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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

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    The latest leg of my visit to India has taken me to Mumbai where I have been able to spend time on a Bollywood set and have dinner with Sachin Tendulkar.

    However the highlight of my time here has been the opportunity to announce the institution of the Dadabhai Naoroji Awards which will be UK government awards for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Anglo-Indian relations in the fields of commerce, culture and education. The ties between our two nations are broad and deep, and so I was very keen to be able to recognise them in this way.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    After a fascinating first day our delegation left Delhi on an early morning flight to arrive in the hustle and bustle of India's financial capital Mumbai. Mumbai is famous for many things, but in particular for being the heart of India's world famous film industry - Bollywood!

    Our first stop today was a visit to a municipal school for underprivileged children in Lower Parel, one of Mumbai's less well-off suburbs. Muktangan is an incredibly inspiring NGO that has managed to turn an ordinary government school into a model of learning. Ed and I were greeted on arrival by the fantastic school choir were assembled to greet us and I got a chance to read to some of the children.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael has called on major supermarket chains to do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

    After he was doused in iced sea water at Tingwall Pier in Orkney and donated to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, Alistair nominated the supermarkets selling bags of ice to make a donation to the charity.

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    Article: Aug 27, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to introduce a trio of wealth taxes which will help to cut the deficit whilst ensuring fairness in our tax system.

    Manifesto plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest will go alongside a pledge to further cut Income Tax and reduce National Insurance.

    Commenting Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Nick Clegg is leading a trade delegation in India with more than 40 British businesses, colleges and representatives of the aerospace industry to secure the incredible opportunities on offer.

    As part of his visit, Nick met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a number of issues where there is a natural partnership between the UK and India, including education, business, climate change and economic growth.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    During his visit to Mumbai, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a new awards programme for individuals whose outstanding achievements have strengthened relations between the UK and India.

    The awards are dedicated to Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian MP in the UK.

    A Liberal MP for Finsbury Central from 1892-1895, Dadabhai Naoroji was also the man who first brought Indian business to the UK.

  • La Vida Leicester
    Event: August 28, 2014 7:30 PM
    La Vida, 1, Northampton Street, Leicester, LE1 1PA

    The Leicester City Dining Night for August will take place on the evening of Thursday 28th August, 2014.

    Venue: La Vida, 1, Northampton Street, Leicester, LE1 1PA.

    Style: Italian.

    Time: 1930

    Contact: Scott Kennedy-Lount at scott.kennedy-Lount@leicester-libdems.org.uk by Monday 25th August to reserve your place.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Children in state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, will be guaranteed age appropriate sex and relationship education under manifesto plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.

    The plans will also include a curriculum guarantee of teaching pupils financial literacy and citizenship lessons.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will more than triple the early years pupil premium to £1000 per child under manifesto plans announced today by Schools Minister David Laws.

    The early years pupil premium was introduced in March 2014 and is currently worth £300 for every disadvantaged child.

    Liberal Democrats want to extend this to £1000, helping to ensure that every child has got a fair start in life and is ready to learn when they start school.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.

    Exclusivity clauses prevent workers on zero hours contracts from taking work elsewhere even when their employer provides no work.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2014

    Companies will be forced to publish their highest earners pay under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans.

    In a bid to encourage fairer wages, businesses with more than 250 employees will be required to release pay details of their top earner. Under manifesto proposals companies will also publish their median pay and consult employees on future executive salaries.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will protect the National Health Service budget in the next Parliament.

    Under plans announced in the party's manifesto, NHS spending will rise by at least the rate of inflation over the next Parliament.

    As well as protecting the NHS budget, Liberal Democrats will also pool health and social care budgets. This would help make care more tailored towards individual patients and reduce inefficiencies.

  • Derby Meal
    Article: Aug 22, 2014

    Tuesday, 2 September 2014 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

    The Park Bikeworks - 34 Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF

    Book your ticket online here

    We welcome Stephen Williams MP to an evening meal and discussion at Park Bikeworks in Derby City Centre.

    In October 2013, Stephen Williams was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary at Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). As Minister for Communities, his responsibilities include community cohesion, race relations, localism and community rights, housing standards, Building regulations and neighbourhood planning. As the Liberal Democrat minister in DCLG he has oversight of all areas of department policy such as housing, local economic development and planning.

  • Derby Meal
    Event: September 2, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    The Park Bikeworks. 34 Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF

    Tuesday, 2 September 2014 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

    The Park Bikeworks - 34 Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF

    Book your ticket online here

    We welcome Stephen Williams MP to an evening meal and discussion at Park Bikeworks in Derby City Centre.

    In October 2013, Stephen Williams was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary at Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). As Minister for Communities, his responsibilities include community cohesion, race relations, localism and community rights, housing standards, Building regulations and neighbourhood planning. As the Liberal Democrat minister in DCLG he has oversight of all areas of department policy such as housing, local economic development and planning.

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    Article: Aug 22, 2014

    A Liberal Democrat government would allow football clubs in the top divisions to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds.

    Under manifesto plans announced today, football clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to introduce standing areas.

    Safe standing already operates in domestic leagues across Europe, including Germany, Austria and Sweden.

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    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    More than 1,400 happy couples have tied the knot since same-sex marriage came into effect in March.

    According to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 56% of the newlyweds were female couples and 44% were male.

    On 29 March, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was introduced in England and Wales. 95 couples married in the first three days that the Act came into force.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2014

    A Liberal Democrat government would introduce a package of measures supporting innovation in UK businesses, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include ringfencing the science research budget and introducing a green innovation arm to the British Business Bank.

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    The plans also provide further support for the 'Catapult' programme, which bridges the gap between universities, research institutions and business through £100m of funding over the next Parliament.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    East Ward Gainsborough BBQ

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    2.00pm - 6.00pm

    A get together of local Liberal Democrat members, activists and supporters to raise funds for next years District and Town Council elections in Gainsborough.

    There will be a BBQ (donations only) and a raffle.

    Contact details

    David Dobbie, 01427 677287 - 07929617112 dobbiedave@hotmail.com

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today launched a new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships.

    The "Get In, Go Far" campaign is being supported by a number of employers across the country and coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Responding to the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, the Liberal Democrats have released the following statements:

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "The Regional Parties Committee met this week to consider whether the party had been brought into disrepute by statements made by Lord Rennard, or on his behalf, following the publication of Alistair Webster's conclusions.

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