Liberal Democrats

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sir Vince backs more council borrowing powers

    13 September 2017

    Ahead of his first Liberal Democrat conference as party leader, Sir Vince Cable tells Michael Burton why local government should play a key role in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.


  • Government criticised over Right to Buy

    28 June 2017

    Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them, research has revealed.


  • Sykes beats House to LGA Lib Dem role

    27 June 2017

    A councillor who promised to bring a ‘no-nonsense approach’ to the role has been elected leader of the Local Government Association’s Lib Dem group.


  • Non-disclosure will not affect whistleblowers

    02 May 2017

    Whistleblowers will still be able to expose examples of poor practices at Liverpool City Council, officials claimed, despite tough new non-disclosure clauses in staff contracts.


  • Councils are braced for NHS cash raid

    22 March 2017

    Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.


  • Draw power from the people

    06 October 2015

    In all political parties it can be difficult to get the leadership to recognise that local government draws its mandate from the people, not the party, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West


  • More local government voices needed in Lords

    30 September 2015

    We should push for more local government voices in the existing House of Lords, argues director of the Political Skills Forum, Paul Wheeler.


  • LGA chair Porter given peerage

    27 August 2015

    Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Gary Porter has been unveiled as a new Tory peer in the dissolution honours list.


  • Osborne’s mayoral bombshell divides English big city leaders

    20 May 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne’s controversial offer to restrict radical devolution deals solely to areas which agree to directly-elected mayors has provoked uproar among England’s big city leaders.


  • Party leaders unite for fairer voter system

    18 May 2015

    Leaders from across the political spectrum came together today to back a petition signed by almost 500,000 people calling for a fairer voting system.


  • Conservatives win back leadership of the LGA

    13 May 2015

    The Conservatives have regained the leadership of the Local Government Association after a shock shift to the party in the local elections.


  • Shoot the proof-reader

    05 May 2015

    Diary will be heading to the polls today just like everyone else despite only skim-reading the main party manifestos.


  • Lib Dem manifesto commits to local government fiscal freedom

    15 April 2015

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto has committed the party to delivering greater fiscal freedom for English local authorities and a promise of less ministerial interference among key measures to ‘rejuvenate’ local government.


  • Lib Dems £2.5bn education funding boost pledge

    15 April 2015

    A promise to find an extra £2.5bn for education funding by 2020 forms the centrepiece of the Liberal Democrats manifesto published today.


  • Ukip to field 'record' number of council candidates

    13 April 2015

    Ukip will mobilise a record 5,000 candidates in 278 local council elections next month, leader Nigel Farage has announced.


  • 1m voters are missing, claims Miliband

    16 January 2015

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned that 1m voters have disappeared from the Electoral Register in the last year.


  • Lamb roars against 'ridiculous' health and care divide

    31 October 2014

    Lib Dem minister Norman Lamb has called for an end to the ‘ridiculous divide’ between health and social care.


  • Respecting the real headline-makers

    20 October 2014

    Despite UKIP’s successes, David Walker assesses the wider challenges ‘protest parties’ would face in government – and the consistent work local government continues to produce in areas that don’t always make the news.


  • Give us freedom and watch us fly

    10 October 2014

    Sutton LBC leader Ruth Dombey says fiscal devolution isn't an end in itself, it's a means to an end - for creating ambitious local solutions.


  • Give us freedom and watch us fly

    10 October 2014

    All over the United Kingdom people are demanding more control over their lives and a greater say over the decisions that impact on their lives.