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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.


What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

And what the hell else have the Liberal Democrats Done?

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    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey has opened the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.

    The wind farm is located 20km of the Barrow-in-Furness coastline in North West England.

    West of Duddon Sands has 108 wind turbines and will be able to generate 389 MW of electricity, or put simply, enough to power more than 250,000 homes.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

    Norman warns that "schizo-patient" Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses.

    Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.

  • Julia Cambridge at East Midlands Conference
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The Tories are in a bind over Europe. Instead of talking up the benefits of our relationship with the EU they have let UKIP set the agenda.

    Instead of exposing Nigel Farage's troupe as a one-issue party - with nothing to say on the economy, NHS or environment - they have ratcheted up their anti-Brussels rhetoric.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Patrick Wintour in The Guardian

    Deputy prime minister to meet Manuel Valls in hope of strengthening case for cut and delay in payment of EU surcharge.

    Nick Clegg will deploy his pro-European credentials to try to win the vital support of the French prime minister Manuel Valls for a cut and delay in the sudden Brussels demand for an extra £1.7bn UK contribution to the EU budget.

  • Gallery: Oct 30, 2014
    Angela Paterson - PPC for Northampton North
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    Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson Angela Paterson has welcomed the Early Years Pupil Premium. (EYPP)

    Almost £560,000 will be delivered to nurseries, childminders and other early years' providers in Northamptonshire from April 2015.

    Liberal Democrats believe that a child's success should depend on their own ability, not what their parents do or where they happen to live.

  • Norman Lamb, Zuffah Haq and Phil Knowles in Oadby
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Zuffar Haq, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson, has challenged the CCG, the body responsible for providing the Walk in Centre in Oadby, about proposed cuts of their opening times at week-ends and Bank Holidays.

    Feed-back from users of the Walk In Centre say that there are queues to see doctors at 8am, the current opening time and it will make it more difficult to see doctors if it opens later and closes earlier over week-ends and Bank Holidays.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Cllr David Carter

    The next meeting of the Oadby Town Residents' Forum will be held at The Barnabas Centre, St Paul's Church, Oadby on THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2014 at 6.30pm If you get there at 6pm you will have a chance to speak to the Police and local councillors

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By County Cllrs Dean Gamble and Jeffrey Kaufman

    Our independence is under Tory threat! The Conservative run County Council faces bankruptcy.

    Under the Tories' mismanagement at County Hall they have conceded that within two years the Leicestershire County Council could face bankruptcy. To fill the gaping gap in their finances they are calling for all the local councils to be abolished and for them to run all local services. Your local Lib Dem Councillors oppose their proposals totally. We believe that decisions should be made by local residents through their elected local councillors not by Tory councillors who have no connection with Oadby. You can be assured that your local Lib Dems will fight any attempt by the Tories trying to abolish our Borough.

  • Lord Newby with David Watts in Newark
    Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By David Watts in Beeston Express

    Over the past few weeks I have discovered a hidden crisis in the NHS, in terms of how people with mental health problems are treated. For many years mental health treatment has been the Cinderella part of the NHS and I'm delighted that at the Liberal Democrat conference in October Nick Clegg was able to announce new commitments and new money to ensure that those diagnosed with problems get to see a specialist quickly. The problem that I've found though is that many people with mental health problems can't get that diagnosis in the first place, and without this can't access any sort of treatment.

  • Liz Lynne
    Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Zoe O'Connell

    Every two years, the party elects a new president and all members as of the cut-off date in September have the opportunity to vote - ballot forms should reach you in the next day or so. The 2012 election was uncontested but this year, with current president Tim Farron having reached his term limit, there are three candidates.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014
    By Cllr Lily Kaufman

    It seems that some of the local GP Practices are not sending out letters or sending them out late to remind patients who are eligible for free flu jabs, so this is a reminder from your local Lib Dem Councillors to phone up your Practice and make an appointment.

    Eligibility for free flu vaccination:

    • People aged 65 and over
    • People aged under 65 with specific clinical conditions
    • All pregnant women
    • All two, three and four year olds
    • Healthcare workers ith direct patient contact
    • Carers
  • Mencap logo
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    1,200 people with a learning disability are dying prematurely in our health service every single year. This is a scandal that must be stopped.

    In the run up to the 2015 General Election, health care and the future of the NHS will be a hot topic of debate. Mencap wants to make sure that health care for people with a learning disability is part of this debate, so the next Government gets the message that they must take action to stop people dying avoidably.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.

  • Malcolm Bruce MP ()
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    There's been an almighty row in the Coalition over which Private Members Bills should be given government support.

    The Liberal Democrats had offered the Tories a deal which would have given both Bob Neill's Bill on an EU referendum and Andrew George's on the Bedroom Tax a fair chance of becoming law. In return, the Tories offered the Liberal Democrats a deal under which only the EU Bill would have stood a chance. We'd have been daft to have let them away with it.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    By pandering to UKIP, Tory waverers and rebellious backbench MPs, David Cameron is alienating the very allies in Europe who are the key to achieving substantial EU reform.

    The new European Commission is committed to cutting red tape, boosting trade and expanding the single market to create new jobs, all of which are central aims of the UK. But threatening the principle of freedom of movement, a cherished right enjoyed by millions of Europeans including 2.2 million British citizens who live elsewhere in the EU, only serves to undermine the UK's position in the eyes of its EU partners.

  • Mark Hunter MP
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat Mp for Cheadle has agreed to become an 'Arthritis Champion', supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset and transform the lives of people that have musculoskeletal conditions.

    Musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Over 10 million people in the UK have a musculoskeletal condition.

  • Cllr. Sally Beardsworth
    Article: Oct 29, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats on Northampton Borough Council have condemned the Leader of the Council (Cllr. David Mackintosh, Conservative) and the Conservative administration he runs for their utter contempt for the staff that we all rely on.

    Councillor Mackintosh yesterday compared working at the Borough Council to attending a 'holiday camp', despite enormous staff cuts and increases in workload over the past several years.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons.

    Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law.


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