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225 teachers in Derbyshire on long-term stress leave

225 teachers in Derbyshire on long-term stress leave

Education
There were 225 teachers in Derbyshire on long-term stress leave in 2016/17, up 12,5% on the previous year, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. It means one in 45 local teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues. The Liberal Democrats have said the figures "laid bare the impossible pressures teachers are under" and warned that stress caused by an obsession with exam results is fuelling the teacher recruitment crisis. In total 24,179 days have been taken off by local teachers for stress and mental health reasons in the last four years. The figures are based on responses to Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats. Ross Shipman, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover commented:  “These figures lay bare the impossible pressures our…
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Baroness Lynne Featherstone to visit Marsh Lane, Eckington

Baroness Lynne Featherstone to visit Marsh Lane, Eckington

Environment
Lynne is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, and a former Minister in both the Home Office and the Department for International Development. She was one of the chief architects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 and is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change. This week, she will discuss fracking and what that means for our local area with Eckington Against Fracking and other anti fracking groups. They will all then make their way to the proposed fracking site at Marsh Lane, Eckington. North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats Chair, Sam Jones said: "The Lib Dem's are commited to reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and to invest heavily in different forms of renewable energy - this means categorically banning fracking." He…
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A Letter from Ben Marshall to Grassmoor Ward

A Letter from Ben Marshall to Grassmoor Ward

Representation
Ben Marshall 2 Acres Road Lower Pilsley Chesterfield S45 8DU Dear friend You may be aware that this Thursday (15th February), Grassmoor, Hasland, Winsick, Corbriggs and Temple Normanton will be voting for a new Councillor to represent them on North East Derbyshire District Council – I am your Lib Dem candidate. I grew up in Grassmoor and have many close friends around the village from our days at Deincourt School, which provides a lot of good memories of this local community. Over my career I have had jobs in the building trade and I am currently a Life Guard at Alfreton Leisure Centre. My main drivers are social justice and protecting the environment – but, If elected, I want you to tell me what yours are, so that we can…
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439 Reasons To Back Ben

439 Reasons To Back Ben

Housing, Representation
Real Action and Positive Change Lib Dems want to improve accountability and efficiency of North East Derbyshire DC by putting you at the heart of ALL decisions Liberal Democrats pledge to improve accountability and transparency at North East Derbyshire District Council and put an end to the Labour/Conservative Punch and Judy show at each council meeting. Lib Dems on the District Council have been submitting motions on enforcing dog fouling Public Space Protection Orders, reducing billing costs by moving those willing onto e-billing; and video recording council meetings, so that loval residents can watch from home. All three policies were not supported by Labour or Conservatives through no other reason than tribalism. Ben Marshall said:" Grassmoor deserves better than Labour and the Conservatives just taking swipes at each other and…
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Steven Blakeley for Scarcliffe North

Steven Blakeley for Scarcliffe North

Representation
We are very pleased to announce the selection of former Heartbeat actor, and lifelong resident of Bolsover, Steven Blakeley as our candidate in the Scarcliffe North Ward by-election for Scarcliffe Parish Council. Steven said:” It’s a real honour to be selected by my party and it’s an even bigger honour to be able to have the opportunity to represent my neighbours.” North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Chair, Sam Jones said: “We are pleased to have somebody with Steven’s experience and local knowledge representing us, people voting for him will know they are getting a community minded individual to represent them.” Local resident Mrs Thacker said: “Steven will definitely be getting my vote, he’s a lovely bloke.” She added: “Labour round here are going backwards, not forwards.”
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Support grows for Ben Marshall in Grassmoor ward

Support grows for Ben Marshall in Grassmoor ward

News, Representation
Sonia Thackray Cornwall Drive Grassmoor 1st February 2018 Dear Neighbour, You may be aware that on the 15th of February, Grassmoor, Hasland, Winsick, Corbriggs and Temple Normanton will be voting for a new Councillor to represent them on North East Derbyshire District Council. Historically, like most of you, I have voted Labour – but what have they done to represent the residents of Grassmoor in all those years? The Labour candidate said it best on his leaflet when he said: ‘areas like Grassmoor have been forgotten’ – but what he failed to mention is that we have had a Labour representative at every level of government for decades. The Tories are cutting a staggering £12 million from the County Council budget; with £7 million of cuts hitting those most in…
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An invitation from our Chair

An invitation from our Chair

Members
Sam Jones Chair of North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats Email: Sam.Jones@nedbd-libdems.com I’d love for you to join my team. Here in North Derbyshire we know we have a fight to bring true liberal representation to the area; but I know your help could make all the difference. We have a strong reputation for getting things done and working hard all year around, not just at election time. This can already been seen in our work in various towns and villages around N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover; and with the anti-fracking groups and our road traffic accidenct reduction initiatives. Now really is the time to join our local Lib Dem team here in North Derbyshire. The Liberal Democrats stand and fight for a better kind of Britain, both locally and nationally, one which…
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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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