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Welcome to LDEG

The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) is the association for UK Liberal Democrats interested in European politics.
Membership of LDEG is open to all members of the Liberal Democrat Party and of allied European political parties.

  • Hyundai
    Article: Apr 3, 2014

    A report released yesterday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) clearly demonstrates the critical importance of EU membership to the survival of the UK car industry.

    With half of Britain's exports sold in the EU (a third of all vehicles produced in the UK), it is no wonder that 92% of SMMT members want to stay in and 47% say there would be a negative or very negative impact on their business if Britain left.

  • End Roaming Charges
    Article: Apr 2, 2014

    Mobile phone users have been saved an estimated £8bn over the past five years in call charges, thanks to the EU. The EU set a legal cap on what phone providers can charge per minute and that charge keeps coming down.

    Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder uncovered the figures from a question tabled to the European Commission, which has overall responsibility for enforcing the caps.

  • Cyclist Jane Oseman keeps a wary eye on a large lorry at the Green Long Eaton
    Article: Mar 21, 2014

    Improved lorry safety is on the way and could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents a year. MEPs in the European Parliament Transport Committee have approved measures for safer lorry designs to help protect vulnerable road users BUT British Conservatives failed to back the measures.

    The proposed changes were pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEP and European Transport Spokesman Phil Bennion. Lorry drivers' sightlines would be improved by reducing the blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of lorry cabs.

  • Mobile phone
    Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Soon you will be able to use the same mobile phone charger for any phone (even Apple!) anywhere in Europe. Not only is this more convenient but it will save 51,000 tons of electronics being dumped in the rubbish every year.

    This has come about thanks to a vote by the Liberal Democrat MEPs and colleagues. The new rules will mean all manufacturers selling electronics in the EU will be required to make them compatible with a universal charger.