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Welcome to 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.

East Midlands consists of the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland

Conference Booking Now Open

EastMidsLibDems Conference 2016 Spring - Booking Now OpenClick here for more information and a link to the booking form

Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 2, 2016
    By Alison Rouse


    We have our "Early Doors Fringe" at 9:30am:

    JANET GRAUBERG: "Education for Real Life - towards a Lib Dem education policy for 2020"
    An interaction session hosted by Secretary of the Liberal Democrat Education Association, Janet Grauberg. Former advisor to Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat Education Minister, and former Lead Member for Children and Young People at the London Borough of Camden.

  • 2016-02 EU Referendum Debate, Melton
    Article: Feb 2, 2016
    By George Smid

    Please do come to the IN and OUT debate at Melton Mowbray tomorrow (Wednesday, 3. February 2016, 7pm) to support our ex-MEP Bill Newton Dunn. (Poster enclosed)

    The debate is held at Baptist Church, Leicester Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0FA.

    To stay IN we have to get OUT.

    If you can, come; if you can't, send your chum.

    See you there!


  • Tim Farron Holocaust Memorial Day
    Article: Feb 2, 2016
    By Alison Rouse in www.timfarron.co.uk

    This week local MP Tim Farron signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, to pledge his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust. Tim also paid tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Feb 2, 2016
    By Alison Rouse

    Flood-hit areas could miss out on millions of pounds, South Lakes MP Tim Farron has warned, as the deadline for applying for EU funding is just four weeks away.

    The EU Solidarity Fund exists to help member states who have been hit by major natural disasters, to help rebuild infrastructure and deal with the costs of flood damage.

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Feb 1, 2016

    Concerns Deepen at yet more Ambulance 'Problems' - East Midlands Lib Dem Vice Chair Calls for Public and Transparent Investigation.

    Only weeks after having to use Fire Engines to move 'patients' to hospital when no ambulances were said to be available the East Midlands is experiencing yet more problems as an injured South Leicestershire resident allegedly waits for two hours for an ambulance to arrive.

  • Event: Feb 18, 2016
    Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire
    Broxtowe By-Elections

    On February 18th, Broxtowe Borough is having TWO by-elections, one for
    Greasley (Con, deceased) and one for Toton & Chilwell Meadows (Con,
    resigned). We've got great candidates for both.

    Details of canvassing dates and times will be circulated separately.

    Alternatively, if you want to lend a hand, please contact Tim Hallam, Chair of Broxtowe Lib Dems, for details.

    07590 407336
  • Event: Feb 27, 2016 9:00 AM
    Southfield School for Girls, Lewis road, Kettering. NN15 6HE

    Doors will open from 9:30am for a special Pre-Conference Fringe. The registration desk will be open for you to sign in from this point on, with the full conference program beginning at 10:30am with a big introduction and welcome from our Regional Chair, Stuart Bray.

    Book for conference here

    Whatever your interests, there will be the normal opportunities to network and debate policy. During the day you will see a varied schedule, including:

  • Kettering EU Referendum street stall 23Jan16
    Article: Jan 31, 2016

    George Smid has written a document reviewing a number recent EU debates and events that he has been involved in recently.

    The document is available for download from the website, but is available to members only, so will require you to log in to get access.

    The document can be found here.

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: Jan 31, 2016
    By Phil Knowles

    Liberal Democrats

    Thank you to those who have already signed the petition to keep Britain in Europe. In the run up to the referendum on Europe, thousands of Liberal Democrats across the country will be campaigning hard to win - and we hope you, along with Pro EU friends, supporters and colleagues will join them.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2016

    Press release from ALDE proposing measures to help address the refugee crisis.

    Today, ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt and VP of the European Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff have presented an emergency plan to get a grip on the refugee crisis.

    Read more here...

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    Article: Jan 31, 2016
    By Paul Haydon (Press Officer, Catherine Bearder MEP)



    South East England

    Date: 28/01/2016

    Contact: Paul Haydon, +32 4837 36457

    Embargo: Immediate

    Google tax: EU proposes clampdown on tax evasion

    The Commission has unveiled a set of proposals to crack down on tax evasion and avoidance, including requiring EU countries to share tax information about large multinational corporations with each other.

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: Jan 30, 2016
    By Paul Haydon (Press Officer, Catherine Bearder MEP)



    South East England

    Date: 27/01/2015

    Contact: Paul Haydon, +32 4837 36457

    Embargo: Immediate

    VW scandal: EU to strengthen oversight of car industry

    The European Commission today proposed a much stronger framework to oversee the car industry and ensure that EU rules are properly enforced in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2016
    By Nick Clegg via Phil Knowles

    In 2010 the Coalition Government set out to simplify the complex benefits system and change it to make sure that no one was worse off when they went to work. To do that we agreed to introduce Universal Credit, which in its original form would have reduced poverty and made 3 million working people better off.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2016
    By Phil Knowles
    Irish Premier Enda Kenny is said to have described any possibility of a British exit from the EU as a potentially serious ‎risk to Ireland.
    Indications are that about 350,000 Irish citizens living in Britain are eligible to vote as are around 100,000 UK citizens currently living in the Irish Republic.
  • Article: Jan 30, 2016

    A short film on why the EU referendum matter to you and your family...


  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jan 24, 2016
    By Alison Rouse

    Last night Tim Farron gave a passionate attack against the Government's housing reforms, saying:

    "If we believe that aspiration is right and that the right to own one's home is good and something to work towards, we should be allowing a like-for-like replacement of homes sold off in advance. If we want to destroy social housing, we should do what the Government are doing."

  • Westmorland Flood Damage
    Article: Jan 24, 2016
    By Andrew Thomas in Westmorland Gazette

    Tim Farron urges the Government to give funding and support to flood-hit South Lakeland

    THE water may largely have gone and the weather taken a turn for the better, but as I visit places across South Lakeland it is clear that the effects of the flooding are very much still being felt, not least for those who have been forced to leave their homes.

  • Document: Jan 22, 2016
  • EastMidsLibDems Conference 2016 Spring - Booking Now Open
    Article: Jan 21, 2016
    By Adam Wain

    The booking form for Spring Conference 2016 is now open.

    More information about conference can be found here.

    The booking form can be found here.

  • 2016-02 EU Referendum Debate, Melton
    Article: Jan 20, 2016
    By Phil Knowles and George Smid
    East Midlands takes forward Pro EU Message
    Across the East Midlands Pro EU Lib Dems are taking to the streets to urge the public to vote to Stay In
    Members in Nottingham already have events organised and across Leicestershire news of proposed events ‎events is expected shortly but breaking News today is that former Lib Dem MEP Bill Newton Dunn will be flying the IN flag next month in Melton and members are urged to go along and support Bill
  • Article: Jan 18, 2016
    By Lucile Kamar

    Visit My Mosque is an annual initiative lead by the Muslim Council of Britain all over the UK and will take place this year on Sunday 7th February.

    With diversity, inclusion and outreach being a priority for the party now more than ever, it is really important to reach out to local communities. I would therefore encourage you and your local activists to visit a participating mosque near you and share the event on your local party website and social media.

  • Catherine Bearder with EU Flag Background
    Article: Jan 15, 2016
    By Phil Knowles
    A joint letter is below from Lib Dem LGA Vice President Catherine Bearder and others echoing Leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat group Gerald Vernon-Jackson's call for LGA support for a government bid to the EU Solidarity fund to help support those communities affected by the recent floods:
    Dear Lord Porter,
    As LGA Vice-Presidents, we are writing to urge the LGA to join the campaign to persuade the UK government to apply for a grant from the EU's Solidarity Fund (EUSF) following the devastating flooding of December 2015.
    We have spoken to European Commission officials who have confirmed that the UK would be eligible for a substantial grant. If current estimates of £5 billion damage are correct, the EU grant could be worth upwards of £125m. This funding could be used by local authorities to pay for the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, clean-up operations and providing temporary accommodation. 10% of this could be made available as an advance payment within four to six weeks, whereas the rest would be available within 6-8 months and could be used retroactively.
    In order to benefit from the fund, the government must apply within twelve weeks of when the disaster first hit. This means that time is of the essence.
    We understand the government is open to applying, but believe there is some reluctance to do so for political reasons. One concern is that a grant from the EUSF would affect the UK's rebate from the EU budget. But overall the UK Treasury would remain a net beneficiary, with a gain of around one-third of the total grant. This means local authorities would still receive millions of pounds of additional funding that would not otherwise be available. The EUSF has also been significantly simplified since 2014, meaning that the process of applying is far less burdensome than it used to be.
    Applying for a grant from the EUSF could provide a vital lifeline for local councils struggling to cope with the impact of the floods. At a time when council budgets are being increasingly squeezed, it is doubly important that the government ensures local authorities can benefit from this additional source of funding. Pressure from the LGA would help persuade the government that this is the right thing to do. We therefore hope you will support us in this important campaign.
    Yours sincerely,
    Catherine Bearder MEP
  • Article: Jan 12, 2016
    By Adam Wain

    The agenda for this Saturday's Derbyshire AGM is now available for download.

    A link to do this has been added to the event details which can be found here (You will need to log in to download it.)

    Finally, a reminder that the AGM starts at 10am, not 10:30am as some previous correspondance might have said.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2016
    By Paul Holmes

    Whether you are a brand new member or an experienced Cllr this event is for you.

    How to Win Elections - Training in Chesterfoed. 30th January, 10am - 2pm.

    It is designed to be a concise summary of how we fight elections -and that is not by simply standing candidates and crossing our fingers, but by fighting elections hard, using methods that have been proven over and over again to work.

  • 2016-01 East Midlands EU Referendum Rally, Group Photo
    Article: Jan 11, 2016
    By Phil Knowles

    Lib Dems Gathered in Derby for the first of a string of national Pro EU Referendum Campaign Rally Events with the event hailed by Catherine Bearder as a great success.

    The message. Being Pro EU is being Patriotic. Let's reclaim our Flag.

    Cllr Phil Knowles Regional Vice Chair and European Referendum Champion.

  • Alde Logo
    Article: Jan 10, 2016
    By Phil Knowles

    MEP Catherine Bearder expressed her delight as Lib Dem Members turned out in force in Derby today in support of the first of the Pro European Campaign Rally Regional Launches. ‎Hailing it as a great success.

    Delegates heard speeches fr‎om Catherine Bearder MEP; Lord Scriven; Iain Gill, the EUReferendum National Director for the Lib Dems; Michael Mullany, the Bosworth Parliamentary Spokesperson; and a speech from EU Referendum Champion for the East Midlands Cllr Phil Knowles.

  • 2015 Leon Duveen
    Article: Jan 10, 2016
    By Leon Duveen

    It looks likely that the Referendum on EU Membership will be happening in the early part of this Summer, late June or early July. That does not leave us much time to get out there and make sure that not only do we (i.e. the "Remain In" side) win the Referendum but win it by enough of a margin to stop the Anti-EU brigade crying foul and wanting a re-run because they lost.

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    Article: Jan 5, 2016
    By Phil Knowles

    With January 9th just days away time is running out to book your FREE place for the Campaign Launch Rally in Derby.

    The East Midlands has been selected to host one of the First of the National Rally Events for the UK and has been identified as a key Campaign Battle Ground to deliver the vote to say Yes to Staying In and Keeping the UK at the Heart of the EU.

  • 2016 New Website Home Page PreView
    Article: Dec 24, 2015
    By Adam Wain

    Over the Christmas period and into the new year I will be making a number of major changes to the layout, structure and content on the East Midlands Lib Dems website. Once complete, this should provide you with a more modern looking site with better navigation and easier access to the information you want. This preview of the prototype home page gives you a flavour of how the site will look.

  • Alde Logo
    Article: Dec 24, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    Speculation coming out of both London and Brussels this week is leaning towards late June 2016 as the most likely timing for the EU Referendum vote. Confirmation of the timetable and the exact date for the Referendum is still some way off. Speculation will of course continue.

    Who knows if the picture will be any clearer by the time we meet for the EU Referendum Rally‎ in Derby on Jan 9th 2016 (more details here). One thing is certain, the Derby Rally with its keynote speeches and workshops is of vital importance!

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