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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

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  • 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.

  • Michael Mullaney
    Article: Mar 29, 2015

    Local Councillor Michael Mullaney has welcomed news that two local churches will be sharing £162,200 of funding from The Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. The money is for urgent repairs to public places of worship across the UK. All Saints Church, Kirkby Mallory and St James Church, Newbold Verdon will both benefit from the scheme.

  • Deborah Newton Cook
    Article: Mar 29, 2015
    By Nottingham Liberal Democrats

    Issan 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".

  • key_nick-canvas.jpg
    Article: Mar 28, 2015

    As we enter the General Election campaign this weekend, Liberal Democrats are poised to knock on the one millionth door since the start of the year.

    Across the country our activists have ventured out in all weathers and have so far knocked on 960,000 doors since January 1.

    With the campaign stepping up another gears, we are expecting another 40,000 doors to be opened this weekend.

  • Ceclia Malmstrom
    Article: Mar 28, 2015
    By Mark Argent

    While negotiations are continuing on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Protocol (TTIP) it is hard to know whether the outcome will be good or bad. As far as I can see, there are arguments for and against it, so I am feeling the need to keep an open mind.

    The arguments in favour boil down to increased trade and economic stability. This is important because the growth of China, India and Brazil will put pressure on Europe and America: at 1.37Bn people, China has an appreciably larger population than the EU (500 million) and USA (320 million) together. The collapse of the Doha trade talks also increase the risk of tarifs and trade barriers between the EU and USA. The hope is that, at the very least, TTIP will counteract this, and at best, it will enhance our economic stability and competitiveness by improving ties between the EU and USA. There are predictions that this will boost the British economy by between four and ten billion pounds annually.

  • Norman Lamb and staff in NDDH chemo ward
    Article: Mar 28, 2015

    L iberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has commented on Labour's pledge to cap private profits in the NHS, saying that a simplistic policy could cause "chaos" for local hospitals.

    Labour today announced it would limit the profits of private firms in the NHS by a negotiable amount, but only Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to safeguard the NHS for the future.

  • Michael Charlesworth
    Article: Mar 27, 2015
    By Michael Charlesworth

    There was a press release from County Hall this week regarding the Snibston Museum, it stated that if Land Trust and Science Projects Ltd have an interest in Snibston, they would need to clarify their intentions.

    I have not heard of these two organisations and they expressed no interest during the 12 month debate we had on Snibston's future.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Catherine Bearder this week presented a letter co-signed by 32 fellow liberal MEPs from 16 differnet countries, laying out the issues with new EU VAT rules for sole traders.

    Since then, Vice President Frans Timmermans has said he will look carefully at these rules and will consider a change in them to lessen the burden for small businesses.

  • Vince Cable addresses Solihull College re. apprenticeships
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday reached an agreement with the Trades Union Congress to begin work towards enabling trades unions to ballot their members electronically.

    A small expert task force will be established to consider how best to implement e-balloting in keeping with current legislation.

  • Outside Snibston Museum
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    The decision to close the Snibston discovery park is still echoing around. I can appreciate the County Council's desire to save money, but this feels like a short-sighted saving by a Conservative-led Leicestershire County Council riding rough-shod over the needs of an area where there are relatively few Tory votes to lose.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 8.4 per cent in 2014, thanks in part to the increasing use of renewable energy sources.

    Wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower technologies generated 19 per cent of the UK's electricity last year, a record high for the use of clean energy.

    This shift away from burning coal contributed to a 15 per cent reduction in the emissions produced by the power sector.

  • key_jo-this-girl-can.jpeg
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    New research published by the Government Equalities Office reveals that the ages of seven and eight are critical in keeping girls motivated to play sport.

    Beyond this age, girls become more self-conscious, some lose confidence and many stop taking part in sport.

    The study by Women in Sport and the Youth Sport Trust follows research from the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation which showed that in Year 4 in school, activity levels are similar for boys and girls but by Year 6, girls are doing significantly less and the gap grows in the years that follow.

  • key_health.jpg
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Liberal Democrat manifesto plans for the NHS and the education system have been recognised by experts in these areas.

    Under our manifesto plans, we will invest £8bn a year in the NHS in real terms by 2020.

    We are the only party to set out an NHS plan that meets that meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens in his Five Year Forward View.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tim Farron has joined with Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone and International Development Minister Baroness Northover to announce a manifesto commitment to promote LGBT+ rights across the globe.

    Our manifesto plans include a commitment to promote international recognition of same sex marriages and civil partnerships, as part of a comprehensive international LGBT rights strategy that promotes the cause of decriminalising homosexuality in other countries.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    A new poster unveiled by the Liberal Democrats shows that a Labour or Conservative government would lurch economic policy dangerously to the left or the right.

    The poster highlights the crossroads facing the British public at the General Election and points to the dangers of leaving Ed Balls or George Osborne in charge of the nation's finances.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Mar 26, 2015
    By Nick Clegg in Countryside Alliance

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May.

    Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists.

  • Conservatives Broken Fences
    Article: Mar 26, 2015
    By George Smid - PPC for South Holland and the Deepings
  • Document: Mar 25, 2015
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  • Event: May 7, 2015 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Polling Day


    7am - 10pm

    Thursday 7 May

    Last time for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes


    5pm on Thursday 7 May

    Deadline for emergency proxy applications


    5pm on Thursday 7 May

  • Event: April 29, 2015

    Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents


    Wednesday 29 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 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 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

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