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Update on Meeting with Derbyshire Constabulary

Update on Meeting with Derbyshire Constabulary

Police
Yesterday N-E Derbsyhire Lib Dem Leader, Cllr David Hancock, and Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman, along with Wingerworth Parish Councillors, Diana Ruff and Nick Knyhynyckyj met with Derbyshire Constabulary in a very informative and frank meeting. On the positive side, Tupton & Wingerworth will be getting an additional PCSO in the coming months – which will result in a more visible police presence in the future. One issue that became very apparent is that there is a big failing in communication – both in terms of the police keeping the public updated on what’s happening and in terms of crimes being reported to the police in the first place. Inspector Rob Bowns brought records of the reported crimes in #Tupton and #Wingerworth which are significantly lower than those being reported on…
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Fracking to start again in the UK

Fracking to start again in the UK

Environment
Responding to the news report that Fracking is set to start again in the UK, after being suspended in 2011, following two minor earthquakes; Liberal Democrat spokesperson for North East Derbyshire, Ross Shipman, said: "The events in Preston North Road are of very real concern to the residents of North East Derbyshire. It was the events in Lancashire, seven years ago, that led to the Liberal Democrats undertaking a full scale review of fracking and we determined that the risks outweighed any potential benefits." In Scotland, the Liberal Democrats helped to secure an outright ban on fracking and Ross Shipman wants to see that ban extended. He argues: "There are those who argue that decisions should be made on a local basis; but environmental impacts don't stop as soon as…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems meeting with Derbyshire Police

North Derbyshire Lib Dems meeting with Derbyshire Police

Police
Following our request to meet with Derbyshire Police, I'm pleased to advise that N-E Derbyshire Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman, and N-E Derbyshire Lib Dem Council Group Leader, Cllr David Hancock, will be meeting with Chief Inspector Barry Doyle, LPU Inspector for the North East Rob Bowns, and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Kevin Gillott on Thursday 18th October. The Lib Dem team have also invited the Chairs of Tupton and Wingerworth Parish Councils, Cathy Goodyer and Diana Ruff, to enable them to put forward their views following recent increases in crime across the two N-E Derbyshire Wards. "We understand that police budgets have been cut," Ross said. "However, the whole of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover cannot be policed by a dozen officers as is the case now. It's geographically…
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Team Grassmoor

Team Grassmoor

Representation
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are proud to formally announce our next set of Candidates for the 2019 District Elections – for Grassmoor Ward, in North East Derbyshire. North Derbyshire's Young Liberal Representative, Blaine Uknighted, will be standing alongside Sandra Hinds. Throughout the year your local Lib Dem team have been working hard for local residents and will continue to do so. Our aim is to improve local services and make ourselves available to you at all times. We hope you will use BOTH of your votes to elect Blaine and Sandra to represent the Grassmoor ward next year. In the meantime; if you need their support - please do not hesitate to contact them on: Blaine.Uknighted@nedbd-libdems.com 07741 497547 Sandra.Hinds@nedbd-libdems.com 07870 975764
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World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

Health
World Mental Health Day: 10th October 2018 This year's World Mental Health Day focuses on young people in a changing world. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Depression is one of the most common diseases in teenagers and suicide is the leading cause of death for people between 5-19 years old. Being young can be difficult, with changes in every part of your life. From exam pressures, social media, getting to grips with dating, to moving away to uni or getting a new job, young people deal with many different pressures while growing up. Often at the same time they are starting to use drugs, like alcohol, which can make problems worse. Unfortunately there's still a taboo around…
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Veteran Lib Dem politician Tony Rogers elected to Chesterfield Borough Council

Veteran Lib Dem politician Tony Rogers elected to Chesterfield Borough Council

Representation
Veteran Liberal Democrat candidate Tony Rogers has been elected as a Chesterfield borough councillor following a by-election in the Moor ward. The election was held after the death of Labour councillor Keith Brown who previously held the seat. Mr Rogers - who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year - won the seat with 532 votes. Labour candidate Ron Mihaly received 445 votes, Conservative candidate Gordon Partington got 84 votes and UKIP candidate Barry Thompson received 69 votes. The turnout was 34.4 per cent. The result means the political make-up of the council is now: • Labour - 36 councillors • Liberal Democrats - 10 councillors • Independent - 2 councillors You can join the Liberal Democrats by visiting www.libdems,org.uk/join
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Lib Dems: Civil partnership change welcome, but cohabiting couples need rights too

Lib Dems: Civil partnership change welcome, but cohabiting couples need rights too

Equality
Responding to the announcement that civil partnerships will be extended to mixed-sex couples, Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Jonathan Marks said: “It’s very good news that all couples will now be able to have civil partnerships. This is something the Liberal Democrats have been fighting for for years, but it was blocked by David Cameron in Coalition.  I’m glad the Supreme Court’s ruling has finally forced this change, and I congratulate the determined campaigners who made it happen. “However, this is not a solution for the millions of couples who live together but do not choose to make a formal commitment. They need rights too, to protect them if their relationship breaks down or if one partner dies. “The Supreme Court, the Law Commission and numerous others have all made this…
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Vital that Govt listen to headteachers says Layla Moran MP

Vital that Govt listen to headteachers says Layla Moran MP

Education
Speaking ahead of today’s [28/09/2018] march on Westminster by up to a thousand headteachers protesting at cuts to school budgets, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:  "Head teachers are on the front line, trying to manage funding cuts and swelling class sizes every day. They have every right to speak out about the devastating toll this is taking on the quality of education in their schools. "The Tory Government have ignored countless warnings that schools are cutting staff numbers, dropping subjects from the curriculum and even asking parents to chip in with donations to make ends meet. It has to stop. "The Liberal Democrats demand better. We wholeheartedly support the headteachers in their protest. It is vital that this time the Government finally listens to them and puts an…
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Swinson secures parental leave transparency from major employers

Swinson secures parental leave transparency from major employers

Business, Equality
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has today [27/09/2018] announced ten major employers have agreed to publish their parental leave and pay policies. The move comes in response to the Liberal Democrat MP's campaign for greater transparency on parental leave and pay. Ms Swinson praised these employers for "setting an excellent example, demonstrating to others they can do it too." The ten companies, representing around 200,000 employees, the former Liberal Democrat Business Minister has struck an agreement with include: Accenture Addleshaw Goddard Barclays Direct Line Group EY KPMG Linklaters PwC RBS Santander Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson MP said: "Greater transparency will create a more supportive culture for new parents. “If we are serious about tackling discrimination against new parents and pregnant women in our workplaces,…
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Lamb: Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve answer

Lamb: Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve answer

Health
Commenting on the Inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which heard today how successive Prime Minister’s had denied to accept any responsibility, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “It is disgraceful that victims of the contaminated blood scandal have had to fight so hard, for so long, in order to get a full and open and inquiry, and the compensation they deserve. “It is vital that the inquiry maintains its commitment to explore these crucial questions in a truly robust and independent manner, and that it delivers a fair outcome for the victims.” You can join the Liberal Democrats to fight for a better funded Health and Social Care by visiting www.libdems,org.uk/join
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