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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.


What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

And what the hell else have the Liberal Democrats Done?

Recent Updates

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 24, 2014
    By Toby Helm in The Observer

    Pledge not affordable, says business secretary, adding that chancellor's policy would mean 'horrific cuts to key services'

    The business secretary, Vince Cable, has torn into the Conservatives for promising £7bn of new tax cuts at a time of renewed uncertainty about the global economy, saying it was "total fantasy" to think they could be delivered without raising other taxes or making massive extra cuts to public services.

  • Danny Alexander
    Article: Nov 24, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Danny Alexander, Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury, has an article in Sunday's Observer rejecting the paper's front page lead last week headlined 'Revealed: how coalition has helped rich by hitting poor'.

    "I absolutely reject this assertion. Nick Clegg and I led the Liberal Democrats into coalition not just to rescue the British economy from the aftermath of the 2008 crash, but to do so fairly."

  • Article: Nov 24, 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. Bramcote Hills Golf Course

    A planning application has been submitted to build a large retirement complex on the old Bramcote Hills Golf Course. A public meeting will be held for residents to discuss this next Wednesday (26th November) at 7.00pm at Bramcote College on Moor Lane. It will also be discussed at the Bramcote CAT meeting next Monday (1st December) also at 7.00pm. Applications like this illustrate the conflict that exists in the different roles that councillors have to undertake. As a member of the Development Control Committee I am meant to maintain neutrality until the night of the committee meeting but residents want their local councillors to say what they think of schemes like this. I've taken the view that this is one where being a spokesperson for my ward is most important so I will say from the outset that I think that this proposed scheme is absolutely awful. If this means that I can't sit on the committee when this is discussed then so be it, but Bramcote residents have a right to know what their councillors think. I have to say that I do not think that there is any possibility of this scheme getting planning permission, nor do I think that the applicants will really expect to. What I imagine will happen is that the scheme will be turned down and that they will then come back with a smaller scheme in the hope that people will think "that's not as bad as the last one" and therefore not object to this. If this is their tactic then I think that they will be disappointed. The golf course is protected open space and I do not think that any development there should be permitted.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Cllr Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem: Hinckley) has welcomed news that disadvantaged primary school pupils in Leicestershire are set to receive 18,260,000 to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

    The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

  • Event: December 16, 2014 7:45 PM
    Kayal South Indian, 153 Granby Street, Leicester. LE1 6FE.

    The December Leicester City Liberal Democrat Dining Night

    will take place on

    Tuesday December 16 from 7.45pm for an 8pm start.


    Kayal South Indian, 153 Granby Street, Leicester. LE1 6FE.

    The Kayal is situated at the top of Granby Street if heading south from the Clock Tower; a few metres walk from the Leicester London Road station. Ample car parking, paid, can be found around the corner on Dover Street.

  • Help Wanted
    Event: November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1SL

    Bosworth Day of Action with Lord Scriven


    Saturday 29th November

    at the home of the

    Mayor and Mayoress of Hinckley and Bosworth Jeff and Trish Bannister

    24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1SL

    The timings for the event are

    * 10am-1030am meet and socialise
    * 1030am-12.30pm Morning session of envelope stuffing, delivering or canvassing
    * 12.30pm-1.30pm Hot lunch and a talk and question and answer session with Lord Scriven
    * 1.30-3.30pm Afternoon session of envelope stuffing, delivering or canvassing

  • Article: Nov 23, 2014

    The government is writing to a string of high street chains urging them to improve after a BBC London investigation revealed a "depressing" failure to accommodate disabled people.

    Two researchers, one blind, one a wheelchair-user, documented their daily travails with pinhole cameras.

    Some of the UK's top chains failed to provide ramps - while five cabs refused to take a guide dog.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2014
    By Leicester City Liberal Democrats

    The December Leicester City Liberal Democrat Dining Night will take place on Tuesday December 16 from 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

    Venue: Kayal South Indian, 153 Granby Street, Leicester. LE1 6FE.

    The Kayal is situated at the top of Granby Street if heading south from the Clock Tower; a few metres walk from the Leicester London Road station. Ample car parking, paid, can be found around the corner on Dover Street.

  • Help Wanted
    Event: December 4, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    8A Thornfield Way, Hinckley, LE10 1BE

    Envelope stuffing and social events

    David and Valerie Bill's house

    8A Thornfield Way, Hinckley, LE10 1BE

    Thursday 4th December 2-4pm

    All help appreciated as there'll be lots of letters to stuff


  • include
    Article: Nov 22, 2014
    By Michael Charlesworth

    Well, the die is cast. The Conservative Cabinet at Leicestershire County Council has put 36 community libraries on the open market.

    If no one comes forward to run them, they will have to close.

    Some parish councils and community groups will come forward - but how many? And will they be able to deliver? Time will tell.

  • EMLD Presidential Hustings
    Article: Nov 22, 2014
    By Jonathan Brown in Liberal Democrat Voice

    This week the Ethnic Minority Lib Dems became the first and only party AO/SAO to host a presidential hustings, with Issan Ghazni very ably chairing what for me was the most interesting of the handful of debates I've seen so far. He introduced the evening by noting that the UK is becoming ever more diverse and that our party's lack of ethnic minority representation is an existential issue.

  • Document: Nov 21, 2014
    516.63 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document
  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    We are please to announce the election results for the Party Committee Elections 2014. The elected candidates (subject to any appeals) are as follows:

    Federal Executive

    Dawn Barnes
    Ramesh Dewan
    Josh Dixon
    Sue Doughty
    Neil Fawcett
    Jonathan Fryer
    James Gurling
    Evan Harris
    Keith House
    Kavya Kaushik
    Caron Lindsay
    Gordon Lishman
  • Royal Doulton Trinket Box
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Derbyshire Dales have posted some pretty pieces of porcelain on Ebay.

    They would make great Christmas presents. The pieces were given by an Ashbourne member and they are trying to raise best returns for party funds.

    The auction finishes this Sunday 23rd November just after six pm. 18.07

    Please bid

    Royal Doulton Trinket Box

  • Kate Parminter
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have scooped two Green Ribbon Political Awards recognising their outstanding environmental achievements.

    At Tuesday's awards ceremony Baroness Parminter was named Parliamentarian of the Year (House of Lords), recogniding the work she has done in consistently challenging for the environment both inside and outside the House.

  • Lisa Northover
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Baroness Northover will today announce that Britain has joined global action and pledged £31m to help prevent millions of people dying from illnesses linked to cooking over coal, wood, dung or biomass stoves.

    Figures from the World Health Organisation show that every year year 4.3m people die from illnesses caused by exposure to household air pollution.

  • Event: December 18, 2014 7:00 AM

    By Election Nottinghamshire County Council Ollerton Division

    Candidate - Marylyn Rayner


    Leon Duveen, 07879 497801


  • Caring for our enviroment
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Yesterday the European Court of Justice clarified that the UK should have applied for an extension for failing to meet EU air pollution limits in 16 out of 40 zones, including Greater London.

    The EU limits on nitrogen dioxide should have been reached by 2010, but this could have been extended to 1st January 2015 if local authorities had submitted action plans showing how the limits would be met.

  • World Toilet Day
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has today launched a European Toilet Declaration calling on all EU countries to back a global commitment on ensuring sanitation and drinking water everywhere by 2030.

    More than 10 million children have died from preventable diseases caused by a lack of sanitation since 2000 and one in three of the world's population lacks access to a basic toilet.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Today the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice rejected the UK's objections to the EU cap on bankers' bonuses in an opinion. A final ruling by the court on the challenge is not expected until next year.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "This cap was introduced to prevent the kind of excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis.


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