Joyce entered politics after many years in International Development to fight for structural change in society. She is passionate about fairness, civil liberties, inclusive economic growth, protecting the environment and human rights.
The Liberal Democrats believe Britain's future is brightest within the European Union. We accept not everything about it is perfect, but the facts speak for themselves. Here are six of them:
Fact 1. Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to our trade with the EU - that's one in every ten UK jobs. Source: Office for National Statistics, House of Commons Library
Fact 2. Being in the EU means lower prices in our shops because it's cheaper to trade and there is more choice - saving you on average £450 a year. Source: European Commission
Fact 3. While being in the EU costs each household less than a pound a day, independent experts estimate the benefits are worth £3,000 a year to the average household, due to lower prices and more jobs, trade and investment. Source: CBI, Office for National Statistics
Fact 4. We are safer thanks to the European Arrest Warrant because we can arrest criminals across the EU, not just those residing in the UK. Source: National Crime Agency
Fact 5. 200,000 UK businesses trade freely with other EU countries - helping them create jobs here in the UK. Source: HMRC
Fact 6. The UK gets £66 million of investment every day from EU countries - creating even more jobs and opportunities for UK families. Source: Office for National Statistics
Can you afford to lose these things if Britain leaves the EU?
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We are delighted to welcome Tim Farron MP as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, say Millicent Scott from Hammersmith and Simon Bailey from Fulham. We felt so inspired by his first speech to the party as our leader. Here it is in full.
The 2015 general election was a triumph for the Conservatives. Before the exit polls on 7th May no one foresaw a Tory majority. So how did it happen?In the weeks since the election there has been much speculation: Did Ed Miliband fail as a leader? Did Tory spending buy the vote? Should UKIP and the LibDems wind up their parties and leave British politics for good?
The Liberal Democrats believe that our political system needs a total overhaul. Too much power lies in the hands of too few people. Decisions are taken too far away from those they affect.
I've spent 10 years campaigning for better Citizenship education and more voter engagement in our democratic systems. This is a matter close to my heart and one I'd also like to address if elected. I'd like to see electoral reform to ensure that every vote counts. I really want 16 year olds to be able to vote if they want to.
Millicent Scott, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush
Liberal Democrats are calling for a new Digital Rights Bill to be introduced within the first six months of the next Parliament.
Parliamentary Candidate in Hammersmith, Millicent Scott says,
The ways in which we use the internet for social interaction, shopping, banking and browsing are changing at lightening speed. So are the ways in which people store and use our personal data. Our laws are not up to scratch and we urgently need to legislate to protect people from exploitation.
The final Budget of this Parliament has Liberal Democrat policies at its core.
The Budget confirms that Liberal Democrats in government are building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.
In government we have ensured that Britain has kept on the path to recovery in a way that is fair.
Labour's plan to cap maximum tuition fees to £6,000 is deeply regressive. Under their plans only the wealthiest graduates would benefit.