The Lib Dems: Real Economic Choices

The Lib Dems: Real Economic Choices

Economics
A long-term stable economy requires more than just discipline over spending. It requires us to invest in people, innovation and infrastructure in order to give our economy the opportunity to remain competitive for the future. The Conservatives have failed to take advantage of historically low interest rates to borrow for the investment that would create jobs now and prepare us and our economy for the future. Liberal Democrats will therefore commit to a responsible and realistic £100 billion package of additional infrastructure investment. This will prioritise: New direct spending on house-building to help build 300,000 homes a year by 2022. A programme of installing hyper-fast, fibre optic broadband across the UK. Capital investment in schools and hospitals to support capacity increases and modernisation. Significant investment in road and rail infrastructure,…
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Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Community, News
We have been alerted to an incident in Shirland and have been advised to inform all residents in case the perpetrators do it again. A vulnerable 76 year old adult care client was threatened by two men who visited her property and demanded they cut her hedge; and then extracted an extortionate payment. One of the men allegedly put his hand on her shoulder, and his face close up to hers, and said: "You seem like a nice lady, but I can hurt you." He then pressed his fingers hard into her shoulder. Understandably, the lady felt very threatened, intimidated and afraid. The younger of the two men kept his foot wedged in the door preventing her from closing it. The men also entered her property four times. The lady…
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Tupton Safe Space Project

Tupton Safe Space Project

Community, Health
We are pleased to update everyone on the progress of the mental health support service we have been working in conjunction with community leaders to bring to Tupton (North East Derbyshire). Mental health issues affect one in four people at some point in their lives. Often people don't know where to turn; and, often, aren't quite ready to consult to their GP. Alternatively people have loved ones - family members and/or friends - who are experiencing mental health issues; but they don't know how to help, or they need some support themselves. Our Tupton councillors have been working with the mental health group, Rethink, and community leaders to provide a facility to help Tupton people access vital support. While the team is presently laying the foundations - with a view…
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The South Normanton Summer

The South Normanton Summer

News, Representation
Following yet another attempt by members of South Normanton Parish Council to exclude the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson and Party Secretary from scrutinising their actions; the residents and other members of the Parish Council decided it was time to hold their internal factions to account. Prior to the commencement of formal proceedings, Cllr Rose Bulfin began by challenging the disregard for due process adopted by certain councillors and the Clerk - who had chosen to circumvent the normal process of government in taking decisions without formal approval by the full council. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/NEDBDLibDems/videos/1364452190257667/[/embed] The meeting then proceeded with apologies from Cllr Kevin Kavaliunas followed by the resignation of the absent Cllr Paul Matthews; which would transpire to be the first of many resignations of the evening. As the meeting progressed, it…
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Statement from the Secretary of N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover District Liberal Democrats regarding the actions of South Normanton Parish Council

Community, News
Statement from the Secretary of N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover District Liberal Democrats regarding the actions of South Normanton Parish Council It is with incredible disappointment that I learned of the solicitor’s letter sent, on behalf of South Normanton Parish Council, to our Chair, Ross Shipman, in a third significant attempt to prevent legitimate scrutiny by the Liberal Democrats into the activities of South Normanton Parish Council. Many residents know that the Chair and myself regularly attend Parish Council and Community Group meetings around the districts we cover. We do this as we seek to represent those who would otherwise have no representation; and to scrutinise those making political decisions in councils run by a single political party, as is all too common in Bolsover and N-E Derbyshire. Typically our presence…
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Tupton Mental Health scheme a step closer

Tupton Mental Health scheme a step closer

Community, Health
According to official statistics, one in four people will suffer with mental health issues at some point during their lives. Tupton is no different to anywhere else in the country. Some people suffer with mental health issues - this can manifest itself as: Feeling sad or down Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt Extreme mood changes of highs and lows Withdrawal from friends and activities Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations Inability to cope with daily problems or stress Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people Alcohol or drug abuse Major changes in eating habits Sex drive changes Excessive anger, hostility or violence Suicidal thinking The sad reality is that,…
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General Election 2017

General Election 2017

News
Bolsover Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Ross Shipman and N-E Derbyshire Parliamentary Candidate David Lomax have asked that we extend their personal thanks both to everyone who voted for them on 8th June and to everyone who helped during the General Election campaign. The 2017 General Election will be remembered as the one where, on the whole, people voted against Theresa May's Conservatives or Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party rather than for particular values and this has, of course, resulted in a very fractured House of Commons with a minority government entirely dependent on a confidence and supply arrangement with a party that had the support of just 292,316 voters. Around the country the Liberal Democrats picked up a number of net gains. Ross Shipman wanted to reaffirm that the Liberal Democrat…
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Swinson responds to Conservative plans on Domestic Violence

Swinson responds to Conservative plans on Domestic Violence

News
Responding to Conservative plans on domestic violence and abuse including proposals to appoint a Domestic Violence Commissioner, Liberal Democrat Election Campaign Spokesperson, Jo Swinson said: “Domestic violence and abuse is a horrific stain on our society and still all too often a hidden crime. Everything that can be done must be done to eradicate it once and for all. But let us be clear actions speak louder than words and Conservative cuts to local authorities have meant that funding for domestic abuse services have suffered, with some services having to refuse referrals from victims due to a lack of capacity. Victims need more than just platitudes and unless the Conservatives are willing to invest the resources needed then nothing will change. The Liberal Democrats would support victims of domestic violence…
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Cable: IFS analysis shows Conservatives and Labour are hiding impact of their plans from the public

Cable: IFS analysis shows Conservatives and Labour are hiding impact of their plans from the public

Business, News
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a damning analysis of the Labour and Conservative manifestos, saying that neither party “has set out an honest set of choices.” It says plans in the Conservative manifesto could do "serious damage" to the quality of public services such as the NHS and schools, while Labour's tax rises may not raise anything like the tax revenues they have claimed. The IFS has also previously stated that the revenue raised by the Liberal Democrats’ income tax rises, at around £6bn per year, is "more certain" than the revenue raised by Labour. Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said: "Both the Conservatives and Labour are hiding the real impact of their plans from the public. "Theresa May's plans would decimate our public services while Jeremy Corbyn's plans would decimate…
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15 Questions the Tories won’t answer – Farron

15 Questions the Tories won’t answer – Farron

Representation
Today, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has laid down 15 questions for the Conservatives to answer on the big issues of national security, schools, health and social care, welfare and their manifesto.  He has attacked the Conservatives for ‘hiding their real agenda from the public.’ Commenting on the release of the questions, Tim Farron said: “The Tories seem to think – if we ignore any difficult question – we don’t have to tell the public the truth.  If they cannot tell us even the most basic things why should we trust them at all. “Theresa May seems to be hiding their real agenda from the public. “The Tories cannot tell us anything about their plans and they are doing it on purpose. They hope to secure a colossal majority and…
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