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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 has the European Parliament ever done for us

What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

And what the hell else have the Liberal Democrats Done?

Recent Updates

  • Wind turbines in Scotland
    Article: Apr 19, 2014
    By Ed Davey in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Rarely a week goes by without an onshore wind story appearing in the media - normally negative, with some Conservative source trying to undermine this important source of renewable energy. The past few weeks have been no different.

    First, let's set the record straight. Liberal Democrats in Government will not accept a cap on onshore wind. Of course what other parties choose to put in their manifestos is a matter for them. But this Coalition Government is not changing tack on onshore wind or renewables and we will not lose focus or rewrite policy.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2014

    Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.

    While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world - with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders - the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.

  • Lib Dems reducing use of plastic bags
    Article: Apr 18, 2014

    This week the European Parliament voted in favour of dramatically cutting plastic bag use across Europe by 80% in 5 years.

    Figures from the European Commission show that more than 100 billion carrier bags are used every year within the EU, working out at an average of 200 per person. 8 billion of these end up as litter, many of them in Europe's seas including the English Channel and North Sea.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    The Conservative mayor of Swindon has resigned after he called disabled people "Mongols" and questioned whether they should be allowed to have sex.

    In a letter to Swindon Council's Borough solicitor Stephen Taylor, mayor Nick Martin said: "It is with regret that I submit my resignation as Mayor of the Borough of Swindon with immediate effect."

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    A woman with Crohn's disease has lost a legal challenge against a decision to refuse NHS funding to freeze her eggs.

    Lawyers for Elizabeth Rose, 25, from Margate, Kent, claimed in the High Court it was unlawful to refuse the treatment to preserve her fertility.

    Miss Rose fears an imminent bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy treatment will leave her infertile.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014
    Phil Storm 14 April 20:01
    There have been a number of post both on hear and on the LDDAtalk email system in relation to the proposed changes / cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance. The LDDA exec has remained silent on the proposed changes till now as we wanted to ensure we had the full facts before commenting. Below is a link to the document highlighting the proposed changes and on initially reading, they should fair and reasonable only upon more detailed knowledge of DSA and further investigation, dose the real effects of such changes come to light. Both myself and the vice Chair Kelly-Marie Blundell are currently working behind the scene to highlight the LDDA's concern over the proposed changes and will keep you up dated on our progress.http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/744663/ssin_01-15_apr2014.pdf
  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Responsible department: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    David Willets, the Minister for Universities and Science, has announced the "modernisation" of the government grant for students with disabilities, the Disabled Students Allownaces (DSA). The initial detail of this modernisation is a series of cuts in provision, placing the funding burden on Universities and individual students.
    We the undersigned believe that these cuts will:

  • Steve Webb MP
    Article: Apr 17, 2014
    By James Coney in The Daily Mail

    Steve Webb's idea of relaxing on holiday is to fill in complicated number puzzles.

    But perhaps this geekiness is part of the reason why no politician has ever held this position for as long. He's been in office since 2010. Before that the job switched hands ten times in a decade.

    'It was a revolving door,' says Mr Webb. 'I've had the great advantage of coming in at the start of the Parliament. Pensions is a long-term game, so you need time to see things through. In a way, this is the perfect job for me. You've got the social, human side of how pensions affect people's lives, and then all that lovely technical detail.'

  • Document: Apr 17, 2014
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  • Event: April 21, 2014 7:00 PM
    Whitehouses Pub on London Road, DN22 7JF

    Our regular Monday evening campaigning sessions in our target ward - Retford East.

    We had another great evening last week out delivering the Residents' Survey in Retford, and picking up local issues as well, before the rain drove us to take shelter in the Hop Pole.
    This Monday (October 21st), if it is dry enough, we will be concentrating our efforts in the south of our Retford target ward. We will be meeting up outside the Whitehouses Pub on London Road, DN22 7JF, at 7:00 pm.
    If it is wet, we will meet up for sorting out letters to be delivered in the area at Bette & David Dobbie's house at 18 Welham Grove, DN22 6TS. I will let you know on Monday if it is too wet to be out delivering.
    On Wednesday October 30th we will be have a regular meeting to discuss campaign plans & other issues. The meeting will be at The Station Hotel on Carlton Road in Worksop, starting at 7:30 PM. Please try to come along.

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