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Sir Malcolm Bruce visits Fraerburgh Harbour Master

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Ann Bell MBE are shown developments at Fraserburgh Harbour

As part of the UK Government the Liberal Democrats are now the only party that can deliver social justice in coalition with the Conservatives. We will continue to work toward a fairer Britain.

"We will work towards delivering a fairer society that the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have failed to deliver when previously in government on their own during the past 50+ years. We will work hard re-build a stable, green economy for each and every one of us. We will reform politics so that every person and every vote counts. Fairness will be our aim in all that we do as we seek to provide a stable government that serves the whole of the UK."

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Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    We respond to reported comments from Lord Freud about people with a disability and the minimum wage.

    At today's Prime Minister's Questions Ed Miliband asked the Prime Minister about comments allegedly made by Lord Freud, the Conservative Minister, who reportedly said people with a disability were "not worth" being paid the minimum wage.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Disability hate crime has a profound effect on disabled people's lives

    To truly tackle it there needs to be an increase in the number of crimes, and incidents, that are reported. Until, the majority of these crimes are reported there will never be a true picture of the prevalence of disability hate crime in this country and nothing will change.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today said new figures showing an increase in the number of drug and weapons confiscations in Scottish prisons underline the scale of the challenge facing prison service staff as they work to keep inmates safe.

    Ms McInnes was speaking after new figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats showed an 85% rise in the number of weapons confiscated from inmates between 2012 and 2013.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2014

    Iain Duncan Smith, planner extraordinaire, aims to have the majority of Universal Credit claims made online. Here's an example of someone who will be completely excluded from claiming because of that:

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about Eddie (name changed) and the problems that he was having with his online jobsearch. I've met twice with Eddie since then.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2014

    Nearly one in five people with a learning disability say they were turned away at the polling station in the recent local elections, according to a new survey.

    The survey, conducted by Mencap, reveals that many people with a learning disability are being excluded from the voting process. Of those surveyed, 17% said they were turned away from the polling station because of their disability, with 60% also saying registering to vote was too hard.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Commenting on the Fife Report published today by HM Inspectorate Of Constabulary In Scotland (HMICS), Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP, said: "This is a welcome report which reflects the concerns which I have voiced over the past year about policing needing to better reflect local needs and priorities.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrats put people with disabilities in the picture

    Natasha Kennedy04 October 2014A woman using a spinning wheel.

    We're excited to see that on 4 October, the Liberal Democrats became the first UK political party to explicitly include people with disabilities in its 2015 general election party manifesto!

    The party passed a policy motion that included a commitment to "focus on reducing discrimination against the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society; particularly on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability or ethnicity."

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014
    This week, I read the story of two brothers with Down's syndrome being excluded from a bowling club. They wanted to play, but they got turned away because they made other bowlers feel "uncomfortable".

    I'm so sorry that in this day and age two brothers who just wanted to get involved in their community and have some fun weren't allowed to. I have a learning disability and I am fortunate enough to take part in lots of leisure activities where I feel welcome and supported, and it allows me to make new friends and learn new skills.

    If people are excluded from their community then they are left to stay at home with nothing to do and can become very unhappy. I'm glad people have spoken out against this bowling club, it shows there is real support to give people with a learning disability the opportunity to take part in and enjoy the same fun activities as anyone else.

    No one should ever be told they can't have fun because of their disability. I like watching TV and sometimes go to football matches. I also go to a Mencap Gateway club.

    I recently I went to a drumming jam session at Morden Assembly Hall in Surrey with the Who frontman Roger Daltrey. He was a nice guy - what a perfect gentleman!

    If I were excluded from any of these activities because of my disability, I would feel rotten.

    I feel inclusion is so important, because I get to go everywhere with all of my friends from Mencap. It's very important because if I was excluded from my community, I'd be miserable, not going anywhere, just sat at home, being bored and lonely. I'd feel very upset.

    Luckily I have lots of jobs and keep very busy and have the support to be included in my community. I help fundraise and volunteer for Mencap, I send publications out to people when they want them. I help run a group called 'Our health our hospital' at Saint George's Hospital in Tooting. I read at the Mencap's Carols by Candlelight service, and do many other things.

    There have been lots of leisure clubs responding to this story to welcome the brothers to their clubs instead. I feel that these other leisure centres show real progress and I say to them, power to their elbow!

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    All employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants will be hit by a planned freeze on working age benefits if the Conservatives win power in 2015, not just those in the work-related activity group.

    As we reported last month, George Osborne told the party conference that he planned to freeze most working age benefits, including:

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Commenting on today's resignation by NHS Grampian chair Bill Howatson, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes said: "NHS boards have been under enormous pressure and NHS Grampian has been no exception as the public rightly expects the highest standard of service. The challenges from a financial shortfall from the Scottish Government, the aging population and the staffing shortages are taking their toll.