North Derbyshire Lib Dems Respond to proposed County Council Service Cuts

North Derbyshire Lib Dems Respond to proposed County Council Service Cuts

News
Following reports as to how the Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council propose to cut £12.3million from essential services during 2018-19; the Lib Dem candidate for Grassmoor, Ben Marshall (left) said: We all know budgets need to be balanced and Council Tax payers' money has to be spent wisely. No-one is under any illusion that the current Conservative adminstration have been forced to address the financial failings left by the Labour group. However, cutting back on social care and road safety is absolutely not the way to do it. DCC again talk of reviewing school crossing patrols - but parking around schools is on the increase. While they look at cutting adult social care by promoting "independence" because too many people who are referred to adult care become clients. Yet again, the…
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Lib Dems Select Ben Marshall to contest Grassmoor Ward

Lib Dems Select Ben Marshall to contest Grassmoor Ward

Representation
Owing to ill health Labour's Julie Hill resigned as District Councillor for Grassmoor earlier this month. Naturally the Liberal Democrats wish Julie all the best. Her resignation has triggered a by-election in Grassmoor Ward; and the Liberal Democrats have selected Ben Marshall to contest it. A former Deincourt student, Ben is proud to have the opportunity to stand to represent Grassmoor, Hasland, Corbriggs, Temple Normanton and Winsick. A passionate campaigner for equality, and environmental issues, Ben is keen to ensure that Grassmoor Ward gets proper representation on North East Derbyshire District Council. He says; "For too long, Labour has taken advantage of North East Derbyshire. They've stopped representing people and started taking their vote for granted. The Tories may have shaken them up a bit, but for both parties winning…
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A Seasonal Message

A Seasonal Message

Community, Housing
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A week ago, our part leader, Vince Cable, sent out his Christmas message to all Lib Dem members. It is a powerful message and one we believed worth sharing with the wider public - whether you're a Lib Dem or not I'm sure it will have meaning to you. Homelessness is an increasing problem in the UK. Many of us in North Derbyshire work and or shop in Chesterfield. Whilst that comes under the remit of Chesterfield Borough Council, none of us can fail to be moved by the number of people living, and sleeping, on the streets. Whatever your political beliefs, I'm sure this is one issue where we can, hopefully, unite and…
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Lamb’s cross-party letter on NHS signed by 90 MPs

Lamb’s cross-party letter on NHS signed by 90 MPs

Health
Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb has organised a cross-party group of 90 MPs, including select committee chairs and former cabinet ministers, to write to the prime minister urging the government to establish an NHS and Care Convention to find a sustainable long-term settlement for these services. The call has been backed by a high-profile group of 15 committee chairs, 22 former ministers, six former secretaries of state, and several prominent ex-shadow ministers and select committee members. The Convention would work on a cross-party basis, engaging with the public and the health and care workforce, to confront the mounting pressures in the system arising from an older population and growing demand for healthcare. Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Wednesday, the MPs are urging the government to…
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North East Derbyshire MP is a ‘turkey voting for Christmas’ say Lib Dems

North East Derbyshire MP is a ‘turkey voting for Christmas’ say Lib Dems

News, Representation
The Government lost a crucial vote last night on an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill. This means that Parliament will now have a meaningful vote when the Brexit deal is finalised. The defeat came as 12 Conservative rebels voted with Lib Dems, Labour, Plaid and Green MPs in passing the amendment by just 4 votes (309 for & 305 against). North East Derbyshire MP, Lee Rowley voted with the government. Chair of North Derbyshire Lib Dems, Ross Shipman commented: ‘Lee Rowley was a Turkey voting for Christmas as he voted against giving himself a vote; and the people of North East Derbyshire a voice in Parliament when the Brexit deal is finalised.’ He added: ‘The people of North East Derbyshire sent Lee to Westminster to vote in our interests;…
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Cable Confirms Lib Dem Position On Fracking

Cable Confirms Lib Dem Position On Fracking

Environment
In a letter to a North Derbyshire resident Sir Vince Cable has categorically confirmed the position of the Liberal Democrats: Please be assured that I and my Party utterly condemn the practice of fracking. The full letter is shown below: The Liberal Democrats' emphatic position is in complete contrast to that of Conservative MP Lee Rowley, who supports Fracking as long as it isn't in his own constituency; and the ambiguous position of Labour Party, some of whom support fracking, some don't; while their national position is anti-fracking - apparently as long as they don't shout about it too loudly (perhaps this explains why): We support all genuine attempts to stop fracking. Not just here in North Derbyshire - but throughout the UK and beyond. Every year we see wave…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems Gain An Extra Councillor

North Derbyshire Lib Dems Gain An Extra Councillor

Representation
Last night North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats gained another council seat on Tupton Parish Council. On one of the coldest, dampest (and even snowiest) days of the year, voters in Tupton put June Hancock at the top of the poll; gaining the Liberal Democrats a fourth Councillor on Tupton Parish. The Labour Party successfully retained the second seat, as their candidate David Parmley narrowly beat Lib Dem Keith Windley by 23 votes. Overall the Lib Dems took just under 51.7% of the vote. Cllr June Hancock said: "It's a real privilege to be elected to represent the community where I have lived most of my life. I was five years old when I moved to Tupton; so it's where I grew up, married and raised a family. I'm passionate about both…
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Firefighters cut while fire safety audits down

Firefighters cut while fire safety audits down

News
Firefighters cut by 1,346 while fire safety audits down 14% The number of firefighters has been cut by 4% in the last year, figures published have revealed. The number of firefighters (FTE) fell by 1,346, from 34,395 to 33,049, in the year to March 2017. The number of fire and rescue support staff saw a 10% decrease, from 7,952 to 7,132 The number of fire safety audits of buildings is down by 14% compared to the previous year Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented: "These figures show fire services across the country are being cut to the bone. "Firefighters do an incredible job, but are increasingly finding themselves overstretched and under-resourced. "The government must reverse these cuts and give fire services the resources to…
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Save The Royal Marines

Save The Royal Marines

Defence
Nothing left to cut, say Campbell and Ashdown Following reports in The Times that the Ministry of Defence is engaged in the discreet sale of up to five frigates and two amphibious assault ships, Liberal Democrats defence spokesperson Ming Campbell has accused the government of neglecting Britain's defences. Ming Campbell said: "If these options were implemented, they would cut not fat but the very bones of our naval capability. "A government which argues that after Brexit we will be a world-wide trading nation should be very wary of reducing our ability to protect free movement of goods to and from the United Kingdom by sea." Former Royal Marine Paddy Ashdown, commenting on the possible sale of the Royal Navy's only two amphibious assault ships, said in the week of the…
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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance

Welfare
Theresa May has announced a U-turn over plans to apply the Local Housing Allowance cap to supported housing, a move that could have hit thousands of elderly and vulnerable people. The Liberal Democrats have now called on the government to also U-turn on its decision to scrap housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds. Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented: “This cap would have hit the most vulnerable in our society, including the homeless and victims of domestic violence living in shelters. “It is right that the government has U-turned on this cruel and heartless policy. “Ministers must now reverse their damaging decision to scrap housing benefit for 18-21s, that risks pushing more young people into homelessness. “This would show that today's decision was not a…
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