Sir Simon McDonald’s premature departure raises serious questions

Responding to reports Sir Simon McDonald - permanent secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office - is set to retire early after the Prime Minister indicated he wanted someone new after the merger with the Department for International Development, Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

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Govt must do more to tackle disproprotionate BAME Covid-19 deaths

Responding to analysis from the ONS released today which confirms the risk of death involving COVID-19 among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of white ethnicity, Liberal Democrats Home Affairs and Equalities Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

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Debt response must be green recovery plan

Responding to news that public debt has risen to over 100% this month, the first time since 1963, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

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How we have supported local communities during the Pandemic

Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, Liberal Democrat Councillors in Bradford have been playing our part to help and support members of our community through the crisis. We have worked alongside Bradford Council, local organisations and hundreds of volunteers to support the most vulnerable. Key workers and volunteer have gone above and beyond to support our community. We have complete admiration for all their efforts. 

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Govt must guarantee schools' funding boost isn't at expense of anything else

Responding to news that the Government has announced plans, including a tutoring scheme, to help pupils catch up on lost learning as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 crisis, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

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Govt must regulate big tech companies' use of COVID-19 app data

Responding to reports that the Government is now shifting to a COVID-19 tracing app based on technology provided by Apple and Google, Liberal Democrat Digital, Culture Media and Sport spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

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Lib Dems use Urgent Question to challenge Govt on DFID merger

Liberal Democrat International Development spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain has today challenged the Foreign Secretary on the “wrongheaded” decision to merge the Department of International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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In an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, Wendy Chamberlain blasted the Prime Minister’s description of DFID as a “cashpoint in the sky”. She also raised mounting concerns about future funding for DFID projects and the risk of job cuts for current DFID staff in the midst of a public health emergency and economic crisis.

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Lib Dems slam Govt's ÂŁ900k makeover of RAF Voyager as "absurd waste"

Responding to reports that the Government is set to spend ÂŁ900k to repaint RAF Voyager in the colours of the Union Jack flag, Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesperson, Jamie Stone MP said:

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PM must think again on DFID in face of COVID-19 global health emergency

Responding to today's COVID-19 update from the Prime Minister, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

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Govt must go beyond u-turn on free school meals to give every child best start

Responding to the Prime Minister’s u-turn on free school meals, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

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