Jo Swinson

Shared Parental Leave Is an Important Step Towards the Wider Cultural Change We Need

Jo Swinson | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

In the next parliament Liberal Democrats want to start a dad revolution by tripling paternity leave to encourage new dads to spend more time with their child in those vital early weeks and months after birth. Most fathers want to spend more time with their new baby - and we know it makes a positive difference for children when they do. We also want to extend free early years education to all two year olds. We know that pressure to budget for childcare costs doesn't just start when a child is two years old, and that the costs can prevent parents from returning to work.

'Sexist' Daily Mail Attack On Pregnant Labour MP Has Minister Fuming

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

A Lib Dem minister has condemned The Daily Mail's "staggeringly sexist" attack on pregnant Labour frontbencher Rachel Reeves, which has dismissing her...

The 70 Employers Named And Shamed For Paying Below The Minimum Wage...

PA | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK

The biggest number of firms found to have been paying below the national minimum wage have been named and shamed by the Government, including nurserie...

Page 3 Replacing Topless Models With Bikinis Not Far Enough, Says Equalities Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

The Sun's decision to replace topless Page 3 models with pictures of women in bikinis does not go far enough, the Lib Dem women and equalities ministe...

Benchmarking Business Ethics

Jo Swinson | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

For decades, a company's performance has been measured almost exclusively in economic terms. Social and environmental issues such as health and safety in garment factories in Bangladesh, the use of conflict minerals in our mobiles, the privacy policies of internet service providers or forced labour on our doorstep have been seen as immaterial to how a company should be valued and how investors should assess performance. This is finally - and thankfully - changing.

Women Can't Have It All, So When Are We Going to Stop Beating Ourselves Up About It?

Poorna Bell | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

That blasted phrase is the imaginary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow we've been using to bludgeon ourselves and our self-esteem with for years. It doesn't exist. How could it?

Lib Dem Minister Has A Way For You To Tackle The Gender Pay Gap

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics

Businesses will be able to use special software to easily find out how big any pay gap is between their male and female staff, the government has conf...

Cable Wants More Women In Boardrooms, But He's Not Exactly Leading By Example

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has urged companies not to stop in their efforts to get more women into their boardrooms, as a key target next year draws near. Women's...

The Lib Dem Leadership Race Isn't Even Subtle Anymore

Ned Simons | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ned Simons

Liberal Democrats in Glasgow are demob happy. Not because they are pleased to be languishing at 7% in the polls, but because it's too late to do anything about it.

Shared Parental Leave Will Strengthen Families and Businesses

Jo Swinson | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

Mums and adopters will have real choice about when they return to work, dads will have more time to bond with their children, children will have better outcomes, while employers will benefit from lower staff turnover and having a workforce that is more flexible and motivated. And who wouldn't want that?

Let's Get Real About Our Middle-Aged Faces

Kim Chambers | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Chambers

Hollywood actress Charlize Theron was quoted recently in Red magazine on her views of ageing. She apparently feels more comfortable with her looks now she's in her late 30s than she did in her 20s, when she had "gorgeous skin and a fat, plump face."

6 Lib Dems Who Could Replace Nick Clegg As Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has insisted that he will remain leader of the Liberal Democrats until 2020, even if the party is kicked out of government at the 2015 elec...

How Much Did Cable Charge You To Train His Team For TV?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has spent nearly £11,000 since 2010 on media training for his junior ministers at the Department for Business and two senior civil servan...

No Wonder We're Obsessed With Weight Loss!

Abi S. Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

On typing 'anorexia' into Google, the third predictive suggestion that comes up is 'anorexia tips'; I don't think it is a weight problem that we have, I think it is a deeply ingrained social one that is having a devastating effect on national health.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gideon's 'Year Of Hard Truths'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 6 January 2013... 1) GIDEON'S 'YEAR OF HARD TRUTHS' The chancellor has a big speech later to...

Why Wellbeing at Work Should Matter to Us All

Jo Swinson | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

The government strongly believes that progressive workplace practices have a vital role to play in increasing productivity and supporting a stronger economy. A greater focus on wellbeing at work will benefit everyone, building both a stronger economy and a fairer society.

Here's Something Which Might Surprise You About the Post Office - We Are Not the Royal Mail

Mark Davies | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Davies

I know, I know. Of course you knew that. But as we at the Post Office - an independent business, not being privatised, not part of Royal Mail - launch the next phase of our strategy to build the business, you'd be surprised how many people are confused about the difference...

Asa Bennett

Osborne Backs Payday Loans Cap... After He And The Tories Opposed It | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has surprised critics by unveiling plans to cap the total cost of payday loans to save vulnerable consumers from the 'legal extortion' ...

Lucy Sherriff

Lib Dem MP Advertises For 3-12 Months Unpaid Intern, No Expenses Paid | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A Liberal Democrat MP is advertising an unpaid internship for up to 12 months despite the party's campaign to pay interns the national minimum wage. ...

HMRC To Investigate Intern Pay

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Businesses advertising for interns are to be investigated by the government who will check whether the companies are paying the correct minimum wage. ...

Swinson: It's Not Sexist To Offer Pregnant Women A Seat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics

Lib Dem minister Jo Swinson has insisted she does not think it is sexist for men to offer up their seats to pregnant women, following accusations MPs ...

Payday Lenders 'Running Riot Through Our Communities'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has launched a savage attack on Britain's "Wonga economy" as he warned that payday lenders were "running riot through our communities". ...

Mehdi Hasan

'I Would Have Put A Woman In The Cabinet' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg should have appointed a Lib Dem woman to the cabinet in the recent government reshuffle, the party's president Tim Farron has said. Spea...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: British Gas Joins The Labour Election Campaign

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 18 October 2013... 1) BRITISH GAS JOINS THE LABOUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN Ok, fine, they haven't. But, wit...

Would Have Been SEXIST To Give This Pregnant MP A Seat?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK

Giving up a seat for expectant mother and Equalities Minster Jo Swinson, forced to stand during Prime Minister's Questions, could be considered "sexis...