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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

  • The Peking Restaurant
    Event: July 31, 2014 7:30 PM
    Peking Restaurant, 16 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 3FG

    The Monthly Dining Night hosted by Leicester City Liberal Democrats for July 2014 will be Chinese cuisine at the Peking Restaurant, 16 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 3FG opposite the Haymarket Bus Station/Shopping Centre.

    Date: Thursday 31st July from 1930 hours.

    Please advise Scott Kennedy-Lount at scott.kennedy-lount@leicester-libdems.org.uk to reserve a place by Wednesday 30 July so the restaurant can be advised of numbers.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    The Lib Dems are proposing an increase in the number of trees planted every year to 700,000- 750,000 - equivalent to the number of children born in England and Wales each year.

    The Liberal Democrats will also include plans for a Nature Act in their 2015 manifesto, which will include targets for clean air and water. Natural resources that are being harvested at an unsustainable level will be identified, and better protections will be enforced to safeguard them for future generations.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    We know how important it is to make your money go further, that's why the Liberal Democrats are the only party of fair tax.

    The Tories are talking about a 'flat tax' system - where everyone pays the same rate of tax regardless of income - and Labour are talking about being in favour of a 15% 'death tax'.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    In a bid to encourage the development of driverless cars on British roads, Vince Cable has announced a £10 million investment for research projects.

    Currently, driverless cars are only allowed on private roads. However, with funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport, driverless cars are expected to begin testing on public roads in 2015.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

    Speaking in an interview for the Sunday Times, Nick Clegg said: "If Russia doesn't change tack on Ukraine, I'm not sure why the World Cup in Russia should go ahead in a rogue state".

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    The Berwick Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the rural ward of Longhoughton (Northumberland CC) today as Kate Caines gained the seat.

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    The division which had not seen such a competitive election in a long time. The Conservatives came second with 23.5%, an Independent came third (13.9%), UKIP were fourth with 9.8% and Labour trailed in last with 3.2%.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    I write this while on a visit to India. A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I've just left China. Why? These three countries are the world's biggest emitters and the series of meetings I'm having all focus on paving the way for a global climate change deal next year. In the UK, and with our partners across the EU we are gaining momentum for an ambitious deal, which I hope will result in a domestic EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. But, the EU acting alone will not be enough - we need to take the rest of the world with us.

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    Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Vince Cable writes about the good news regarding the rise in Britain's economy:

    At some point over the last month or so, we passed, without fanfare, one of the most important economic milestones of the last six years - the UK economy is now bigger than it was before the recession began in 2008. Today's GDP figures are the official confirmation that we have now returned to pre-recession levels.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour's economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

    The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

    It comes as the IMF predicted Britain will be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

    The IMF project that the UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, expecting the UK to grow by 3.2% this year and 2.7% in 2015.

    The new figures predicted by IMF for 2014 are double the amount predicted last year, confirming that Britain is powering ahead faster than expected.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports.

    Almost 80% of Commonwealth countries (42 out of 53 countries) represented in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way. Pride House is an LGBT space set up to promote diversity at the Games and within the Commonwealth.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

    The Regional Growth Fund, introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government, is strengthening Britain's economy and making a big difference to local communities. Through supporting business of all sizes and sectors, new job and apprenticeship opportunities are opening up across Britain.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

    Households on low incomes and high energy costs, often caused by poorly insulated homes, will face lower bills as they are raised to a Band C energy efficiency rating by 2030.

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM.

    At the summit, which saw 500 delegates from 50 countries, the government announced a range of measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation in Britain and abroad.

    New laws were announced that would see parents prosecuted if they failed to prevent their daughter undergoing FGM. Programmes were also introduced in order to prevent FGM in 12 developing countries.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Government have confirmed the Government's commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.

    Tories had attempted to weaken measures to tackle global warming with plans to change the fourth carbon budget, which sets a greenhouse gas emissions limit through the 2020s. However, thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the fourth carbon budget will be retained.

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    Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

    After pressure from the party's grass roots at the National Policy Forum, Labour agreed to endorse the policy which was announced by Nick Clegg last year.

    Free school meals are expected to benefit 1.5 million children between the ages of five and seven, greatly improving their health, behaviour and results.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will speak at the Girl Summit on Tuesday, a summit with the aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

    At the Summit, Nick will announce a package of measures to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

    The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new programme designed to crack down on online piracy.

    The new scheme called Creative Content UK, will promote legal entertainment online and warn Internet users whose connections are being used to illegally share films and music.

    The scheme has been agreed by the UK's creative industries and internet service providers (ISPs) and will aim to raise awareness of copyright by informing those whose internet connections have been used to illegally share copyright material and help them find compelling, legal alternatives.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    After the elections in May, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

    On Monday, the Review Group presented our findings to the Leader and later to the Federal Executive. I am pleased to say that they endorsed both the report and its recommendations, and we will now set about putting them into practice well in advance of next year's elections.

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