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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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  • Ashfield Weekender
    Event: February 28, 2015 9:30 AM - March 1, 2015 7:00 PM
    Ashfield Liberal Democrats HQ 84-86 Outram Street Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4FS

    Lib Dem Chief Executive Tim Gordon will be the special guest as Ashfield Lib Dems embark on their biggest project ever. The team, fighting to overturn a Labour Majority of only 192 (out of nearly 50,000 votes) will be attempting to deliver the whole constituency in just one weekend.

    As well as this, there will be plenty of admin and phone calls to be made from their Sutton-in-Ashfield HQ. Ashfield's Jason Zadrozny, the PPC said, "This will be our biggest Action Weekend ever. It will be just 6 weeks before postal votes land and we will be joined by Lib Dem Head Honcho CEO Tim Gordon who will be rallying the troops on the Saturday Morning. There will be lots to do from the office on both days from 9am til 7:30pm. We need to show once and for all what Team Ashfield is made of!."

  • Zuffah 3
    Article: Feb 28, 2015

    Regional Chair Cllr Phil Knowles was in Harborough today for the launch of Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidates Zuffar Haq's Westminster Campaign

    Pictured with Zuffar Haq along side Council Candidates Peter Rowbotham and Annette Deacon ‎, Cllr Knowles told the gathering '' We have a first class candidate in Zuffar with a well structured campaign plan and a history of hard work for the community over a lengthy period.

  • Traffic chaos
    Article: Feb 28, 2015


    Powers for the council to tackle traffic offenses

    Nottingham Liberal Democrats note that:

    1. Nottingham City Council has been entrusted with enforcement of certain traffic offences under the Traffic Act 2004
    2. Traffic control measures are often seen as a source of revenue rather than a genuine attempt to resolve traffic safety issues
    3. Councils have been given powers to tackle minor motoring offences because the police didn't have the size of workforce to be able to deal with these issues
  • John Marriott
    Article: Feb 28, 2015
    By Cllr John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    If Liberal Democrats are going to show that they really are radicals, our Manifesto should not just appear as Tory lite.

    It needs to show what has always made us different. Liberals do not accept things as they, like the Conservative Party or claim to be something we are not, like Labour. Here are a few ideas that might show that we can still be different, even though we have had to swallow hard as a partner in government over the past few years. Most of them are not new; but many reflect what we appear to have lost over the past five years. They may be a bit rough around the edges and are in no particular order of priority. I wonder whether colleagues can come up with a few more 'radical' ideas. To be honest, we aren't going to get far on what we appear to be offering the electorate at the moment.

  • Tuition Fees
    Article: Feb 28, 2015
    By David Walker - Loughborough

    On the Today Programme on Friday, Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said "A typical teacher will still have £25,000 to pay off at the the age of 50 and will really struggle to be able to do that". It is really horrifying that either he does not understand the system, or that he is deliberately misleading the millions who listen to the Today programme.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Feb 28, 2015

    Speaking at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Cardiff, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Welsh NHS could benefit from up to £450m extra under his party's plans.

    Accusing the Labour party of failing to support Wales' health service, Nick argued that this extra investment can be used, amongst other things, to support Kirsty Williams' pledge to increase the number of nurses on hospital wards.

  • Article: Feb 28, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Peer Jeremy Purvis has today welcomed the successful progress though the House of Lords of the Lib Dem Bill to enshrine the UK's aid spending target in law.

    The Bill, which was proposed in the Commons by Michael Moore MP and which would ensure 0.7% of the UK's Gross National Income is spend on international aid, cleared its Report Stage despite sustained pressure from a small minority of Peers set on derailing the proposals.

  • Elephants
    Article: Feb 28, 2015

    China has this week temporarily banned the import of ivory carvings in a victory for the fight against poaching. Most trade in ivory is illegal under international law, but exemptions for ivory carvings have been used as a loophole by smugglers to sell ivory from poached elephants in China.

    The move comes after an open letter was sent by charity Action for Elephants UK calling on Chinese President Xi Jinping to end the ivory trade, co-signed by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder who is campaigning for the EU to step up the fight against wildlife crime.

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  • Ashfield Weekender
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Don't forget that tomorrow is the start of the Ashfield Action Weekend. The team are tackling their most ambitious target yet - to deliver the whole constituency in one weekend. Lib Dem Party Chief Executive - Tim Gordon will be attending, rolling up his shirtsleeves and joining the team.

    It'll be a busy weekend - as the team try and deliver nearly 50,000 leaflets in what is the most marginal Lib Dem/Labour battle in the East Midlands.

    Lib Dem Chief Executive Tim Gordon will also be hosting a rally from 11.30am at the HQ on Outram Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

    As well as this, there will be plenty of admin and phone calls to be made from their Sutton-in-Ashfield HQ. Ashfield's Jason Zadrozny, the PPC said, "This will be our biggest Action Weekend ever. It will be just 6 weeks before postal votes land and we will be joined by Lib Dem Head Honcho CEO Tim Gordon who will be rallying the troops on the Saturday Morning. There will be lots to do from the office on both days from 9am til 7:30pm. We need to show once and for all what Team Ashfield is made of!."

    WHAT: - Ashfield Weekender with Tim Gordon - Saturday, February, 28th and Sunday, March 1st - 9.30am - 7pm. Luxury hot buffet will be provided.

    WHERE - Ashfield Liberal Democrats HQ 84-86 Outram Street Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4FS

    Contact Sara in the Ashfield Office on 01623 613 495 or email sara@aldmail.co.uk


    Nearest train station: Sutton Parkway (regular services from Alfreton and Nottingham Train Stations). There are also buses from Derby, Nottingham & Sutton Parkway station that go right past the office door. You can't miss their office - it's painted Lib Dem yellow.

  • Tuition Fees
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Labour's plan to cap maximum tuition fees to £6,000 is deeply regressive. Under their plans only the wealthiest graduates would benefit.

    Only graduates with a starting salary of at least £35,000 would pay less. A salary only paid for by a handful of big City firms.

    This compares to an average graduate starting salary of £21,700.

  • Action Day 21st Feb
    Article: Feb 27, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Tories and UKIP are spending thousands at the moment on Glossy Leaflets in Northampton North and paying Royal Mail and others to deliver them.

    Last Saturday (21st) Angela Paterson Lib Dem Prospective Candidate and her team knocked on dozens of doors and hand delivered hundreds of leaflets.

    Our Councillors produce regular Focus Newsletters for their constituents . Paid for and delivered by volunteers and printed locally in Northampton.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives record on immigration, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "I said to David Cameron he shouldn't make the commitment because it was inevitable he was going to break it because you can't control the net figure.

    "They made that commitment - we said we were not going to do it as a coalition government .. and they are now going to have to suffer the embarrassment.

  • key_Pensions.jpg
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the highest level of pension saving since records began in 1997.

    Pension membership has risen across all age groups. The figures underline the success of automatic enrolment, where workers are automatically placed in a pensions scheme.

    To date the programme has brought more than five million workers into a pension scheme.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Yesterday morning I announced the results of the first auction for green energy generation. The results are impressive - more clean energy at lower costs.

    Thanks to this first renewable electricity competition of its kind, I have offered contracts to 27 renewable energy projects across the UK. Enough to power 1.4 million homes and save the equivalent carbon emissions of taking 2 million cars off the road.

  • Chicken
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder is calling on the European Commission to set EU limits for campylobacter levels in poultry meat, in wake of results published today showing that three-quarters of fresh chickens sold in the UK are contaminated with the food poisoning bacterium.

    A study by the European Food and Safety Authority has estimated that cases of the potentially life-threatening illness could be cut by between 50% and 90% if EU limits on campylobacter, similar to those already in place for salmonella, were put in place.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced an extra £500,000 to provide support for veterans in Colchester.

    Vulnerable ex-military service men and women in Colchester will benefit from the Veterans Pathway which will help them full reintegrate back into civilian life.

    Veterans Pathway is a consortium established to provide 65 units of temporary, supported and independent accommodation for ex-service men and women most in need.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015
  • Beer
    Article: Feb 26, 2015


    Super-strength drinks motion

    Nottingham currently has 20% more alcohol-related hospital admissions than the national average according to Notts Chief Constable, Chris Eyre (1). Super-strength alcoholic drinks have been noted as a contributing factor by Dr Chris Kenny, director of public health for both Nottingham City and Notts County Councils.

    Nottingham has one of the biggest student populations per capita in the country and is a thriving stag and hen night location.

    Nottingham City Council has launched the Super Strength Free campaign to encourage off-licenses to stop the sale of beers and ciders stronger than 5.6%

    Nottingham Lib Dems welcome:
    1. Nottingham City Council's desire to improve a public health problem.

    Nottingham Lib Dems note that:

    1. One can of super-strength lager can contain up to the same amount of alcohol as four glasses of wine.

    2. Nottingham has developed a reputation as a city with a drinking problem following appearances on TV documentaries such as 'Coppers'.

    3. Police officers often call for ambulances to take inebriated drinkers to A&E because it is seen as a safe space for them to be.

    4. None of the major supermarkets have signed up to the Super Strength Free campaign.

    5. People who want to go about drinking legal products in a responsible way, without endangering themselves or others, should not be prevented from doing so.

    6. Nottingham City Council's proposal is disproportionate to the size of the problem. (2)

    Nottingham Lib Dems call for Nottingham City Council and future elected City Councillors to:

    1. Base alcohol policy on evidence, rather than popular opinion

    2. Provide more support for Safe Space schemes, such as those employed by Lib Dem run Portsmouth Council. (3)

    3. Work with Nottinghamshire Police to:

      1. Understand when it's appropriate to use a safe space and when it's appropriate to send someone to A&E.

      2. Offer alcohol educational courses to people instead of Penalty Notices for Disorder.

    4. Provide support for the Street Pastor Scheme4 and help extend other volunteer schemes.

    1 http://www.nottinghampost.com/Traders-sign-voluntary-ban-super-strength-booze/story- 18991090-detail/story.html

    2 Based on a Freedom of Information Act request to the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group for data covering the month of June 2013, there is, on average, 2.3% (10.7 people a day) of

  • Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Minister for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey has announced plans for 27 renewable electricity projects which together could power 1.4 million homes, comparable to the number of households in Wales.

    If built, these projects could support thousands of green jobs, bolster energy security and cut the cost of renewable electricity.

  • Job Centre Plus
    Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Jobseekers have taken part in more than 469,000 voluntary placements through Jobcentre Plus since January 2011, according to new figures published today by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Around seven in ten participants were young people able to gain skills and experience to help them move into paid work. Accordingly, the number of young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is now at its lowest since the 1970s.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2015
    By Michael Charlesworth

    It was feared last year that we might lose the urgent care centre in Oadby (better known as the 8 to 8), but the local NHS has confirmed it will be staying.

    It will be open on weekdays from 8am - 9pm and on weekends and bank holidays from 8am - 8pm.

    The urgent care service will see all 33 GP practices in East Leicestershire providing minor injury and illness services as well.

  • Steve Webb
    Article: Feb 25, 2015
    In Bristol Post

    HE was once dismissed in unguarded remarks by his party leader as "lacking ideas", but Pensions Minister Steve Webb has come a long way since Nick Clegg was overheard discussing his then front bench team a little too candidly on a plane to Scotland.

    Steve is one of few ministers to stay in post for the full five years of the Coalition, something which has allowed him to push through a radical reform agenda.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Dear voters,

    If you don't like what an MP does with their time, what they do with money or how much attention they give their job, you can vote them out.

    I know it's more satisfying always to blame someone else for not changing the rules the way you'd like, but it's you and your neighbours you can fix things.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Feb 25, 2015
  • Article: Feb 25, 2015
    By Stephen Worrall - Parliamentary Spokesperson for High Peak

    High Peak Liberal Democrat PPC Stephen Worrall is supporting the campaign to improve awareness and support for MS sufferers.MS

    Over 100,000 people in the UK live with MS, a neurological condition that affects roughly three times as many women as men. It's essential that they have timely access to the right treatment, care and support, no matter where they live. Unfortunately, this is not happening. Awareness of the condition is abysmally low, and for people with MS, accessing the right support can be a daily battle.

    Stephen commented "I am proud to be standing up for people affected by MS in the High Peak and elsewhere. A family member of mine suffers from, thankfully currently only mild, MS so it is a campaign I can relate to personally".

    In Europe, just Poland and Romania have lower access to disease modifying treatments for MS than the UK. Between 2008 and 2013, over 90,000 disabled people lost access to care and support. More than a third of people with MShave been incorrectly placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). People in this group receive less money, the threat of and many have this benefit removed after a year.

    Stephen commented further "I find it particularly shocking that in Europe only Poland and Romania have lower access to disease modifying treatments for MS than the UK, and the huge number of MS sufferers (and those with other disabilities) who have lost access to care and support is a disgrace."

    "If elected I would work to give MS a voice, fight for people with MS to access the care they need when they need it, fight to ensure that assessments for disability benefits work for people with MS and work to ensure that people with MS can access the right treatment at the right time."

  • Dean A Gamble
    Article: Feb 25, 2015
    By County Cllrs Dean Gamble and Jeffrey Kaufman and Councillor Samia Haq

    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council at its meeting on 19th February 2015 passed a resolution proposed by Brockshill Ward Councillor and Oadby Leicestershire County Councillor, Jeffrey Kaufman and was seconded by Uplands Ward Councillor and Oadby County Councillor, Dean Gamble.

    It was unanimously agreed that the Chief Executive should write to the Oadby schools concerned expressing disquiet about the current proposals to reorganise education in Oadby.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrats on Leicestershire County Council have voted against a Tory budget that included cuts of £32m and a Council Tax rise of 1.99%.

    Papers accompanying the report1 forecast cuts to the budget over the next four years, will lead to very limited preventative or early intervention services, social care services running at the bare statutory minimum, no museums service, most libraries either being closed or run by communities, closure of household waste and recycling sites, and major reductions to highway maintenance.

  • PPCs at East Midlands Con 2015 023.jpg
    Article: Feb 24, 2015
    By Kate Smith - PPC Amber Valley and Leon Duveen - PPC Bassetlaw

    On Saturday morning at their Spring Conference in Ashfield, the East Midlands Liberal Democrats passed a strong motion defending the guiding principles of the NHS and calling for improved cooperation between Acute Care, Primary Care & Social Services and a return to stronger local oversight.

    The motion (full wording available here), proposed by the Party's PPC for Amber Valley Kate Smith & seconded by the PPC for Bassetlaw Leon Duveen, shows that the Lib Dems are serious about defending the NHS here in the East Midlands and across the UK

  • Tuition Fees
    Article: Feb 24, 2015
    By John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham in Letter to The Guardian

    What is it about tuition fees that appears to get politicians into so much trouble?

    They have proved to be the stick with which to beat Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems and now they might also be used on Ed Balls and Labour.

    The facts are simple. When I attended university in the 1960s I was one of only a fraction of the population that did. No wonder the state could afford to pay for most of us. Now, with nearly half a million students, that cost would be unacceptable to many people (and politicians). In any case, judging by the numbers still prepared to pay the price, charging doesn't appear to have acted as a deterrent.
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