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  • Article: Mar 17, 2019
    By Tara Copeland

    The Sutton Trust estimates 40% of young interns are working for free. Many of them are probably entitled to the National Minimum Wage. But a loophole in the law lets employers pass their roles off as "voluntary" unpaid internships.

    They're common in the modern job market - I actually interviewed for one after I graduated. What would I get in return for 40 hours a week of work? Travel and lunch expenses.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are changing.

    Politics is utterly broken right now. Labour and the Conservatives are being dragged to the ideological extremes, leaving millions feeling powerless and frustrated with the direction our country is taking.

    That needs to change. Liberal Democrats will be that force of change.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    We can't afford to ignore the health problems caused by roadside air pollution. 42% of primary school children attend schools in areas which breach the legal limit of toxins from traffic exhaust.

    Our children breathe this toxic air every day. It means an increased risk of asthma and other breathing problems. Not to mention health problems that can last a lifetime.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2019

    Is anyone getting deja vu?

    It's like January all over again. Theresa May's been beaten again, her botched Brexit deal failing by 391 votes to 242. Parliament's verdict on the PM's deal is abundantly clear, and has been for months - the deal is a flop.

    We can't let Theresa May kick the can down the road again. Parliament must not be bullied into voting for a deal that leaves people worse off.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019

    On the 8th March, it's international women's day.

    To celebrate this, we want to introduce you to some amazing Lib Dem Women. Women who are a vital part of our Lib Dem campaigns across the country and women who are making a difference in their communities.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019

    Yesterday in Parliament, I put forward a bill to improve mental health care for new mothers.

    NHS health check-ups 6 weeks after birth are already routine. But it's about time they included mental health. Currently, almost half of new mothers who experience mental health problems don't receive any help or treatment. Many don't even have their issues identified by a professional. It's extremely worrying.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Last year was a year of celebration for women in politics. In February, we marked the centenary of the first UK women being given the right to vote in elections, and in November we celebrated the one-hundred-year anniversary of some women being given the right to stand for election to Parliament.

    Celebrating these milestones in equality for women is important. But we must not feel any false comfort about progress. The gulf in political power between men and women is still huge, and we all need to do more to close it.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2019

    We're very proud of the many strong online communities that have sprung up around the party. Online groups are a great way to make friends and discuss topics with people you might not see otherwise.

    This is an ecosystem that is incredibly powerful - and we want to do everything we can to support it. Which is why in the next few weeks, we're planning to launch a new online tool - the Directory - to help connect Liberal Democrats with like-minded groups.

  • Climate change
    Article: Mar 7, 2019
    At this week's meeting of Harrogate Borough Council the Liberal Democrats put a straightforward Motion to declare a Climate Emergency.
    However, their efforts were thwarted by the Conservative Amendments that totally altered the ethos of the Motion's aim to make Harrogate District carbon neutral by 2030. These amendments were supported by all Conservative Councillors.
  • Pat Marsh (Pat Marsh/HBC)
    Article: Mar 7, 2019

    On Wednesday 6th March Cllr Pat Marsh addressed Harrogate Borough Council calling for a declaration of a 'Climate Emergency':

    "Mr Mayor in late 2018 the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reported that we may have as little as 12 years to tackle climate change. If we, the present generation, fail to handle this threat as boldly and swiftly as possible, then we will impose on our coming generations an irreparable catastrophe. Let's accept this harsh reality and work towards preventing it! John F. Kennedy put it very aptly, "Our problems are man-made and therefore they may be solved by man."