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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Nigel Farage's Ukip has called for the children of immigrants to themselves be classed as migrants - despite the fact that the party leader's own two children would be included in that number.

    The party highlighted a report issued today by the right-wing thinktank MigrationWatch UK, which said immigration's impact on population growth had been underestimated by more than 1.3 million because babies of those coming to this country were not taken into account.

    Neither MigrationWatch nor Ukip suggested that the citizenship of those born in Britain was in question.

    But Mr Farage, whose wife is German, tweeted his own concerns that "84 per cent of population growth between 2001 and 2012 - or 3.8 million - was due to migration" - if you include children born here in the statistics.

    Other Twitter users suggested this is the case "only if you count your kids as migrants, dear Nige", and that by this definition "Winston Churchill and Prince Charles are immigrants".

    A spokesperson for Ukip said that while Mr Farage would never talk about his own children "either way", the issue of "hiding" those born to migrants from statistics had "ramifications for healthcare and other public services".

    "We have to accept that this is happening because otherwise you can't make the decisions to make sure everyone is OK," the spokesperson said.

    "If the figures for migration don't include children, you're not taking the correct facts into account for public policy."

    The Office for National Statistics, which provides Britain's official population figures, says it does not define children born in the UK as immigrants "in accordance with UN international standards".

    Ukip's spokesperson insisted that it is "not the children that are the problem, it is hiding them that's the problem" - adding that the issue "didn't matter" for figures like Churchill or the heir to the throne because when their parents came over immigration "was such a small number".

    The comments come in stark contrast to those made yesterday by Labour's policy chief Jon Cruddas, who said immigration is "not a numbers game".

    He said: "It seems to me it's about building confidence around our ability and our agility in terms of the public policy we are making so that you can reassure people that it's not materially at their expense."

    The Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg today set out proposals to "curb benefits tourism" within the EU while keeping the principle of freedom of movement.

    David Cameron is due to set out the Conservative plan for restricting EU migration in a highly anticipated speech in the coming weeks - but Mr Clegg warned the Tories were in danger of making "irresponsible declarations" on Europe in a bid to quell unrest at the rise of Ukip.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014
    By Adam Withnall in The Independent

    Nigel Farage's Ukip has called for the children of immigrants to themselves be classed as migrants - despite the fact that the party leader's own two children would be included in that number.

    The party highlighted a report issued today by the right-wing thinktank MigrationWatch UK, which said immigration's impact on population growth had been underestimated by more than 1.3 million because babies of those coming to this country were not taken into account.

  • Presidential Candidates
    Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Lib Dems from across the East Midlands gathered in Hinckley recently for the closing Regional Conference of the Year. Delegates took the opportunity to throw their weight behind a number of motions presented for debate.

    From 'Land Tax and Economic Reform' through to calls that the ' lower income threshold for National Insurance should be raised so that employees who do not pay income tax are also exempt from paying National Insurance, while the upper income limit should be abolished.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Nov 25, 2014
    By Cllr John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    Rather than just bashing private schools (not that many don't deserve it) as Labour now appears to be advocating, why not take a lead from the remarks of the Head of King's College School, Wimbledon that many local professionals cannot afford to educate their children privately any more?

    If these people send their children to state schools I can see standards improving, if that is really what people want. If we can spend more money it should be concentrated at primary level to ensure that children entering secondary education are reasonably literate and numerate. It's the early years that really set the foundation for success later and don't forget also that hungry children find it more difficult to learn. Perhaps the Jesuits had a point when they said: " Give me a child for his first seven years and I'll give you the man. "
  • Zuffar
    Article: Nov 25, 2014
    By Zuffah Haq, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Harborough

    As we mark the centenary year of the First World War, I want to pay my own tribute to the brave men and women who lost their lives during the conflict and all those since. I have attended several Remembrance services during the month of November.

    I would also like to highlight the contribution by commonwealth soldiers. As many as 400,000 Muslims made up one-third of the Indian Army of 1.3 million, along with 100,000 Sikhs, and up to 800,000 Hindu soldiers. Yet, when asked to estimate how many Muslims fought on the British side in 1914, only 2% of those surveyed by British Future correctly placed the number between 250,000 and 500,000.

    I have organised an event which will takes place in Leicester on Sunday 30th November at 1.30pm at Oadby Community Center Sandhurst Street, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5AR, to highlight this contribution and draw on the little known role played by Commonwealth soldiers.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 24, 2014
    By Toby Helm in The Observer

    Pledge not affordable, says business secretary, adding that chancellor's policy would mean 'horrific cuts to key services'

    The business secretary, Vince Cable, has torn into the Conservatives for promising £7bn of new tax cuts at a time of renewed uncertainty about the global economy, saying it was "total fantasy" to think they could be delivered without raising other taxes or making massive extra cuts to public services.

  • Danny Alexander
    Article: Nov 24, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Danny Alexander, Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury, has an article in Sunday's Observer rejecting the paper's front page lead last week headlined 'Revealed: how coalition has helped rich by hitting poor'.

    "I absolutely reject this assertion. Nick Clegg and I led the Liberal Democrats into coalition not just to rescue the British economy from the aftermath of the 2008 crash, but to do so fairly."

  • EMLD Presidential Hustings
    Article: Nov 22, 2014
    By Jonathan Brown in Liberal Democrat Voice

    This week the Ethnic Minority Lib Dems became the first and only party AO/SAO to host a presidential hustings, with Issan Ghazni very ably chairing what for me was the most interesting of the handful of debates I've seen so far. He introduced the evening by noting that the UK is becoming ever more diverse and that our party's lack of ethnic minority representation is an existential issue.

  • Royal Doulton Trinket Box
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Derbyshire Dales have posted some pretty pieces of porcelain on Ebay.

    They would make great Christmas presents. The pieces were given by an Ashbourne member and they are trying to raise best returns for party funds.

    The auction finishes this Sunday 23rd November just after six pm. 18.07

    Please bid

    Royal Doulton Trinket Box

  • Councillor David Bill MBE
    Article: Nov 19, 2014
    By Karen Hambridge in Hinckley Times

    Pressure to ensure residents have a say on planning issues is continuing to be put on Whitehall by local councillors.

    Following David Bill and Michael Mullaney's stinging letter to all three political party leaders branding the planning system a shambles, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has formally endorsed their criticism