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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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Recent Updates

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Speaking at the conservative Conference, David Cameron announced plans to increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500, something which the Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning on.

    Responding to this announcement and attempts to pass off this and other tax plans as Conservative ideas, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Equalities Policy Working Group, Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, looks forward to discussing their work at Conference:

    'In the present state of society it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground.' So wrote Mary Wollstencraft in 1792. More recently, party members in the Twitterverse have become accustomed to the phrase 'check your privilege'. For Liberal Democrats our constitution is clear enough about the simple truths upon which we agree: "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". As a result we challenge prejudice and entrenched privilege every step of the way and promote equality in a free society.

  • Event: October 1, 2014 5:30 PM
    Leicestershire County Council - County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA.

    Invitation to Free Connect Training

    Simon Galton, Liberal Democrat Leader on Leicestershire County Council would like to invite you to free Connect Training on Wednesday evening 1 October

    Connect is the Lib Dem internet database to help us keep track of what we know about our constituents, e.g. issues they're interested in, canvass returns etc...

    It performs functions that used to take activists hours to do by paper and has been credited with boosting our campaigning effectiveness in a number of our strongholds.

    The free training is available to all Liberal Democrat members in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Time and Place...

    The session will start at 5:30pm on Wednesday 1st October at Leicestershire County Hall.

    5:30 - Meet, greet and setting up.
    6:00 - First training session
    6:45 - Break
    7:00 - Second training session
    7:45 - Finish



    To Attend...

    If you are interested, please reply to this email and you will have an account created (unless you already have one) and a basic training manual emailed to you.



    Please Bring...

    If you are unable to bring equipment of your own, we aim to have some spare laptops for people to share.

    However, to get the best out of this training, we recommend you bring:

    • A Laptop that can connect to Wifi - (to use the main Connect website)

    • Either a smartphone or a tablet - (to use the Connect mobile app)

  • Open Your Eyes
    Article: Oct 1, 2014

    The National Crime Agency have released a report today (30/9) which shows that the number of people trafficked to be exploited in the UK has grown to more than 2,700.

    Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat MEP and anti-trafficking campaigner, Catherine Bearder, said that this reminds us all to be aware of the signs of trafficking and exploitation and to open our eyes.

  • HK yellow ribbon
    Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Conference notes that

    1. the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 formally agreed, in accordance with the "one country, two systems" principle, that on its return to Chinese sovereignty Hong Kong would become a Special Administrative Region ensuring that it would keep its freedoms, autonomy and an undated promise of universal suffrage.

    2. Article 45 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China states that "The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures."

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is preparing to launch a review into the lack of ethnic minority directors in British boardrooms.

    Through Lord Davies' report which Vince commissioned, Liberal Democrats in government have made progress in extending the diversity of our boardrooms, bringing us to a stage where there are now no all-male boardrooms left in the FTSE100.

  • Event: October 3, 2014
    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Southwell Branch Annual Lunch

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    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

  • wheelhouse
    Event: October 9, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    The Wheelhouse, Russell Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham. Nottinghamshire, NG8 2BH

    9TH OCTOBER 2015 - 7pm-10pm
    Venue: The Wheelhouse in Wollaton, corner of Russell Drive & Russell Ave NG8 2BH
    Location: Far end of the pub, near the fire escape
    Transport: Near bus stops WO88, WO22, WO21, WO04 routes NCT 30, NCT W3, Trent Barton TWO
    "A drink & chat with fellow liberals, friends & family welcome. No debates or policy discussions (unless you want to), just a friendly get together."
  • Event: October 16, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    There will be 2 by-elections for Rutland County Council on 16th October 2014.

    The first is in Whissendine where Sam Asplin who works at a local school will be standing.

    The second is in Oakham South West where resident Richard Swift will stand.

    Any offers of help please to the candidates, chair or executive members who can be contacted by phone or on libdemsec@aol.com

  • Event: October 19, 2014 12:00 PM
    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Southwell Branch Annual Lunch

    at

    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

  • Bill Newton Dunn MEP
    Event: October 22, 2014
    Old White Hart, 51 Main St, Lyddington, Oakham, Lyddington, Leicestershire LE15 9LR

    Bill Newton Dunn who has served the East Midlands and the Liberal Democrats so well as MEP over many years has kindly agreed to reflect on his time in the European Parliament over supper at the Old White Hart, Lyddington (Rutland) on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

    Everyone is welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so we can send you a menu choice.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Following a speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May referencing the Communications Data Bill, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert has sent the letter below to Theresa May.

    Dear Theresa,

    We disagree on the Communications Data Bill.

    The Liberal Democrat position is clear: we do not think that the proposal to store a record of every citizen's internet browsing for 12 months is compatible with our basic civil liberties. We also do not think it is right to force UK companies to keep track of everything people do on Google, Facebook or other websites. You appear determined to push ahead with the scheme at all costs, regardless of widespread public concern. I'm more than happy to continue to have that debate as we approach the general election.

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    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on Sunday as they want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Karmenu Vella, the candidate to be the EU's next Environment Commissioner, was faced with tough questions from MEPs today over what he will do to address the massacre of wild birds in his country of Malta, while TV presenter and environmental campaigner Chris Packham said EU rules on the protection of birds must be "defended at all costs."

  • Local resident Lloyd Godsall signing the streetlighting petition
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat councillors who have been fighting to stop streetlights being turned off have welcomed a partial success in their campaign.

    Having already switched off a number of lights during the night, the Conservative-run County Council announced plans to cut a further £1 million from the street lighting budget. This led to concerns that some lights would be switched off altogether and people returning home from work on winter nights would have to travel home in the dark.

  • wheelhouse
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    9TH OCTOBER 2015 - 7pm-10pm
    Venue: The Wheelhouse in Wollaton, corner of Russell Drive & Russell Ave NG8 2BH
    Location: Far end of the pub, near the fire escape
    Transport: Near bus stops WO88, WO22, WO21, WO04 routes NCT 30, NCT W3, Trent Barton TWO
    "A drink & chat with fellow liberals, friends & family welcome. No debates or policy discussions (unless you want to), just a friendly get together."
  • Lord Newby with David Watts in Newark
    Article: Sep 29, 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. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week.

    1. Bin Collections

    This week the cabinet at the borough council agreed new arrangements for bin collections along the tram route in Beeston. The council had previously consulted on four options but none of them proved very popular. As a result the issue has been looked at again and a compromise found with the tram so that affected houses will have their bins collected from 7.00am, rather than 5.00am as had originally been suggested. Congratulations must go to my colleague Steve Carr who had campaigned very hard for this.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Kelham House Country Manor Hotel Main Street, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QP

    Sunday 19th October 2014, 12.00 for 12.30

    Download Menu and Ticket Reservation form here

    Please reserve your tickets by Friday 3 October

    The venue this year is at ground level and fully accessible to anyone with mobility problems.

  • Document: Sep 29, 2014
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    Southwell Branch Annual Lunch at Kelham House Country Manor Hotel

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