Norman Lamb

Shocking Figures Reveal Over-Stretched NHS Is Spending Millions On Private Ambulances

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Politics

NHS spending on private ambulances has risen by more than a fifth in two years to more than £78 million, new figures show. Data collected by the Pres...

There Are Hardly Any Women On Some Select Committees And MPs Say It's Unacceptable.

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Politics

A female MP has been added to Parliament’s science and technology select committee after concerns were raised about its male dominance, but women ma...

Charities Call For End To 'Harmful' Methods Of Restraining Mental Health Patients

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK

Mental health charities have called for the end of “harmful” methods of restraint for mental health patients following the release of “worrying...

Norman Lamb Rules Himself Out Of Lib Dem Leadership Race

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics

Norman Lamb has ruled himself out of running to be the next Lib Dem leader and attacked the party’s “toxic” position on Brexit. Under Tim Farron...

Norman Lamb Is The Leader The Lib Dems Need

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anton Georgiou

He has the sincerity and integrity to appeal to a wider electorate than currently consider voting for the Liberal Democrats. I believe in his ability to offer the country a vision that we've been desperate for, for many years. Liberal Democrat members have a huge opportunity in this contest to elect an honest, caring man as their leader. I hope he stands and I hope they do.

Social Care Funding Boost Speculation Grows As Downing Street Cancels Key Meeting With MPs Until After The Budget

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Politics

MPs are quietly confident the social care crisis will be tackled in the upcoming Budget 2017 as a key meeting with the Prime Minister’s new health a...

Ex-Health Minister: It's 'Criminal' Child Mental Health Cash Is Being Used To Plug NHS Funding Hole

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics

A former Health Minister is demanding to know why hundreds of millions set aside for children’s health care is being used to plug holes in NHS budge...

Number Of Urgent NHS Operations Cancelled Reaches Record High

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.12.2016 | UK

The number of urgent NHS operations cancelled in England has reached a record high, almost double the figure reported just a year ago. New statistics ...

Our Reaction To The US Election Must Be To Defend Openness Wherever We Can

Norman Lamb | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Much ink has been spilt about Donald Trump's more outrageous outbursts - whether directed against women, Muslims, the disabled and many others. We must not allow such sentiments to cross the Atlantic... The response to the US election must be to defend openness however we can - at home and abroad. In our own small way, we will start on Saturday. I would urge all who share our vision for this country to join us.

14 Ways People With Mental Illness Are Being Failed

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Politics

A damning independent report today warns mental health care has been long-neglected and “chronically underfunded”. A taskforce led by Paul Farm...

Mental Health Trusts' Alarming Spike in Serious Incidents Must Be Taken Seriously

Norman Lamb | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Errors and weaknesses in healthcare will inevitably happen, but there can be no reason to tolerate serious incidents on this scale - particularly those involving unexpected deaths and fatal self-harm. In government, I was determined to end the historic injustice against those suffering mental ill health. It is time for people of every stripe to pull together to complete the job.

These Two MPs Are Being Called Out For Their Reaction To Mental Health Death Spike

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

Two prominent MPs have been accused of playing "party politics" on the issue of mental health instead of uniting to tackle the problem, after a Labour...

This World AIDS Day, We're Calling for the NHS to Supply Drugs That Could Thousands of Lives

Norman Lamb | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

While making PrEP available is ultimately a decision for NHS England, rather than for politicians, I hope they will take steps to make PrEP available to people considered to be at high risk of catching the virus, without further delay. This could have an enormous impact on the lives of countless numbers of people in high-risk groups and be a vast improvement on our current approach, which wastes NHS resources and has let down far too many people.

Equality for Mental Health - An Historic Opportunity to Deliver Real Change

Norman Lamb | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

I know from personal experience just how vital good mental health care is for families across the UK. One in four people experience poor mental health at some time in their lives and this means that everyone knows somebody who has had a mental health problem. Yet for far too long our society has not prioritised mental health care. For decades, it has been at the back of the queue for funding and the front of the queue for cuts.

Celebrities Back Politicians' Cross-Party Mental Health Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics

More than 200 high-profile public figures have signed an open letter urging the Government to spare mental health spending from the next round of of s...

We Must Keep Fighting for Equality Between Mental and Physical Health

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

The truth is that there is outrageous discrimination at the heart of the NHS. If you have suspected cancer you have a right to see a specialist within two weeks - and rightly so. But if you are a teenager with an eating disorder - a condition which can kill - you have no such right. It's impossible to justify that.

Could Tim Farron Have Answered 'That' Question About Gay Rights Any Better?

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Koutsoumbos

I am a big fan of Tim Farron. I have been since long before he became party president, let alone party leader. I hope he heeds the wisdom of his one-time rival and gives us the answer we really need to hear.

We Must Ensure That, Across Europe, Liberalism and Humanity Prevail Over Division and Fear

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

As I write this article, I am on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels. You might think this a strange diversion in the final week of my campaign to become leader of the Liberal Democrats. But today's trip is at the very heart of why I want to lead our party. Because whether we are a party of eight MPs or 208, we cannot hope to address so many of the challenges we face as a society on our own. The great threats of the coming decade - global climate change, mass migration, international economic upheaval, and a deteriorating security situation - are international challenges, requiring international solutions.

It Would Be Easy for Our Party to Shelter in Our Comfort Zone - But It Would Also Be Very, Very Wrong

Norman Lamb | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Britain has become less collective, citizens and consumers feel more empowered and many individual rights - through equal marriage for instance - are better recognised. But - and this is the bad news - much of our economy, society and politics remains thoroughly illiberal and conservative.

Fracking? Let's Think Again...

Tim Farron | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

In the Liberal Democrats, it's not the leader who sets policy, it's the membership. But I reckon it's not unreasonable for leadership candidates to set out their own views, and to call for a rethink where they believe the party's got it wrong on any particular policy. And I think we have got it wrong on fracking.

Does It Really Matter Who Leads the Lib Dems?

Andrew Duff | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The Lib Dems seem quite a tough lot. While it is impossible to ignore the gravity of the electoral crisis which has clobbered the party at all levels since Nick Clegg led it into coalition with the Tories in 2010, Britain without a Liberal party would be an alien place... So what is going on: and will it make any difference who wins?

Ned Simons

Cut Prison Population In Half By 2025, Says Norman Lamb | Ned Simons | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics

The government should aim to half the prison population over the next ten years, Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Norman Lamb has said. The fo...

It's Time to Halve the Prison Population

Norman Lamb | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

There can be no other area of public policy, with the exception of the related issue of drugs reform, where establishment politicians so readily bang the drum for the exact opposite of any evidence-based solution. Our prisons clearly fail to rehabilitate: half of those released reoffend within a year, including six in ten of those on sentences of less than twelve months. Liberal Democrats must lead the call for drastic and urgent action to reduce crime, protect victims more effectively, help criminals turn their lives around and protect taxpayers money: we must push for a Ministry of Justice target to halve the prison population by 2025.

More Pictures Emerge Of The Would-Be Lib Dem Leader In His 1980s Band

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

New pictures have emerged of Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Tim Farron in a 1980s band. The Cumbria MP told the Huffington Post UK last week t...

The Liberal Democrat Leadership Battle Of The Bands

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leadership contenders Tim Farron, who says he offers a "fresh start", and Norman Lamb, who contends he can reach beyond his party An Ar...