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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.

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What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

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  • Event: October 24, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Shepshed's Glenmore Centre LE12 9LU

    Quiz Evening

    24th October 2014 from 7pm until 9pm

    at

    Shepshed's Glenmore Centre (LE12 9LU)

    Tickets will be priced at £5 for Adults, £10 for Family Groups with School Aged children

    Tickets are available by either contacting Robin Popley at robinjdpopley@live.co.uk for reservations, or, by telephoning 01509 561458.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    Lincolnshire County Councillor John Marriott in the Guardian

    Dear Sir,

    There is only one fair way of funding the NHS and that is via Income Tax. I do not think many people would object to paying, say, an extra 2% if it were hypothecated. Call it the 'Health Tax', if you like. It would certainly be easier to collect than a Mansion Tax and more reliable than an extra tax on cigarettes and alcohol, to give just two examples that have been floated
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  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney has met with representatives of Cancer Research UK to find out more about their bid to help more people survive the disease.

    Michael Mullaney said "Earlier this year I was happy to support Hinckley and Bosworth Council signing the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control, through which the council has agreed to undertake a range of measures, with its partners, to reduce the harm caused by smoking across the borough. Smoking still being one of the biggest causes of cancer.

    "The meeting with Cancer Research UK was extremely useful. Figures provided to me by Cancer Research UK at the meeting found that 3,580 people are affected by cancer in Bosworth each year with 1,709 people in the area tragically dying from the disease.

    "There have been major advances in the fight against cancer over the last 40 years. Two in four people diagnosed with cancer today in the UK will survive the disease for at least ten years, compared to just one in four in the early 1970s.

    "Cancer Research's pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is helping to save millions of lives. It's vital that we continue to support their work and do everything we can to help beat cancer sooner.

    "I am supporting Cancer Research UK's four point plan to help tackle cancer.

    "Which is that the government should;

    • Continue to support the UK's world leading cancer research infrastructure
    • Set an aspiration for a tobacco-free society

    • Renew efforts to promote earlier diagnosis of cancer

    • Ensure all cancer patients can access the best, evidence based surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments"

    For more information on how to get involved in Cancer Research UK's campaigning work, visit cruk.org/campaigns

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

    The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

  • Danny Alexander
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

    The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

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

  • Event: October 25, 2014 10:00 AM
    24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, LE10 1SL

    Bosworth Day of Action with Lord Scriven

    The timings for the event are

    • 10am-1030am meet and socialise
    • 1030am-12.30pm Morning session of 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 delivering or canvassing
  • Norman Lamb MP
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

    It makes sobering reading. Simon Stevens sets out the huge scale of the financial challenge facing us in the years ahead as we continue to adapt to an ageing population, and increasing numbers of people living longer with multiple chronic conditions. We also need more investment to ensure that people with mental health problems can get the same standard of care and support as with physical health.

  • Julia Cambridge with toddlers
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Derbyshire are set for a £574,635 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - ​will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

    Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven's five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

    "Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding our NHS for the future, and providing better care, both for physical and mental health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

    The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

    He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

    The Earl of Oxford said that his focus will be foreign and defence policy, foreign trade and commercial affairs as well as farming and environmental issues.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Disability hate crime has a profound effect on disabled people's lives

    To truly tackle it there needs to be an increase in the number of crimes, and incidents, that are reported. Until, the majority of these crimes are reported there will never be a true picture of the prevalence of disability hate crime in this country and nothing will change.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014
    In Ipsos MORI Political Monitor

    New polling from Ipsos MORI shows the majority of Britons would vote to stay in the European Union in a referendum.

    Thsi indicates the highest support for British membership since 1991, before the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which officially renamed the 'European Community' the 'European Union'. Some 56% would vote to stay in the European Union, compared with 36% who would vote to get out; eight percent answer that they do not know how they would vote. This translates to 61% support for Britain's EU membership and 39% opposing after excluding 'don't knows'. This is the highest support since December 1991, when 60% said they would vote to stay in the European Community and 29% wanted to get out.

  • Tim in Westminster
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has stepped up his campaign to protect rural GP practices by introducing a Presentation Bill in the House of Commons.

    Tim yesterday proposed the General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill 2014-15 which would create a strategic fund for small GP practices to access to deal with the potential impact of funding cuts due to the removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG).

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Conservative MEPs today confirmed they would abstain in a European Parliament vote to approve the new European Commission, which includes the UK's new EU Commissioner and Conservative Peer Lord Jonathan Hill.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "There was a real cross-party effort to build support for Lord Hill amongst MEPs so he could become EU Commissioner for financial services, a sector vital for the UK economy.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillor and Parliamentary candidate Michael Mullaney has welcomed news that Income Tax cuts that will benefit 47,000 workers in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Michael Mullaney used a debate at the Liberal Democrat Party conference to highlight the 10,000s of local workers who from next year will have had an £800 Income Tax cut. This is due to raising the Income Tax threshold so that no one pays Income Tax on earnings up to £10,500

    Michael's speech can be seen here

    Cllr Mullaney said "I welcome this, but want to go even further. Our plans are to raise the Income Tax threshold to £12,500 which would save the average worker £1,200 a year.

    "At this time when many people are struggling, raising the Income Tax threshold, taking many low paid workers out of Income Tax altogether and giving other workers a big Income Tax cut is the fair way to cut tax and to make work pay"

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    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The UK's wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid.

    On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records.

    This produced almost 20 per cent of the UK's electricity.

    The milestone was followed by further news from the National Grid that on Tuesday 21 October, the UK's wind farms generated more power than nuclear power stations.

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