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Lib Dems announce candidate for N-E Derbyshire

Lib Dems announce candidate for N-E Derbyshire

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As media speculation of an imminent General Election continues, the Liberal Democrats are proud to select Ross Shipman as their candidate for North East Derbyshire. Ross lives and works in the constituency where he is both a District and Parish Councillor for Tupton.  Having worked in the public and private sector, where he is now employed as Operations Manager for an IT company that links businesses with the charity sector, Ross is a firm advocate of cooperation. "Everything is about working together for the wider interests of Society," he said. "I've always believed that all decisions should be evidence-based. And, where we agree with others, we should cooperate; where we don't - then we oppose. The whole Tory/Labour "Punch and Judy" style tit-for-tat politics has had its day. The public deserve better.…
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Lib Dems accuse Tories of side show smoke and mirror politics

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North East Derbyshire Liberal Democrats spokesperson for Housing, Cllr David Hancock, has called the Conservative administration out on their ‘smoke and mirrors’ tactics over trying to hoodwink the residents of North East Derbyshire into believing that they had a sound evidence base to challenge the proposed local plan. On 12th July the leader of NEDDC wrote the Planning Inspector asking her to withdraw all proposed sites from the Green Belt around Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh. In her response, Inspector Sarah Housden, wrote: “It is not clear from your letter what evidence would justify allocating fewer sites for housing. Your letter refers to sites KL1 and the remaining area of DR1 but there are other Green Belt deletions for housing in the submitted Plan.” Cllr Hancock responded, “The Tories have spent…
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Lib Dems Condemn NEDDC’s “Lip Service” reassurances

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Speaking on the release of NEDDC's "reassurance" to the residents of Tupton, Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ross Shipman said: “This statement gives little reassurance to the people of Tupton, who quite rightly will be angry at this lip service from the Tory-led authority. “The fact the press get to hear about the decision before elected Councillors in the Tupton ward, shows just how much the Conservatives hold Tupton residents in contempt. “Local residents deserve better and won’t forgive the Council for how this whole process has been handle.” NEDDC's statement can be read here. Cllr David Hancock, Chair of Lib Dem controlled Tupton Parish Council and Lib Dem Spokesperson for Housing, had invited NEDDC Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker (Con), and NEDDC Chief Executive, Dan Swain, to address Tupton residents…
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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Community, Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Derbyshire Police by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20. According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.  Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:“Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.“Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes." Liberal Democrat Group Leader for North East Derbyshire, Cllr Ross…
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Derbyshire Constabulary

Police
This afternoon, NEDDC Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ross Shipman and Deputy Leader Cllr David Hancock visited the Derbyshire Police Operations Centre in Ripley. The visit followed a number of complaints into the police's handling of 101 calls in recent months. Both councillors were shown the call handling and dispatch centre and had an abridged version of the training operations staff have recently undertaken. The police were certainly open enough to admit that they have made mistakes, and they have put processes in place to improve some of their call handling. Their revised procedures should also ensure that where issues are passed to other agencies (e.g. Councils, Social Services or even the Safer Neighbourhood Teams) the person lodging the initial call should be updated. One area where the force is…
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School cuts are failing pupils with SEND

School cuts are failing pupils with SEND

Education, Equality
Responding to tonight’s report by Newsnight, revealing that more than 1,500 pupils with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) across 46 councils do not have a school place, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “SEND pupils are falling through the gaps of a fragmented, underfunded school system. Brutal Conservative cuts to schools and the spiralling demand for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) mean that too many children with the most complex needs are not getting the tailored support they are entitled to. “Meanwhile, cash-strapped councils must ensure every child has a school place but are powerless to make it happen. They can’t sponsor new schools or control academies’ admissions policies. “The Liberal Democrats demand better for our children’s futures. We would give schools an emergency cash…
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Vagrancy report shows why we need to scrap the Act

Vagrancy report shows why we need to scrap the Act

Housing
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran will today [19/06/19] urge the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act at the launch of Crisis’ report into the case for repealing. The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon held a debate in the House of Commons in January on her campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises rough sleeping in England and Wales. Ms Moran also introduced a Bill to repeal it in February 2018. The report says that the Act “does not tackle the problems people have, and there is evidence that it can also push people further from the help they need.” Speaking ahead of the launch, Layla Moran MP said: “I absolutely welcome the publication of this report. You can’t ignore the evidence and it is clear that the Government needs to repeal…
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Loneliness Awareness Week

Loneliness Awareness Week

Community
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are proud to pledge their support to the Marmalade Trust's Loneliness Awareness Week, commencing 17 June 2019. Loneliness is a significant contributory factor in terms of mental health problems; and, for too long, society has stigmatised people for being alone. Our media portrays the "norm" as being part of a couple and, all too often, we only see couples interacting with other couples. There's nothing wrong with a couple (or more) going somewhere with single friends or relations and having a good time - but we're brainwashed into thinking that single people are a spare wheel or a burden - which, of course, simply isn't true. And so Marmalade Trust started Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) just three years ago. It was really apparent to them that raising awareness is…
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Chuka Umunna joins the Liberal Democrats

Chuka Umunna joins the Liberal Democrats

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The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has joined the party.Chuka joins the Liberal Democrats, having held the seat since 2010. The Liberal Democrats recently topped the poll in London during the European elections and are extremely excited to gain this seat. Chuka Umunna MP Commenting on his decision, Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna said: “I have chosen to join the Liberal Democrats because it is at the forefront of a renewed, progressive and internationalist movement in British politics that shares my values.  “Labour and the Tories are committed to facilitating Brexit, and Brexit makes ending austerity virtually impossible. The Liberal Democrats are not – they were arguing for a People’s Vote and to remain in the EU from the very start. “I am convinced…
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D-Day 75th Anniversary

D-Day 75th Anniversary

Events
75 years ago an event that redefined modern history. Young men from across the world, different nationalities, different religions and different beliefs, joined forces in the single largest seaborne invasion ever. In a single day, the casualties exceeded ten thousand. Over 4,000 died. It was a sacrifice that ensured each of us now has the freedom to be who we are, to have the freedom to vote how we choose, to speak our opinions without fear of reprisal. Many of these soldiers were in their teens and early-twenties. Youngsters who displayed enormous courage against overwhelming odds. Each man carried a pack, a rifle, and the world’s hopes for freedom. North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats urge you to visit the official Royal British Legion site to read several poignant life stories and,…
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