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    • Surgeons operating in theatre.
      Article: Jan 12, 2018

      Patients are dying in hospital corridors because of NHS underfunding, a group of A&E doctors has warned in a letter to Theresa May.

      In their unprecedented warning, the doctors told the prime minister that more than 120 patients a day were being managed in corridors in some hospitals, with "some dying prematurely" because staff were so busy.

    • Article: Jan 11, 2018

      As we endure another winter crisis in the NHS, it is vital to be campaigning on health services in your area.

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    • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
      Article: Jan 11, 2018
      By Layla Moran

      There were 3,750 teachers in England on long-term stress leave in 2016/17, up 5% on the previous year, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

      It means one in 83 teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues, up from one in 95 three years ago and one in 90 last year.

    • The flags of EU countries flying.
      Article: Jan 11, 2018
      By Tom Brake

      Brexit could cause the UK to lose half a million jobs and nearly £50bn in investment by 2030, a report commissioned by Sadiq Khan has found.

      The London Mayor said the government should negotiate to stay in the single market and customs union.

      It comes days after Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend a cross-party summit on keeping the UK in the single market.

      This bombshell report should make obligatory bedtime reading for Jeremy Corbyn.

      Half a million jobs could be a lost as a result of the hard Brexit that Corbyn has ordered his MPs to vote for.

      The Labour leadership must listen to the Mayor of London and back efforts to minimise the impact of Brexit by keeping Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union.

      It's also crucial that the option of an exit from Brexit is kept on the table through a vote on the deal.

      We can protect jobs and living standards against a botched Conservative Brexit, but only if Labour comes off the fence.

    • Nigel Farage MEP and Kate Hoey MP, UKIP and Labour, best of friends | Image: Farage22
      Article: Jan 11, 2018
      By Tom Brake

      Support is now growing on both sides of the argument for a vote on the final deal and the choice of an exit from Brexit.

      In any future referendum, Liberal Democrats will be leading the charge against Nigel Farage to keep Britain in the EU.

      In any future referendum, Liberal Democrats will be leading the charge against Nigel Farage to keep Britain in the EU.

      Tony Blair and Nigel Farage aren't two people I'd normally like to be put in a group with, but on this issue they are speaking sense.

      But Farage shouldn't be so confident of winning, people are now far more aware of the costs of Brexit and the fabrications of the Leave campaign.

      Instead of the promised £350m for the NHS, living standards are in freefall and the health service is in crisis.

    • Surgeons operating in theatre.
      Article: Jan 11, 2018

      The Churchill Hospital in Oxford is having to cut chemotherapy services due to staff shortages.

      This is a horrendous situation.

      Vital treatments that can save or extend life are under threat because of the pressures the NHS faces.

      All of us will have friends and loved ones who have had a cancer diagnosis, and to learn that they might face a delay or a cut back in treatment to alleviate symptoms is appalling.

    • Article: Jan 11, 2018
      By Vince Cable

      The Conservatives launch their 25-year environment plan tomorrow.

      Despite being heavily trailed to the media, the proposals are expected to be limited.

      The Conservatives should be eliminating all avoidable plastic waste now - a target of 2042 beggars belief.

      They ramped up expectations only to disappoint.

      The Conservatives have shown a complete lack of ambition.

    • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
      Article: Jan 9, 2018
      By Stephen Lloyd MP

      "The Conservative's roll out of Universal Credit risks driving up homelessness.

      "That's what I will warn in a debate in Westminster Hall this morning.

      "Without urgent reform of the housing benefit element of Universal Credit, disaster will occur in what is an already dysfunctional housing market.

      "If those urgent changes are not made to the Government's new benefit, Universal Credit, homelessness will skyrocket and the private rental sector will prove even more resistant to tenants on benefits.

    • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
      Article: Jan 9, 2018
      By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

      This morning I attended the Single Market Summit, the start of a cross-party initiative between opposition leaders to oppose the Conservatives' hard Brexit.

      To the anger of many Labour MPs - and to my great disappointment, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend.

      What is disappointing is that the Labour leadership has declined to take part in this summit

    • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
      Article: Jan 8, 2018
      By Norman Lamb MP

      Today, Lord Saatchi backed called for a Royal Commission on the NHS. His call is very welcome.

      The Liberal Democrats have long called for a cross party NHS and Care Convention, bringing together stakeholders from across the political spectrum, along with staff, patient groups and members of the public to look at how we can tackle the funding and workforce pressures on the service in the long term.