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In The End – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is a lesson for us all to learn

In The End – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is a lesson for us all to learn

News
News broke last night that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington committed suicide, say LA County Coroners. I want to start by saying that Chester Bennington is one of many people who have suffered from mental illness (this does not make their deaths any less important) and subsequently took their own lives when they couldn't cope anymore; but when it's someone high profile like Chester and Robin Williams, it brings this very important issue to the forefront of our media and rightly so. Very sad news to the millions of Linkin Park fans; some of whom were due to see them on their upcoming world tour. That said, there is a bigger story than upset Linkin Park fans; and that's the stigma of mental health and the head in…
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Swinson: BBC gender pay gap should be a wake-up call

Swinson: BBC gender pay gap should be a wake-up call

Equality
The Liberal Democrats have described new figures showing the gender pay gap amongst highly paid employees at the BBC as a "wake-up call." Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women. Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m – 2.249m). Liberal Democrats Cllr Wendy Smalley (Heath & Holmewood) said:  "We see from the published figures that the BBC has a long way to go before it reaches a stage of gender equality. "The issue is not just in the BBC though and many other organisations are…
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Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Community, Consultation, Traffic, Transport
Local Liberal Democrats in Clay Cross, Tupton, Grassmoor, Wingerworth and Holmgate have launched their campaign to introduce 20 mph speed limit zones in the centre of their towns and villages to reduce speeding. Speaking about the campaign, Cllr David Hancock said: "This is one of the biggest issues local people have raised with us during the County Council elections; so we thought we would start our campaign to drum up as much support as possible before we approach Derbyshire County Council for some assistance in making this a reality." Lib Dem Campaigner, Sam Jones added: "I live in Clay Cross and we have major problems with people speeding along roads such as Thanet Street and High Street; both of these areas have children crossing them on their way to school…
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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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Rudd’s Drugs Strategy ‘Out of Touch’ – Ross Shipman

Rudd’s Drugs Strategy ‘Out of Touch’ – Ross Shipman

Health, Home Office
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Government's launch of a new Drugs Strategy, saying it will do nothing to reduce dependency. The Party recently entered the General Election with the pledge to have a legalised, taxed and regulated Cannabis market. Ross Shipman, Bolsover Parliamentary Spokesperson commented: "Out of touch is the best way to describe the latest strategy to tackle drug use from Amber Rudd." "It has all the hall-markings of somebody who is protecting votes, rather than protecting the health of those caught up in this failed war on drugs." "The government and other parties need to start respecting the evidence that we are seeing from countries around the world and here at home; that prohibition does not help you solve a problem like drug use." "It is now…
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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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Lib Dems call for compulsory electrical safety checks in all rented homes

Lib Dems call for compulsory electrical safety checks in all rented homes

Housing
Speaking today in the House of Commons on the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP called on the Government to introduce compulsory electrical safety tests in all rented homes to protect tenants. The checks would be required every 5 years, in line with the requirements for gas checks, and paid for by private landlords or in the case of social rented homes, by the council or managing body. Liberal Democrats in both Houses have long been calling for this reform, and sought to include it in the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The Government put a provision into the Act to enable a Minister to introduce this reform at some point in the future, but stopped short of making it compulsory. The measure was also…
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Theresa May’s twenty U-turns in one year

Theresa May’s twenty U-turns in one year

News
On the first anniversary of Theresa May becoming the new Conservative Party leader, the Liberal Democrats have revealed twenty policies her government has U-turned on over the last year. These include recent U-turns on fox-hunting, the Dementia Tax and hiking taxes for self-employed workers. Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael said: "When she became Conservative leader, Theresa May promised to unite her party and country. She has succeeded in doing the very opposite. "One year and twenty U-turns on, her government is in chaos and our country has been left more deeply divided than ever. "We have seen a U-turn from this government every 18 days. At this rate soon there won't be any Conservative policies left to abandon. "The only unity that Theresa May has brought is that the…
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Manufacturing and Construction falls – Lib Dem response

Manufacturing and Construction falls – Lib Dem response

News
UK manufacturing output fell unexpectedly in May, with the sector hit by a drop in car production, according to official figures. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that we are seeing a pattern due to Brexit. Manufacturing output fell by 0.2% compared with April, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Car production fell by 4.4%, the ONS said, the biggest fall since February last year Separate data from the ONS showed that the UK's trade deficit widened in May. Construction output fell in May 2017 by 1.2%, in both the month-on-month and 3 month on 3 month time series. The 3 month on 3 month decrease in construction represents the largest 3 month on 3 month fall in output since September 2012, driven by falls in both repair…
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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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