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Don t get madThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

East Midlands consists of the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland


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  • Article: Jul 4, 2015

    Tania often finds that her evening's viewing has been ruined by the lack of subtitles - which is particularly infuriating when she has already downloaded and paid for a film! Tania, who has moderate hearing loss, shares her story.

    Take action now

    I watch TV and films for entertainment and to help me relax. I enjoy sitting down with my husband to watch a good film, usually with a glass of red wine! I watch a wide range of programmes and films - this helps me participate in chats with friends and family and I like knowing that I've seen the programmes/films that everyone else has seen.

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 4, 2015

    Monday will be one of the last opportunities in the country for members to meet, question and hear from Tim Farron & Norman Lamb, our two leadership candidates. In a few weeks time one of these men will be our new leader.

    I would like to thank the many members who have already registered for the event - it will be a great evening.

    If you have not yet registered don't worry its not too late. You can still attend - just come along on the evening with your membership details and you will be warmly welcomed.

    Remember - there is no admission charge, its free to all of our members.

    I know Tim Farron and Norman Lamb are looking forward to coming to the East Midlands on Monday and we are looking forward to welcoming them, two fantastic candidates!

    I look forward to seeing you on Monday the July 6th

    Philip Smith


    East Midlands Liberal Democrats


    WHEN: Monday 6th July from 6:30 - 8:30pm

    VENUE: Djanogly Learning Trust, Sherwood Rise Campus, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham NG7 7AR. This is a ground floor venue with disabled access. Tea & Coffee provided.


    PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The venue is on several bus routes from Nottingham City Centre (68, 69, 70, 71) with car parking on-site and access from Mansfield Road.

    CAR SHARING: The Liberal Democrats are Friendly and Green. We have nearly 800 new members, some of whom may not have transport. If you are able to either offer a lift to the event from your area, or might need one yourself please complete the details on the registration form here.

    If you have any queries about the event or requirements that are not covered by this form then please contact the organiser on 07980 078415 or email: hustings@eastmidslibdems.org.u

  • Steve Coltman
    Article: Jul 4, 2015
    By Steve Coltman, Loughborough and Aldes in Social Liberal Forum

    If you are attending the SLF conference you may have read an e-mail discussion about re-booting Liberalism and seen a lot of interesting ideas put into the ring. I am a member of the Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists (ALDES) and a week or so earlier we had a similar discussion, so I am in a position to compare and contrast the two.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Jul 4, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I have to say that I am incandescent with rage at a profile of the only Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder which has appeared in the New Statesman.

    The implied conclusion of both the journalist and the several Liberal Democrat sources quoted seems to be that Catherine is a lightweight who needs the back-up of a group of men. She's criticised for not pursuing their agendas and her own concerns, on massive issues like wildlife and human trafficking are dismissed by the journalist as pet projects. Yes, that's right, protecting vulnerable people from the brutal exploitation of modern slavery somehow is a niche issue? Not in my world.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Jul 4, 2015
    By Paddy Ashdown in Hansard

    Paddy Ashdown speaking in the Lords from the 2nd July

    A little over 100 years ago, in the midst of the last conflict in which a collection of military primitives in a faraway mountainous country defeated the most powerful military force on earth - I refer of course to the Boer War and the British Army - AE Housman wrote the poem A Shropshire Lad. It is famous for marking the futility of war and its pity. What is sometimes a little overlooked is the fact that it was also predicted that we were seeing a change in the times. I draw your Lordships' attention to one stanza in particular - which, by the way, was said to echo in Churchill's brain in the 1930s:

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Event: July 6, 2015 6:30 PM

    The Date is Set - July 6th

    An important date for your diary, Monday July 6th had been confirmed ‎by London as the allocated date for the East Midlands Hustings event.

    In a series of discussions with London Regional Chair Phil Knowles secured the confirmation on Wednesday ‎afternoon.

    "This is such an important event and I am delighted to have been able to finally secure a date."

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Event: July 6, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Djanogly Learning Trust, Sherwood Rise Campus, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham NG7 7AR

    LEADERSHIP HUSTINGS EVENT - Monday 6th July 2015

    Regional Chair, Phil Knowles invites all East Midlands members to attend the FREE Leadership Hustings in Nottingham.

    Phil says: "It was crucial that we as a region hosted and paid for this event so that it was free for members to attend from all over the five counties.

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    Neighbouring Region Keen to attend

    As the East Midlands Hustings gets ever closer both Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have confirmed just how much they are looking forward to Monday evenings Hustings.

    'There is no doubt that both Tim Farron & Norman Lamb are relishing the chance to meet members from across our Region, to put forward their individual plans, hopes and aspirations and to answer questions directly from East Midlands Members. We have two outstanding candidates in Tim & Norman. Each and every members vote is vitally important.

  • Document: Jul 3, 2015
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  • Article: Jul 3, 2015

    Reacting to the Conservatives' plans to change the child poverty target, Baroness Pinnock, Lib Dem Children's spokesperson in the House of Lords, said:

    "The Tories stubbornly refused to sign up to more credible child poverty measures while in Coalition. So, you have to question whether it really is high on their agenda now?

  • Article: Jul 3, 2015

    Leading deaf charities have welcomed the news that TV broadcasters must increase the amount of sign-presented programming on their channels.

    The responses come after telecoms regulator Ofcom revealed that the number of minutes of sign-presented programmes that must be shown on TV is rising from 30 to 75 minutes per month.

  • Lucy Care
    Event: July 8, 2015 7:00 PM

    Around a month ago I ran a session to give new Lib Dem members (and old) some background about:

    • Councils - what they do and how they work

    • Elections - when they happen and who does what

    • Lib Dems - party structures and who does what.

    Quite a few people had hoped to come, but couldn't make the date or time.

  • Tad Jones Nottingham East
    Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I'm really pleased that Nottingham has been chosen to host the leadership hustings. We've had some great events held in the city in the past and this one promises to be even better.

    Ballot papers and letters from the candidates have come through the door, but I don't think these adequately illustrate just how good our candidates are. If, like me, you haven't quite made up your mind who to vote for, come along on the 6th of July.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Liberalism is in my bones. Mum and Dad were Liberals and, as a teenager, I set up a Young Liberal Branch in our local town in Norfolk. It took me three attempts to enter Parliament. We started 15,500 votes behind the Conservatives.

    I had been an employment lawyer, but also got elected to Norwich City Council and led the Lib Dem opposition. When I finally got to Westminster I wanted to do as much as I could to pursue my Liberal values. There is only any point in this job if you aim to make a difference to people's lives. Having the chance to do that as a Minister was an opportunity that I had to grasp.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I love this party because in my heart and in my soul I am a liberal.

    I believe in a society in which we are all free to make our own choices and live the lives we want. But freedom means very little when the only choices we have to make are whether to feed our children or heat our homes.

    I am therefore proud - really proud - of our work in government defending people from having to make such impossible choices: the pupil premium giving every child a decent start in life; lifting millions out of tax- that is a record of real achievement.

  • Leaders
    Article: Jul 2, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems
  • 16,000 New Members Since Polling Day
    Article: Jul 2, 2015
    By Dominic Collard in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I read somewhere that it takes 30 days to make a new habit. By all accounts, predictable behaviour is what the old brain likes. When it sniffs out something new, something out of the everyday ordinary, it'll fire up the fragile in us and persuade our will power into a quick surrender. Any attempts to break with our norm will be wrestled from us. Until 30 days. At 30 days, the brain tells itself…. hold on, I recognise this, this thing you're doing - carry on, nothing to see here. 30 days for the reluctant plodder to transcend into the regular jogger; 30 days until the ciggie quitter becomes the "No thanks I don't smoke"-er.

  • Photo shows Paul Scriven, Paul Holmes (then MP for Chesterfield) and Lucy Care at the lobby for the electrification of Midland Main Line in December 2009 in Westminster.
    Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Liberal Democrats across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire have launched a petition to reverse the new Conservative Government's decision to delay the electrification of the Midland Main Line.

    Lib Dem councillors and campaigners from the towns and cities served by the Midland Main Line have come together to lobby the Government to rethink their plans and commit to electrifying the line which serves Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester - as well as towns in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Elaine Bagshaw and Chris Walts write about their campaigns and experiences in the recent Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election.

    Like most Lib Dems we were very disappointed on May 7th. We worked incredibly hard as part of the general election effort, and the results were extremely deflating. After watching Nick's speech, we decided the best way to move forward was to go back out and try and win another election despite the odds. We knew in some ways it wasn't about winning (although that was still our goal), it was about something much bigger. It was about trying to bring hope back to the party and putting us back into the hearts of the electorate. In short, we wanted to make the campaign a key component of what would become the #LibDemFightback.

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    Article: Jul 2, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

    "The need for us to secure the greatest amount of renewable electricity as part of our energy mix is more important now than ever before.

    "This Conservative commitment was wrong to make it in the first place, it is being delivered in the wrong way and the result will be the wrong one for the renewable energy sector and for the future of our planet."

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 2, 2015

    There are just a few days left before the East Midlands Hustings and your opportunity to meet, question and hear from Tim Farron & Norman Lamb.

    Thank you to the many members who have already registered for the event - it will be a great evening. If you have not yet registered don't worry its not too late. You can still register on line up to midnight on Saturday 4th July here, or if you miss this deadline just come along on the evening with your membership details and you will be warmly welcomed. There is no admission charge, its free to all of our members.

    Alison & Jonathan are working very hard to ensure this is a great event. We are doing everything possible to maximise the opportunity for members to put questions to Tim & Norman. Many of you have already sent in your questions, we are keeping the registration and question line open until midnight on Saturday 4th July so again, you still have time to put in your question and I'm sure we will do everything possible to take some additional questions on the night.

    I know that both Tim Farron and Norman Lamb are really looking forward to being here in the East Midlands on Monday and the East Midlands are looking forward to welcoming them, two fantastic candidates.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

    Councils told to use their powers to prevent parking on the pavement where it is a problem.


    The government is making it easier for councils to tackle pavement parking and stop it causing an obstruction to pedestrians, Regional and Local Transport Minister, Norman Baker, announced today (21 February 2011).

    Vehicles parked on pavements can cause particular problems for people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and those with pushchairs. The minister has today written to councils prompting them to use their powers to prevent parking on the pavement where it is a problem.

    Along with the letter, the Department for Transport has given all councils in England permission to use signs to indicate a local pavement parking ban. Until now councils have had to gain special signs authorisation from government each time they want to put a pavement parking ban in place.

    While in some circumstances pavement parking is unavoidable - for example in narrow residential roads with no off-street parking - the government believes that in many cases it can be avoided. Pavement parking is completely banned in London.

    Norman Baker said:

    Parking on the pavement can be selfish and dangerous, putting pedestrians - especially those with disabilities or using pushchairs - in danger. If a vehicle is blocking the pavement then people often have no choice but to walk in the road where they are at much greater risk of being involved in an accident.

    Most drivers are considerate and do not park on the pavement unless it is permitted or necessary. However, there is a selfish minority who do not use their common sense and dump their cars wherever it suits them without a second thought for others.

    I hope that reducing the bureaucracy involved in banning pavement parking will make it easier for councils to use their powers to tackle this nuisance and make life safer for everyone.

    Dai Powell OBE, Chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee:

    Inconsiderate parking on pavements can stop disabled people from gaining access to services and can also put them at great risk if having to resort to using roads. This practice also damages pavements, causing trip hazards and costing local councils who have to undertake repairs.

    DPTAC welcomes the move by the minister encouraging local councils to use their powers to enforce the law, freeing our pavements to make them accessible to all.

    Further information

    In most areas of England (outside London), any specific footway parking ban is applied locally and indicated by traffic signs. A local authority can make a traffic regulation order to prohibit footway parking on a designated length of highway or over a wider area. This means the Council can target problem areas rather than applying a blanket ban.

    Every English traffic authority has today been issued with the special authorisation necessary to use the appropriate signs.

    Local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers can enforce this ban along with the Road Traffic Act 1988 prohibition on heavy goods vehicles parking on the pavement.

    Pavement parking in London is banned by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974.

    Local authorities can use physical measures such as high kerbs or bollards to prevent vehicles mounting the footway where footway parking is a particular problem. Such measures have the advantage of being largely self-enforcing.

    Local transport media enquiries

  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Do you think it is harder to come to terms with your disability if it occurs as a result of something to which you can pin the blame, like an accident or event?

    Or is it just as difficult to deal with it if it happens as part of something that can't be as easily explained?

    We've had these thoughts after Leah Washington had her leg amputated following an accident at Alton Towers. ...

    Ouch journalist Kathleen Hawkins had both of her legs amputated because of meningitis in 2007 and a psychologist at the time said many people find it more difficult to come to terms with if it is because of an illness or "natural" cause.

    We'll be talking about this on Inside Ouch tomorrow and would love your input.
  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrats today attacked the blinkered Tory approach to drugs policy as they tabled a series of amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the House of Lords.

    The party will call on the Conservatives to delay new laws until a full review is carried out into how existing legislation is failing to stop the harm caused by drugs.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    What is Conference?

    Liberal Democrat Conference is a twice-yearly event where members gather to put forward, debate and vote on the Party's national policies. There are keynote speeches from the Leader, MPs and other senior figures, and Party committees present their annual reports to the membership. Beyond the main Conference hall, there's a wide range of training on campaigning, fundraising, recruitment, plus advice sessions for those interested in being candidates for councils and Parliament. At lunchtimes and in the evenings there are plenty of fringe meetings with a chance to discuss ideas with speakers from party groups and national organisations. There are receptions, a disco, and even a singalong night, and there's always a large crowd in the Conference bar at the end of the day.

  • Catherine Bearder and Anthony Hook leading the
    Article: Jul 1, 2015
    By Antony Hook in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Last week's 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is a reminder of how far Europe has come.

    At Waterloo, 65,000 men were killed or wounded in one day. In contrast, we have now had 70 years without war in Europe. Long may peace continue.

    We enjoy secure peace partly because every country in Europe now has an elected government. There are no more monarchs or dictators seeking out war for vanity or power. Most importantly, we have the European Parliament where modern opportunities and problems, which cross old national borders, can be discussed by MEPs we elect rather than fought over by armies.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    I READ with interest Magnus Gardham's column the ("Tensions mount on Holyrood priorities", The Herald, May 16), especially where it is stated that "MSPs will have their hands full, then, but it is doubtful that their work will capture the public imagination."

    I would beg to differ on this in relation to one of the bills he mentions in his article - the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.

    Your readers may not realise the significance of this Bill, not just for British Sign Language (BSL) users in Scotland, but also for those who use BSL in the rest of the UK. Scotland is leading the way in the UK with this Bill which, if it is enacted, will "promote, and facilitate the promotion of, the use and understanding of the sign language known as British Sign Language". It is sending a clear message across Scotland that deaf BSL users have their own language and that the Scottish Government recognises this and are willing to support and promote the use of BSL. As an organisation, the Scottish Council on Deafness fully supports the Bill that Mark Griffin put forward, and the work that the Scottish Government has done to strengthen it.

    The article states: "MSPs will have their hands full ... but it is doubtful their work will capture public imagination." The Scottish Parliament set up a Facebook page so that BSL users, their families, carers and supporters can all have their say about the Bill, in BSL and in English. This is an active page that changes on an hourly basis. People have become engaged with the parliamentary process and are keen to learn more. The consultation on the proposal for this Bill attracted the most responses to any bill proposed either by the Scottish Government or an MSP in the last 16 years.

    If the Bill is enacted, it will have an impact not just on the lives of Deaf BSL users, their families and supporters but also on the one million people in Scotland who have a hearing loss. Bills can and do fire up the imagination of the public. This Bill has and will continue to do so as it continues its progress through the parliamentary process. This support has been garnered with little support so far from the Scottish media.

    Mandy Reid,

    Policy and Research Officer,

    Scottish Council on Deafness,

    Central Chambers Suite 62,

    93 Hope Street,


  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    A local Councillor has expressed disappointment at the announcement from Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin that electrifying the Midland Mainline, which goes through Leicester, is not to go ahead as planned.

    Hinckley County Councillor and Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman, Michael Mullaney said "Many local residents use the Midland Mainline trains that run from Leicester towards Sheffield one way and London the other.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week.

    1. Midland Mainline

    The biggest piece of news this week was the announcement from the government that they are postponing the electrification of the Midland Mainline. This is extremely disappointing news and one that I would hope that MPs from across the region, of all parties, will fight against strenuously. For many years the Midland mainline has been at the worst funded of all the north-south lines. Electrification of the East and West Coast line was completed many years ago. Those lines are serviced by fast, efficient and clean electric engines, Rovers we still have to put up with old, smelly diesels. This announcement means that commuters on our line are being told that they will have to put up with technology that is now 40 years old for even longer. During the period of the coalition we had obtained a commitment that the Midland Mainline would be electrified by 2020. The government have now torn this up. The Liberal Democrats have launched a petition opposing the government's decision and calling on them to reinstate the programme. We had a stall in Beeston on Saturday to launch this, where at times people were queueing up to sign. If you would like to sign the petition then you can here or find it on our website at www.broxtoweliberaldemocrats.org.uk.

  • EU Roaming
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

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