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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.

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What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

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    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Mark Pack

    A group of four peers (including, sigh, Alex Carlile) are trying to pull a fast one with Parliamentary procedure by tabling at the last minute a long and complicated set of amendments (18 pages long!) that would introduce the Snoopers' Charter.

    These amendments will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday, 26 January.

  • Stephen Worrall
    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Stephen Worrall - Parliamentary Spokesperson for High Peak

    Alan Charles wanted to hear what you had to say, but only if you'd let him know within 9 days!

    Derbyshire's Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is proposing to increase the council tax for policing contribution by just less than 2%, an increase he can implement without consultation. Any more than 2% and he would have to call a referendum.

  • Sarah Dickinson
    Article: Jan 25, 2015

    Yesterday saw the launch of the Parklands Fitness Centre, opened by Colin Jackson CBE (a former world champion athlete) and our Mayor, Cllr Sarah Dickinson.

    The transformation of the site has been amazing and feed-back from users has been very positive.

    Not only was it officially opened today it was also run as an open day and it was very well attended by members and visitors.

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    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Simon Oliver - Chair of Green Liberal Democrats in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Green Party, which I was a member of briefly in the late 80s, has hard left socialist roots and is widely considered both anti-capitalist and paradoxically authoritarian and localist. It has a wide range of policies, all of which take note of environmental concerns (which do not begin and end with climate change, any more than ours do) but only reference those concerns where necessary. Lately it has been adopting a less hard line approach and on many matters, such as human rights, is decidedly liberal.

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    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Tim Healy in Leicester Mercury

    The NHS has approved the £7.8 million business case for new hospital buildings at St Luke's Hospital in Market Harborough.

    The project represents one of the largest single investments in health care facilities seen in Leicestershire in recent times and will provide first class, modern health care facilities.

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    Event: January 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1SL

    Action Day in Bosworth with Lord Scriven

    Saturday 31st January

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    24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1SL

    The timings for the event are

    • * 10am-10.30am Meet and socialise
    • * 10.30am-12.30pm Morning session of envelope stuffing, delivering or canvassing
    • * 12.30pm-1.30pm Hot lunch and a talk and question and answer session with Lord Scriven
    • * 1.30-3.30pm Afternoon session of envelope stuffing, delivering or canvassing
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    Article: Jan 24, 2015
    By County Cllrs Dean Gamble and Jeffrey Kaufman

    Oadby Liberal Democrat County Councillors Jeffrey Kaufman and Dean Gamble attended a meeting of parents concerned about the proposed re-organisation of Oadby Schools.

    They have formed a group called "SOS" (Save our Schools).

    The councillors assured the group of their complete support for their aims to ensure that the Oadby schools once again work together as the Oadby Family of Schools for the benefit of the children who live in the area.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    The IFS report released today (Friday 23 January) confirms that the richest have shouldered the highest share of the burden as we move to repair the public finances.

    The Liberal Democrats have been clear that we expect those with the broadest shoulders to pay their fair share towards deficit reduction.

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  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Jan 23, 2015

    After over 25 years of heading the Harborough Hospital Campaign Cllr Phil Knowles has warmly welcomed tonight's news that NHS bosses have today approved funding for the £7 million plus, scheme.

    There is still a way to go but hopefully the contractors will shortly be on board and the scheme, delayed on so many occasions will finally proceed.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Last week I asked a question in the Lords on the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). The DSA allows those with a disability, a long term health condition, or dyslexia (like myself) an equal shot at higher education. The support people receive through this allowance can be vital in ensuring a student's chances of academic success aren't dictated by their disability or health, but by their effort and ability.

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    Article: Jan 23, 2015

    Ibrahim Taguri, Liberal Democrat candidate for Brent Central, has been named as the party's Race Equality Champion.

    Ibrahim will engage with all communities and ensure the party continues to include commitments reflecting a diverse Britain in our manifesto.

    The new appointment was announced by Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a reception for the BAME community on Wednesday evening (21 January).

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    Article: Jan 23, 2015
    By David Cooper in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Few things are more complicated and opaque than the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade deal being hammered out between the EU and the USA. It has been criticized by activists and journalists such as George Monbiot, but Vince Cable asserts there is nothing to worry about. Who is right?

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    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Figures released today (Thursday 22 January) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the level of crime in England and Wales has fallen to a record low.

    The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that in the year ending September 2014, crime fell by 11 per cent compared with the previous year.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Writing in the Independent, Tim Farron MP calls for an end to the delays in publishing the Chilcot Report.

    Read Tim's article in full below.

    In 2003 Britain was led by the Labour Party with Conservative support into a war with Iraq which many people in our country believe was illegal.

    It is why on the eve of the conflict a million people took to the streets to protest against the decision to send our troops into harm's way without the backing of the United Nations.

    The grim statistics resulting directly from that fateful decision are now, sadly, all too familiar.

    Nearly 200 British service personnel killed. More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Hundreds of thousands of families torn apart in the post-war chaos; and billions of pounds of taxpayer's money spent.

    But it important to remember that the conflict with Iraq is not ancient history. It is not some distant tragedy fought between past warring nations, led by romanticised characters from popular myth or legend.

    The war in Iraq helps to explain the world today. You cannot begin to understand modern geopolitics without first understanding its intricacies and its aftermath. The legacy of the Iraqi conflict is Britain's legacy too. Our country is less safe, less secure and less trusted in the Middle East because of it.

    This makes the public inquiry into British and American invasion of Iraq so important. The British people, the wounded soldiers and their families, deserve to understand how the decision to go to war was made.

    Six years after the independent inquiry was set up in 2009 by Gordon Brown - due to be published within 12 months - we are still waiting for answers. We have now been told Sir John Chilcot will not be reporting until after the General Election in May.

    This is completely unacceptable for two reasons.

    Firstly, the public, not just the million war protestors, and the thousands still affected by this terrible conflict have waited long enough. They need and deserve closure. They cannot move on if the decision to topple Baghdad is still shrouded in mystery.

    Secondly, by delaying publication the electorate will not be able to hold to account those who took the decision to go to war at the ballot box until 2020, the date of the next General Election.

    It means voters will have waited 17 years from the day British boots hit the ground in Iraq to be able to make a fully informed decision on the war, listening to all the evidence, and use it as a factor to decide who governs the country.

    This is a democratic deficit - we should not stand for it. It is why today (Wednesday) the Liberal Democrats launched a petition to call for the urgent publication of Sir John's report. It the very least the public expect.

    Whether it is the case or not, with every passing day there is a real danger the public will assume the report is being, as Nick Clegg has said, 'sexed down' by individuals rebutting criticisms put to them by the inquiry.

    David Cameron, the Conservative Party and, of course, Labour all voted for the Iraq War; and they all condemned the Liberal Democrats for opposing the invasion.

    It is incomprehensible to the British public that such an important report should be delayed. The voters did not have a say on the decision to go to war in 2003. They must have their say now - 17 years is far too long.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Applications are now open for the Liberal Democrats Diversity Office's training weekend for young people from Black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds.

    The event, which is open to young people aged 18 to 25 who self identify as being from a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background will be held at our party HQ in Westminster on Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 March.

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    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    LGBT+ Lib Dems met at party HQ in Westminster last weekend for their annual Winter Strategy Conference. Activists from around the country, including our President, Baroness Liz Barker, assembled to plan objectives for the year, including policy and campaigning. A full report will be sent to members, including information from the recent Members' Survey.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    The residents of Whissendine had an opportunity to express their concerns about issues faced by the village through a questionnaire which was hand delivered and then collected last weekend. 73 of the villagers responded and three clear issues stood out - parking and traffic concerns, the desire for post office facilities in the village and concerns over the future provision of the emergency services.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Rutland and Melton parliamentary candidate Ed Reynolds is calling on small shops in our lovely market towns and villages to enter the 'Best Small Shops Competition' for a chance to be recognised in an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

    Applications can be submitted via www.bestsmallshops.uk and should set out in no more than 500 words why they are the best small shop focusing on: innovation in the business, community engagement and entrepreneurial activity.

    The closing date is 30th January and shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 25th February where the winner will be announced.

    Commenting, Ed said: "Rutland and Melton constituency, with small towns such as Oakham, Melton Mowbray and Uppingham, is home to many wonderful independent retailers who play an important role supporting the local economy and creating jobs all year round.

    "This competition is the perfect opportunity for a small shop to showcase themselves and I would encourage local businesses to consider applying for this award. It would be superb if one of our shops was recognised in this way."

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Last Friday, 16th January 2015, the House of Lords held its latest debate on the Assisted Dying Bill, which would allow terminally ill people in England and Wales with less than six months' life expectancy to ask for assistance in ending their lives at a time of their choosing.

    The bad news is that their Lordships didn't make much progress on the second day of the bill's Committee stage. They spent nearly two hours debating whether to change the title of the bill from "Assisted Dying" to Assisted Suicide". Then another three hours on whether to require that anyone requesting an assisted death must have been registered for at least the previous six months with one of the two doctors signing off on their request. Then their Lordships' five hours were up and the bill now has to wait until a third day of debate has been scheduled.

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