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Welcome to East Midlands Liberal Democrats Website

The 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

2015 Autumn Conference Venue - Derby Moor Community Sports College 2

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  • Article: Oct 7, 2015

    David Dimbleby presents Question Time from Leicester with Tim Farron on the panel.


  • Article: Oct 4, 2015

    This year's autumn regional conference - the #LibDemFightback Conference will be on Saturday 7th November at Derby Moor Community Sport School in Derby.

    This year should be a lively conference with lots going on including some big name keynote speakers and a very active fringe schedule. We expect to have more members than ever attending and hope lots of new members will sign up and come along.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015
    Liberal Democrats in Leicestershire have been shocked at the sad news of the death of Cllr Peter Callis. For well over 20 years he served the community both as a County Councillor and District Councillor.
    Leading the tributes, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Harborough District Council, Cllr Phil Knowles said ''Pete was a true community councillor, never slow to react when a voice was needed to speak out on behalf of the residents, quick to respond to the worries, concerns and calls for help by the less fortunate. Pete will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time''.
  • Article: Oct 2, 2015
    By Phil Knowles
    Liberal Democrats from across the East Midlands are being urged to highlight schemes that have been delivered in communities across the region as a result of direct and positive contribution by the EU.
    '' So many people overlook the many schemes that have been delivered as a result of direct, positive contributions and input from the EU, It's important the Liberal Democrats ensure that this information is collated and publicised. Almost on a daily basis many of us will pass by examples of just how the EU is improving the quality of life and opportunities we enjoy on a daily basis'' Cllr Phil Knowles, Vice Chair East Midlands Region
  • Ale Wagon Leicester
    Event: October 15, 2015
    The Ale Wagon, 27 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

    Why not join us for our regular Liberal Drinks monthly get together in Leicester City Centre at The Ale Wagon, 27 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE. The third Thursday each month has been chosen as a fixed date.

    Thursday 20th August

    Thursday 17th September

    Thursday 15th October

    Thursday 19th November

    Look forward to seeing you!

  • Event: October 17, 2015 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive, Nottingham NG5 2EN

    Nottingham City Liberal Democrats



    SATURDAY 17th OCTOBER 2015 from 11:00am - 4:00pm

    at Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive, Nottingham NG5 2EN

    11:00am Doors open at tea and coffee and informal networking.

    11:30am AGM - Introduction and Welcome from City Chair.

    12:30pm AGM Closes

  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
    By Cllr Phil Knowles

    Members Urged to Support in Numbers

    Members from across the East Midlands are being urged to support East Midlands Liberal Democrat EU events across the Region and get involved in the organising/publicity.
    ''This is a vote that we simply have to win. We have to ensure the UK stays at the heart of the EU and will be taking that message to all parts of the East Midlands. From house meetings to village hall events we are asking each constituency to organise at least one event and we hope that members will contact their Constituency Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretaries offering help in organising the event and committing to ensure the venue is packed.
  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
    By Phil Smith
    Constituency Chairs from across the East Midlands Region were in Leicester on Saturday for a meeting with Regional Chair Phil Smith, Vice Chair Cllr Phil Knowles and Secretary Jonathan Sneade. The meeting has been hailed as a great success by the Regional Chair and it has been confirmed that this will be the first of what will be a series of such meetings.
  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
    By Cllr Phil Knowles

    Constituency Teams Will Be Important

    We Must Win the EU Referendum Vote and Stay IN

    Members from across the East Midlands are being asked to consider being the contacts and conduits for the circulating of information and news throughout the European Referendum Campaign.
    'We need to have two or so contacts in each and every Constituency and ask them to take on the responsibility for ensuring that all the available information is circulated and available to the teams of Councillors, those responsible for producing Focus etc and just as important, that we have feedback opportunities to Region. If you feel that you would like to offer your services then please contact your Constituency Chair, Vice Chair or Secretary. We already have a number of members who have said they wish to play an active part, many took part in the first of the EU Conference calls and hope that many of these members will be able to help in their Constituencies'' - Cllr Phil Knowles
  • Article: Sep 28, 2015
    Liberal Democrat county councillor and parliamentary candidate for Bosworth, Michael Mullaney, appeared on this week's edition of the East Midlands Politics Show.
    During the show Michael spoke about the Lib Dem fightback that is underway: with 20,000 new members nationally joining since May, including many in the East Midlands region; the record turnout at the recent national conference; and a string of council by-election wins.
  • Clean Air Now!
    Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Steps taken by the EU to seek improvements to air quality have been welcomed by Cllr Phil Knowles but he says this can only be seen as a starting point.

    'The real work now starts. We have to pursue the matter both at local government level and a national le‎vel.

    Questioning local authorities about monitoring equipment, enforcement and plans for the future. Pushing the national government for an adequate and workable support structure.

  • European Union flag
    Article: Sep 24, 2015
    The East Midlands has been praised for being ahead of the curve in planning for the European Referendum.
    In briefings by senior officers from Great George Street it seems that the East Midlands is leading the way having already appointed a coordinator and starting to put campaign plans in place.
    "This is a vote we just have to win. It is vital both for the country and the party. The Regional Executive were very quick to look to plans and a structure. It's good to know that we are leading the way and that we have the support of colleagues from Great George Street. As the plans evolve we will be ensuring that all members across the Region and kept informed and have the opportunity to get involved. There's a great deal to be done and we are very much up for the challenge" Cllr Phil Knowles Regional Vice Chair and EU Refeendum Coordinator.
  • Article: Sep 19, 2015
    By Philip Smith

    Liberal Democrats in the East Midlands are offering Labour supporters, horrified at the election of Jeremy Corbyn and the re-emergence of the Far Left, a new home in the Liberal Democrats

    East Midlands Regional Chairman Philip Smith said, "I know of many Labour supporters in the East Midlands who are very worried about the election of Jeremy Corbyn and the huge swing to the Left in Labour's ranks.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2015
    By Philip Smith

    Papers released for next week's meeting of the Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Fire Authority includes a number of significant budget savings which if implemented will result in the closure of Kibworth and the Central Fire Station in Leicester and removal of 11 crewed fire engines across the County.

  • Mark Argent
    Article: Sep 14, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in The Independent - Leader

    As a long-time member of the Lib Dems myself, I see others predicting that Corbyn will drive centrist voters to us. But history teaches us this doesn't happen.

    Over the summer, I was been struck by the gap between Jeremy Corbyn's actual words and how they were being widely reported, as if there was a fear of what he might do. At the very least, this means it's wise not to make too many assumptions about how Labour - or politics as a whole - will look under his leadership. As an approved candidate and long-time member of the Liberal Democrats, there are a few assumptions I feel I have to challenge.

  • LDDA logo
    Article: Sep 14, 2015

    Just like 18,000 others on the Independent Living Fund, Gabriel Pepper was promised he'd be looked after. He says the reality is very different

    Cancer sufferer says he is abandoned due to government cuts A disabled man has sparked protests after revealing he's lost half his care thanks to the Tories' cruellest cut.

    Gabriel Pepper, 44, was paid the Independent Living Fund for 16 years before the government scrapped it despite widespread protests.

    Just like 18,000 other disabled people Gabriel, who has severe complications from a brain tumour, was promised he'd still be cared for by his local council.

    But the government has given councils less money than they had before and made no commitment to giving it directly to ILF clients.

    Now the details of Gabriel's package are clear - and he says the time he has with a carer has dropped from 72 hours a week to 38.

    That means he has just an hour a week to go shopping, Gabriel says.

    He is planning to take legal action over his plight, which prompted a noisy protest outside the offices of London's Waltham Forest Council.

    A dozen campaigners including from Disabled People Against the Cuts brandished signs saying: "A 48% cut is not a transition!"

    Gabriel told Mirror Online: "The new cut would reduce my life to a skeleton.

    "Disabled people will not be shoved to the margins of society. Disabled people did not create the global financial crisis."

    Gabriel suffers from poor eyesight and problems with co-ordination and stamina after a tumour in his brain had to be frozen instead of removed.

    He says he is unable to leave the house without support and has been told other tumours could develop.

    "We are British people, and we are very angry, and we have Jeremy Corbyn now," he added.

    "Austerity in UK is a lie. The UK is the fourth richest country in the world."

    The £320m ILF helped 18,000 disabled people live in the community instead of care homes until it shut its doors on June 30.

    The cut to Gabriel Pepper's care time has sparked a protest by disability activists

    Thousands of people including Corrie stars signed a petition against the move, but they lost a High Court battle claiming the closure breached equality laws.

    That prompted a last-ditch protest during Prime Minister's Questions, sending Westminster into police lockdown when activists tried to storm the Commons chamber.

    Just £260m of the budget was transferred to the budgets of local councils, and there was no law saying they had to set it aside for ILF recipients.

    That meant more than 30 councils folded the cash into their general care budgets as they struggled to meet Tory cuts.

    Gabriel's local authority, Waltham Forest, was one of those councils.

    A spokesman said: "A robust review was undertaken into Mr Pepper's care and support needs by an experienced social worker.

    "It is designed to ensure that all opportunities for independent living are maximised and will be introduced in phases to ease the transition from previous care arrangements.

    "Mr Pepper continues to receive statutory benefit entitlements, including access to a higher rate Disability Living Allowance.

    "We have offered Mr Pepper further support, including occupational therapy, however he has declined this.

    "Despite continuing to be hit by Government cuts, Waltham Forest is committed to ensuring every vulnerable resident has access to the support services they need."

  • Tim Farron addresses the Refugee Rally
    Article: Sep 13, 2015
  • John Pugh MP speaking in the Commons Chamber 2
    Article: Sep 13, 2015
    By John Pugh MP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I voted against the Marris Bill and found the result and the debate strangely heartening even though it's an issue its hard to feel certain about. I will not rehearse the arguments presented but endeavour to offer a different explanation than offered by Norman Lamb for why the Marris Bill failed.

    Firstly there was an implicit dishonesty in the proposal. No-one is against assisting the dying but if you arguing for assisted suicide you should call it that. Words, as George Orwell said, matter. Conflating state-facilitated suicide with care of the dying even if the former is appropriate conflates a distinction which is both morally and legally important.

  • Norman Lamb MP
    Article: Sep 13, 2015
    By Norman Lamb MP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    You will have probably heard by now that the Assisted Dying Bill was defeated in Parliament last week by a margin of about three to one.

    The scale of victory for opponents of the Bill was almost exactly the same as when it was last debated in 1997. This is remarkable, given the degree of public support for reform - over 80% according to a poll earlier this year. I respect the deeply held convictions of those who oppose assisted dying but I can't help but reflect on how out of step with public mood Parliament appears to be on this issue of such profound importance. And before anyone reacts - yes I understand we have a representative democracy and I know that it cuts both ways. I am deeply relieved that Parliament has always rejected hanging!

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Sep 13, 2015
    By George Cunningham in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the run-up to Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, we'll be looking ahead to examine the highlights in the debating hall, the fringe and training rooms. You can find the papers here. You can find all the posts in the series here.

    The Labour Party has made the historic mistake of electing Jeremy Corbyn as its new party leader. Through this decision, it has thrown away years of work (and time in government) convincing the general public that it is electable. To a lesser degree, let us not do the same.

  • Refugees at Budapest's Keleti Railway Station (Stefan Roch)
    Article: Sep 13, 2015
    By Josh Posaner in Nottingham Liberal Democrats

    If such a situation can ever be so, a routine has set in beneath the main entrance to Budapest's Keleti railway station over recent days. The underpass has become an informal reception centre for those in transit westwards, housing an ad-hoc support structure built by volunteers from donations.

    Since transit resumed late on 4 September - following the much-reported exodus along the motorway - the flow of people through Keleti has been constant.

  • Journal of Liberal History - Sept 2015
    Article: Sep 13, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The is a serious academic publication. When it arrives on my doorstep, I know I have an enjoyable couple of hours with a cup of tea learning about interesting events and people in the history of the Liberal Party, SDP or Liberal Democrats.

    The issue of the publication which will be on sale at Conference is no less worthy and serious, but my reaction to it was unusual. Within a few minutes, I was hyperventilating and my eyes were out on stalks at what I was reading. Seriously, they should have sold serialisation rights to the press.

  • LDDA logo
    Article: Sep 13, 2015

    A deaf benefit claimant had his Job Seekers Allowance wrongly docked for four weeks by the Department for Work and Pensions, a judge has ruled.

    The victim, an un-named 53-year-old, had the sanctions imposed in November 2013, but had to wait almost two years to have his case heard by an appeals tribunal.

  • ruwan uduwerage-perera
    Article: Sep 12, 2015
    By Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader and Sadiq Khan as the Mayor candidate will enthuse many BaME voters who had previously been members or supporters of Labour to return, but not alone, but with their friends and families.

    Visible BaME communities are not impressed, in fact they are turned off, by the 'tit for tat' inter-political squabbling, so I very much hope that our Party does not participate in such trivia against Jeremy Corbyn and his new team. They are if anything a new ally against Toryism.

  • sal brinton
    Article: Sep 12, 2015
    By Sal Brinton and Willie Rennie in Liberal Democrat Voice

    So, that was emphatic. Corbyn wins Labour leadership election with 60% of the vote and a massive lead in all three categories of the vote. The first Liberal Democrat reaction has come from Party President Sal Brinton:

    The Corbyn style of politics may generate a lot of noise but only one thing keeps Government in check - credible opposition.

  • Refuges
    Article: Sep 12, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    There are rightly many areas where the Liberal Democrats can be proud of what we achieved - and stopped - in government. There were other areas where we had little impact and left things in a much worse state than we found them.

    For me the most noticeable of these was immigration. Not only did we countenance some highly unfair changes, particularly the income requirement for spousal visas, for which our Ministers must take the blame, but our Conference passed policy which reflected what the coalition had done rather than our own liberal values.

  • The Storm
    Article: Sep 12, 2015
    By Vince Cable and Frances O'Grady in The Guardian

    Britain does not have a strike problem - so why the need for new legislation? The government should be working constructively with unions to raise productivity

    The Conservative government plans legislation later this year that will heavily circumscribe workers' already limited freedom to take industrial action.

  • The Storm
    Article: Sep 12, 2015
    By Vince Cable in http://www.vincecable.org/

    Friends and foes of the Labour Party are united in agreeing that Jeremy Corbyn will shake up British politics and make it more interesting.

    I worry that the opposite will happen: when the novelty has worn off, parties will retreat into their ideological comfort zones and settled, lazy prejudices. The Tory hegemony of English politics will be entrenched; there will be less competition for marginal, swing voters; and politics could become sterile and predictable: a dialogue of the deaf.

  • EU / UK flags
    Article: Sep 12, 2015
    By Phil Knowles - Vice Chair East Midlands Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats will be Leaders not Followers

    The EU Referendum will take place in the matter of months and the East Midlands are well ahead of many other Regions in the preparation for what is a vitally important vote. Cllr Phil Knowles has been appointed by the Regional Executive to coordinate the campaign for the East Midlands and he has already been pushing forward with the task in hand.

  • LDDA logo
    Article: Sep 12, 2015

    Sally Payne explains how occupational therapists can work in partnership with schools to support children with dyspraxia/DCD

    Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia in the UK, is one of the most common developmental disorders of childhood, affecting around five to ten per cent of the school-aged population, two per cent to a severe degree. However, poor awareness of the condition means that children's difficulties are often dismissed as developmental immaturity, leading to delays in accessing the early intervention and support that a child needs.

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