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Don t get madThe 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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  • Lucy Care
    Event: May 23, 2015 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Derby Lib Dem office, 24A Great Northern Road, Derby DE1 1LR

    I knew something about political campaigning before I joined the Lib Dems. My mother was an active Liberal (and later Lib Dem) when I was a teenager. But there was still a lot to learn as a new member/campaigner when I eventually joined.

    For people who've not got any background in politics, the jargon, rules and procedures of the council and elections might be a barrier to getting more involved with Lib Dems and Lib Dem campaigning.

    Don't let this hold you back! Come along to a friendly discussion afternoon about how councils work, the way elections are run and how the Lib Dems are organised.

    Time: 2:30 - 4:30 on Saturday 23rd May

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

    All members, recent or long-standing, are most welcome.

    If possible, please let me know that you're coming, as capacity is limited to about 20. If this date isn't suitable (or I'm having to turn people away) we'll try to arrange another session. Let me know.

    Lucy Care

    Candidate for Derby North 2015

    01332 721291

  • Event: May 30, 2015 10:00 AM
    Osbournby Village Hall; London Road, Osbournby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 0DG

    Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

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


    The next ordinary meeting of Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats will be held on SATURDAY 30th May 2015 at 10.00am at Osbournby Village Hall; London Road, Osbournby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 0DG.See details below.

  • key_HRA_campaign.jpg
    Article: May 22, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

  • 2 March 2015 LIBG LDEG NLC
    Article: May 22, 2015
    By Nick Hopkinson

    This timely session attracted 45 participants from the Liberal International British Group (LIBG), Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG), Liberal Democrat party, the D66 party in the Netherlands, European activists, diplomats, journalists, and other opinion formers. After a welcome by Wendy Kyrle-Pope, LIBG Chair, the session was chaired Nick Hopkinson, LDEG Chair. The speakers were Sir Andrew Stunell, MP, Liberal Democrat lead on immigration policy; Stientje van Veldhoven, D66 Member of the Dutch Parliament, Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future, London; Camino Mortera-Martinez, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform, and Roger Casale, Founder and Director, New Europeans. This report includes a personal interpretation of the contributions of speakers and participants, to which have been added some research and commentary undertaken in light of the result of the 7 May General Election. As such, this document does not necessarily reflect the views of LIBG, LDEG, or any other organisation, and any errors are the responsibility of the undersigned.

  • Event: June 5, 2015 7:00 PM
    The Turkey Cafe, 24 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE

    You are invited to Leicester City Liberal Democrats' social gathering:



    Friday 5 June 2015 from: 7.00pm


    The Turkey Cafe, 24 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE

    for more information contact Alan Fox - 07932 681231 - alan.f.fox@virginmedia.com

  • Phil Knowles at Market Harborough Hospital
    Article: May 21, 2015
    By Tim Healy in Leicester Mercury

    Health campaigner Phil Knowles has called on the NHS to ensure it has enough staff to keep wards open in the future.

    He was speaking after a 14 bed ward was reopened at a community hospital following a four month closure.

    The ward at St Luke's Community Hospital in Market Harborough was closed in February because of a shortage of staff.

  • Article: May 21, 2015

    Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

  • John Marriott
    Article: May 21, 2015
    By John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    To be honest, I fail to get excited about general elections in Lincolnshire as, with the odd exception, you usually have a pretty good idea how they will turn out. This one, as far as the national picture was concerned, did, however, come as a surprise to many of us, although the predicted percentage votes for all parties except Tory and Labour were pretty accurate. What these percentages didn't translate into were seats in parliament, and we all know where the fault lies for that.

  • Delusion (Getty Images)
    Article: May 20, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On the morning after the General Election, feeling rather shell-shocked by the results, I turned on the radio and caught John Dowland's lute song In darkness let me dwell. The music captured the feeling of the moment, but context was more thought-provoking: a Radio 4 programme The glass delusion, exploring a seventeenth-century phenomenon of people thinking they were turning into glass.

  • Article: May 20, 2015

    We can't underestimate the ongoing impact of recent changes to special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision in schools. It takes time to get teaching assistants, teachers, school leaders, parents, governors and the students themselves all up to speed with the completely new system we are moving to.

  • Sal at Downing Street handing in Make Seats Match Votes petition
    Article: May 19, 2015

    Proud to join with Tom Brake MP and representatives of other Parties in handing Electoral Reform Society's ‪‎Make Seats Match Votes‬ petition into Downing Street.

  • Article: May 18, 2015

    Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. May I give a special welcome to the many new readers that we have this week.

    Election Results

    The final results in the local election in Broxtowe were that the Conservatives won 27 seats, Labour won twelve, the Liberal Democrats won four and there is one independent. Full details of everyone can be found at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=287&p=0. This means that the council will now be controlled by the Conservatives. I'd like to thank everyone who contacted me with messages of support after I lost my seat by just six votes. Someone even stopped me in Tesco's on Saturday morning to say how sorry they were. I really do appreciate this. I have been greatly cheered by the avalanche of new members who have joined the Liberal Democrats. Nationally our membership has gone up by 12,000 since the election and here in Broxtowe we have had a 50% increase in members. If anyone else would like to join you can do so by visiting www.libdems.org.uk/join.

  • Article: May 17, 2015

    Researchers have found the main source of pain in Fibromyalgia patients, and contrary to what many believe, it does not stem from the brain. The findings mark the end of a decades-old mystery about the disease, which many doctors believed was conjured in patients' imaginations. The mystery of Fibromyalgia has left millions of sufferers searching for hope in pain medications. Up until recently, many physicians thought that the disease was "imaginary" or psychological, but scientists have now revealed that the main source of pain stems from a most unlikely place- excess blood vessels in the hand.

    The discovery may lead to new treatments and perhaps even a total cure in the future, bringing relief to as many as 5 million Americans thought to have the disease. To solve the Fibromyalgia mystery, researchers zeroed in on the skin from the hand of one patient who had a lack of the sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced reaction to pain. They then took skin samples from the hands of Fibromyalgia patients and were surprised to find an extremely excessive amount of a particular type of nerve fiber called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts.

    Up until this point scientists had thought that these fibers were only responsible for regulating blood flow, and did not play any role in pain sensation, but now they've discovered that there is a direct link between these nerves and the widespread body pain that Fibromyalgia sufferers feel.

    The breakthrough also could solve the lingering question of why many sufferers have extremely painful hands as well as other "tender points" throughout the body, and why cold weather seems to aggravate the symptoms. In addition to feeling widespread deep tissue pain, many Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from debilitating fatigue.

    Neuroscientist Dr. Frank L. Rice explained: "We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidences that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain," Rice said. "This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactivity in the brain."

    Current treatments for the disease have not brought complete relief to the millions of sufferers. Therapies include narcotic pain medicines; anti-seizure drugs, anti-depressants and even simple advice such as "get more sleep and exercise regularly." Now that the cause of Fibromyalgia has been pinpointed, patients are looking forward to an eventual cure. Other expressed frustration about how much they had suffered already:

    "When are they ever going to figure out that things are never "all in your head?" said one commenter. "Whenever something doesn't fit in their tiny little understanding, they belittle the patient and tell them they are crazy. People have suffered through this since they were invented. Prescribing SSRIs for everything is not the answer any more than a lobotomy or hysterectomy was."

    The announcement has the potential to unlock better future treatments and undoubtedly has patients all over the world rejoicing that the mystery of Fibromyalgia has finally been solved.

    Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/fibromyalgia-mystery-finally-solved/#eJjQYyIaUf6MMXrS.99
  • Over 10000 new members since polling day
    Article: May 16, 2015
    By Tad Jones - Vice Chair of the City of Nottingham Liberal Democrats

    New figures have shown 50 people have signed up to join the party in Nottingham this year as the Liberal Democrat fightback begins.

    Tad Jones, Vice Chair of Nottingham City Liberal Democrats, said: "It is really heartening to see so many people join the Liberal Democrats to work for a more liberal city and country. Our local party is now one of the fastest growing in the East Midlands.

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  • Chesterfield Council Group
    Article: May 16, 2015
    By Chesterfield Liberal Democrats

    Thursday 7th May was the most difficult of nights for Liberal Democrats across Britain, as we lost 49 of our 57 Westminster MPs in the General Election.

    However, we fared better on Friday as the Chesterfield Council election results were announced, by the end of the day we had retained nine of our previous eleven seats. Thanks to all those who recognised the exceptional hard work of all the candidates in their communities over the last four years and voted for them to continue.

  • Article: May 16, 2015

    Martin is a big Manchester United fan, along with his three boys. His eldest son Jordan uses a wheelchair and attends one of Scope's schools. Martin writes a blog called United Discriminates, and has shared his story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

    I'm father to three lads. Zac is four years old, Ethan is six, and Jordan is now 17. My eldest Jordan has a number of medical conditions, which means he has learning difficulties, suffers many seizures a day, and uses a wheelchair. As a family we always try to do our best to make sure that Jordan and the boys get to experience things together, as brothers should.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: May 16, 2015
    By Michael Mullaney - PPC for Bosworth

    Bosworth again put in one of the best results for the Lib Dems in Britain at the general election.

    Bosworth recorded the 8th lowest swing against the Lib Dems out of 631 seats contested in Britain.

    This follows on from Hinckley and Bosworth being one of only 2 councils, along with Eastbourne, that the Lib Dems gained from the Conservatives in 2007.

  • Article: May 15, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats first post-election volunteer event has been described as a runaway success.

    On Wednesday 120 volunteers visited the party's London HQ for the first event since polling day.

    The event provided new members and volunteers with the opportunity to socialise with other Liberal Democrats as well as to find out more about what volunteering with the party involves and rounded off with some phone calling.

  • East Midlands Members 15 May 2015
    Article: May 15, 2015

    East Midlands Liberal Democrats have welcomed 549 new members since the close of polls on May 7 and have topped the 3000 mark.


    If you are a new member - WELCOME

    You will be receiving daily digests of the East Midlands website where we publish details of forthcoming events including meetings, social events and campaigning. Please check "Dates for your Diary" regularly and come along to meet other members.

  • Article: May 15, 2015
    By Mark Pack in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It's a nice problem to have. It's an unexpected problem to have. But it's still a problem: quite what should local parties do with all the new members flooding in since polling day, the vast majority of whom are new to political parties.

    Party HQ itself is getting much right that it hasn't with previous bursts of new members: prompt member surveys, new member packs, welcome calls and getting people signed up to direct debit (much easier to renew) are all things done a bit in the past but now happening much more systematically.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: May 15, 2015
    By Catherine Bearder MEP

    The election is hardly over and already the starting gun on the EU referendum has sounded. With speculation that the referendum could take place as early as 2016 - in order to avoid a clash with the UK's EU presidency and German and French elections being held the following year - there is no time for navel-gazing.

  • Article: May 15, 2015

    A judicial review has ruled that the test used to decide whether people are fit for work actively discriminates against the mentally ill.

    The tribunal concentrated on the issue of supporting evidence, and found that - under the current system - no matter how ill or even delusional a person may be, they are responsible for gathering their own medical evidence and sending it in. Otherwise, the material will not be considered. For someone with a severe mental illness, this may prove impossible.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    The United Nations has launched an investigation into whether Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefit changes have led to "grave or systemic violations" of disabled people's human rights.

    The UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which is carrying out the unprecedented inquiry, has the power to launch a formal probe if it receives "reliable information" that human rights violations have occurred in a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Six Saints for 2015 Header Image
    Article: May 14, 2015

    After the general election, our Chair wrote this to our members and supporters.

    Dear Friend,

    Just under five years ago, the Liberal Democrats met in Birmingham to discuss a single item of business - that we should go into Coalition with the Conservatives. LGBT+ Lib Dems submitted an amendment, calling on the Parliamentary party to ensure that the rights of LGBT+ people were protected from the Conservatives. Lynne Featherstone made that pledge, and in Government we delivered many good things for LGBT+ people, though not as many as we would have liked.

    The threat to LGBT+ equality is not a Lib Dem / Conservative coalition where David Cameron can safely ignore his LGBT+ phobic right wingers - we saw that with the same-sex marriage law, where the Government had a majority in favour despite roughly half of Tory MPs voting against, and where no Labour votes were required to pass that legislation. The true threat is a narrow Conservative majority where the likes of Peter Bone will demand, and receive, concessions in return for supporting the Government.

    The need for a strong political voice for LGBT+ people has not been greater since the 1980s. The Liberal Democrats have always been that strong political voice, leading where others have followed, driven by principle not focus-grouped expedience and the "pink vote". I am determined we will continue to drive the narrative in UK politics.

    However, with only 8 MPs, the Liberal Democrats' voice will be harder to hear from Parliament and from constituency offices. We can be particularly upset at the loss of our "Six Saints", those Lib Dem MPs whose work for us was above even the high standard set by our party - John Leech, Lynne Featherstone, Stephen Williams, Julian Huppert, Jo Swinson and Stephen Gilbert, and by the lack of diversity in our remaining Parliamentary party.

    It falls to us, the ordinary members of the party, to advance the cause of LGBT+ equality and of the political party which has always been there for us, and always will. Since the close of polls, over 10,000 people have joined the Lib Dems. Each one can play their part. Better that they join late than never.

    Next weekend is one of the first Prides of the season, in Exeter. Many more will follow. Each one is an opportunity for us to talk about our record of action, about what we want to achieve, about how LGBT+ equality is an inherent part of Liberalism. I am calling on you to pledge, right now, that you will work with your local and regional parties, with support from LGBT+ Lib Dems, to ensure a Lib Dem presence at these events as part of our efforts to rebuild the party. Contact us to pledge your support.

    I will do my best as Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems to work with our membership and party to provide opportunities to promote LGBT+ equality within the party, and the party within the LGBT+ communities. Please do take up these opportunities, and encourage your friends to join LGBT+ Lib Dems and support the work our activists, Vice Presidents, Patron etc. do.

    Dave Page
    Chair, LGBT+ Lib Dems

  • Over 10000 new members since polling day
    Article: May 14, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Welcome to the thousands of people who have joined the Liberal Democrats since the polls closed last week. We have already heard from some of you about what inspired them to sign up and we will have more such posts throughout the day. I thought it might be useful to tell you a little bit about how it works and give you a bit of an idea of the opportunities open to you.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: May 13, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives' plans to introduce banning orders, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

    "Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May's plans for banning orders on three different occasions.

    "If she has just re-heated her original proposals, they are ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposedly designed to solve.

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Since polls closed on Thursday, more than 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.

    key_10000-members.jpgWe're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Support Michael Mullaney and the local Lib Dem team this time
    Article: May 12, 2015

    Despite a challenging night for the party nationally the Lib Dems emerged as the clear 2nd party to the Conservatives in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    In the parliamentary seat Lib Dem Michael Mullaney got nearly 12,000 votes coming 2nd to Tory David Tredinnick. Labour finished third, just 16 votes ahead of the 4th placed UKIP candidate.

  • Thank You Diamond
    Article: May 12, 2015
    By Michael Mullaney - PPC for Bosworth

    A big thank you to all the members who helped us in the Bosworth campaign

    Although we didn't manage to win we held a strong 2nd place and restricted the swing against us to one of the lowest in the country.
    With the party's fightback beginning this gives us a great base to win the seat next time.
    As a thank you to everyone who helped there's a thank you party 7pm this Friday at the New Plough, Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LS. Function room at the back.
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