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Conservative and Labour vote to allow fake news at NEDDC

Conservative and Labour vote to allow fake news at NEDDC

Representation
Responding to both the Conservative and Labour groups uniting to defeat a motion that would have taken steps towards addressing the worrying increase of Fake News being injected into Council meetings by some elected members. Cllr David Hancock, Deputy Leader of the N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrats group said: "Increasingly, since the May elections we've instances of elected members misrepresenting other councillors in the Chamber. NEDDC's constitution doesn't allow for a councillor to correct an untrue statement made about them during the course of a meeting, once they've already spoken. "In recent months certain members have routinely made misleading and inaccurate statements about other councillors and political groups during the course of a meeting, with no constitutional right for those defamed to challenge or correct falsehoods." The Liberal Democrat motion put…
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Brexit: The choice is no longer Hard or Soft – it’s Left or Right…

Brexit: The choice is no longer Hard or Soft – it’s Left or Right…

Europe
Tired of Brexit? Want to make it go away? The choice is simple... I think it's fair to say that most of the country has had enough of Brexit. The Conservatives, UKIP (they're still around!!!) and the Brexit Party want to pull us out of the European Union at the earliest possible opportunity. Of course, the reality is that we could leave tomorrow - but we'd still be negotiating trade agreements and unpicking legislation for years, if not decades, to come... Labour, it would appear, are back on the fence. They tell us that they want a People's Vote. They tell us that they would campaign to remain. But, yet again, they've done a complete about turn. Earlier today, Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow Business Secretary, confirmed that Labour would be…
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Introducing: David Hancock

Introducing: David Hancock

Representation
Your candidate for Bolsover A lifelong resident of New Tupton, David is from a strong working-class background. The son of a bricklayer and a cleaner; he learned the value of hard work from an early age. 51-year old David has been a supporter of the Liberal Democrats for most of his adult life; attracted by their core values of encouraging individuals to succeed by being themselves and valuing the rights and freedoms for people to be who they are – irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or disability. He is a District Councillor for the Tupton ward and the Chair of Tupton Parish Council. David is a firm believer that local policies should be developed by local people. David believes that communities should work cohesively; that a successful society…
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Introducing: Ross Shipman

Introducing: Ross Shipman

Representation
Your candidate for North East Derbyshire Ross lives in New Tupton and works for a tech company in Clay Cross, which seeks to help charities and good causes find the resources they need. 30-year old Ross has lived in North Derbyshire all his life. He has seen Labour government after Tory government letting our area down after all promising great things; and all failing to deliver for the people of North East Derbyshire. He is a District Councillor for the Tupton ward and leads the Lib Dem group on North East Derbyshire District Council. Ross is interested in environmental policy and has long been advocating for more funds for our local area. Along with his brother, Ross was raised by a single mum in the former mining village of Shirebrook.…
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Lib Dems: The time for inequality in Northern Ireland is over

Lib Dems: The time for inequality in Northern Ireland is over

Equality
At midnight tonight the deadline will pass for the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive to prevent changes to legislation on abortion and same-sex marriage. Following this, the Government must legislate for abortion and equal marriage in Northern Ireland. As the deadline approaches, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: "The time for inequality in Northern Ireland is over. For decades, women in Northern Ireland have been subject to laws that have violated their human rights. With the midnight deadline rapidly approaching, this will finally come to an end. "Despite a last minute stunt by the DUP, and a lack of support by this Conservative Government on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, we are finally closing the curtain on the historic inequalities in Northern Ireland. "The Liberal…
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Urgent action needed in mental health and learning disability services – Lib Dems

Urgent action needed in mental health and learning disability services – Lib Dems

Health
Today the publication of CQC’s ‘State of Care 2018/19’ report reveals a rise of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism that were rated inadequate. The report also shows a rise of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services rated inadequate. Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Vince Cable said: “It is rare for a public body such as the Care Quality Commission to be so scathing of the effects of Government policy. Their honesty is to be congratulated. “They highlight graphically the decline in standards for mental health and learning disability inpatient services. This means some of the most vulnerable are not receiving anything like the standards of care that they need. “Staffing shortages, coupled with inadequate funding solutions…
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Fifa and UEFA must take action against racist abuse of players

Fifa and UEFA must take action against racist abuse of players

Equality, Europe, News
Responding to reports of racist chants by fans at the Bulgaria vs England match, Liberal Democrat Shadow DCMS Secretary Layla Moran said: "It is appalling to see players subjected to this kind of abuse and discrimination. "There is a long way to go in some areas regarding equality and inclusivity, and it is entirely right that tonight our players and staff have stood up for the values we hold here in our society. "Both Fifa and UEFA need to take serious action against anyone found to be abusing players, and if necessary, punish countries by playing their matches behind closed doors or banning teams. This behaviour can not be tolerated." Cllr Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire added: "It's 2019. The world should have moved beyond…
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Compulsory voter ID is an attempt to rig our elections

Compulsory voter ID is an attempt to rig our elections

Democracy
Responding to the reports that the Government are set to announce it will be compulsory for voters to show identification at the next election, Liberal Democrat shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Tom Brake said:“The move by the Government to make voter ID compulsory is a thinly-veiled attempt to rig the results of future elections. We know from the pilot back in 2018 that voter fraud was inconsequential, whilst what the pilot did do was turn away a disproportionate number of vulnerable voters. "Boris Johnson is clearly taking a leaf out of Trump's playbook by using false claims about voter fraud to suppress turnout. “The trial was deemed a waste of time and the public’s money, and this roll-out will be no different. The Conservative Government have already showed disdain…
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Lib Dems announce candidate for Bolsover

Lib Dems announce candidate for Bolsover

News
The Liberal Democrats are proud to confirm Cllr David Hancock as their parliamentary candidate for Bolsover. Having worked in financial services, HR and the training sector, David is a firm believer in building strong foundations for the people. Government exists for the people, and it should manage an economy that works for everyone. The same is true for education, which shouldn't just stop at eighteen or twenty-one. “Everyone lives different lives. Government should never be about a rigid doctrine that suits those in power,” he said. "It should be flexible and fluid enough to work for everyone, whatever their circumstances. If it doesn't the government has failed." “Policies change, depending on need and circumstances. Values don't. The Lib Dems have always stood for a society where individual rights and freedoms…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dem conference backs policy to stop Brexit

Conference 2019: Lib Dem conference backs policy to stop Brexit

Europe
Today at Liberal Democrat party conference, members passed a Europe motion that commits the party to revoking Article 50 in the event of a Liberal Democrat majority government. Speaking after the motion, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said: "The Liberal Democrats are crystal clear: if we win the next election, we will stop Brexit by revoking article 50 and remaining in the European Union. "People deserve better than Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Brexit. At the next election, voters can instead choose the Liberal Democrats, and our clear and unequivocal policy to Stop Brexit. "Before an election is called, the Lib Dems will continue to work cross-party to prevent a dangerous No Deal Brexit, and support a People’s Vote, with the option to remain. We will do all…
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