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Welcome to LDEG

The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) is an Associate Organisation (AO) of the Liberal Democrats providing a forum for discussion and understanding of European issues.

We also provide campaigning support for members and promote within the party the case for Britain's continued EU Membership.

Membership of LDEG is open to all members of the Liberal Democrat Party and of allied European political parties.

  • The European Investment Bank (http://www.eib.org/infocentre/stories/all/2016-february-02/where-the-need-is-acute.htm)
    Article: May 5, 2016

    In Birmingham emergency services are split between two hospitals. To solve this problem, a new £350 million hospital is being built to focus on acute medicine. The 669-bed Midland Metropolitan will be Britain's biggest Accident and Emergency facility. The European Investment Bank is providing £120 million of the cost from the European Fund for Strategic Investments, a programme funded by the EU.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP of the year 2016
    Article: May 4, 2016
    By Paul Haydon

    Catherine was awarded in the MEP of the Year category for her work fighting for stronger European targets to tackle air pollution. The judges commended Catherine for generating public awareness of the issue and championing EU action to improve air quality, often in the face of opposition from the UK government.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP (George Dunk)
    Article: May 2, 2016

    There is good news for smartphone users heading to the continent this bank holiday weekend. From April 30th new EU rules will cap the cost of using your phone when abroad in Europe at 4p per minute, 2p per text and 4p per MB of data (excluding VAT), around four times cheaper than current limits.

    Three UK's rate is dropping from 16.6p per minute, 5.2p per text and 17.4p per MB to 4.3p per minute, 1.5p per text and 4.3p per MB. Tesco Mobile has announced it will drop roaming charges altogether in more than 30 European countries between May and September this year. From July 2016, all phone companies will be required to scrap roaming fees for phone users travelling within the EU.

  • Scientist.
    Article: Apr 26, 2016

    In November 2015 the Academy of Medical Sciences submitted evidence to the House of Lords on the impact of EU membership on science in the UK.

    The Academy made reference to the benefits to the UK of being connected to the large pool of talented researchers provided by the EU, and the contribution such individuals made to the UK's performance. It also made clear that regulatory harmonisation provided an essential platform to enable collaboration.