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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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  • Help Wanted
    Event: August 29, 2015 10:00 AM

    Come and help the East Midlands Lib Dem fightback!

    We have a by-election in Barwell, in the Bosworth constituency on September 10th.

    The election looks set to be very close between us and Labour with the possibility of a Lib Dem gain.

    This would be a great result for the party locally and regionally and show the Lib Dem fightback was really underway here in the East Midlands.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015

    The Federal Policy Committee is setting up a number of policy working groups designed to develop our Party's policies for the 2015-2020 Parliament. The Committee would like to invite any member to apply for the following groups:

    • Social security - The group will look at what effects changes to the welfare state announced by the Conservative Government are likely to have, including on poverty and inequality. It will consider what a Liberal Democrat vision for social security policy should be.
    • Security and privacy - The group will consider how we can protect and enhance civil liberties while maintaining and improving public safety and security in the UK. Covering threats to security, police and security service powers and accountability, online surveillance and encroachment on liberty by the media and other non-state entities
    • Sex work - Following conference motion Towards Safer Sex Work (2014), the group will review party policy on sex work; covering the risks and stigma sex workers face, the impact of increased criminalisation, links to organised crime and modern slavery and the influence of developments across borders.
  • Tim Farron in Scotland
    Article: Aug 28, 2015

    Tim Farron was up in Scotland this week, on his first visit since becoming leader.. He hosted a roundtable session in Edinburgh with the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty and the Refugee Women's Strategy Group. Issues discussed included devolution and refugees, making asylum work for women and what political parties could do in the UK and Scotland to campaign for fairer treatment of vulnerable refugees.

  • Jo SWinson
    Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Jo Swinson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Congratulations to all of the new Liberal Democrat Peers announced today. They will strengthen our existing excellent team in the Lords, fighting for a democratically elected second chamber while in the meantime using their power to provide a check on the government and its worrying assaults on the poor, on our civil liberties, and on the environment.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The dissolution honours have been published in full. When Vince Cable publishes his new book next month, he will do so as Sir Vince. There's also a knighthood for Danny Alexander.

    Nick Clegg has also rewarded Margaret Binks, his constituency office manager, Andy Sangar, his election agent and Ian Sherwood, a volunteer in his Commons office who had also served Ming Campbell and Charles Kennedy.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Eleven new Liberal Democrat peers have been announced in the Dissolution Honours. Congratulations to them.

    I will admit to being slightly annoyed at the fact that there are a majority of men - 6 men and 5 women. Surprisingly, there is no peerage for Fiona Hall, the former group leader of our MEPs, nor for Annette Brooke former MP for Mid Dorset and Poole North. We may find out that they had been offered a peerage and turned it down.

  • Mark Argent
    Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I've seen a number of comments recently about the financial cost of being a candidate. That is particularly sharp with people standing for parliament, but not limited to them.

    As a party, we try to take diversity seriously. This is about justice and Liberal Democrat values. It's pragmatic, in that we're all diminished if we casually discard the talents of people from disadvantaged groups. There is also a bigger challenge: the changes we push for in society have to be made within the party and in our choice of candidates. Addressing problems this creates may not be easy, but is a first step to bringing change more widely. Addressing any problems this creates also helps us find ways to address barriers to change more widely.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Aug 28, 2015

    The Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats 2015 AGM is at 6.15pm on Sunday 20th September, at the Marriot Highcliff Hotel in Bournemouth.

    All members and supporters are welcome, and conference goers can also attend.

    This is an important meeting where members will receive a report of our work and our accounts for last year. You can quiz the outgoing committee, elect the new one and even stand for election yourself.

  • LDDA logo
    Article: Aug 28, 2015

    Against the backdrop of this month's jubilant A-level and GCSE results, 17-year-old Sanjeev Singh provides a different picture of what it is to be young in Conservative Britain.

    In many ways, Sanjeev is a young person "doing the right thing". He lives at home with his mum and three siblings and, since leaving school a year ago, he has persisted in looking for work. But Sanjeev, 17, is deaf and once prospective employers know he has a disability, they don't contact him again. He keeps trying to get interviews but, unable to travel safely alone on public transport, he has no way of getting to them.

  • SDP Liberal Alliance
    Article: Aug 27, 2015

    This letter was published in the Guardian on Tuesday 25th August and is available HERE.

    "So will Polly Toynbee defect from Labour for a second time? Many young people like me joined the SDP precisely in response to Labour's visceral anti-Europeanism under the leadership of Michael Foot, and the dark days of the 70s and its endless strikes.

    The forthcoming EU referendum is the most important vote during the lifetime of this five-year parliament. We already know that Jeremy Corbyn opposes Nato and wants Ukraine to remain subject to the former Soviet sphere, against its people's wishes. It is also likely he would lead Labour back to its Eurosceptic 80s, with equally damaging consequences potentially for trade and human rights.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Tim Farron has welcomed the appointment of new Liberal Democrat Peers to the House of Lords and their commitment to fight for reform of the second chamber.

    All of the newly-nominated Lib Dem Peers have confirmed that they have joined the House of Lords with the intention of abolishing appointments and introducing elections at the earliest opportunity.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Almost a quarter of all people applying for disability benefits to help them live independently are encountering serious difficulties, including delays, unfair dismissal of claims and confusion over eligibility, The Independent on Sunday has learnt. The scale of the problem with personal independence payments (PIP) means that needing help with the benefit is now the most common reason for approaching the national charity Citizens Advice, new figures show.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Event: September 19, 2015 10:00 AM - September 23, 2015 2:00 PM
    Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Way, BH2 5BH

    Full Details on the official party website: Conference home

    Watch Live on BBC Parliament

    Be involved with Lib Dem Voice: Reportage | Live Twitter Stream | Contribute

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    As we announced here, Agenda 2020 is the name given to a project of the Federal Policy Committee to re-examine our timeless values. They have now published quite an interesting collection of essays (pdf here) to set the ball rolling, and are inviting further essays by the 5th October.

    You might miss the essay collection if you have gone for one of the greener options for the conference agenda, or if you aren't going to conference, but I must say they are interesting enough to put my natural cynicism for the project on hold for a while.

  • Liberal Democrat Gender Balance Task Force
    Article: Aug 26, 2015
    By Rebecca Plenderleith in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The idea that we need to encourage more women in politics is not an uncommon one and it's certainly not one I disagree with.

    As a woman interested in politics myself there are very few women in politics whom I can look up to. This is not because there's a lack of talented women, it's that for some reason they're turned off to the idea. However, all-woman shortlists are - in my opinion - not the way to solve this issue. It's said that since Labour implemented all-woman shortlists that a female candidate has never won against a male candidate on an open shortlist. If true, that really does not sound like a progressive and liberal way forward for the Liberal Democrats. That's why it's concerning to me that Willie Rennie has backed the idea of gender quotas and all-woman shortlists.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015
    By William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    We're entering another phase of the 'future of the left' debate, whether or not Jeremy Corbyn emerges as Labour's next leader. So it's worth remembering previous cycles of this debate, what they revolved around, and how Liberals and Social Democrats responded to them. There are some lessons to learn, and warnings about what to avoid.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Having a hidden disability means that I've heard a few comments, some of which are ignorant and annoying, others are fairly amusing.

    So I thought I'd make a list of some of the things people have said to me. You may find some of them relatable if you don't have dyspraxia but have a different disability or condition. I've also included some examples of what would be better to say instead. So here's my list of 10 things I don't think you should say to someone with dyspraxia:

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Aug 25, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Here's the third in our series of Tim Farron's TimTalks.

    In this one, he talks about how we rebuild the party.

    A festival of ideas, diversity, PAWAWI, being an accessible leader.

    "Under Tim Farron's leadership, there will be no cabal and no bunker."

    Read more by The Voice or more about tim farron or TimTalks.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2015
    By Tom Papworth in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Thursday the ASI published an article I wrote about the Labour leadership election and the concept of Expressive Voting. This theory, developed by Geoffrey Brennan and Loren Lomasky in their book Democracy and Decision: the pure theory of electoral preference, offers a new explanation for the "paradox of voting", the rationality-defying fact that people vote despite the improbability that their vote will make a difference.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2015

    One of our members, Jess, 60, tells how caring for her 96-year-old mum took such a toll on her life that she felt totally cut off from the outside world… until a post on the online forum changed everything.


    Mum has been housebound for around six years, falls a lot and short-term memory loss is beginning to kick in now. Up until now I've been able to manage by coming to her house in Kent - which is about 35 miles away from me - at weekends and a couple of nights in the week. But she's been in hospital for five weeks after a fall and is now in a rehab home, so we're discussing whether she goes back home or into residential care.

  • Tim Farron in Calais
    Article: Aug 25, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    the run-up to Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, we'll be looking ahead to examine the highlights in the debating hall, the fringe and training rooms. You can find the papers here. You can find all the posts in the series here.

    The first policy debate of tho year's Conference is on Creating safe and legal routes for refugees. It will be proposed by Suzanne Fletcher who is one of the founder members of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary.

  • Help Wanted
    Event: September 5, 2015 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Jeff and Trish Bannister's 24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, LE10 1SL

    By-Election in Barwell - Bosworth Constituency

    A by-election is underway in Barwell in the Boswotrh constituency The Barwell by-election looks set to be close between us and Labour, if we win it means we will have gained a seat and become the largest party in Barwell again. It will be clear evidence that the Lib Dem fightback is actually happening here in our region..

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015
    By Mark Leftly in The Independent

    In/Out referendum on Britain's future in the EU is expected next year

    Mark Leftly

  • Gale Waller
    Event: September 13, 2015 3:00 PM
    21 Pinfold Lane, South Luffenham LE15 8NR

    Afternoon Tea with Live Music in South Luffenham

    Sunday 13th September, from 3pm

    21 Pinfold Lane, South Luffenham LE15 8NR

    hosted by Cllr Gale Waller

    Music from "The Other Band" (70s soft rock) and pianist George Pearton (blues / jazz)

    All welcome!

    Tickets to include afternoon tea: Adults £10, children free

  • Gale Waller
    Article: Aug 24, 2015

    Afternoon Tea with Live Music in South Luffenham

    Sunday 13th September, from 3pm

    21 Pinfold Lane, South Luffenham LE15 8NR

    hosted by Cllr Gale Waller

    Music from "The Other Band" (70s soft rock) and pianist George Pearton (blues / jazz)

    All welcome!

    Tickets to include afternoon tea: Adults £10, children free

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015

    The Midland Mainline is a disgrace and needs urgent upgrading.

    When the Lib Dems were in Government, the money for this was allocated but since May it has been decided to "review" this investment.

    Sign this petition to try to get the current Tory only Government to make good on the promises made when it was in Coalition with the Lib Dems!

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015
    By Jonathan Calder - Harborough in Liberal England

    No one really knows, of course, but it does look at though Jeremy Corbyn will be the next leader of the Labour Party.

    What will that mean? Here are five likely consequences.


    1. Whether the Liberal Democrats like it or not, they will be seen as a centre party.
    I know it sounds improbable, but an SWP activists once said a wise thing to me: when you are a small party to rarely get to choose the agenda on which you fight.

    Well, the Liberal Democrats are certainly a small party now and, whether we like it or not, we shall be seen as a centre party for as long as Corbyn is Labour leader. The strategy we pursued under Charles Kennedy of outflanking Labour from the left will not be open to us - unless we advocate liquidating the Kulaks or something like that.

    I am sure Tim Farron will thrive as a populist centrist, but this future is in some ways a depressing prospect.

    2. The Green surge will grind to a halt
    I don't know how real a phenomenon the Green surge ever was, but as far as it existed it consisted of the Greens hoovering up all sorts of disaffected left-wingers, many of whom had no particular connection with traditional Green concerns,

    More than one longstanding environmentalist has complained to me that this led to the Green Party rather abandoning environmentalism to embrace the anti-austerity cause. This led the party to put forward an incoherent policy platform at the last election, as Natalie Bennett so effectively demonstrated.

    Now those disaffected left-wingers will flock to Corbyn's Labour and leave behind a Green Party that is smaller but truer to environmentalism.

    3. Social media will be hell
    We have all enjoyed laughing at Labour for abstaining on welfare cuts, but under Corbyn it will not be like that. On Twitter every day will be #cameronmustgo day and Labour activists will be filled with passionate intensity.

    I am increasingly of the opinion that, by acting as a combined echo chamber and grooming parlour, Twitter is positively harmful to political parties, but that is the way it is going to be from now on.

    Oh, and when Labour loses the next election, it will all be the media's fault or the Liberal Democrats' fault or the fault to Labour MPs who did not back Corbyn.

    4. Labour will be in a constant state of crisis
    As Nick Cohen argued the other day, the election of a party leader against the wishes of the great majority of its MPs will be a unique phenomenon in British politics.

    I do not imagine many of those MPs will take his victory quietly. Add to this the opposition of the press, Corbyn's enthusiasm for sharing platforms with unsavoury characters and his eagerness to make excuses for Putin's near-fascist regime and you can see that his leadership will exist in a state of perpetual crisis.

    It will be fun to watch, but ultimately will not be good for the health of British politics.

    5. It will be harder for the Liberal Democrats to make a comeback
    Most of the seats the Liberal Democrats have any hope of winning at the next election are held by the Conservatives. In order to win them we have to win over people who have voted for us in the past but opted for David Cameron last time.

  • Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife
    Article: Aug 24, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Willie Rennie has announced that he supports the use of all women shortlists and quotas to improve the Scottish Liberal Democrats' appalling record on gender balance. He is to lead a group which will draw up specific proposals for the 2019 European, 2020 Westminster and 2021 Holyrood elections.

    The Scottish Party looked on in shock when members in the North East did not place highly effective Justice Spokesperson at the top of the list when it was selected at the end of last year. Since then, and particularly following the General Election, there have been strong calls for much stronger action on gender balance. Willie has consulted widely within the party and he announced his plans at the Scottish Party's and Scottish Liberal Democrat Women's Everyday Sexism Open Mic event in Edinburgh yesterday.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Aug 24, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    This week we are re-running new leader Tim Farron's series of TimTalks from the leadership campaign so that those of you who don't know him well can see what makes him tick.

    Today, it's Foreign Affairs.

    Now we have a caption, a soundtrack (which is, to be honest, a bit annoying) and a proper introduction at the beginning:

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Aug 24, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the run-up to Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, we'll be looking ahead to examine the highlights in the debating hall, the fringe and training rooms. You can find the papers here. You can find all the posts in the series here.

    The reality of our new circumstances hit when the Conference Directory landed on my doorstep the other day. The Directory lists all the fringe and exhibition activity going on over the five days in Bournemouth. While there is still a huge amount to do and people will still be struggling to choose which meeting they would like to go to in every slot, it's noticeable that the fringe is a good deal smaller than it was last year. Mine is a good deal smaller still after my puppy, Hazel, got hold of it and decided to rip it to shreds.

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