with the Liberal Democrats."

  • Keep Calm
    Article: Apr 24, 2015
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    Article: Apr 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Commenting on reports that the Chilcot Report may not be published until 2016, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesman Tim Farron said:

    "In 2003 Britain was led by the Labour Party with Conservative support into a war with Iraq which many people in our country believe was illegal.

    "The speculation that Sir John Chilcot's report into the Iraq War may now not be published until 2016 is deeply concerning.

    "Liberal Democrats opposed the war in Iraq, and pushed for this inquiry to be held. Hundreds of thousands of families have had their lives torn apart by the Iraq war and deserve answers.

    "It is simply not good enough for this process to be continually delayed and the report must be published."

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    Article: Apr 17, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto puts opportunity at its heart and sets out a plan to ensure every child has a world-class education.

    The party has announced a major new commitment to protect education funding for every child.

    This means protecting education spending per pupil in real terms over the next parliament, increasing the education budget as a whole.

    This commitment provides an extra £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr olds by 2020.

    This spending commitment will allow the Liberal Democrats to:

    • Put a qualified teacher in every classroom.
    • Recruit and retain more good teachers.
    • Help schools to offer more one-to-one and small group tuition.
    • Expand early years education as pupil numbers grow.

    This funding will also help ensure we can meet our commitment that every child is able to read well by the age of 11.

    The £2.5bn funding commitment is the equivalent of:

    • 70,000 teachers, 10,000 learning support assistants and guarantees funding for the additional 460,000 children starting school through the parliament.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

    "This manifesto is a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society. At its heart is one word that is absolutely central to what Liberal Democrats believe: opportunity.

    "We want to ensure that every child, no matter where they are born, the colour of their skin, or how rich their parents are, has the same opportunity to reach their potential is.

    "That's why the Liberal Democrats are the party of education.

    "At the last election, protecting schools spending and investing huge amounts of extra money towards the poorest pupils was one of our top priorities.

    "I am immensely proud that we did just that in Government. But we won't rest there. We are determined to make sure that every child in Britain has a world class education."

    Education Minister David Laws, chair of the Liberal Democrat manifesto group, added:

    "This manifesto is a serious document from a party prepared to govern. It sets out a credible and deliverable liberal vision for Government that builds on our achievements in coalition.

    "Liberal Democrats put spreading opportunity at the heart of the Coalition's agenda.

    "That's why Liberal Democrats protected and invested in education. It's why Liberal Democrats created a record 2m apprenticeships.

    "And it's why Liberal Democrats cut taxes for millions of working people and gave pensioners a generous rise in the state pension every year."