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Nick Clegg rightly calls for the tax system to be made fairer

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the Resolution Foundation today that Liberal Democrats will seek to aid those on low and middle incomes by raising the personal income tax threshold further and faster than previously assumed. Already a significant example

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Liberal Democrats should continue to debate whether to support the Health and Social Care Bill

Despite the welcome and significant changes to the Health & Social Care Bill that Lib Dem parliamentarians have secured, there remain serious concerns both within the party, Parliament and the medical profession about the impact and timing of the reforms. As

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SLF Fringe programme at Lib Dem conference, September 2011

Below are reports from many of our fringe meetings at the recent Lib Dem conference in Birmingham – more to follow! The SLF’s fringe programme at this year’s Lib Dem conference got off to an excellent start, with the panel

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An appeal to allow Conference to debate NHS reforms

Below is the text of a motion on the NHS reforms that wasn’t accepted for debate by Conference Committee, including two short update paragraphs. Dr. Charles West is appealing this rejection, if you’d like to support this appeal please click

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Emergency Motion on Health Reforms

Dr. Charles West is submitting an Emergency Motion on the NHS reforms. If you would like to support this motion please click here to sign up. Reforming the NHS Conference notes that the March 2011 Conference clearly rejected several aspects

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A statement following the AV referendum and May 2011 election results

Liberal Democrats are reflecting on the likely and disappointing loss of the AV referendum, and difficult electoral results in Scotland, Wales and in English local elections. The Social Liberal Forum has said for some time that the party needed to show more publicly

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Nick Clegg must now deliver the changes in NHS policy that the Lib Dems have demanded – Harris

Responding to the overwhelming vote which called for amendments to be made to the Health Bill going through Parliament to get rid of the marketization and enhance accountability, Dr Evan Harris, who drafted the amendment, said: “It is now incumbent

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Merlin fails to spell the true reform to banking that we deserve

The ‘Project Merlin’ agreement reached yesterday between the government and the UK’s leading banks is to be cautiously welcomed as a necessary but insufficient step towards wholesale reform of the financial services sector. In particular, the SLF welcomes the 15%

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SLF supports capping the cost of credit and ending legal loan sharking

On Thursday February 3rd 2011 MPs will vote on a motion tabled by Stella Creasy MP (Lab, Walthamstow), on whether to introduce caps on lending rates charged for payday loans and other unsecured debt – the Social Liberal Forum supports

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Dr. Evan Harris writes in the Guardian, and interviews Nick Clegg, regarding tuition fees

There is little doubt that it has been a difficult week for Liberal Democrats; our Parliamentary party faced the choice between backing a rise in university tuition fees that the majority of Lib Dem voters and members do not support,

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