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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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Not In My Back Yard

Not In My Back Yard

Environment
A commentary by Cllr David Hancock It is with some sadness and disappointment that I read the press release that former Labour MP for N-E Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, has been commissioned by INEOS Shale. We already know that the current Conservative MP, Lee Rowley, supports the process - albeit not in his own back yard. Fracking is something I am not in favour of. I'm not a scientist. I don't pretend to understand all the technical arguments put forward by both the pro and anti fracking supporters; but I know when I am being lied to. As a liberal the choice to ban anything is a difficult one; and it's not a conclusion I reached easily. I have attended both anti-fracking meetings AND a presentation by INEOS (naturally) in favour…
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Local Plan Failure

Local Plan Failure

Consultation, Housing, Representation
Two Derbyshire councils have hit back after the Government publicly criticised them for failing to produce important housing documents. Bosses at North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have been told they have ten weeks to explain why they have not yet published Local Plans. Ministers may even intervene to produce the statutory documents for the Labour-led authorities - which insist they are already addressing the matter. North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Local Party Chair, Ross Shipman said: "Labour have a lot of questions to answer on the failure to provide adequate housing plans. "Their lack of preparation on what is an important document that outlines what sort of houses are needed and where those houses are going, means we are left with developments that are the wrong type…
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Lib Dems’ Vision for Tupton

Lib Dems’ Vision for Tupton

Community, Representation
Our vision is to improve accountability & transparency of your local council; as well as introducing fresh ideas to improve the village. Lib Dem campaigners say they will stop the Parish Council stringing local residents along over the Birkin Avenue play area Tupton Lib Dems have said that they will publish all information regarding the Birkin Avenue park plans; including the current financial state of the Parish Council and the affordability of the project. Councillor John Ahern said: "We said the project was unaffordable by the Parish Council this time last year; and nothing has been done to move it along." Lib Dem candidate for Tupton Parish Council, June Hancock, said: "For years that park has remained the same, going back to when I lived on Queen Victoria Road in…
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The Local Plan

The Local Plan

Housing
Local Tory MP, Lee Rowley has been in the headlines over his criticism of North East Derbyshire District Council's failure to agree a local plan. There is, however, some irony about our MP Lee Rowley raising an issue about housing developments - given his government's record on this issue. NEDDC Lib Dem Councillor David Hancock said: “This is typical of Labour run councils not being sufficiently proactive to have this plan delivered and leaving the local areas being bombarded with the wrong type of houses in the wrong places; leaving local people rightly upset. "Let’s also not forget that it’s the Conservative government’s relaxed planning regulations which have exacerbated this free for all on housing. I will do everything in my power to put pressure on NEDDC to have this…
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Vince Cable responds to UK debt crisis

Vince Cable responds to UK debt crisis

Economics
Lib Dem victory over breathing space for debt. Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has said that the FCA figures revealing the extent of the British debt crisis exposes the weakness in the UK economy. The government has announced that it will be launching a consultation to explore the development of a way to provide individuals in debt with up to six weeks free from further interest, charges and enforcement action. Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats in the Lords have been calling on the government to take action to create a breathing space for indebtedness. Commenting Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "It appears the government has heeded my calls to fulfil its own manifesto promise and introduce respite for those in severe debt. As our economy begins to…
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