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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?

Recent Updates

  • memorial 1
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    NHS Regional Director to Investigate and respond to Phil Knowles

    Cllr Phil Knowles has secured what is being described as a positive step forward with the news that NHS England Boss Simon Stevens has asked Paul Watson (NHS England Regional Director Midlands & East) to investigate and respond directly to Phil Knowles. This as the long running saga on Harborough Hospital, War Memorial and Portico takes yet another twist.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Dear resident,

    I would like to thank the voters of Whissendine for electing me as ward councillor. I am both delighted and honoured to represent you at Rutland County Council.

    Over the coming months I will have the opportunity to meet and talk to many of you to discuss your views and concerns.

    As your councillor I will keep you up to date and informed on all matters that affect Whissendine through regular contact with yourselves and the parish council.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Mencap respond to reported comments from Lord Freud about people with a disability and the minimum wage.

    At Prime Minister's Questions Ed Miliband asked the Prime Minister about comments allegedly made by Lord Freud, the Conservative Minister, who reportedly said people with a disability were "not worth" being paid the minimum wage.

  • Jenner Institute Malaria Lab
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it intends to rapidly mobilise funds from the Horizon 2020 research fund to help fund clinical trials searching for an Ebola vaccine such as the one taking place at the Jenner Institute, Oxford University.

    The Commission is working with the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines agency in order to define the most useful research to spend the funds on.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Iain Duncan Smith, planner extraordinaire, aims to have the majority of Universal Credit claims made online. Here's an example of someone who will be completely excluded from claiming because of that:

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about Eddie (name changed) and the problems that he was having with his online jobsearch. I've met twice with Eddie since then.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    At a UNHCR conference in Sharjah, UAE on October 16, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech entitled Investing in the Future: Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa.

    In her speech, Lynne focussed on ensuring adequate protection for refugee girls, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MP and European Business Adviser Michael Moore has published a report calling for 'a new engagement' with the EU to give British businesses a stronger influence in Europe.

    'Doing Business Across Europe: A New Engagement', makes a number of recommendations to support British businesses, improve the UK's relationship with the largest trading partner and lead the way in reforming the EU to increase trade and competitiveness.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Bosworth Councillor and Parliamentary candidate Michael Mullaney calls for real "Recall" of MPs

    Local Councillor and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bosworth Michael Mullaney is urging MPs to support the full power of recall for MPs.

    Today (Tuesday 21 October) Parliament will vote on a new law to "Recall" those "bad apple" MPs from parliament who have done wrong and force them to face a public vote in a by-election.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Free school meals help boost learning, improve behaviour and save parents money.

    In Channel 4's Political Slot, Vikki Slade, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole visited Canford Heath Infant School to discuss how the new scheme is working.

    You can watch the broadcast here.

  • Michael Mullaney at Desford Library
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Local author backs Councillor Michael Mullaney's campaign to save local Libraries

    Local Councillor and Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bosworth Michael Mullaney was approached by local author Stewart Bint who offered his support to Michael Mullaney's fight to save threatened local libraries.

    Michael Mullaney met Mr Bint, from Desford, at the Desford Library to discuss the campaign.

    Michael Mullaney said "It's great to see local authors backing the campaign to save our local Libraries. Here in Hinckley and Bosworth we have eight local Libraries under threat. Desford, Barwell, Burbage, Newbold Verdon, Markfield, Ratby, Groby and Market Bosworth could be closed by Conservative run Leicestershire County Council.

    "The County Council are saying that if volunteers can't be found to run these Libraries they will close.

    "It would be a tragedy to lose these important community facilities, especially as many of these villages have lost other services and amenities over the years.

    "These threats to Libraries are unlikely to even save much money. The County Council wants to save £800,000 through closing these Libraries. But one of them, Newbold Verdon, was built recently with over £700,000 from the Big Lottery Fund which the County may have to pay back if they close it. This would wipe out almost all the savings and so it would be all pain with virtually no gain.

    "I hope Conservative run Leicestershire County Council have a rethink and keep the Libraries open."

    Local Author Stewart Bint said "How can our County Council live with themselves by wanting to deny people's access to books? It's akin to the book-burning regimes which litter history.

  • Article: Oct 20, 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. Mental Health

    I'm starting this week with a developing story. I've been doing some research and have become aware of a major problem for people with mental health problems. Not only is there a shortage of services caused by underfunding over many years, which I was aware of, but what I have also discovered is that people with mental health problems are finding real difficulty in getting access to the services that are there. I'm still compiling information and have arranged for the matter to be debated at the next full council meeting for Broxtowe at the end of this month. Health matters are the responsibility of the County Council rather than the Borough Council but I'm hoping we can at the very least highlight the problems and put some pressure on to get them sorted. To assist with this I'm hoping that readers of the newsletter may be able to help. If you have had any sort of mental health problems in your life would you mind letting me know how easy you found it to access treatment? Any information that you provide will be treated in strictest confidence but it would be really useful for me to get the biggest picture possible about people's problems. Thank you in advance for any information that you provide.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    The three candidates for Party President 2015-2016 have now been announced, and each candidate has prepared a statement for HSLD members and supporters.

    All current members of the party can vote in the presidential election, and voting takes place between 29 October (when ballot papers go out) and 26 November.

  • Paramedics
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week, setting out new ways that the Government will help public sector workers to do their jobs, including support for blue light workers.

    During his speech, Nick will praise workers "at the sharp end" - those who are on the frontline, the first on the scene, picking up the pieces, and helping people to rebuild their lives and recover from life-changing traumas.

  • Father and Baby
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week thanking public sector workers for all their hard work during tough economic times.

    During his speech, Nick will set out Government measures which will provide modern and engaging work places, and make it easier for public sector workers to balance their home and work lives.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    The official nominations for Party President have now closed and the party can confirm that there are 3 candidates:

    You can find out about the Party Elections and how to vote here.

  • 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.

  • Ballot box
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Nearly one in five people with a learning disability say they were turned away at the polling station in the recent local elections, according to a new survey.

    The survey, conducted by Mencap, reveals that many people with a learning disability are being excluded from the voting process. Of those surveyed, 17% said they were turned away from the polling station because of their disability, with 60% also saying registering to vote was too hard.

  • Nick and Miriam leave hospital with their new son, Miguel
    Article: Oct 20, 2014
    By James Chapman, Political Editor in Daily Mail

    Reforms would see fathers in Civil Service given same package as mothers

    • It would enable them to benefit from new system of shared parental leave

    • He wants to 'blaze a trail' for employers across private and public sector

    • From April next year new parents will share 52 weeks of parental leave

    • Mothers will have to use first two weeks but rest can be transferred

    • It will mean fathers can tell employers he wants as much as 50 weeks off

  • Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam González Durántez, at a school
    Article: Oct 20, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    It seems that Miriam González Durántez's interview the other day has impressed a couple of Fleet Street columnists.

    In the Guardian, Gaby Hinsliff says Miriam is "electrifying.":

    "I've seen Miriam talking to girls at an Essex comp about raising their sights. She was electrifying. In a world where successful women are regularly portrayed as ball-breakers, lonely, or just underdressed, she makes working motherhood look thrillingly fun and achievable, if not easy. (She's big on graft). And for teenage girls, she explodes the myth that men won't want you if you're clever. She doesn't rush, surrendered wife-style, to kiss Clegg for the cameras after a party conference speech: she waits for him to come to her - and he does.

    "In person she's funny, frank, mischievous, and enviably fearless. She doesn't care how people judge her: she simply can't see why she can't have what men have, professionally and personally (which is of course why a certain kind of man hates her)."

  • Article: Oct 19, 2014
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    We all heard David Cameron and George Osborne take credit as often as they can for the raising of the tax threshold during this Parliament but a poll from IPSOS-MORI with fieldwork done after our Conference shows that the public just aren't buying the Tory claims. 41% give the Liberal Democrats the credit for the policy compared to just 26% for the Conservatives as this graphic shows.


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