A number of people have been contacting me regarding the Manifesto for Social Work.

Liberal Democrats believe social workers offer invaluable services and will continue to support these services and work to tackle the issues that they help people overcome.

Balancing the books on the backs of the poor and disabled, and demonising people who claim benefits, is neither acceptable nor responsible.
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A number of people have been contacting me regarding dementia.

Liberal Democrats are very proud of what we achieved for mental health while in Coalition Government, but recognise that there is still a long way to go. We will continue to fight to tackle dementia.

When we were in Coalition Government, spending on dementia research more than doubled, in line with Liberal Democrats’ 2010 manifesto pledge.
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Many people have been writing to me regarding Compassion in World Farming’s campaign survey. Liberal Democrats believe in the highest standards of animal welfare and will continue to fight for these.

Despite an EU-wide ban on battery cages for hens coming into force in 2012, in the UK many hens are still kept in cages that do not give them enough space. We will bring in a ban on all caged hens to ensure that hens have sufficient space and a good quality of life.
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The Liberal Democrats have always valued honesty and conveying a true account of us and our vision to the British people. Rebuilding trust is a crucial challenge for today’s politicians, and all politicians are responsible for ensuring that they do their utmost to deserve the trust of their voters.

A free and reliable press scrutinising and holding politicians to account is also essential for a healthy democracy. Fake news is a real problem, causing people to mistrust politicians and the media.
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