ed daveyViolent crime has risen by 18% across England and Wales in the last year, according to new statistics today. The Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Ed Davey said the figures revealed the government's "record of failure" on crime.

P1000984 SM cutVince Cable has been declared Leader of the Liberal Democrats with the backing of every one of the party’s MPs, succeeding Tim Farron.

Vince was nominated by all his parliamentary colleagues and the requisite number of members across the country. He is to embark on a UK-wide tour having been declared Leader (Thursday) at an event in central London.

layla moranLiberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran has asked an urgent question in Parliament following reports that the government's free childcare website has suffered from problems that have meant parents have been blocked from accessing free childcare

Commenting Layla Moran said: