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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.

Lib Dem Achievements in Government

Updated May 2014. Reproduced with permission from http://www.markpack.org.uk/libdem-infographic/

What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

And what the hell else have the Liberal Democrats Done?

Recent Updates

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    British manufacturers want the UK to remain in the EU and lead in its reform, the EEF manufacturers' organisation stressed today in a new 5-point manifesto.

    Making the economic case for EU membership and extending its free market to drive jobs and growth were identified by the EEF as top priorities for the next government.

  • Document: Sep 22, 2014
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  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Sep 22, 2014
    By Transcript of Interview with Dermot Murnaghan in Sky News

    Paddy tells it how it is to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News

    DERMOT MURNAGHAN: Now here's a quote, "We haven't fought to save our union north of the border to see it Balkanised in Westminster', those are the words of the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, today and it gets to the heart perhaps of the row that is emerging from the fallout from the Scottish independence referendum. There are growing calls to match the promises given to Scotland for greater devolution with more control for English politicians and voters so are we about to see political power in the United Kingdom completely reformed? Joining me now is the former Lib Dem leader, Paddy Ashdown. Paddy, first of all I just wanted to ask you, how does this debate about increased powers make you feel?

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, the leader of the Lib-Dems on Broxtowe Borough Council. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week.

    1. Core Strategy

    The first matter to report this week is that the borough council has approved the core strategy for the borough for the next fifteen years. This includes a whole range of things, including measures to tackle climate change, employment and development of our town centres. The one controversial part of the strategy is that it sets out the areas where development will be permitted over the plan period, and includes three main areas for development, at Boots, at Toton and at Field Farm in Stapleford. I did read claims from other politicians that the Liberal Democrats were spilt over this scheme but nothing could be further from the truth and we voted unanimously in support of the scheme. Although parts of this proved controversial I sincerely hope that we can now move forward as a council to ensure that we get the very best for Broxtowe over the next few years.

  • Event: October 16, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    There will be 2 by-elections for Rutland County Council on 16th October 2014.

    The first is in Whissendine where Sam Asplin who works at a local school will be standing.

    The second is in Oakham South West where resident Richard Swift will stand.

    Any offers of help please to the candidates, chair or executive members who can be contacted by phone or on libdemsec@aol.com

  • Bill Newton Dunn MEP
    Event: October 22, 2014
    Old White Hart, 51 Main St, Lyddington, Oakham, Lyddington, Leicestershire LE15 9LR

    Bill Newton Dunn who has served the East Midlands and the Liberal Democrats so well as MEP over many years has kindly agreed to reflect on his time in the European Parliament over supper at the Old White Hart, Lyddington (Rutland) on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

    Everyone is welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so we can send you a menu choice.

  • Gallery: Sep 21, 2014
    Kate Smith Keith Falconbridge with agent Kate Smith
  • Gallery: Sep 21, 2014
    Hilary Jones
  • Gallery: Sep 21, 2014
    Martin Garnett PPC Erewash
  • Gallery: Sep 21, 2014
    Leon Duveen Bill Newton Dunn and Leon Duveen Leon and Yannie Duveen Leon Duveen 2 Leon Duveen 3 Leon Duveen 1
  • Bill Newton Dunn
    Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Bill Newton Dunn who has served the East Midlands and the Liberal Democrats so well as MEP over many years has kindly agreed to reflect on his time in the European Parliament over supper at the Old White Hart, Lyddington (Rutland) on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

    Everyone is welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so we can send you a menu choice.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    There will be 2 by-elections for Rutland County Council on 16th October 2014.

    The first is in Whissendine where Sam Asplin who works at a local school will be standing.

    The second is in Oakham South West where resident Richard Swift will stand.

    Any offers of help please to the candidates, chair or executive members who can be contacted by phone or on libdemsec@aol.com

  • Lily Kaufman
    Article: Sep 21, 2014
    By Cllr Lily Kaufman

    The improvements in Oadby Town Centre are nearly completed and traffic has gone back to two way.

    These improvements were able to happen because of the well managed Lib Dem run Oadby & Wigston Borough Council securing European monies that had been refused to another local authority.

    Shoppers are delighted with the result especially those with restricted mobility and have to use a mobility scooter. They say that because the pavements are flatter their scooters are easier to manouvre thereby making it safer.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Within hours of the momentous decision by the Scottish people to remain in the UK, Westminster found itself once again bogged down in conventional party political point scoring.

    I have seen for myself the way in which the vested interests in the two old parties can conspire to block reform - scuppering elections to the House of Lords and a clean up of party funding in recent years.

  • Cllr Richard Church
    Article: Sep 20, 2014
    By Richard Church in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Ed Miliband has to concede that home rule for Scotland must mean that Scottish MP's should no longer vote on English only matters. Not to do so would be unreasonable, unfair, and also deeply unpopular in England. It would give the Tories the biggest stick they could wish for to beat Labour with up and down England in May next year.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    A disabled campaigner had more than £70 a week of her disability benefit stripped from her for three months because she could not attend a back-to-work workshop that a government assessment had already concluded would be inaccessible to her.

    Catherine Hale repeatedly wrote to Work Programme provider Seetec to explain that she would not be able to attend the compulsory workshops unless they were made accessible to her.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Sep 20, 2014
    By Cllr John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    Whatever your views may have been about the Scottish Referendum, if you are a real supporter of democracy you cannot fail to have been impressed by the passions it generated on both sides, producing, as it did, average voter turnouts in the high eighties, the highest in these islands since the 1951 General Election. If we could only achieve half these figures in our local elections. Indeed, we are lucky if turnouts in recent General Elections come anywhere near to the figures on 18 September north of the border.

  • George Smid 1
    Article: Sep 20, 2014
    By George Smid - Chair Corby

    So the Scottish referendum was a victory for democracy. And on Friday the police had to keep Yes and No supporters apart in Glasgow. Of course Glasgow voted Yes and its antipode Edinburgh voted No. Emotions run high.

    The Scottish referendum was a victory for further devolution as well - not only for Scotland but for all of the UK. But the question of devolution has to parts - what to devolve, and how far to devolve. Already there is an open feeling that Scotland has preferential treatment in what devolved powers were promised to her. And the Glasgow clash shows that the devolution itself should have limits - nobody is arguing that 'the majority' of Glasgow wanted independence and therefore Glasgow should go it alone. Fortunately. History is full of examples of splinter groups, too small on their own, declaring 'independence'.

  • John Leech MP
    Page: Sep 19, 2014

    Autumn Conference & AGM 2014, 1st November

    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Offices, Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, LE10 0FR

    Keynote Speakers

    John Leech MP for Manchester Withington,

    and the

    Candidates for Party President election.

    Plus training, debates, exhibition stands

    You can book for conference (book early and take advantage of the special offers) by either using the booking form and sending it with your cheque, or pay by Paypal via the donate button below.

    £7.00 Early Bird rate (if booked before 15th October (otherwise £12.00)

    £5.00 student/claimant/concession

    NB: unemployed, the dependent spouse of an unemployed, on income support, a full time student or if your only income is the state pension

    Cheques to be made payable to "East Midlands Liberal Democrats" and sent with the booking form to:

    Joan Garrity, 47 Bentinghouse Road, Leicester, LE2 9BG. (07930 802022 or email: joan.garrity@ntlworld.com)

    Tea/Coffee on registration. No lunch provided this conference -but there are many food outlets nearby.

    The programme, agenda and other documentation can be downloaded here in when they becomes available

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    After a momentous day, the Liberal Democrats are delighted that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. This is an exciting time as now we can start delivering more powers to Scotland.

    Commenting on the results, Nick Clegg said:

    "I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations.

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