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  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

    The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new programme designed to crack down on online piracy.

    The new scheme called Creative Content UK, will promote legal entertainment online and warn Internet users whose connections are being used to illegally share films and music.

    The scheme has been agreed by the UK's creative industries and internet service providers (ISPs) and will aim to raise awareness of copyright by informing those whose internet connections have been used to illegally share copyright material and help them find compelling, legal alternatives.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    After the elections in May, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

    On Monday, the Review Group presented our findings to the Leader and later to the Federal Executive. I am pleased to say that they endorsed both the report and its recommendations, and we will now set about putting them into practice well in advance of next year's elections.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Following the May elections, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

    Our recommendations are available to party members and can be read below.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014
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    It's been a busy few months here in West Berkshire, here's what I've been getting up to:

    Flying the flag for local business

    I have been lobbying government ministers to do more to encourage the development of science, technology and research industries around Newbury and the M4 Corridor.

    These companies are the future. The research and development driven by companies such as Quantel, Vodafone and Bayer, provides the highly skilled work that is underpinning the current economic recovery. I have asked whether hi-tech start-up businesses might in the future be considered for the kind of tax-breaks enjoyed by other industries, like film and TV. If elected, this is a line I would like to pursue.


    I have made the case to Business Secretary Vince Cable that digital business must lead the recovery.


    I've also been talking to local business people at the BNI, the Athena Network and elsewhere, and promoting my apprenticeship campaign.
    If you know of any companies you think might be interested in taking on an apprentice, or you run a business with apprentices, please let me know.

    Dyslexia in West Berkshire

    I was delighted to join with dyslexia specialist, Jacqui Flisher, to organise the Dyslexia - The Big Picture event at Sheepdrove, recently. Many thanks to everyone who came along. The evening kicked off with a showing of James Redford's documentary, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia and this was followed by a panel discussion. It was great to hear about the successes of high flyers and to be reminded that people living with dyslexia span the full ability range.
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    Last week, I also had the opportunity to visit the Accelerated Education Unit at Trinity School and to meet Gaynor Davies and the amazing teaching team there. The unit is open to all students with dyslexia, from all across West Berkshire. The work the students I met were putting in and results they're achieving are impressive.

    I was thrilled to meet Cathy Howells, teacher at Trinity Schools Accelerated Education Unit, and some of the students, there.
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    It is vitally important that services like these exist so we can continue to create opportunity for all children, no matter who they are or what their background is.
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    I have signed a petition asking the government to save Disabled Students' Allowance, which affects students with dyslexia, who are deaf, as well as those with a physical disability.
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    West Berkshire broadband


    At a recent event in the centre of Newbury, I heard yet more stories from people living and working outside of Newbury and Thatcham about the poor broadband speeds. Two rural business leaders reported broadband speeds below 2Mb. Particularly worrying, as they are based in Elcot and Winterbourne, two of the places not yet included in the current Superfast Broadband plans, at all.
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    This is shocking. If I am elected to Westminster, for the sake of all businesses and residents across West Berks, I will campaign vigorously for better broadband services in and across our district.

    It's time to deliver faster broadband for everyone in our community.
    People should be able to run businesses from home, whether you're a publisher sending multiple picture files to printers on the far side of the world, or a hotel that would like to offer its guests more than 2Mb.
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    It has been very shortsighted of West Berkshire Council and the Superfast Berkshire Project to leave rural areas so far behind terms of the service the receive and when they are likely to receive it.
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    Voting - Not Voting

    During the Euro campaign I was distressed by the number of young people I met who are not registered to vote.

    Because of this, I have agreed to support Vote If You Care. The campaign's message is simple and not party political: If you want to make where you live better, make a difference by voting.

    If you know anyone not registered to vote, please forward them this e-mail so they can register by clicking here.

    It takes less than five minutes!

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    Judith Bunting,
    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Newbury and West Berkshire

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  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are breaking the taboo on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our goal is to end FGM within a generation.

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone is working to end FGM in the UK and in other parts of the world, and to increase awareness of the issue.

    Looking ahead to next week's Girl Summit, Lynne discusses progress in eliminating FGM.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women, under manifesto plans set out by Liberal Democrats today.

    Liberal Democrats would make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Today I published the Government's first ever Energy Investment Report. It shows how Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered on jobs and investment in energy - particularly green energy - and shows the plan we now have for this to continue for decades to come.

    Let me be clear - investment in the energy sector has not been a 'nice to have'. We inherited a legacy of energy underinvestment from Labour and we've spent the last four years turning this around. The sheer scale of the investment has already been huge: between 2010 and 2013 we've secured £45 billion of investment in electricity generation and networks alone. The UK's future energy infrastructure investment is larger than transport, communications and water spending combined.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

    Watch the latest episode here.

    Transcript

    This is LBC Call Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast. Call 0345 6060973 tweet at lbc973 text 84850. This is Call Clegg on LBC.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock, on Thursday, 17 July. That means it's time for Call Clegg with me Nick Clegg here on LBC with Nick Ferrari. I'll be taking your questions as ever for next half an hour or so. So get in touch on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk or you can watch of course you on the website, lbc.co.uk. So let's go straight to the first caller who is Alex. Alex in Edgware. Hello Alex.

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    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources has doubled since 2010.

    A report released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) assesses the investment in UK energy and the progress being made.

    The report which finds that renewable sources now supply 15% of the UK's electricity was unveiled at the CBI Energy Conference by Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.

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