Sadie Smith

Liberal Democrat Campaigner for Great Barr with Yew Tree

A Million Jobs …and counting!

Friday, June 28th, 2013 by craigwhittall


Since 2010, more than one million jobs have been created in the private sector. We are proud of the role that the Liberal Democrats have played in directing government investment into job creation and training.

We are now focusing our efforts on improving this record and delivering a million more new jobs as we continue to build a stronger economy for the future.

Jobs for Young People

The coalition government has already delivered 1.2 million apprenticeships for young people since 2010. The Liberal Democrats are now campaigning to double the number of apprenticeships being offered.

Jobs in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the key to a sustainable economic recovery in Britain. Under Vince Cable at the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills, we have directed an extra investment of over £5.5 billion into high-tech manufacturing, science and renewable energy.

Jobs across the UK

Liberal Democrats have long argued that we need to rebalance the economy away from our reliance on London and South East England. That is why we have also set up the £2.6 billion Regional Growth Fund initiative, to help create businesses, jobs and economic recovery in every part of the country.

Jobs Building Britain

The coalition is using £15.3 billion of investment into our infrastructure to build a stronger economy for the future and to create thousands of jobs in construction right now.
For more information on the Liberal Democrats’ record in creating one million new jobs, and to find out how many new jobs are being created near you, visit the Million Jobs website:

Banking reform.

February 4th, 2013 by sadiesmith

Parliament has now heard about the Government’s response about banking reform. The intention has been to find ways to ensure that the taxpayers of this country don’t ever again need to bail out banks.

This is welcome as far as it goes. I would have preferred the powers to include a general look at the sector with stronger powers to use if things go wrong again. It is a fine balance, but we have given big banks the benefit of the doubt too often.

I hope the incoming Governor of the Bank of England has been consulted

Richard III

February 4th, 2013 by sadiesmith

team of specialists at Leiceser University confirm identity of the remains in the car park.
It would be a great gesture to allow the remains to be reburied in York.

Extra payments to schools

January 31st, 2013 by sadiesmith

The Government has announced extra payments to help pupils in Yr 7 who fell behind a bit in reading or mathematics so they will be able to have a chance to catch up. Schools will be paid an extra £500 per pupil who needs to catch up, so that schools can arrange extra support. This should help youngsters who have had problems get a good start at Secondary schools and not be stuck as ‘left behind’ for the rest of their time at school.

Laws: More Money for Pupil Premium

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 by craigwhittall


The Coalition Government has today announced how much Pupil Premium money each school in England will receive in 2013/14.

The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.

The Pupil Premium will be worth a total of £1.65bn, or £900 per child, in 2013/14. It covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws said:

“Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and a fair society where everyone can get ahead. Education is absolutely at the heart of that.

“The Pupil Premium is extra support for the children who need it the most, whether it is catch-up classes, one-to-one tuition, extra IT support – whatever the school thinks best.

“Helping the most disadvantaged children helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.”

You can find details of how much each local school in England will gain from the Lib Dem Pupil Premium, by visiting this website:

Image Copyright: Flickr/Educationgovuk


Liberal Democrats: Cutting Your Taxes by £600 a Year

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 by aldcadmin

Commenting on the rise in the Income Tax personal allowance announced in the Autumn Statement, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Stephen Williams said:
“Liberal Democrats are working for a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone can get on in life. That’s why we are cutting taxes for working people.
“Today’s announcement means that by April, Liberal Democrats will have cut your income tax bill by £600 a year.
“Liberal Democrats want fairer taxes, which is why we made raising the tax-free allowance our number one priority at the General Election – so important that we put it on the front page of our manifesto.
“When times are tough, with rising bills and wages not keeping pace with inflation, we want to give people real, practical help.
“Cutting Income Tax will not deal with all of those problems, but it will help. And I hope it will make a big difference to every family in this country.”

You can help Liberal Democrats keep cutting your taxes by supporting our Fairer Tax campaign at