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Lib Dems respond to Tories running scared of Brexit deal vote

Lib Dems respond to Tories running scared of Brexit deal vote

Europe
Responding to reports that the Government is due to postpone the House of Commons voting on their Brexit deal, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: “Theresa May appears to have marched her depleted troops to the top of the hill only to lose her nerve. She is hopelessly weakened." "There is little point postponing the vote when nothing concerning the deal will change." "The Conservatives are wilfully prolonging Brexit uncertainty because they can’t get their deal through Parliament.“This deadlock must be broken by giving the people the final say.” Lib Dem Spokesperson for North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat’s, Ross Shipman said: "The Tories are in disarray, and Theresa May is running scared of what is going to be a massive defeat if the deal ever reaches parliament.” “Whether people voted remain…
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Tupton: Proposed Ankerbold Road Development

Tupton: Proposed Ankerbold Road Development

Consultation, Housing
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tupton, David Hancock, has again called on the Council to reject the current planning application from Northwood. In a public statement, Cllr Hancock said: The proposed development of the field on Ankerbold Road has become a topic for discussion again following revised plans being submitted. Firstly, I will lay out my position unequivocally. Where housing is both affordable and sustainable I will support it. The truth is that the proposed Ankerbold Road development is neither. I have seen NEDDC and members and supporters of the controlling Labour group suggest that the proposed development is to provide adequate housing for our children and grandchildren. I genuinely wish that was true - but these are not starter homes. The plans are available online for anyone to verify the…
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Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

Community
"Nearly every family in this country has a relative who was killed or injured in the Great War." Vince Cable said, "My maternal grandfather was badly wounded, taken prisoner and his health was permanently damaged. Today we remember them and we honour their sacrifice." Around North Derbyshire our teams have been involved in the centenary Remembrance Day services. Here are ust a few of the pictures we've been sent by our members.
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More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

Health, Young People
A distraught mother tells Sky News about her autistic son's struggle after he was put into residential care 17 years ago. Some of the most vulnerable in society are being kept in hospitals miles from home and some say they are unable to leave, even when they are no longer ill. Pam, from Brighton, tells Sky News about her autistic son Tony, 41, who has lived away from his family for more than 17 years. [caption id="attachment_2566" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Pam and Roy's son is more than 120 miles away from their home[/caption] "Tony was a happy-go-lucky boy growing up. He went everywhere with us, and of course his autism was hard to cope with, but we had a lot of fun." "It all began to change when he was around 13-years-old."…
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Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Energy, Environment
Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron warns of 'catastrophic Climate Change' unless fossil fuels 'remain in the ground' during a Westminster Hall Fracking debate held on 31st October 2019. In Spring 2016, the Liberal Democrats adopted the policy of banning fracking in England and Wales and it was a key focus in their 2017 General Election manifesto. Tim Farron said: "Classifying fracking rigs under the banner of permitted development is a subversion of the planning process and therefore a subversion of local democracy. Permitted development was created for conservatories, small extensions and outhouses, none of which to the best of my knowledge have ever caused an earth tremor, yet we see fracking rigs potentially being given rights under permitted development, which is a cynical disgrace." "The subversion of the…
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Just like parts of Philip Hammonds budget, Lee Rowley MP’s statement is a bad joke says Lib Dems

Just like parts of Philip Hammonds budget, Lee Rowley MP’s statement is a bad joke says Lib Dems

Budget
Responding to Lee Rowley MP's comments on the Chancellor's 2018 Autumn Budget in which he described it as 'not bad'. Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for North Derbyshire, Ross Shipman: "Just like parts of Philip Hammond's budget, Lee Rowley's statement is full of bad jokes." "While we welcome the chancellor adopting Lib Dem policy to increase funding for mental health services, schools, increasing the personal tax allowance to £12,500 and business rate relief for small business and high street retailers - there is a lot to be said about the detail." "The slight increase in funds to schools for for 'one off' projects of capital investment won't even make a dent in the savage cuts overseen by the Conservatives - it will be seen as little more than a token gesture by…
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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Labour-run Bolsover District Council attacked for ‘useless’ local plan consultation

Labour-run Bolsover District Council attacked for ‘useless’ local plan consultation

Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveals that less than 1% of the Bolsover District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval.626 organisations and individuals submitted 907 representations, a whopping 78.5% were objections to the Labour authorities local plan. A staggering 90% of the respondents were submitted by Clowne Residents.During the consultation, Bolsover District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 77 out of 77,000 attended those events - 7 of those were Councillors - which the Lib Dems say 'shows just how useless the Consultation was.' Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "How Bolsover District Council can say this is a consultation is beyond me and an insult to the…
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