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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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  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Sep 1, 2015
    By David Boyle in The Real Blog - http://davidboyle.blogspot.co.uk

    What distinguishes a political party from a pressure group?

    Is it the breadth of their agenda? Not really, look at some of the new campaigning outfits, like the irritating 38 Degrees.

    Is it that they are standing for elections? Not really, pressure groups can and do so.

    Is it that they have to be registered as a political party? Please don't bore me with legal definitions...

    No, what makes a political party a political party is that they aspire to run the country, which means that their programme has to cover all the essentials that a government might need. They can't, for example, say - oh, we're not very interested in defence. They can't say that they are just going to assume that somehow everything about economics or business is somehow irrelevant to their great cause.

    The trouble is that this is precisely what the Left has been doing over the past generation. They have been doing so for different reasons, but that has been the basic underlying problem.

    The Labour Party has been ignoring economics for fear that they will be thought too radical if they mention it at all. The Lib Dems have been ignoring economics because, with a handful of noble exceptions, they can't see what it has to do with Liberalism.

    Part of Jeremy Corbyn's attraction seems to me that he has disputed the basic underlying Labour agreement: don't mention business, except to praise the banks.

    Because the truth is that no potential government is going to be elected if they don;t set out - in some detail - how they are going to build prosperity in the nation.

    The idea that somehow you do so by making a handful of people very rich, and letting the wealth trickle down, as long since been revealed as a major delusion - but the political parties of the Left appear to conspire not to mention this.

    They talk about shuffling the deckchairs a bit. They talk a great deal about welfare, and these are not unimportant, but that's not the core issue for government. It is about moving prosperity around, not creating it. Nor is it what people want to hear - a credible programme for the economy that underpins the majority of people's lives.

    All they are being offered is the following:

  • Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron talking to refugees in Calais
    Article: Sep 1, 2015
    By Sarah Smith

    Following a meeting of local Liberal Democrat members last week Sarah Smith, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Dover & Deal, has written to Dover's MP, Charlie Elphicke, asking him to put pressure on the Government to change its approach to the refugee crisis.

    Dear Charlie,

    I am writing on behalf of Dover and Deal Liberal Democrats and other constituents who have been in touch with me, to ask that you put pressure on the Government to change its approach to the plight of refugees in Calais and beyond. It is time for the UK to properly recognise and address the human tragedy unfolding on Europe's doorstep. British leaders must call up our better natures in response to this crisis - not lend respectability to base fear and selfishness.

    In 1939, the Kitchener Camp at Richborough gave safety to 4,000 Jewish men fleeing Nazi persecution. Local people were not hostile to these strangers, they provided fuel and food to the camp and invited the men into their homes. Reassuring others in moments of crisis and showing magnanimity toward those in serious trouble is what a leading nation should do. We do not want to become a people that turns its back on others.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Tim Farron in Calais

    Tim Farron has urged the Government to stop playing politics over the humanitarian

    Â crisis impacting on Europe and offer help to desperate refugees.

  • ALDE Press Release
    Article: Sep 1, 2015
    By ALDE

    Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, has written to President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, to request that an invitation is sent to Prime Minister David Cameron, to allow the British PM an opportunity to outline his renegotiation demands to the European Parliament before the December European Council.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Education can really shape who we are as individuals, It gives you the knowledge and power to move forward in your life and acts as a mechanism to break down barriers that prevent you from achieving. During some time I spent in India five years ago, I learned how valued education was and how enthusiastic Indian children were to go to school and learn. The image of children living in quite extreme poverty, turning up to school every day with big smiles on their faces, will stay with me for the rest of my life and I've become very grateful for my own education and how much I've achieved.

  • kick start
    Event: September 4, 2015 - September 6, 2015
    Stone, Staffordshire

    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:

  • 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..

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

    Postponed

    Saturday 5th September 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

  • Shani Smith with Michael Mullaney
    Event: September 10, 2015 7:00 AM - 7:00 AM
    St Mary's Church on Church Lane, Barwell LE9 8DG

    The Lib Dem fightback is underway in Bosworth and we have just had a local by-election called.

    A Labour member of Barwell Parish Council has resigned within weeks of being elected. We are already fighting the ward hard, about to start our 4th wardwide delivery, as well as having delivered numerous streetletters and done lots of canvassing.

    We have an excellent candidate called Shani Smith and we are campaigning hard to win. All help though will make a difference. So if you want to get involved in the Lib Dem fightback by helping out in the by-election on Thursday 10 Septemebr please call either Michael Mullaney on 07576 289910 or Paul Holmes on 07719 092877

    Lets Carry on the Lib Dem fightback in the East Midlands please come and join us on the campaign trail

    Alternately there are leaflets to deliver or canvassing at other times just call Michael Mullaney 07576 289910.

  • 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

  • Ale Wagon Leicester
    Event: September 17, 2015
    The Ale Wagon, 27 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

    Why not join us for our regular Liberal Drinks monthly get together in Leicester City Centre at The Ale Wagon, 27 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE. The third Thursday each month has been chosen as a fixed date.

    Thursday 20th August

    Thursday 17th September

    Thursday 15th October

    Thursday 19th November

    Look forward to seeing you!

  • 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

  • European Fundraiser a Cheque presentation
    Event: September 25, 2015 7:00 PM
    Aylestonians Rugby Football Ground, Knighton Lane East, Leicester.LE2 6FU

    Leicester City Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce a Fundraising Quiz Night on Friday 25th September at 1900 hours at Aylestonians Rugby Football Ground, Knighton Lane East, Leicester.

    Price; £7.50 per adult. Children Free. Cold Buffet included. Licensed bar on the premises.

    Maximum Team: 5 People.

  • East Midlands Liberal Democrats Logo
    Event: September 26, 2015 12:00 PM
    Alpha Tutorials, 308 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7SL

    Constituency Chairs to meet with Region

    Date & Venue both confirmed

    Constituency Chairs from across the Region will be in Leicester on Saturday 26th to meet for the 'Meet the Region' Event.

    'It will be the opportunity for the Region to listen to the Constituencies. To understand what is needed from the Region, how we improve communication, coordination and support. We see this as the first of a regular set of meetings. Once we have the initial feed from the Constituencies we will be reporting back to the Regional Executive and putting together an initial work plan.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2015
    By Stephen Tall

    The catastrophic election results have prompted the Lib Dems to undertake a process known as Agenda 2020, 'a party-wide consultation to help inform our policy-making over the next five years. This is a chance for us to have an in-depth discussion about our values and beliefs, and about the challenges the UK is likely to face in the next Parliament.'

  • European Movement UK logo 2015
    Article: Aug 31, 2015

    European Movement has launched a Students Campaign to activate young people up and down the country to campaign for a YES vote at the referendum.

    With a new website, Twitter account and Facebook site Students4Europe is going to be running Fresher's Fairs in Universities and Colleges across the UK.

    "Young people have their futures in their own hands. This is going to be one of the most important votes and we are keen to get as many students involved as possible. The opportunities of an engaged UK in Europe are huge for the next generation - the threats to their current freedoms and rights if we leave are also significant." said Laura Sandys, Chair of the European Movement.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Aug 31, 2015

    Up for debate at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth is a motion to change the party's Deputy Leader from being just the Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons, elected by and from the party's MPs, to being a Deputy Leader of the whole party, open to all members and elected by all members.

  • Alan Bullion
    Article: Aug 30, 2015
    By Alan Bullion

    What effect would 'Brexit' have on the UK's vital farming industry? While the exact shape of UK agricultural policy in the aftermath of a referendum vote to leave the European Union is of course unclear, it does seem highly likely that direct support payments, which currently make up a large part of average farm income, would be scaled back significantly and could even largely disappear.

  • Ukraine flag
    Article: Aug 29, 2015
    By ALDE

    The ALDE Group in the European Parliament welcomes the agreement reached by the Ukrainian Government with its international creditors to slash the 18 billion US dollars debt by 20 percent which pushes back maturities on government debt by four years. This provides the country immediate debt relief of approximately $3.6 billion which is vital for the conflict-ravaged nation to put its economy back on track.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2015

    A disabled football coach has been recognised by the prime minister with a national volunteering award, even though that work is threatened by a legal battle over the "bedroom tax" with work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

    Lifelong Liverpool fan John Smith was presented with the Point of Light award in front of tens of thousands of fans at half-time of his team's Premier League match with Bournemouth on Monday.

  • Lib Dems parading at Manchester LGBT Pride 2011
    Article: Aug 29, 2015

    Local Lib Dems will be at multiple Pride events this weekend across the country, and party members and supporters are encouraged to join us and take part!

    The Lib Dems will be taking part in the Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday. There will be a photo opportunity for the group at 11:30am at Castlefield Roman Fort followed by the parade. The Lib Dems also have a social on Sunday at Tribeca to which all members and supporters are welcome. We'll have a stall in the Expo across the weekend, so please come and say hi and get involved in our Human Rights campaign - and if you can spare a couple of hours to meet other Pride goers at the Expo, please let us know!

  • Lynne Featherstone MP at a same-sex marriage vigil outside Parliament (Zöe O'Connell)
    Article: Aug 29, 2015

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have warmly welcomed the news that Lynne Featherstone, former Equalities Minister, is to join the Lib Dems team in the House of Lords. Lynne oversaw the initial stages of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act, and has been described as the "architect of same-sex marriage" by Pink News. After losing her seat in the 2015 General Election, Lynne was retained as a spokesperson by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron MP.

  • East Midlands Liberal Democrats Logo
    Article: Aug 29, 2015

    There was great disappointment amongst Liberal Youth members earlier this month as they were told that they were too late to notify LDHQ of their voting reps for Federal Conference. The organisation has a number of voting places allocated to it as young people often find it difficult to get elected to the role by a local party as they are more likely to move home or to be away studying half the year.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Aug 29, 2015
    By Tim Farron MP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Yesterday, the news was released about the latest tranche of appointments to the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrat peers will be, as they always have been, constructive and conscientious. Where we agree with the government we shall support them and where we don't we shall work to amend and if needs be oppose. But the principle matters, Liberal Democrat peers were appointed on the pledge 'to abolish themselves'.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Aug 29, 2015
    By Paul Walter in Liberal Democrat Voice

    As many will know, there is an excellent motion on Human Rights to be debated at the Bournemouth conference. I have set out the motion below this post.

    I have one query which readers may be able to help me with.

    It pertains to this section of the motion:

    Conference resolves to:

    …C. Retain the Human Rights Act unless it is replaced with a Bill of Rights which incorporates and builds on those rights set out in the ECHR and oppose any attempts by Conservatives to introduce a British Bill of Rights which does not achieve this.

  • 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.

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