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Welcome to the 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.

The East Midlands covers the six counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Lib Dem Achievements in Government

Updated May 2014. Reproduced with permission from http://www.markpack.org.uk/libdem-infographic/

What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

And what the hell else have the Liberal Democrats Done?

Recent Updates

  • Event: October 1, 2014 5:30 PM
    Leicestershire County Council - County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA.

    Invitation to Free Connect Training

    Simon Galton, Liberal Democrat Leader on Leicestershire County Council would like to invite you to free Connect Training on Wednesday evening 1 October

    Connect is the Lib Dem internet database to help us keep track of what we know about our constituents, e.g. issues they're interested in, canvass returns etc...

    It performs functions that used to take activists hours to do by paper and has been credited with boosting our campaigning effectiveness in a number of our strongholds.

    The free training is available to all Liberal Democrat members in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Time and Place...

    The session will start at 5:30pm on Wednesday 1st October at Leicestershire County Hall.

    5:30 - Meet, greet and setting up.
    6:00 - First training session
    6:45 - Break
    7:00 - Second training session
    7:45 - Finish



    To Attend...

    If you are interested, please reply to this email and you will have an account created (unless you already have one) and a basic training manual emailed to you.



    Please Bring...

    If you are unable to bring equipment of your own, we aim to have some spare laptops for people to share.

    However, to get the best out of this training, we recommend you bring:

    • A Laptop that can connect to Wifi - (to use the main Connect website)

    • Either a smartphone or a tablet - (to use the Connect mobile app)

  • Event: October 3, 2014
    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Southwell Branch Annual Lunch

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    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

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    Event: October 9, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    The Wheelhouse, Russell Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham. Nottinghamshire, NG8 2BH

    9TH OCTOBER 2015 - 7pm-10pm
    Venue: The Wheelhouse in Wollaton, corner of Russell Drive & Russell Ave NG8 2BH
    Location: Far end of the pub, near the fire escape
    Transport: Near bus stops WO88, WO22, WO21, WO04 routes NCT 30, NCT W3, Trent Barton TWO
    "A drink & chat with fellow liberals, friends & family welcome. No debates or policy discussions (unless you want to), just a friendly get together."
  • Event: October 16, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    There will be 2 by-elections for Rutland County Council on 16th October 2014.

    The first is in Whissendine where Sam Asplin who works at a local school will be standing.

    The second is in Oakham South West where resident Richard Swift will stand.

    Any offers of help please to the candidates, chair or executive members who can be contacted by phone or on libdemsec@aol.com

  • Event: October 19, 2014 12:00 PM
    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Southwell Branch Annual Lunch

    at

    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

  • Bill Newton Dunn MEP
    Event: October 22, 2014
    Old White Hart, 51 Main St, Lyddington, Oakham, Lyddington, Leicestershire LE15 9LR

    Bill Newton Dunn who has served the East Midlands and the Liberal Democrats so well as MEP over many years has kindly agreed to reflect on his time in the European Parliament over supper at the Old White Hart, Lyddington (Rutland) on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

    Everyone is welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so we can send you a menu choice.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Following a speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May referencing the Communications Data Bill, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert has sent the letter below to Theresa May.

    Dear Theresa,

    We disagree on the Communications Data Bill.

    The Liberal Democrat position is clear: we do not think that the proposal to store a record of every citizen's internet browsing for 12 months is compatible with our basic civil liberties. We also do not think it is right to force UK companies to keep track of everything people do on Google, Facebook or other websites. You appear determined to push ahead with the scheme at all costs, regardless of widespread public concern. I'm more than happy to continue to have that debate as we approach the general election.

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    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on Sunday as they want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Karmenu Vella, the candidate to be the EU's next Environment Commissioner, was faced with tough questions from MEPs today over what he will do to address the massacre of wild birds in his country of Malta, while TV presenter and environmental campaigner Chris Packham said EU rules on the protection of birds must be "defended at all costs."

  • Local resident Lloyd Godsall signing the streetlighting petition
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat councillors who have been fighting to stop streetlights being turned off have welcomed a partial success in their campaign.

    Having already switched off a number of lights during the night, the Conservative-run County Council announced plans to cut a further £1 million from the street lighting budget. This led to concerns that some lights would be switched off altogether and people returning home from work on winter nights would have to travel home in the dark.

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    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    9TH OCTOBER 2015 - 7pm-10pm
    Venue: The Wheelhouse in Wollaton, corner of Russell Drive & Russell Ave NG8 2BH
    Location: Far end of the pub, near the fire escape
    Transport: Near bus stops WO88, WO22, WO21, WO04 routes NCT 30, NCT W3, Trent Barton TWO
    "A drink & chat with fellow liberals, friends & family welcome. No debates or policy discussions (unless you want to), just a friendly get together."
  • Lord Newby with David Watts in Newark
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

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

    1. Bin Collections

    This week the cabinet at the borough council agreed new arrangements for bin collections along the tram route in Beeston. The council had previously consulted on four options but none of them proved very popular. As a result the issue has been looked at again and a compromise found with the tram so that affected houses will have their bins collected from 7.00am, rather than 5.00am as had originally been suggested. Congratulations must go to my colleague Steve Carr who had campaigned very hard for this.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

  • Document: Sep 29, 2014
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    Southwell Branch Annual Lunch at Kelham House Country Manor Hotel

  • Michael Charlesworth
    Article: Sep 28, 2014
    By Michael Charlesworth

    The Combined Fire authority for Leicestershire and Rutland met on the 25th September to discuss the consultation for proposed cuts to jobs and vehicles.

    It has to find savings in the region of £7m, and one proposal is to raise Council Tax by 10pence a week. To do this would require a referendum which would cost £600,000 and would be in May 2015. What was clear from the meeting is that all the Conservative Councillors seemed to have made a joint decision before the meeting that they would oppose this! That means they are supporting the cuts. As a member of the fire authority I want to wait until the consultation is finished and then make an informed decision based on facts - not political dogma.

  • Michael H Charlesworth
    Article: Sep 28, 2014
    By Michael Charlesworth

    It has been a very busy couple of weeks at Leicestershire County Council. As the Lib Dem spokesperson on the Adults & Communities Scrutiny Committee, I had to try to make the conservatives understand the real pain they are causing to residents. Here are some of the headlines:-

    Meals on wheels and lunch clubs have had all funding stopped, even the most vulnerable.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2014

    Sam Asplin is 21 and works in Whissendine as a teaching assistant at the village primary school, whilst studying for a maths and teaching degree to pursue a career in teaching.

    Sam has been a member of the Liberal Democrats from the age of 17 and has also been a member of the Rutland and Melton executive committee for the last year.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to the Liberal Democrat team and newly elected councillor Kim Adams who took the Epping Hemnall seat from the Conservatives in yesterday's by-election.

    Liberal Democrats now hold every seat in the ward on Epping Forest District Council. It was a great win for Kim who took 43.3% of the vote.

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