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  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Plans to boost pay for thousands of apprentices have been unveiled by Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable.

    A proposal to create a single national minimum wage for 16 to 17-year-olds in work and first year of apprentices will be presented to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

    It would mean around 31,000 apprentices in the first year of their programme will benefit from a pay rise of more than £1 an hour.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Liberal Democrat members today overwhelmingly backed plans to commit a £1 billion real term investment in NHS.

    The manifesto commitment will see the health service receive the extra £1 billion of real term funding in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

    It will be funded by scrapping the Tory "shares for rights" scheme, increasing the dividend tax on additional rate taxpayers and tightening the cap on pension tax relief.

  • Julia Goldsworthy addresses Lib Dem activists gathered to discuss plans for a Cornish Assembly
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Julia Goldsworthy Lib Dem prospective MP for Camborne Redruth and Hayle has described the prospect of a Cornish Assembly as a "once in a generation opportunity to give the people of Cornwall the stronger voice that they need and deserve."

    At a meeting of Lib Dem activists in Bodmin, former North Cornwall MP and Lib Dem Political Reform spokesman Lord (Paul) Tyler described how Liberal Democrats locally and nationally could bring law-making powers to Cornwall.

  • Julia Goldsworthy
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Following the outcome of the independence referendum in Scotland, Lib Dems will gather in Bodmin next week to plan their campaign for new powers for Cornwall.

    Liberal Democrats have already voted for Cornwall to benefit from a devolved Assembly, with powers similar to those enjoyed in Wales, at their most recent national conference in York. They have agreed to seek a 'Devolution Enabling Act', giving Cornwall the chance to take law-making powers from Westminster. The commitment features in the party's recent 'pre-manifesto' for the 2015 election.

  • Vince Cable with Lib Dem volunteers at Pool Innovation Centre
    Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable was at Pool Innovation Centre on Thursday to announce 20 new technology jobs at Headforwards, Cornwall's fastest growing technology start up.

    Headforwards, a three year old outsourcing company has won a global contract with NTT communications, that will increase their headcount to nearly 60.

  • David & Julia at Illogan Park
    Article: Jul 13, 2014

    Liberal Democrat David Ekinsmyth was elected Cornwall Councillor for the Illogan Division on Thursday, in a hotly fought contest widely seen as a warm up to the general election in the Camborne Redruth seat next May.

    David fought his campaign on local issues including a major road safety survey and the return of Illogan Park from Cornwall Council to local control.

  • Julia Goldsworthy
    Article: Jul 6, 2014

    Cornwall will get to set the criteria and make decisions on how its Euro funding is spent as part of a wider £48 m "growth deal" announced by the government.

    Concerns had been raised by Julia Goldsworthy and the business community in Cornwall that government was seeking to centralise the decision making process.

  • First Great Western's Night Riviera sleeper service will be upgraded
    Article: Jul 6, 2014

    Julia Goldsworthy, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has warmly welcomed £146m investment in Cornish rail infrastructure announced by the coalition Government.

    The investment will overhaul the sleeper service, build a new train care centre at Long Rock, near Penzance and improve signalling that will help reduce journey times to and from Cornwall. But after last winter's storms left Cornwall cut off by rail, the case for an alternative additional line remains, and Julia has renewed her calls for the government to sign up to the plans.