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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

News
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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Pride Month

Pride Month

Equality
It is time the House grew up, realised how our constituents are living out there, stopped hiding in the past, and removed this odious legislation from the statute book once and for all.Ed Davey MP, 2003. In 2003, the Lib Dems tabled an amendment to the Local Government Bill to repeal Section 28, and voted unanimously in favour of it. On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we recognise just how far LGBT rights have come. Sadly we're still a little way from achieving full equality as events in Birmingham these past few months have shown. Equal rights means equal rights for all. In a truly liberal society we embrace our diversity - its those differences that make us stronger, and we should not allow them to divide us.…
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Future Women MPs Training Weekend

Future Women MPs Training Weekend

Democracy, Representation
The success of so many women in these local and Euro elections has led to more funding in order to encourage women to engage in politics. I'm proud of the fact that in my own parish, I'm one of six women councillors (five Lib Dem and one Labour). The first time ever that Tupton has had more women Parish Councillors than men. The glass ceilings can be broken - and, as I'm sure you already know, we Lib Dems don't like glass ceilings (unless they're in a conservatory!!!) As such, the party is running a Future Women MPs Training Weekend on July 20-21, 2019 at Milton Keynes. The event is open to all women, not just those who have already exprssed an interest or who are sitting councillors. Even if it's something…
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A Message From Vince Cable

A Message From Vince Cable

Members
Over the last two years the Liberal Democrats have made a strong recovery.  We’ve seen Lib Dem council groups grow all round the country – in rural areas, in big cities, and in market towns.   Our local election results this year – with 704 gains – were the best in our history.  At the European elections we saw a surge in support. Our membership has continued to grow and we’re seeing our highest national polling figures in over a decade. With the two major parties in a state of decay and division, there is a huge opportunity for the Liberal Democrats to build a green, liberal, social democratic movement in the centre of British politics. Do you want to be part of making it happen? Do you want to stop…
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Lib Dems Propose Climate Change Emergency for North Derbyshire Councils

Lib Dems Propose Climate Change Emergency for North Derbyshire Councils

Environment
The North East Derbyshire Lib Dem group has submitted the following #ClimateChange motion to North East Derbyshire District Council to be debated on 8th July 2019 from 3pm. North East Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ross Shipman. N-E Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Ross Shipman, said: "This issue is right at the top of our agenda and a priority we set out during the local election campaign. We are hoping it is supported by Councillors from across the chamber, so we can start dealing with this disaster looming over us. "Contact your local Councillors, irrespective of their political party, and ask them to support this motion." The full text of the motion is as follows: Council notes: that the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the…
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We are the strongest Remain force in British politics – Cable

We are the strongest Remain force in British politics – Cable

Representation
The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, expecting to return 16 MEPs and take second place in vote share. Having run an unambiguous campaign to stop Brexit the party has made huge gains across the country, which follow the party's best ever gains in English local election results at the start of May. Responding to the result Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: "Our clear, honest, unambiguous message has won us our best ever European election result, and pushed Corbyn's Labour into third place. “We have shown ourselves to be the strongest Remain force in British politics. “We will always stand up for the people who have put their faith in us, taking this mandate forward to campaign harder than ever to…
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North East Derbyshire Lib Dems score hat-trick of policy

North East Derbyshire Lib Dems score hat-trick of policy

2019 Manifesto, Representation
North East Derbyshire Lib Dems say they are 'delighted that Councillors of all parties supported' their three motions at the meeting held on 20th May 2019. North East Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, David Hancock: "I want to place on record for all those Councillors supporting the three Lib Dem motions." "Whilst we had hoped they had all been passed without amendment, we were disappointed that some were made weaker by the conservative amendments, particularly around the sale of the land off Ankerbold Road, Tupton, where they replaced the word 'withdraw' with 'review'." The motion, as passed, now reads that 'the Council resolved to review the proposed sale of the greenfield land' rather than to withdraw the sale completely. Other motions passed included for the District Council to review car…
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Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Lib Dems demand end to fracking

Energy, Environment
The Liberal Democrats are demanding the Conservative Government end their support for shale gas and to step up efforts to tackle climate change. Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, along with a cross-party group of MPs from Lib Dems, Labour, Independents and Greens have written to the Government demanding an end to shale gas extraction. The letter states that climate change is an emergency and that the Government must focus entirely on zero-carbon energy if we are to meet our climate change commitments. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: “It is incomprehensible that this Government continues to support the exploration of shale gas in the UK. Climate change is an emergency that needs to be dealt with now, we must focus on renewable energy rather than being distracted by more…
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