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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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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Joseph Rowntree report shows cruel Tory policies – Lib Dems

Joseph Rowntree report shows cruel Tory policies – Lib Dems

Community
Working families with children are facing bigger shortfalls in their household budgets this year, despite an increase in the National Living Wage and tax cuts, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s authoritative annual report on living standards. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “Millions of people are facing a squeeze because of the Conservatives’ cruel insistence on balancing the books on the backs of the working poor." “Decisions made in Whitehall are being felt by families up and down the country. Earnings are not keeping up with rising costs and benefit cuts." “The just-about-managing are being hauled under the waterline. They are being forced to access foodbanks and live month to month. The Government say the right things, but for once they should do the right…
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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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Open, Tolerant and United against Terrorism

Open, Tolerant and United against Terrorism

Community, News, Representation
Lib Dem peer and former Metropolitan Police Commander, Lord Brian Paddick wrote the following article published yesterday by the Huffington Post. One week on, as we try to come to terms with the tragic loss of life in Manchester and monstrous attack on innocence it is inevitable that questions about how this happened and what we can do to prevent further attacks appear. At times like this received wisdom is that Liberals should stay quiet and allow others to offer tough solutions and new laws to eradicate violent extremism and terrorism. Us bleeding-heart liberals have nothing to say and should stick to hand-wringing. That is wrong. If we want to continue to live in an open, democratic society that values freedom and civil liberties we must accept that we can…
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Liberal Democrats pledge £300m a year extra for the police over the next Parliament

Liberal Democrats pledge £300m a year extra for the police over the next Parliament

Community, News
Today the Liberal Democrats are announcing an extra £300m a year for the police over the next Parliament. Under Theresa May at the Home Office, and now as Prime Minister, the police have suffered over £2.2 billion worth of cuts in real terms. This represents a 22% real terms reduction. As of 31 March 2016 the total strength of the 43 police forces in England & Wales reached just over 124,000 FTE officers. This is the lowest number of police officers recorded under the current strength measure. Commenting on the announcement Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesperson, and former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Brian Paddick said: "This commitment, to an extra £300m a year over the next Parliament for the police, is essential.  Our police officers work tirelessly to keep us safe but under Theresa May they’ve had their…
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Farron & Lomax respond to May being confronted by voter over disability cuts

Farron & Lomax respond to May being confronted by voter over disability cuts

Community, Health, News
Theresa May was confronted over disability benefit cuts yesterday afternoon, during a rare appearance in public. Cathy Mohan, who lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, berated the Prime Minister over cuts to help people with learning disabilities. Responding to one of Theresa May's first interactions of the campaign with a real voter, in which she was confronted by a woman in Abingdon over cuts to disability benefits, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:   “Theresa May has shown she just doesn’t care about people like Cathy who are seeing their benefits slashed and prices rise.   “Instead of addressing concerns over learning disabilities – she tried to change the subject to mental health.   “Theresa May isn’t listening and is taking people for granted.   “People don’t have to settle for this cold, mean-spirited vision…
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NEDDC: Putting Political Games Ahead of People

NEDDC: Putting Political Games Ahead of People

Community, Representation
On the day of North East Derbyshire District Council's Annual General Meeting, neither Labour nor the Tories had any intention of allowing representing the people who elect them to get in the way of their political games. Despite being one of the biggest single issues affected our towns and villages - representing both a significant health risk as well as a public nuisance - both the Labour and Conservative groups refused to support the Lib Dem motion to protect children's play and recreation areas through the use of Public Space Protection Orders. Both Labour and the Tories again failed to support a Lib Dem motion calling for the increased availability of online billing (for those who wish to use it) – in order to reduce costs and provide residents and…
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