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Lib Dems call on PM to sack Gavin Williamson for “slow-motion car crash” on exams

Lib Dems call on PM to sack Gavin Williamson for “slow-motion car crash” on exams

Education, Young People
The Liberal Democrats have called on Boris Johnson to sack Gavin Williamson, criticising attempts to pass the buck onto Ofqual for the exams grading fiasco.In a letter to Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran has called on the Prime Minister to personally apologise to students and warned that the Government’s failure to take responsibility risks further eroding public trust in the exams system.She accuses the Education Secretary of presiding over a “slow-motion car crash,” listing a number of catastrophic errors including failing to issue guidance for universities and ignoring warnings that a calculated grades system risked bias against disadvantaged groups.Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:“The Government’s botched handling of this crisis has caused untold distress and anguish to students, with many at risk of losing out on…
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Lib Dems in North East Derbyshire slam Govt’s planning proposals

Lib Dems in North East Derbyshire slam Govt’s planning proposals

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservative Government’s plans to reform the planning system, arguing that proposed changes will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis in North East Derbyshire.  The Liberal Democrats believe the Conservatives’ proposals will not help those who are stuck on waiting lists and express concern that zoning plans risk “leaving whole areas behind”. Instead, the Party is calling for “an urgent house building programme”, with proposals to build 100,000 social homes for rent every year.  Cllr Ross Shipman, Liberal Democrat Group Leader in North East Derbyshire said: "Across North East Derbyshire, 2,072 families are stuck on the housing waiting list, which is the 10th highest figure out of all 39 local authorities in the East Midlands. This is unacceptable.  “With councils across the country approving nine out of…
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End of year report from the Lib Dem Chair of Tupton Parish Council

End of year report from the Lib Dem Chair of Tupton Parish Council

Community
Firstly, a Happy New Year to everyone. As we move into 2020, I’m just over halfway through my year as Chair of Tupton Parish Council, so this is something of a half-term report for me. One of our key objectives has been to make the Parish Council more accessible and more open to public scrutiny. It has been a pleasure to welcome an increasing number of residents, community groups and other visitors to the Parish Council meetings; and the feedback we’ve received has been positive. Following a visit from North East Derbyshire’s Community Partnership Team and Rykneld Homes residents are more aware of the support that can be given to all residents – not just Rykneld tenants – regarding issues of anti-social behaviour affecting Tupton. We will be inviting both…
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The Liberal Democrats are on the up!

The Liberal Democrats are on the up!

Democracy
Thank you for the help and support you have given North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats over the last few weeks. Many of you, me included, didn’t get into politics because we wanted an easy ride, we got involved because we wanted to make a difference and stand tall on our social and liberal values. Elections are never easy as one of the smaller parties in a first past the post electoral system, but as predicted, what we saw here was the collapse of the Labour Party that gifted the Tories this majority, and a significant increase to the Lib Dems votes across the UK to 3,696,423 (an increase of over 1.2 million). If this was under a proportional electoral system, this result would have delivered 74 MP's for the Liberal Democrats. More…
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On 12th December vote for a brighter future

On 12th December vote for a brighter future

Budget, Business, Democracy, Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Equality, Europe, Representation
The Economy Both Brexit and the Labour Party's excessive spending plans threaten our country's future economic stability. That isn't just our opinion, the IFS is saying it too. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to protect British jobs and public services. The NHS Save the NHS by putting a penny in the pound on income tax to give the NHS and social care the cash they need. Make waiting times for mental health care match those for physical health care. Climate Change Ban fracking, and more than double green energy to 80% by 2030. Ensure that 26 million properties receive insulation retrofits by 2025, prioritising the fuel poor, saving the average household £550 per year on energy bills. Policing Increase community policing, investing an extra £300 million…
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Ross Shipman’s Letter to Lee Rowley

Ross Shipman’s Letter to Lee Rowley

Europe
Dear Lee, I am writing to you today to ask if you will rule out a damaging no-deal Brexit in December 2020 which would be disastrous for our local community. The Brexit plan that your Party has proposed would require the completion of a Free Trade Agreement before the end of 2020 unless the UK asks for an extension. It is clear from your manifesto that the Tories will not seek an extension of the transition period in December 2020, despite overwhelming evidence from trade experts showing that it will be nearly impossible to secure a deal in that time-frame. By signing up to such an arbitrary, unrealistic deadline, you are personally setting up the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal at the end of next…
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Lee Rowley’s record in North East Derbyshire

Lee Rowley’s record in North East Derbyshire

Representation
On 12th December, voters are going to the polls across the constituency to vote for their next representative in North East Derbyshire. Incumbent Tory MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley, has been telling residents he wants to 'continue all the good work' he has been doing.So, let's have a look at what he has done and what he now means by that: Local government funding Tories have reduced local government funding reduced by 56% since 2017-2018. Since being elected, Lee has consistently cut local government funding. In February 2018 he voted to cut the funding by 28% than it was in 2017/8 and then in February 2019 voted to cut funding even further by 56% lower than that in 2017/8. By cutting local government funding, this has a direct…
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NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

Health
The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 8,416  vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the Midlands in July to September 2019. This means that 12.6% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis to get worse. The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to adequately ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs to care for our loved ones.  Even worse, Boris Johnson's pledge for 50,000 new nurses isn't even true. What is true is the Conservative's manifesto commitment to introduce a nurse tax for EU workers.  Over 11,600 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service in the three years since the Brexit vote, including 4,783 nurses. The Conservatives are only going to discourage more nurses from coming to work in the…
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Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge ‘lacks compassion’ when families suffer a bereavement says Cllr Ross Shipman

Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge ‘lacks compassion’ when families suffer a bereavement says Cllr Ross Shipman

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Lib Dem Councillor, Ross Shipman has submitted a motion to add the 'bereavement of claimant' as a reason to waive Disabled Facilities Grant legal charge on properties. The Disabled facilities Grants aids families for the care of their disabled relatives by funding necessary adaptations to properties, such as, room conversions and the purchase of specialised equipment in their own home. District, Borough and Unitary Councils place a legal claw-back charge on properties if they are sold on within 10 years of the grant being issued - this can vary between difference authorities on the amount paid back and the criteria in which these are paid back in the event a property is sold. In North East Derbyshire, residents are asked to pay £10,000 if they sell their property, even if the…
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