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Don t get madThe 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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  • Tom Brake
    Article: May 28, 2015
    By Tom Brake MP

    On Wednesday, as we expected, the Conservatives used the Queen's Speech to announce plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

    They'll try and dress this up in different language, but make no mistake, they are planning to scrap a law that enshrines the right to a fair trial, protects gay rights and limits the power of the state to spy on its citizens.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: May 28, 2015
    By Tom Brake MP

    On Wednesday, as we expected, the Conservatives used the Queen's Speech to announce plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

    They'll try and dress this up in different language, but make no mistake, they are planning to scrap a law that enshrines the right to a fair trial, protects gay rights and limits the power of the state to spy on its citizens.

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: May 28, 2015

    Our leadership candidates will be travelling across England, Scotland and Wales to take part in a series of pre-election hustings.

    To find your nearest event click here or take a look below.


    Plymouth Copthorne Hotel

    05 June 2015 6pm



    06 June 2015 11am

    Builth Wells (Wales)

    The International Pavilion, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

    06 June 2015 5pm


    The Garden court, Student Union Building, Building 40, Highfield Campus of Southampton University

    12 June 2015 7pm



    13 June 2015 TBC


    Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

    17 June 2015 7.30pm


    Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle, Neville St, Newcastle, NE1 5DH

    19 June 2015 7pm



    20 June 2015 10.30am

    ALDC Manchester

    Mercure Manchester Piccadilly, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4PH

    20 June 2015 3.30pm


    Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh, EH12 5EF

    27 June 2015 10am


    Station Hotel, 78 Guild Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6GN

    27 June 2015 3.30pm

    Stratford on Avon

    Stratford School, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9DH

    03 July 2015 7pm

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: May 28, 2015
    By Mark Pack


    So great has been the demand for tickets to the Liberal Democrat leadership hustings being held in London on 17th June that it's been moved to a new, bigger venue (still in central London) and more places are now available to book.

    You can book your place (for free) at the hustings meeting and get further details of time and place here.

  • Hurdles / Athletics - Exxon Mobil ÅF Golden League Bislett Games 2008 (Ragnar Singsaas - Exxon Mobil ÅF Golden League Bislett Games 2008. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hurdles_Bislett_Games_2008.jpg#/media/File:Hurdles_Bislett_Games_2008.jpg)
    Article: May 28, 2015

    David Allen Green, is a writer and lawyer based in Birmingham and London in the United Kingdom. He was legal correspondent of the New Statesman and is now a legal commentator at FT.com.

    He's wrtten two detailed artilcles on the hurdles that would need to be cleared by the Conservatives on Human Rights Act repeal - and they are big hurdles. For opponents of HRA repeal, they are well worth a read.

  • Article: May 28, 2015

    Eleanor Morgan, Senior Editor at VICE UK, blogs about why they partnered with Mind this week.

    One in four of us in Britain will experience a mental health condition over the course of the year.

    This figure - a quarter of the population - includes everything from depression and anxiety disorders to psychosis disorders like paranoid schizophrenia. Mental illness is real, pervasive and can affect anyone at any time, but you will all know that already. However, thanks to the stigma, lack of understanding and reluctant communication that still surrounds mental health disorders, we often feel defined by our problems, that we are our conditions. This is wrong.

  • Oadby at Harborough
    Article: May 28, 2015

    Members from Kettering, Rutland, Oadby, Leicester and Wigston joined friends, members and supporters at the Harborough Cheese Wine and Buffet Evening hosted by Regional Chair Phil Knowles.

    Phil said: "It wa‎s a lovely evening and a great opportunity both to welcome New Members and to thank those members, friends and helpers who have supported us in so many ways over the recent months and in some cases years."

  • http://ldeg.org/referendumteam Join Square
    Article: May 28, 2015

    Brussels & Europe Liberal Democrats have welcomed the government's plan to guarantee voting rights for British citizens overseas, announced in today's Queen's Speech, but deplore the fact that the EU referendum will exclude overseas citizens as well as other EU citizens resident in the UK.

    The Votes for Life Bill would extend voting rights for UK citizens resident abroad beyond the current 15 year limit, a change for which Liberal Democrats in Europe have long campaigned.

  • East Midlands Members 24 May 2015
    Article: May 27, 2015

    Since the polls closed on May 7th more than 14,000 members have joined the Liberal Democrats. 660 in the East Midlands. Many local parties are witnessing an unprecedented increase in new members.

    All those who are members at 4pm on June 3rd will be eligible to vote in the Leadership election and will have a say in the future of our Party. The deadline is only a week away. So please make sure that you reach out to all of our supporters in your local party. We encourage our supporters to join online by going to http://www.libdems.org.uk/join.

  • Article: May 27, 2015
    By Mark Pack

    The rules for the official hustings meetings for the 2015 Liberal Democrat leadership contest are prescriptive and traditional.

    It's understandable that the core set of official hustings should have fairly clear rules laid down for their operation, and the overall format of hustings events is - much like lectures at universities - deeply entrenched in habit and custom even though there is no matching pile of evidence that they are really the best way to do things.

  • Nick Clegg A1
    Article: May 27, 2015

    Today (Wednesday 27 May) Nick Clegg will respond to the Queen's Speech for the Liberal Democrats.

    In his first intervention in the House of Commons since the election, Nick will say:

    "The Liberal Democrats worked hard to ensure that the Coalition Government's agenda had a clear thread of liberalism running through it - from the priority we gave to mental health and the green agenda, to creating the pupil premium and protecting our civil liberties.

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    One of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes has called on wheelchair-users to back a new push to transform wheelchair services across England.

    Retired Paralympic legend Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, now a crossbench peer, said that wheelchair-users had been fighting for more than 30 years for improvements to NHS wheelchair services, and were "really angry and want change".

  • Event: May 30, 2015 10:00 AM
    Osbournby Village Hall; London Road, Osbournby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 0DG

    Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

    The Federation of Liberal Democrat Local Parties in the County of Lincolnshire


    The next ordinary meeting of Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats will be held on SATURDAY 30th May 2015 at 10.00am at Osbournby Village Hall; London Road, Osbournby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 0DG.See details below.

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written about the Tories' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. You can back our campaign to protect it here.

    Tom writes:

    In Coalition, the Tories said they would abolish the Human Rights Act as quickly as possible if they had their own way.

  • East Midlands Members 24 May 2015
    Article: May 25, 2015
  • Catherine Bearder speaking on EU at Lib Dem Conference
    Article: May 24, 2015
    By Liberal Democrat Voice in New Statesman

    Catherine Bearder MEP has co-written an article for the New Statesman on the Conservatives' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. She said:

    Fundamental rights, the rule of law and democratic principles are frequently violated in nearly all EU member states. In some cases, the violations are serious and systematic. The current Hungarian government is one of the most egregious offenders. In recent years we have seen critical media gagged, the electoral law changed to secure an absolute majority for the governing party, opposition parties weakened and the independence of the judiciary undermined. But there are many other examples across Europe: the anti-gay laws in Lithuania, the deportation of Roma people from France, the inhumane treatment of underage asylum seekers in the Netherlands and the collective disregard shown for the law and civil liberties in many countries' counter-terrorism policies.

    We lose our moral authority if we tolerate torture, secret prisons, abduction, and indefinite detention without fair trials. These ugly blots tarnish Europe's status as a shining beacon of freedom and human rights in the world. EU governments must be held accountable for these crimes, including and especially those committed in the name of defending democracy.

    That is why we need legal instruments to uphold our common values, even if this means that sometimes national authorities are overruled. EU member states have voluntarily signed up to these supranational laws and conventions for good reason. It is the essence of democracy that those in power are bound by laws and their powers are limited. That may sometimes be awkward, but these checks and balances are the vital safeguards which protect us against abuse of power by the state.

    These principles are not left or right-wing, nor are they alien to British culture. Quite the opposite: safeguarding citizens' rights and the rule of law have their roots in that ancient, famous document that we are celebrating this year.

  • Article: May 23, 2015
    By John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    I have just read Neil Hopkinson's excellent article on the UK's relationship with the EU via the East Midlands Lib Dems' website. One sentence stood out in what was a very scholarly and sensible piece, namely: "Winning the argument extends beyond facts; above all there must also be an appeal to the heart."

  • Article: May 23, 2015
    By Michael Charlesworth

    Now that the conservatives do not have the moderating hand of the Lib Dems in government, they have free rein to do as they like.

    They will force through boundary changes that will help them to even more safe seats.

    They are proposing to take the pay of illegal immigrants (nice).

    They will carry on reducing the welfare budget and the grants to local government, and if you think the NHS is safe - watch this space.

  • Article: May 23, 2015
    By Michael Charlesworth

    The campaigners trying to keep Snibston Discovery Park a viable venue have been successful in their application for a judicial revue.

    The next step is to convince the judge that the process was flawed (I am firmly of the opinion that it was - you only have to look at the Emails in the FOI that was released).

  • key_HRA_campaign.jpg
    Article: May 22, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

  • 2 March 2015 LIBG LDEG NLC
    Article: May 22, 2015
    By Nick Hopkinson

    This timely session attracted 45 participants from the Liberal International British Group (LIBG), Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG), Liberal Democrat party, the D66 party in the Netherlands, European activists, diplomats, journalists, and other opinion formers. After a welcome by Wendy Kyrle-Pope, LIBG Chair, the session was chaired Nick Hopkinson, LDEG Chair. The speakers were Sir Andrew Stunell, MP, Liberal Democrat lead on immigration policy; Stientje van Veldhoven, D66 Member of the Dutch Parliament, Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future, London; Camino Mortera-Martinez, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform, and Roger Casale, Founder and Director, New Europeans. This report includes a personal interpretation of the contributions of speakers and participants, to which have been added some research and commentary undertaken in light of the result of the 7 May General Election. As such, this document does not necessarily reflect the views of LIBG, LDEG, or any other organisation, and any errors are the responsibility of the undersigned.

  • Event: June 5, 2015 7:00 PM
    The Turkey Cafe, 24 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE

    You are invited to Leicester City Liberal Democrats' social gathering:



    Friday 5 June 2015 from: 7.00pm


    The Turkey Cafe, 24 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE

    for more information contact Alan Fox - 07932 681231 - alan.f.fox@virginmedia.com

  • Phil Knowles at Market Harborough Hospital
    Article: May 21, 2015
    By Tim Healy in Leicester Mercury

    Health campaigner Phil Knowles has called on the NHS to ensure it has enough staff to keep wards open in the future.

    He was speaking after a 14 bed ward was reopened at a community hospital following a four month closure.

    The ward at St Luke's Community Hospital in Market Harborough was closed in February because of a shortage of staff.

  • Article: May 21, 2015

    Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

  • John Marriott
    Article: May 21, 2015
    By John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    To be honest, I fail to get excited about general elections in Lincolnshire as, with the odd exception, you usually have a pretty good idea how they will turn out. This one, as far as the national picture was concerned, did, however, come as a surprise to many of us, although the predicted percentage votes for all parties except Tory and Labour were pretty accurate. What these percentages didn't translate into were seats in parliament, and we all know where the fault lies for that.

  • Delusion (Getty Images)
    Article: May 20, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On the morning after the General Election, feeling rather shell-shocked by the results, I turned on the radio and caught John Dowland's lute song In darkness let me dwell. The music captured the feeling of the moment, but context was more thought-provoking: a Radio 4 programme The glass delusion, exploring a seventeenth-century phenomenon of people thinking they were turning into glass.

  • Article: May 20, 2015

    We can't underestimate the ongoing impact of recent changes to special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision in schools. It takes time to get teaching assistants, teachers, school leaders, parents, governors and the students themselves all up to speed with the completely new system we are moving to.

  • Sal at Downing Street handing in Make Seats Match Votes petition
    Article: May 19, 2015

    Proud to join with Tom Brake MP and representatives of other Parties in handing Electoral Reform Society's ‪‎Make Seats Match Votes‬ petition into Downing Street.

  • Article: May 18, 2015

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

    Election Results

    The final results in the local election in Broxtowe were that the Conservatives won 27 seats, Labour won twelve, the Liberal Democrats won four and there is one independent. Full details of everyone can be found at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=287&p=0. This means that the council will now be controlled by the Conservatives. I'd like to thank everyone who contacted me with messages of support after I lost my seat by just six votes. Someone even stopped me in Tesco's on Saturday morning to say how sorry they were. I really do appreciate this. I have been greatly cheered by the avalanche of new members who have joined the Liberal Democrats. Nationally our membership has gone up by 12,000 since the election and here in Broxtowe we have had a 50% increase in members. If anyone else would like to join you can do so by visiting www.libdems.org.uk/join.

  • Article: May 17, 2015

    Researchers have found the main source of pain in Fibromyalgia patients, and contrary to what many believe, it does not stem from the brain. The findings mark the end of a decades-old mystery about the disease, which many doctors believed was conjured in patients' imaginations. The mystery of Fibromyalgia has left millions of sufferers searching for hope in pain medications. Up until recently, many physicians thought that the disease was "imaginary" or psychological, but scientists have now revealed that the main source of pain stems from a most unlikely place- excess blood vessels in the hand.

    The discovery may lead to new treatments and perhaps even a total cure in the future, bringing relief to as many as 5 million Americans thought to have the disease. To solve the Fibromyalgia mystery, researchers zeroed in on the skin from the hand of one patient who had a lack of the sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced reaction to pain. They then took skin samples from the hands of Fibromyalgia patients and were surprised to find an extremely excessive amount of a particular type of nerve fiber called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts.

    Up until this point scientists had thought that these fibers were only responsible for regulating blood flow, and did not play any role in pain sensation, but now they've discovered that there is a direct link between these nerves and the widespread body pain that Fibromyalgia sufferers feel.

    The breakthrough also could solve the lingering question of why many sufferers have extremely painful hands as well as other "tender points" throughout the body, and why cold weather seems to aggravate the symptoms. In addition to feeling widespread deep tissue pain, many Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from debilitating fatigue.

    Neuroscientist Dr. Frank L. Rice explained: "We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidences that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain," Rice said. "This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactivity in the brain."

    Current treatments for the disease have not brought complete relief to the millions of sufferers. Therapies include narcotic pain medicines; anti-seizure drugs, anti-depressants and even simple advice such as "get more sleep and exercise regularly." Now that the cause of Fibromyalgia has been pinpointed, patients are looking forward to an eventual cure. Other expressed frustration about how much they had suffered already:

    "When are they ever going to figure out that things are never "all in your head?" said one commenter. "Whenever something doesn't fit in their tiny little understanding, they belittle the patient and tell them they are crazy. People have suffered through this since they were invented. Prescribing SSRIs for everything is not the answer any more than a lobotomy or hysterectomy was."

    The announcement has the potential to unlock better future treatments and undoubtedly has patients all over the world rejoicing that the mystery of Fibromyalgia has finally been solved.

    Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/fibromyalgia-mystery-finally-solved/#eJjQYyIaUf6MMXrS.99
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