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Welcome to 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.

East Midlands consists of the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland

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  • kick start
    Event: November 27, 2015 - November 29, 2015

    Thinking of coming to Kickstart weekend? ALDC Members get a massive discount of £50 off all registration costs - so it actually saves you money to join ALDC first and register once you're a member!

    Membership for your first year is only £41 (half price for the first year - payable by direct debit) - making you £9.00 better off!

    Find out more about the event and book places.

    This year we are running TWO Kickstart events:
    4 - 6 September - Stone, Staffs.
    27 - 29 November - Birmingham.

    As always the agenda is packed full of twenty specific training sessions including sessions aimed at newer party members as well as refreshers on key campaign skills and more advanced sessions that show you how to do really clever things with Connect. Take a look at the agenda here.

    Kickstart isn't like other party training events. The secret to the success of Kickstart is the expert mentoring from experienced Liberal Democrat campaigners, councillors and council group leaders. They can look at your existing plans afresh and help you come up with new ideas.

    If you're already planning to come to Kickstart but have yet to book, please don't leave it until November. Not only can we fit far more people in to our September venue, but at present we have more spaces left. Don't miss out just because you waited until the last minute to book.

    Don't forget, Kickstart is perfect to:

  • Article: Nov 27, 2015
    By Adam Wain

    Tim Farron was the guest on Have I Got News For You this week.

    You can watch it here:


  • 2015 Euro Referendum Campaign Footer
    Article: Nov 27, 2015
    By Phil Knowles
    The Discussion on the EU Referendum is gathering pace. During our regular European Referendum Campaign Committee Conference call this week we were reminded by Leon about a major Consultation that is taking place on the subject of EU Citizenship. Here are just a few of the details from the EU Website which we hope you might find of interest.
  • Article: Nov 26, 2015
    By Michael Mullaney
    This Saturday 28th November is the last weekend before the crucial, by election in Barwell, Leicestershire on 3rd December
    Jeff and Trish Bannister have kindly agreed to host an event at their house 24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, LE10 1SL. Their be refreshments and a hot meal available
    It's between 10am and 3pm. There'll be a range of activities including delivering and canvassing and also stuffing/writing envelopes for people who don't want to/are unable to deliver leaflets or knock on doors. It would be a great help if you could make it even for just an hour.
  • Article: Nov 26, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    December 10th Harborough District Council By Election

    "It's going to be close" "Please, your help is needed"

    Lib Dems in Market Harborough are working hard to hold on to the seat that is to be contested on December 10th. It's been held by the Lib Dems for over twenty years but the Conservatives are literally throwing the kitchen sink at the By Election as they try to take the seat.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015
    By Keith Oseman


    How does your local council rank for recycling nationally and regionally?
    A useful set of maps and tables comparing recycling rates (for 2013-14) across the UK are available on the website of SITA UK, the recycling and waste management company.

    The site has an interactive map which allows you to enter a postcode and view performance data for that borough.

  • 2015 Euro Referendum Campaign Footer
    Article: Nov 23, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    January 9th 2016 - The Date for Your Diary

    The Most Important vote in Years. The vote that will determine the future of our Country. The vote we simply have to WIN!

    Slogans and phrases, the pace of the debate quickens. London & Brussels have decided that the formal launch of our campaign to stay IN will be taken across the whole of the UK. The East Midlands is no exception

  • Article: Nov 22, 2015
    By Michael Mullaney

    Postal votes are going out in the Barwell by-election and it looks set to be a very close election between us and the Conservatives.

    Polling day is December 3rd and we are aiming to canvass all houses and get out lots more leaflets before then.

    Any help from members in the region would be greatly appreciated.

  • Catherine Bearder and Phil Knowles at New Wigston Swimming Pool
    Article: Nov 21, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    Top European Catherine Bearder MEP was in South Leicestershire recently and is pictured with Regional Vice Chairman Cllr Phil Knowles along with Cllr Sharon Morris & Cllr Bill Boulter visiting a new swimming pool facility in Wigston. The pool is part of a £10 million investment by Oadby & Wigston Borough Council in new facilities in the Liberal Democrat Council Controlled Authorities area.

  • Erewash AGM 2015 - Lord Wallace and Martin Garnett
    Article: Nov 21, 2015
    By Keith Oseman



    Liberal Democrat peer Lord William Wallace of Saltaire visited Long Eaton on Thursday to meet members of Erewash Liberal Democrats and to address the local party's Annual General Meeting. The peer was formerly the House of Lords spokesperson for the Coalition Government on Foreign Policy, Work and Pensions and Education. He presented the keynote speech on the subject of the "LibDemFightBack" campaign which has seen 60,000 new members join the party since last May's General Election.

  • Phil Knowles with Catherine Bearder at Harborough Innovation Centre, November 2015
    Article: Nov 17, 2015

    The East Midlands played host to the Lib Dems Top European, Catherine Bearder MEP, and the visit has been hailed a 'Great Success'.

    Arriving in South Leicestershire Catherine Bearder held talks with Regional Vice Chair, Cllr Phil Knowles to look in detail at the EU Referendum Campaign and the forward plans. Ms Bearder then took the opportunity to visit an Innovation Centre in Market Harborough where she toured the facility which has been supported by European Funds, heard from managers on the site and had a meeting with some of the entrepreneurs who are housed in the building.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2015
    By Phil Knowles
    Your Help is needed Please in Market Harborough......
    "The Market Harborough Logan Ward By Election for the vacant seat on Harborough District Council will take place on Thursday December 10th. It's the election no one expected, it's due to the unexpected death of Pete Callis who had been a Lib Dem Councillor for more than 20 years.
  • 2015 Euro Referendum Campaign Footer
    Article: Nov 16, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    Westminster Vote will be watched with interest

    Wednesday is a date for the diary says East Midlands EU Referendum Coordinator Cllr Phil Knowles. A vote is scheduled to be called on a cross-party amendment to the EU Referendum Bill that expands the franchise, 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in the EU referendum.

    The amendment is signed by Paul Tyler, who is the Liberal Democrat Political Reform Spokesperson. Members will know that The Liberal Democrats have long fought for votes at 16 as part of wider political reform that will create a fairer and more representative electoral system so Wednesdays outcome will be very closely watched as the implications are huge.

    Cllr Phil Knowles
    07710 026392

  • Event: December 8, 2015 7:30 PM
    The Village Inn, 51 Upper Marehay Road, Marehay, Ripley DE5 8JF


    Amber Valley Lib Dems are holding their AGM on the evening of Tuesday 8 December 2015, with an excellent speaker, Cllr Phil Knowles who is leading the Referendum campaign in the East Midlands.

    VENUE: The Village Inn, 51 Upper Marehay Road, Marehay, Ripley DE5 8JF

    DATE: Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 7.30 pm

    SPEAKER TOPIC: The Referendum: What Do We Need to Know, and How Can We Help ?

    All members from Amber Valley LP are needed for this meeting (an Annual General Meeting must be quorate, that is, a high enough proportion need to attend for decisions to be valid). A warm invitation is also extended to members in neighbouring Local Parties (Erewash, Mid Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Derby North, etc).

    There is an honourable tradition that non-members are also invited to a local AGM, on the clear understanding that they join at the door to get in. If you know of any non-member or ex-member friends, colleagues or neighbours who are interested in helping with the Referendum campaign, do encourage them to attend on this basis and they will be made very welcome. Cllr Kate Smith will have membership forms (and a free drink !) ready for them, so just ask her for these.

    Queries: henryefoulds@gmail.com

    FOOD NOTE: This pub does superb stonebaked pizzas in its wood oven. If anyone would like a full meal before the meeting, over to you to contact info@villageinnmarehay.co.uk or 01773 743970 to book it (there are other menu options too).

    This vital campaign is already happening - come and find out the latest !

  • Tim Farron Quote - Oldham By-election
    Article: Nov 16, 2015
    By Tim Hallam

    Want to help campaigning in Oldham?

    Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss arrangements and grab your seat - it won't even cost you a penny. If we become too full then there's still limited time to organise a second vehicle.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Tim Hallam
    07590 407336

  • LibDem Campaign Bus Illustration
    Article: Nov 15, 2015
    By Tim Hallam

    Thank you so much to everyone who has already helped out with the by-election campaign in Oldham West and Royton.

    For anyone who hasn't been already, or for those who would like to go again: We have a minibus going on the morning of Saturday 21st November from Nottingham, picking up from various locations en-route.

  • Phil Knowles
    Article: Nov 11, 2015

    Letter makes it clear - We have an Important and Leading Role to Play IN Europe

    Regional Vice Chair Phil Knowles has described the letter from Catherine Bearder MEP, Tom Brake MP and Lord Wallace as a common sense way forward with a clear demonstration of the Important role we have at the heart of the EU now and for the future.

  • Document: Nov 10, 2015
    18.88 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Liberal Democrats EU letter: Britain must lead in Europe

    In response to David Cameron's list of EU reform demands today, the Liberal Democrats have written an alternative letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk outlining areas in which the UK should play a leading role in Europe, including in responding to the refugee crisis, climate change and tax evasion.

    The letter from Catherine Bearder MEP, Tom Brake MP and Lord Jim Wallace welcomes David Cameron's demands for greater competitiveness and protections for non-eurozone members, but calls for the UK to step up efforts to respond to the common challenges facing Europe.

    Chair of the Liberal Democrat EU Referendum Campaign Catherine Bearder commented:

    "The sooner this renegotiation package is agreed, the sooner we can start talking about the broader reasons why it's crucial for Britain to remain a leading member of the EU.

    "From tackling climate change to fighting tax evasion and organised crime, it is clear that Britain is stronger when we lead the way in Europe."

  • In Case You Missed It
    Article: Nov 5, 2015

    Did you miss the deadline to book for Conference?

    Not to worry! You can register on the day for £15.00 excluding lunch.


    Then perhaps you might want to attend this seminar....


    Changing how we perceive time:
    Managing Yourself & Your Time - An introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

  • Article: Nov 4, 2015
    By Alison Rouse

    Saturday 7th November 2015
    Derby Moor Sports College

    As Tim Farron says "Come and join us for the most joyous comeback in history"

    9:00am Registration opens - Breakout Area running throughout the day.

    9:30am The day opens with our "pre-conference fringe" debate on "Trains and infrastructure"

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Nov 4, 2015
    By Norman Lamb

    I know from personal experience just how vital good mental health care is for families across the UK. One in four people experience poor mental health at some time in their lives and this means that everyone knows somebody who has had a mental health problem. Yet for far too long our society has not prioritised mental health care. For decades, it has been at the back of the queue for funding and the front of the queue for cuts.

  • Jane Brophy
    Article: Nov 2, 2015

    Liberal Democrats select Jane Brophy for Oldham West and Royton

    A party press release brings the news:

    Only the Liberal Democrats will defend families in Oldham West and Royton from the scourge of tax credit cuts, by-election candidate Jane Brophy said today.

    The party said it would fight the by-election with a firm message: Labour is in disarray and only the Lib Dems will stand up for local people in the face of brutal Tory cuts.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2015
    By Alison Rouse

    Saturday 7th November 2015
    Derby Moor Sports College

    As Tim Farron says "Come and join us for the most joyous comeback in history"

    9:15am The day opens with our "pre-conference fringe" debate on "Trains and infrastructure"

    10:30am AGM begins with an "Introduction and Welcome" from Regional Chair, Phil Smith.

  • Event: December 5, 2015 10:15 AM
    Lib Dem office, Derby - 24A Great Northern Road, DE1 1LR

    Saturday 5th December 2015 at 10.15am

    Lib Dem office, Derby - 24A Great Northern Road, DE1 1LR

    Documents for the meeting to be forwarded by Sunday 30 August to crazypatriot@hotmail.com

    Documents can be downloaded here as they become available

  • Article: Oct 29, 2015
    By Alison Rouse



    Sign In And Get Started!

    Registration for our Conference this year opens from 9:00am.

    This gives you plenty of time to sign in before our "pre-conference fringe" on "Trains and Infrastructure" at 9:30am.
    The AGM begins at 10:30am with an introduction and welcome from Regional Chair, Phil Smith.

  • Liberal Democrats Logo
    Article: Oct 29, 2015
    By Paul Haydon (Press Officer, Catherine Bearder MEP)

    South East England
    Stricter EU limits on diesel pollution delayed and watered down in "disgraceful stitch-up" - Catherine Bearder MEP
    EU governments are facing a backlash after they agreed behind closed doors to delay and water down stricter limits on pollution from diesel cars.
  • Phil Knowles
    Article: Oct 25, 2015
    By Phil Knowles
    ''Information is flowing from Brussels on the varied topics that will be on the table for discussion and decision. It's so important that we pass on this information and that the wider public are aware of the work that's being undertaken,
    This week includes some key examples of the many and varied issues that impact directly on our lives
  • European flags
    Article: Oct 25, 2015
    By Toby Helm and Henry Zeffman in The Guardian

    Only the top 10% of farmers would be able to survive due to severe drops in EU subsidies

    A British exit from the European Union would have a devastating effect on the nation's farmers, leaving only the most efficient 10% able to survive without the multi-billion pound subsidies currently handed out by Brussels, says a new report.

  • Tim Farron in Calais (August 2015)
    Article: Oct 25, 2015
    By Andrew Grice in The Independent

    Farron also wants ministers to accept more than the 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020 they have agreed to allow in

    The Government has been urged to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe by reversing cuts to the financial support given to families while their claims for asylum in Britain are considered.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Oct 24, 2015
    By Rowena Mason - Political Correspondent in The Guardian

    Electoral Commission says people risk being disenfranchised if new system of voter registration is brought in too soon

    The electoral watchdog has advised peers to block the government's plans to delete up to 1.9 million people from the voting register in December.

    Ahead of a debate in the House of Lords next week, the Electoral Commission warned that there was a risk that people could be disenfranchised at next May's elections because the government was trying to bring in its new system too soon.

    In a briefing note for peers, the commission said: "Taking into account the data and evidence which is available at this point, and the scale and importance of the polls scheduled for next May, we continue to recommend that the end of transition should take place in December 2016 as currently specified in legislation.

    "We therefore recommend that parliament does not approve this order."

    There are 1.9 million people on the old register who are due to be deleted by the end of the year, possibly because they are no longer at that address but possibly because they have not yet signed up as individuals under the new system.

    Labour's latest figures suggest about 1m entries will end up being removed, after a drive to sign up as many as possible over the next few weeks.

    As well as the consequences for May's elections, there is concern that David Cameron's boundary changes will be based on the new register as it stands in December. This means those not on the register will not be counted as members of the voting population when it comes to carving up seats. Labour argues this will mean a bias against voters naturally inclined to vote for them, including a high proportion of private rental tenants, students, and minority ethnic voters in urban areas.

    Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has said this amounts to an attempt to rig the electoral system, and last month appointed Gloria De Piero to his cabinet as a dedicated shadow minister for young people and voter registration.

    In his party conference speech, Corbyn said: "Two million or more people could lose their right to vote. From today Labour starts a nationwide campaign for all our members to work in every town and city, in every university as students start the new term, to stop the Tory gerrymander."

    With the Lords due to debate the issue on Tuesday, the commission has advised parliament not to approve the order as the government has acted without reliable information about how many eligible voters are being removed.

    It said there was a potential benefit to the accuracy of the register - with any retained entries that were redundant or inaccurate being removed - but also a risk to participation in the important set of elections in May 2016, with eligible electors being removed.

    The government says the system is ready in time and the missing voters are simply inaccurate or outdated entries on the register.

    John Penrose, the Cabinet Office minister responsible for the issue, said he was confident that electoral registration officers will have found all the people who have dropped off the list, as they will have been contacted up to nine times about the change and sometimes more.

    In a parliamentary debate, he said: "The only entries left will be the people who are no longer there - the people who have moved, died or were never there in the first place because they were fraudulent.

    "They will have had their doors knocked on and their phones rung, and they will have had letters and emails. At the end of that process, the chances of a genuine voter with a pulse who lives in a particular area being disfranchised are vanishingly small."

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