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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

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven's five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

    "Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding our NHS for the future, and providing better care, both for physical and mental health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

    The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

    He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

    The Earl of Oxford said that his focus will be foreign and defence policy, foreign trade and commercial affairs as well as farming and environmental issues.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Disability hate crime has a profound effect on disabled people's lives

    To truly tackle it there needs to be an increase in the number of crimes, and incidents, that are reported. Until, the majority of these crimes are reported there will never be a true picture of the prevalence of disability hate crime in this country and nothing will change.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014
    In Ipsos MORI Political Monitor

    New polling from Ipsos MORI shows the majority of Britons would vote to stay in the European Union in a referendum.

    Thsi indicates the highest support for British membership since 1991, before the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which officially renamed the 'European Community' the 'European Union'. Some 56% would vote to stay in the European Union, compared with 36% who would vote to get out; eight percent answer that they do not know how they would vote. This translates to 61% support for Britain's EU membership and 39% opposing after excluding 'don't knows'. This is the highest support since December 1991, when 60% said they would vote to stay in the European Community and 29% wanted to get out.

  • Tim in Westminster
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron has stepped up his campaign to protect rural GP practices by introducing a Presentation Bill in the House of Commons.

    Tim yesterday proposed the General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill 2014-15 which would create a strategic fund for small GP practices to access to deal with the potential impact of funding cuts due to the removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG).

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Conservative MEPs today confirmed they would abstain in a European Parliament vote to approve the new European Commission, which includes the UK's new EU Commissioner and Conservative Peer Lord Jonathan Hill.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "There was a real cross-party effort to build support for Lord Hill amongst MEPs so he could become EU Commissioner for financial services, a sector vital for the UK economy.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillor and Parliamentary candidate Michael Mullaney has welcomed news that Income Tax cuts that will benefit 47,000 workers in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Michael Mullaney used a debate at the Liberal Democrat Party conference to highlight the 10,000s of local workers who from next year will have had an £800 Income Tax cut. This is due to raising the Income Tax threshold so that no one pays Income Tax on earnings up to £10,500

    Michael's speech can be seen here

    Cllr Mullaney said "I welcome this, but want to go even further. Our plans are to raise the Income Tax threshold to £12,500 which would save the average worker £1,200 a year.

    "At this time when many people are struggling, raising the Income Tax threshold, taking many low paid workers out of Income Tax altogether and giving other workers a big Income Tax cut is the fair way to cut tax and to make work pay"

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    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The UK's wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid.

    On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records.

    This produced almost 20 per cent of the UK's electricity.

    The milestone was followed by further news from the National Grid that on Tuesday 21 October, the UK's wind farms generated more power than nuclear power stations.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Shocking NHS waiting times in Wales mean nearly 1,400 patients are waiting more than a year for treatment.

    The figures obtained by Liberal Democrats show that 9 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, have been waiting over 2 years and still haven't received their treatment.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Workload Challenge and invite teachers from across the country to have their say on the causes of unnecessary workload.

    Nick recently said that many teachers had been left feeling "browbeaten" and undervalued. He also expressed concern for the rising workloads face by teachers.

  • Event: October 24, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Shepshed's Glenmore Centre LE12 9LU

    Quiz Evening

    24th October 2014 from 7pm until 9pm


    Shepshed's Glenmore Centre (LE12 9LU)

    Tickets will be priced at £5 for Adults, £10 for Family Groups with School Aged children

    Tickets are available by either contacting Robin Popley at robinjdpopley@live.co.uk for reservations, or, by telephoning 01509 561458.

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    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.

  • Event: October 25, 2014 10:00 AM
    24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, LE10 1SL

    Bosworth Day of Action with Lord Scriven

    The timings for the event are

    • 10am-1030am meet and socialise
    • 1030am-12.30pm Morning session of delivering or canvassing
    • 12.30pm-1.30pm Hot lunch and a talk and question and answer session with Lord Scriven
    • 1.30-3.30pm Afternoon session of delivering or canvassing
  • 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.


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