At a time when, although overall unemployment is going down, youth unemployment is on the rise the Conservatives want to introduce a draconian and demoralising measure for young people out of work.
According to plans announced on Monday, 18 -21 year olds out of work for 6 months would be barred from claiming benefits unless they take up work or an apprenticeships.
We need compulsory Personal, Social and Health Education in all our schools.
In our manifesto plans children in state-funded schools, including free schools and academies will be taught a curriculum for life which includes age appropriate sex and relationship education.
Lib Dem education minister David Laws of our neighbouring constituency has revealed the Conservatives wanted to cut the schools budget on entering office in 2010.
However, the proposal was categorically rejected by the Liberal Democrats, and we would do exactly the same in 2015.
David said: “When we came into Coalition Government, tough decisions had to be taken because, as Liam Byrne famously told me: ‘there was no money left’. The Conservative assumption in 2010 was for a cash freeze in the schools budget - a whopping 10 per cent cut in real terms over the course of the Parliament."
Ros Kayes, our PPC, says: "This proves the real achievements of the Lib Dems in government. Protecting our education system and bringing in Pupil Premium is a real legacy."
As part of the Liberal Democrat plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, the government is investing a further £1 billion in local economies across England, by expanding the successful Growth Deals.
An agreement has been reached with all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to expand significantly the Growth Deals that were struck last July.
The funding, to be devolved from central government into the hands of local authorities, businesses, colleges and universities will help to train young people, create thousands of new jobs, build thousands of new homes and start hundreds of infrastructure projects, including transport improvements and superfast broadband networks.
Ros Kayes, our Parliamentary Candidate, says: "This is excellent for rural areas like West Dorset, too often we feel isolated from central government and the decisions they make are just plain wrong for us. I am delighted the Lib Dems are bringing this forward: this is the beginning of the end of a country where Whitehall calls the shots."
The Chilcot Report won’t be released before the election.
That means key figures like Jack Straw, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair could be getting off lightly thanks to the publication’s delay. They need to be held to account: the victims and the public deserve answers. Even though the report was finished three years ago we still haven't seen anything!
So many people support the Lib Dems because of our brave stance on the Iraq war - and this still stands, we haven't forgotten.
Pauline Pearce, the Hackney Heroine packed the Lyric Theatre in Bridport to the rafters on Friday for a sell-out fundraising event on "What’s wrong with politics?".
A wide ranging audience from Dorchester, Sherborne, Bournemouth and Lyme Regis as well as Bridport attended the Question Time style event which debated: community politics, localism, sustainability and how to increase people power in politics without giving in to right wing populism.
The panel, also comprising international human rights lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith; photographer, documentary-maker and founder of the Home in Bridport project, Robert Golden; and Bridport Councillor and our Parliamentary Candidate Ros Kayes explored what has led to the current apathy and anger with politics and whether it can ever be reversed.
Following close upon the heels of Dorchester’s People First meeting (which challenged West Dorset District Council’s system of cabinet government and its contempt for the public) the meeting, chaired by former Mayor of Bridport Dave Rickard looked at why trust has been lost in career politicians and how ordinary people can rediscover their voices and regain control of how decisions are made.