The recession means that, whoever governs we are now in the grip of austerity politics and will be for some years to come. Because we faced that challenge our economy is now recovering. But this makes that other challenge, the task of lifting children out of poverty, much harder and much more difficult.
During my years in Bosnia, both during the war and afterwards I heard and saw evidence of horrific stories of mass rape and sexual violence committed during the war. Thousands of women and children suffered terrible abuse and the physical and mental scars could stay with survivors for the rest of their lives. Years later, sexual violence still remains entrenched in conflict zones around the world and children are often the most vulnerable. Children suffering in conflicts are growing up in a world where they face the daily threat of rape and abuse and sexual violence is considered the 'norm'.
Lord Ashdown has said he is "surprised" there have not been more riots as a result of the recession and warned Lib Dems they
Liberal Democrats prefer a coalition with Labour, rather than their current bedfellows in the Conservative Party, according
Lord Ashdown has warned Liberal Democrats they would be "completely crazy" to pull out of the coalition before the general
Nick Clegg will today issue a rallying call for party unity during the opening of the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow. The
The senior Lib Dem peer who called for Nick Clegg to stand down is an attention seeker who failed to lift a finger to help
Nick Clegg lavished praise on disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne as an "effective" and "outstanding" politician
Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown joked with activists at the party's Spring conference that the Chris Huhne scandal
The war in Afghanistan is not worth one more life and Britain should withdraw immediately, Lord Ashdown has said. Writing