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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: Sep 15, 2014
    By Stephen Tall in Liberal Democrat Voice

    What do MPs want from voters? Well, knowing the name of their man in Westminster would be a start. What do voters want from their MPs? To come from the area they represent is the single most important requirement - 80% want that, far more than wanting more female (50%) or more working class MPs (58%).

  • Article: Sep 15, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Nick Clegg has made the following statement about David Haines' murder:

    "The barbaric murder of David Haines is a crime of the most horrendous kind.

    "My thoughts at this time are with the family of David Haines who have experienced something no family should ever have to go through.

    "This murderous organisation calls itself Islamic State.

    "But it is not a state, it is a brutal terrorist outfit whose actions are an affront to every peace loving Muslim around the world.

    "No religion could possibly justify such grotesque acts.

    "The British Government will not rest until these killers face justice."

  • Free School meals
    Article: Sep 15, 2014
    By Jay Rayner in The Observer

    The party's £1bn policy allows all pupils in all infant classes to get a daily hot meal. Nick Clegg took a lot of flak when it was announced - but how is it working out? Jay Rayner joins him in the school dinner queue.

    The first day of the autumn term at Walnut Tree Walk Primary School in Lambeth and there are some special people queuing for lunch: the 30 or so new reception year pupils, a wide-eyed, open-mouthed trail of baffled-looking four- and five-year-olds. There's also the deputy prime minister, his speech writers, handlers and security detail, but they're used to Nick Clegg and his entourage here at Walnut Tree Walk. When politicians need to visit an educational establishment they cross the river to Lambeth. Clegg was last here for Christmas lunch. I ask him if he's getting his usual table, and he grins. "The food's good here," he says, perkily.

  • Article: Sep 14, 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.

    1. Core Strategy

    The preparation of a core strategy by Broxtowe Borough Council has been highly controversial but hopefully the matter will finally be concluded on Wednesday evening when the council will vote on whether to accept the core strategy as our official policy or not. The matter has now been considered by an independent government inspector who concluded that the council had got things right. This itself is very rare as most authorities have had to make modifications following the inspectors review but we have not had to make any. The meeting is at Beeston Town Hall at 7pm.

  • candidates
    Article: Sep 14, 2014

    The Local Party Executive of Grantham & Stamford Liberal Democrats invites applications for selection as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency of Grantham & Stamford

    Download infomation here

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    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are one step closer to enshrining the UK aid target in law after winning a crucial vote in the House of Commons today.

    In government Liberal Democrats made sure the UK met the UN's international aid target of 0.7%.

    As the only country in the G7 to meet the target, Liberal Democrat Michael Moore MP tabled a Private Member's Bill to enshrine in law our commitment to meeting that target year after year.

  • Event: September 30, 2014 7:30 PM
    13-15 Belvoir Street, Leicester LE1 6SL

    The Leicester City Liberal Democrat Dining Night will take place for September on Tuesday 30th at 1930 hours.

    Menu theme: Latin America

    Venue: Iguanas

    Address: 13-15 Belvoir Street, Leicester LE1 6SL.

    Car Park:- There are two car parks nearby; one on Dover Street, one on York Road with a short walk to the venue.

  • Document: Sep 12, 2014
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  • Event: September 20, 2014 10:00 AM
    The Solo Club, 6 Market Place, Sleaford, NG34 7SF

    Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

    The Federation of Liberal Democrat Local Parties in the County of Lincolnshire

    NEXT MEETING - SATURDAY 20th September 2014

    The next ordinary meeting of Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats will be held at SATURDAY 20th September 2014 at 10.00am at The Solo Club, 6 Market Place, Sleaford, NG34 7SF . This notice has been e-mailed to all those members for whom the Secretary has details, including all County Councillors and Local Party Chairs.

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    The Regional Conference is still some weeks away but members are already sending in items that they hope to see debated,

    Regional Policy Officer Phil Knowles is urging members from across the East Midlands to put forward prospective motions and importantly, to come along to Hinckley and get involved.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will today set out his vision for decentralisation and devolution for the North of England.

    Nick will speak at event hosted by IPPR North and follows the launch of the Northern Futures project.


    The Northern Futures project is a new approach to policy-making which means that rather than decisions being made by politicians and civil servants in Whitehall, the power is given to the people who live and work in the North.

  • Event: September 20, 2014 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Danesholme Community Centre, Danesholme Square, Motala Close, Corby, NN18 9EJ

    East Midlands Launchpad Training events - Corby

    Saturday 13th September in Matlock and Saturday 20th September in Corby.

    There will be two sessions of the national Launchpad campaign training in the East Midlands on:.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Whenever I think about the United Kingdom splitting up something inside me breaks. I do not live in Scotland and so I have no vote in the referendum. But I am British and so have every right to a say.

    On a national level I can think of nothing worse than for Government to spend the next few years engaged in a messy divorce battle. Leaving aside the economic risks that have been highlighted there is something deeply tragic about throwing away the single most successful political union in world history. Together we built the modern welfare state, liberated Europe and - to some extent - created the modern world. In a world where so many problems are increasingly global I can think of few issues where a smaller Britain makes the world a better place.

    On a Party level I believe that the end of the union would be terrible for liberal politics in the UK. If the next decade is dominated by a nationalistic backlash which may increase the risk of us leaving the European Union then we and our country will be ill-served. And that's before we lose a wing of the Party that has delivered more than its fair share of our political talent and leaders: Grimond, Steel, Maclennan, Kennedy, Campbell and ministers like Alexander, Moore, Carmichael and Swinson. I also believe that a "no" vote will create an urgent need to engage in a serious and much-needed debate about devolution of political power within the rest of the country.

    On a personal level - as my name suggests my family hails from Scotland. In the terrible war whose centenary we are currently marking my grandfather served with the London Scottish. I do not want to be forced to choose to be anything other than British.

    With the polls now neck and neck, the outcome of the Scottish Referendum is very much on a knife edge. This referendum really will be decided over the final week. Our colleagues in Scotland are fighting hard to keep Scotland in the Union, and over the next seven days we want to do all we can to support them - from wherever we are in the United Kingdom.

    Our job is to make helping as easy as possible. Can you please do any of the following (and remember that we want all voices heard, no matter what the accent):

    • Go to Scotland: volunteer here - http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/volunteer_with_us
    • Make phonecalls: our CONNECT virtual phone bank is now easier to use. Get started here - http://www.libdems.org.uk/make_phone_calls
    • Donate money: Use our simple online form - https://libdems.nationbuilder.com/scottish_referendum

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will speak today at an event hosted by IPPR North in Sheffield, where he will set out his vision for decentralisation and devolution for the North of England.

    The speech follows the launch of the Northern Futures project in July - a call for ideas on ways to create an economic hub in the north of England.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on LBC for this week's Call Clegg.


    This is LBC Call Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast. Call 0345 6060973 tweet at lbc973 text 84850. This is Call Clegg on LBC.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock on Thursday 11 September that means it's time for Call Clegg with me, Nick Clegg here on LBC. So do get in touch in the next half an hour or so if you want to get involved. Call on 0345 6060973; email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course, as ever you can watch on the website, lbc.co.uk. So the first caller is Anthony in Kennington. Hello Anthony.

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    Article: Sep 11, 2014

    Changes to child maintenance rules are set to benefit up to 50,000 children.

    Under changes to the system, single and separated parents who have previously received no maintenance from their former partner could start receiving payments.

    As a 3-year process of closing all existing Child Support Agency (CSA) cases begins, as many as 50,000 children will be newly eligible for maintenance.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    On Thursday 18 September, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become an independent country.

    Liberal Democrats across the UK are campaigning to keep Scotland part of our family of nations because together we are stronger, safer and more prosperous.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    There are just days until voters in Scotland go to the polls to decide if Scotland remains part of the UK or to go it alone.

    Your support will help us to spread the message further that we are better together as a family of nations.

    Whether you are in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can still get involved and help get the message out there that we are better together as a family of nations.

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    Article: Sep 10, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws has today launched a new scheme to recruit 100 top school leaders to turn around struggling schools.

    The Talented Leaders scheme aims to recruit the best headteachers in the country and place them in schools facing the toughest challenges.

    The programme aims to put these exceptional teachers in schools predominantly based in rural, coastal or deprived areas where it is difficult to attract strong school leaders.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg unveiled a "manifesto for the next generation" launching the party's pre-manifesto, an 80-page document that will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election platform.

    The document includes a host of policies aimed unapologetically at realising the potential of children and young people.


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