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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

General Election Poster - Don't let Britain take wrong turn


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  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Tomorrow (Thursday) Nick will debate the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Green Party, UKIP, SNP and Plaid Cymru in a televised debate.

    The debate will be live on ITV1 from 8pm until 10pm.

    To help us spread the message that Britain needs a liberal voice in government and to show your support for Nick, it would be great if you could back our Thunderclap.

    Joining a Thunderclap is quick and easy. Click here to add your name and show your support.

  • Keep Calm and Deliver Focus
    Event: April 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    26 Netherley Court, Hinckley, LE10 0RN

    Work off that excess chocolate this Easter Monday and help elect a Lib Dem MP in Bosworth

    This Easter Monday an Action Day is being held at the home of Stuart Bray leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

    It's from 10am-3pm at 26 Netherley Court, Hinckley, LE10 0RN.

    Come and help if you can, even if it's just for an hour or two, all help will be vital

  • Michael Charlesworth
    Article: Apr 1, 2015
    By Michael Charlesworth

    Complaints against Leicestershire Police rose by a staggering 46% in 2013/14, compared to an increase across England and Wales of 15%.

    A complaint took 145 working days to be dealt with, against the national average of 101 days.

    Clearly there are issues that both the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner need to deal with urgently.

  • Michael Charlesworth
    Article: Apr 1, 2015
    By Michael Charlesworth

    Of the 36 Community Libraries offered a chance to be run by someone other than the Leicestershire County Council, only 19 have gone forward to the next stage.

    What will happen to the rest?

    It seems inevitable that some of these Libraries will close and many communities across Leicestershire will lose such a valuable asset.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    The Conservatives are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the British public by saying they will stay the course when in fact Tory plans drastically depart from the direction set out by the Coalition Government.

    They have set out new plans to cut further and for longer than necessary, and are refusing to get the wealthiest in society to pay their fair share. They have also consistently refused to come clean on their plans for £12bn of cuts.

  • key_healthconsultation.jpg
    Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has called for the Conservatives and Labour to commit to investing £8bn a year in the NHS by 2020.

    Analysis in the British Medical Journal said that pledges by the Conservatives and Labour to improve access to GP appointments are unlikely to be achieved.

    Commenting, Norman said:

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg and Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson will today unveil plans to triple paternity leave for fathers.

    To mark the introduction of shared parental leave, which begins on April 5, Nick will announce plans to give dads an extra four weeks off work with their newborns.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Election Spokesperson Lord Scriven has written a letter to Conservative Chairman Grant Schapps, challenging his party to come clean on their plans to slash £12bn in working-age benefits from the welfare budget.

    The Tories have consistently refused to outline where their spending cuts will fall.

  • bags
    Article: Apr 1, 2015

    A law to cut the the use of disposable plastic bags in the EU by 80% has been overwhelmingly approved by MEPs in the European Parliament Environment Committee today in Brussels, despite a lack of support from Conservative MEPs.

    The EU legislation will help ensure that efforts by the coalition to cut plastic bag waste, including a 5p mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags in England being introduced in October 2015, will not be withdrawn by future governments.

  • Event: April 2, 2015 10:00 AM - April 9, 2015 4:00 PM

    Between 10am and 4pm from Thursday, 2 April until 4pm on Thursday, 9 Apri

  • Paul Scriven at 2008 Manifesto Launch
    Event: April 7, 2015 4:00 PM



    Come and join Lord Scriven and Chesterfield PPC Julia Cambridge for canvassing and a buffet meal on Tuesday 7th April.

    We are only 549 votes behind in Chesterfield! Every door knocked is an opportunity to get a vital vote for Julia on 7th May.

  • Event: April 9, 2015 - 4:00 PM

    Deadline for delivery of Nomination Papers


    4pm on Thursday 9 April

    Deadline for withdrawals of nomination


    4pm on Thursday 9 April

    Making objections to nomination papers


    For nominations delivered upto 4pm on 8 April

    Nominations delivered after 4pm on 8 April

    Between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 9 April (objections can be made to all delivered nominations)

    Between 12 noon and 5pm on Thursday 9 April (objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on 8 April)

    Deadline for notification of appointment of Election Agents

    Parliamentary / District

    4pm on Thursday 9 April

    Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated, including Notice of Poll and situation of polling stations


    If no objections : at 5pm on Thursday 9 April

    Objection(s) made : not before objection(s) are disposed of but not later than 4pm on Friday 10 April

  • Ballot box
    Event: April 20, 2015
  • Event: April 21, 2015 - 5:00 PM

    Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes


    5pm on Tuesday 21 April

  • Event: April 28, 2015 - 5:00 PM

    Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)


    5pm on Tuesday 28 April

  • Event: April 29, 2015

    Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents


    Wednesday 29 April

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Economic spokesman Danny Alexander has welcomed the upward revision in GDP and business investment figures for 2014, saying that they are evidence that the Liberal Democrat recovery plan is working.

    The numbers show that business investment increased by 7.5 per cent in 2014, the highest rate since 2007.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    At a press conference, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg issued a stark challenge to David Cameron and Ed Miliband, asking them to answer one simple question: "Will you, or will you not, give the NHS the £8bn a year by 2020 that it needs and tell us how you plan to fund it?"

    Only the Liberal Democrats will give the NHS the funds that doctors have asked for. Our manifesto plans include £8bn a year by 2020 for the NHS, with £3.5bn dedicated to improving mental health services.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Conservative job creation plans have been branded as "totally meaningless", given their aim to let company bosses fire workers at will.

    We already know what a Conservative jobs plan looks like. In government the Lib Dems blocked them allowing businesses to fire workers at will. They now plan savage cuts for the working age poor only to the benefit of very wealthy pensioners.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats would spend £3.5bn more on mental health care in England over the next parliament.

    The money would be spent on revolutionising children's and adult mental health care including:

    • £250m over five years for pregnant women and mums dealing with depression. This would include eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care for pregnant women and new mums and 40 new community services helping new mums adjust to life at home with a new born.
    • New waiting time standards for people in crisis and for conditions like bipolar disorder so that those who are ill know how long they have to wait.
    • Hundreds of thousands more people will get access to talking therapies for anxiety and depression.
  • Cllr Michael Mullaney speaking out against the
    Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Local Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney's campaign to be Bosworth's next MP has got off to a flying start. The Lib Dems say that they have already called at many local homes and that people see a clear choice locally.

    "We are getting a tremendous response," says the Lib Dem challenger Councillor Mullaney. "People want someone to fight for the area and to talk sense in Parliament," he says.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Everyone makes mistakes. That's a fact of life. However, when you do, you need to properly acknowledge it and make amends.

    One of the key Liberal Democrat priorities for this election is that we would fund the £8 billion that the NHS in England needs. In fact, we're spending more than that on health because there are Barnett consequentials giving about another billion to Scotland and Wales. It's not difficult to understand.

  • trafficking
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    The government has announced the Modern Slavery Bill is set to become law after being accelerated through parliament.

    Human trafficking campaigner and South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery.

    The MEP has worked with a number of charities to raise the issue of trafficking up the agenda and has made calls for an anti-trafficking Commissioner, and for victims of trafficking to be protected.

  • Hilary Jones
    Article: Mar 30, 2015
    By Hilary Jones - PPC for Mid Derbyshire

    The Liberal Democrats' candidate for Mid Derbyshire has spoken out on the significance of climate change and human rights, making it a key pledge in this May's general election.

    Speaking at Transition Belper's Climate Change debate, Hilary Jones stressed that green measures were fundamental to Britain's role in ensuring the world was in a fit state to be handed on to future generations. 'Far from being a fringe distraction, making sure the local and global environment is protected and enhanced is essential to life, to sustaining our lifestyle and economy' said Hilary.

  • Stephen Worrall
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Stephen Worrall has today 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.

  • Anita Prabhaker
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Anita Phabhaker is a qualified solicitor specialising in constitutional and corporate law.

    Anita says,

    I migrated to the UK with my family from India to settle down permanently in 2004. It was not an easy decision for me to start life from scratch again especially when I was very well settled back in India. After coming here I passed my exams to enable me to practice as a solicitor in the UK. At the same time I studied for a Masters degree in Law from Nottingham Trent University.

  • Deborah Newton-Cook
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    I ssan Ghazni, Chair of Nottingham Liberal Democrats, said:

    "I am pleased to announce that we have adopted Deborah Newton-Cook as our Candidate for the Nottingham South seat in the General Election on 7 May. Deborah has strong links with Nottingham South, and last stood to represent us at the European Parliament elections in 2014".

    Deborah Newton-Cook has worked for Nottingham's interests since 1994 when she was selected to be Director of the Nottingham Brussels Office. In 1997 she was appointed an Ambassador for the City of Nottingham and continues in that role today.

    Deborah said:

    "As the Liberal Democrat Candidate I will be listening to Constituents' concerns and explaining our priorities for the next five years. The Liberal Democrats have a solid record of achievements in Coalition Government since 2010".

    Deborah added:

    "It was the Liberal Democrats who pushed through the pupil premium, bringing much needed extra money to schools serving lower income families in our Constituency. Likewise, raising the tax threshold to £10,000 has meant that hard working people get to keep more of their pay.

    "The Conservatives and Chancellor George Osbourne resisted these changes, and Labour just sniped from the sidelines. UKIP, with no policies, had nothing to say. I am looking forward to taking on all Parties standing a candidate in the General Election".

  • Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Amid all the media noise around the start of the General Election campaign, let's not forget the extraordinary nature of this Government.

    The Coalition was formed at a a time of national emergency to rescue an economy on the brink of disaster. Most said it wouldn't last five months, let alone five years.

  • EU flags
    Article: Mar 30, 2015
    By Mark Argent, PPC for North West Leicestershire

    This weekend's Guardian newspaper ran a remarkable article saying that the European Union Committee of the House of Lords had accused ministers of trying to bury the results of an extensive Whitehall examination of European Union powers, after it found no evidence that the EU was interfering excessively in any aspect of British life.

  • Michael Mullaney and Mathew Hulbert at Snibston Discovery Museum
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    COUNCILLORS have celebrated Museum Week and are calling on Leicestershire County Council to reverse its decision to close one in the County.

    Museum Week 2015, the second year it's happened, is an international event which provides an opportunity for Museums and cultural organisations all over the World to share and discuss their special passions with the public using the social media platform Twitter.

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