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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.


What Liberal Democrats have done in East Midlands

And what the hell else have the Liberal Democrats Done?

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  • Mencap logo
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    1,200 people with a learning disability are dying prematurely in our health service every single year. This is a scandal that must be stopped.

    In the run up to the 2015 General Election, health care and the future of the NHS will be a hot topic of debate. Mencap wants to make sure that health care for people with a learning disability is part of this debate, so the next Government gets the message that they must take action to stop people dying avoidably.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

  • Document: Oct 29, 2014
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  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.

  • Malcolm Bruce MP ()
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    There's been an almighty row in the Coalition over which Private Members Bills should be given government support.

    The Liberal Democrats had offered the Tories a deal which would have given both Bob Neill's Bill on an EU referendum and Andrew George's on the Bedroom Tax a fair chance of becoming law. In return, the Tories offered the Liberal Democrats a deal under which only the EU Bill would have stood a chance. We'd have been daft to have let them away with it.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    By pandering to UKIP, Tory waverers and rebellious backbench MPs, David Cameron is alienating the very allies in Europe who are the key to achieving substantial EU reform.

    The new European Commission is committed to cutting red tape, boosting trade and expanding the single market to create new jobs, all of which are central aims of the UK. But threatening the principle of freedom of movement, a cherished right enjoyed by millions of Europeans including 2.2 million British citizens who live elsewhere in the EU, only serves to undermine the UK's position in the eyes of its EU partners.

  • Mark Hunter MP
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat Mp for Cheadle has 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.

  • Cllr. Sally Beardsworth
    Article: Oct 29, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats on Northampton Borough Council have condemned the Leader of the Council (Cllr. David Mackintosh, Conservative) and the Conservative administration he runs for their utter contempt for the staff that we all rely on.

    Councillor Mackintosh yesterday compared working at the Borough Council to attending a 'holiday camp', despite enormous staff cuts and increases in workload over the past several years.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons.

    Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying.

    The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country.

    Liberal Democrats want to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying once and for all. You can show your support for this too by backing our campaign here.

  • Lord Newby with David Watts in Newark
    Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Broxtowe Borough Council will be told tomorrow night that people in Nottinghamshire with mental health problems are being betrayed by the County Council.

    Problems discovered by the Liberal Democrats on the council have included:

    • Sufferers not being identified by mental health or medical professionals and going without treatment

    • People in need or urgent help being unable to access it

    • People with mental health problems simply being labelled as timewasters and not given help or support

    • Support services for people with mental health problems being withdrawn by the County Council

    • People with mental health problems being lumped together with people with learning difficulties, to the detriment of both groups.

  • candidates
    Article: Oct 28, 2014
  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Reacting to the news that the UK has fallen to 26th in the 'World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report', Liberal Democrat Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson said:

    "Today's report shows that we need to take further action to tackle the inequality that still exists between men and women. That is why Liberal Democrats would introduce laws requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Mental health charity Mind has said that the amount of public budgets spent on mental health prevention is too low.

    In a report published by Mind today (October 28), figures reveal that £40m of council funds will go on mental health compared to £900m for physical health.

    Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb Tweeted:

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

    Watch the latest episode here.

    Missed Call Clegg? Catch up and watch the full shows here.

    Call Clegg, 16 October

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  • This is what a feminist looks like (Elle magazine)
    Article: Oct 28, 2014
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Elle magazine is doing a big push for feminism at the moment. It attempted to get the three main party leaders south of the border to wear their "This is what a feminist looks like" t-shirt.

    Ed Miliband was happy to do it and so was Nick Clegg, who said:

    I support equality and choice - so yes, I'm a feminist. How on earth in this day and age can you not be? As a wiser person than me once said: "Men who actually treat women as equals are the ones with more cojones."

  • Julia Cambridge PPC with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
    Article: Oct 28, 2014

    "Let's bankrupt Britain's businesses and, once we're done, burn the buildings to the ground.

    "This is what you might have thought I'd said last week, if you saw some of the reaction to my plans to increase fathers' rights when it comes to shared parental leave."

    Nick Clegg was writing on Mumsnet at the weekend, dealing with some of the misleading and downright misogynistic claims made in the media about the scheme. As he made clear:

  • House of Lords
    Article: Oct 28, 2014
    By Barry Holliday in LDV

    We all know that electoral reform to both houses is important to us a party, quite rightly so. The current system is appalling, First Past The Post for the Commons does not bring fair votes for the electorate and at best only around 40% of voters voted for any government of the day (meaning of course 60% didn't). The House of Lords is even worse, un-democratic and reeking of an old boys' network.

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    Article: Oct 28, 2014

    High paid executives who take a redundancy payment from the public sector and then to return to work in the same part of the public sector within a year will need to repay the taxpayer Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced today.

    Under proposals published by the government, individuals earning over £100,000 who take a new job in the same part of the public sector within 12 months of being made redundant will have to repay all or some of their redundancy payment.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2014

    Chesterfield's Labour Council recently showed again just how totally out of touch it is, by bringing forward plans which spend thousands of pounds of the hard earned money that residents stump up every year in Council Tax.

    They revealed they've already spent £14,000 having a new council logo designed. And having it put on such things as borough council clothing, vehicles and facilities, in due course, will inevitably cost more of your money.

    Like their Derbyshire Council colleagues who've recently spent £150,000 of residents' money on yet another publicity guru, they've also issued warnings that they'll be cutting back or scrapping services that Chesterfield folk rely upon. They'll no doubt be blaming everything on the Coalition Government as usual. But, in difficult economic times, shouldn't they instead be using residents' money more carefully - on protecting basic services! Let us know what you think here.


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