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Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Environment
On 6th Feb, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats’ Environmental spokesperson, Cllr Ben Marshall joined Sheffield Liberal Democrats, members of North Derbyshire Young Liberals and Sheffield Green Party to protest Sheffield City Council’s hollow Climate Emergency motion. Labour’s motion proposed that the council take steps to make Sheffield carbon neutral by 2050 – a full 20 years later than many other parts of the country. Labour actually voted down a Lib Dem amendment which would have seen the deadline brought forward to 2030. Cllr Marshall said: “As usual, we’re just seeing Labour playing games. They see that Climate Change is an important topic so they jump on the bandwagon without putting any effort into meaningful policy. "This is a global problem that needs to be tackled as a priority and opposing an…
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Children’s Mental Health Week: The Importance of Dealing with Mental Health Issues at an Early Age

Children’s Mental Health Week: The Importance of Dealing with Mental Health Issues at an Early Age

Health
My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; (excerpt from William Wordsworth’s poem ‘My Heart Leaps Up’ 1802) Wordsworth’s observation that ‘the child is father of the man’ has significant implications for how we treat children in our society. Wordsworth was suggesting that early experiences help shape the people we will become in adulthood. For him it was a pleasant experience, seeing a rainbow, which gave him the revelation. For many though, childhood is a challenging period, with many stressful, painful experiences, arising from poverty, bullying, pressures to compete and achieve, crises…
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National Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2019

National Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2019

Events
The third annual national awareness week is scheduled to take place from the 4 th – 10th February 2019 across the UK. Organisers hope the nationwide week-long series of events, hosted by local organisations, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and sexual violence is unacceptable. The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok, it aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’. Individuals and organisations across the country will be getting involved with their own events, campaigns, conferences, training and social media activities. Many of the events, discussion points and activities can be found on their…
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Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Health
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are pleased to be supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February). For this year’s theme ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds. When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. Children in every class have diagnosed mental health conditions and many more struggle with…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems respond to Harthill Against Fracking decision

North Derbyshire Lib Dems respond to Harthill Against Fracking decision

Energy, Environment
In response to the news that Harthill Against Fracking have lost their legal case against the decision for an Ineos shale gas well to be sited near their homes; Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, Ross Shipman said: “This makes a nonsense of Lee Rowley’s position that local people should be allowed to decide on fracking applications in their area. “The government has ridden roughshod over the wishes and concerns of local residents to push through this unwanted practice. “Environmental issues don’t stop at constituency boundaries. The proximity of Harthill to North East Derbyshire is a concern to our residents. The numerous suspension of operations at Preston New Road have shown time and time again that the practice is not considered safe. “The Liberal Democrats call on the government…
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Moran: Rough sleeping shames our whole country

Moran: Rough sleeping shames our whole country

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have today called for cross-party support for Layla Moran's Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act following the publication of official figures which reveal there were 4,677 rough sleepers across England in Autumn 2018.Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: “The fact that thousands of people sleep rough every night shames our whole country. These figures don’t even capture the many more ‘hidden homeless’ in insecure and unsuitable accommodation. “Even worse, hundreds of homeless people die each year, as the tragic death of Kane Walker in Birmingham on Sunday reminded us. The Tories are failing our most vulnerable people."The Liberal Democrats demand better. We want the Government to be building up to 100,000 social homes a year, provide accommodation and support to those in need, and finally back my Bill to…
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LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month

Equality
A Proud History, A Bright Future The Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) equality for decades. We have the best record in Parliament of any political party on LGBT+ equality issues, and we continue to develop and promote progressive policies for LGBT+ people. The Liberal Democrat Federal Constitution makes our position clear: The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. Unlike the big two parties, the Liberal Democrats' LGBT+ equality body is an official part of the party. We aren't an external body trying to lobby Lib Dem MPs to…
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Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Consultation, Environment, Housing
Following recent controversial planning decisions by North East Derbyshire District Council, N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Hancock has called for an urgent investigation into the integrity of the Council’s planning process. Recently, in Tupton, a controversial housing development was approved by the Planning Committee despite concerns raised over highway access and other infrastructure related issues. On the Hunloke Estate (also part of the Tupton Ward) plans for a Travellers’ Site on a children’s play area were submitted to the Planning Inspector as part of the Council’s Local Plan. NEDDC then attempted to withdraw the site following concerns raised over highway access from the A61, claiming that they hadn’t realised the proximity to the Hanging Banks development – despite both being around the corner from the NEDDC offices! Councillor…
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Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Housing
Responding to calls from housing charity Shelter for more social housing, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse MP said: “Conservative Ministers have neglected social housing for far too long. The housing crisis is leaving people unable to afford a home of their own or, even worse, without a roof over their head. “Councils building social homes for rent is not only the quickest and most cost-effective way to produce the maximum amount of homes, but it is so important due to the secure tenancy they offer vulnerable tenants." "The Liberal Democrats welcome Shelter’s call for funding and more social housing. The current lack of social housing results in housing benefit going into the hands of private landlords, rather than councils. What is stopping this from changing is simply the lack…
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