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Improving Our Health and Well Being

Improving Our Health and Well Being

2019 Manifesto, Health
Good health is a prerequisite to taking full advantage of life’s opportunities, and we must do all we can to help people stay healthy across North Derbyshire. The NHS has been the envy of the world, but it is now facing the greatest crisis in its history, and we urgently need to increase its funding - Liberal Democrats at a national level would raise income tax by 1p in the pound. As a country, we are living longer, but that means more people are living with conditions like diabetes and dementia and they need help to live with dignity and the maximum degree of independence. We must set the highest standards in care, abolishing the artificial boundaries that prevent local Councils, health and social care services working together. Health and…
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A Sustainable Housing Strategy

A Sustainable Housing Strategy

2019 Manifesto, Housing
The Liberal Democrats will lay out our position unequivocally; where housing is both affordable and sustainable, we will support it. The truth is that Labour’s local housing plans are neither. It is vital for both current and future residents that adequate infrastructure is in place ahead of any development in North Derbyshire. There are over 12,000 houses proposed in Labour’s local plans and already approved speculative developments across North Derbyshire. These plans will have significant impacts on our schools, GP services and roads. These problem developments are why the Liberal Democrats propose building away from already overloaded roads, and we will avoid having large scale developments in or close to existing settlements. The Liberal Democrats have opposed Labour's local plans by submitting motions and formal objections. The District Councils are…
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The Local Elections Begin Here

The Local Elections Begin Here

Democracy, Representation
As nominations for the 2019 Local Elections are currently being submitted, N-E Derbyshire Lib Dem Councillor David Hancock said: "For too long we've been without a solid Lib Dem presence in North East Derbyshire. That began to change two and a half years ago when I was elected in a by-election in Tupton. "Since then our presence has grown in the area; and I am proud to announce that we will be fielding the largest slate of Lib Dem candidates in N-E Derbyshire's history. We have candidates contesting almost every single ward in the District; and, as we've been collecting signatures for the nomination forms over the past couple of weeks we're hearing the same things again and again - from Ashover to Unstone - people are tired of Labour…
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Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

Environment
The Liberal Democrats will lead a debate in the House of Commons on 28 March calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis. Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the backbench debate, is also expected to warn the Conservative Government’s proposed changes to planning permission for fracking sites would deprive local authorities of their “historic rights of self-determination.” The debate comes hot on the heels of the #FridaysForFuture movement which saw Swedish student Greta Thunberg inspire hundreds of thousands of school pupils across the world to strike in aid of tackling climate change, including in the UK. Speaking ahead of the debate, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “There is…
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Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Local Councils revealed to have no plans to increase electric vehicle charging points

Environment, Traffic
A Liberal Democrat District Councillor has claimed local councils have been “hamstrung by Conservative Government cuts” and warned “urgent action” is needed to tackle rising transport emissions. Of the 301 local councils that responded to the Liberal Democrats freedom of information request, 107 do not have a plan to increase the number of charging points. 122 local councils confirmed they have a formal plan, but only an additional 62 have taken steps to increase the number of EV charging points. North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have zero electric vehicle charging points and no plans to introduce them. Chesterfield Borough Council only had two charging points in the town.Ahead of the local elections in May, the Liberal Democrats at their Spring Conference in York [March 16th] called for…
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Figures highlight extremely difficult time for high streets

Figures highlight extremely difficult time for high streets

Economics
Responding as the BDO High Streets Tracker reveals that sales declined by 3.7%, the worst February for lifestyle in-store sales since November 2008, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: “Our high streets are clearly going through an extremely difficult time, but with the right action from government, councils, businesses and local communities, they can prosper once again. "Instead of trying to recreate the high streets of the past, Britain’s towns and cities need to refresh their offer at a time of growing demand for online shopping.“Liberal Democrats believe we should enable towns to thrive in the 21st century. We would replace business rates with a tax on land value, reform restrictive planning rules, and provide additional support for local entrepreneurs.” At a local level, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats' Spokesperson…
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Liberal Democrats demand better for women on International Women’s Day

Liberal Democrats demand better for women on International Women’s Day

Uncategorized
Today, International Women’s Day, Liberal Democrats are demanding that the Conservative Government do more to improve the lives of women and girls across the UK and address the gendered inequalities that persist throughout society. In a joint statement Liberal Democrat MPs Christine Jardine, Jo Swinson, Layla Moran and Wera Hobhouse said:“It is frustrating and unacceptable that in the UK in 2019, women and girls continue to face so many everyday barriers.“The Conservative Government have passed the role of Minister for Women and Equalities around like a hot potato, whilst many of the issues that still disproportionately impact women and girls are failing to be addressed.“Liberal Democrats demand better for women and girls. Last year Liberal Democrats introduced legislation to make upskirting a specific offence and now it’s illegal. For International…
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Proposed Development of 67 Houses will effectively merge Tupton and Wingerworth

Proposed Development of 67 Houses will effectively merge Tupton and Wingerworth

Community, Housing
Cllr David Hancock has again slammed Labour's lack of a local plan and the Conservatives' aggressive planning policies as Tupton and Wingerworth face yet another proposed development, which would effectively merge the two villages. Speaking with Wings magazine's John Winter, Cllr Hancock said: "I have raised concerns on numerous occasions that the continuing development of Wingerworth and Tupton will lead to the whole area becoming a suburb of Chesterfield city. This proposal is the final step towards merging Tupton and Wingerworth - even the initial application letter announces the developer's intention that the Wingerworth based site be considered an extension of Tupton. This is simply not acceptable. "I have the good fortune to represent sizable areas of both villages and they have their own unique identities and that needs to…
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Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Lib Dems slam Labour’s Lip Service over Climate Emergency

Environment
On 6th Feb, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats’ Environmental spokesperson, Cllr Ben Marshall joined Sheffield Liberal Democrats, members of North Derbyshire Young Liberals and Sheffield Green Party to protest Sheffield City Council’s hollow Climate Emergency motion. Labour’s motion proposed that the council take steps to make Sheffield carbon neutral by 2050 – a full 20 years later than many other parts of the country. Labour actually voted down a Lib Dem amendment which would have seen the deadline brought forward to 2030. Cllr Marshall said: “As usual, we’re just seeing Labour playing games. They see that Climate Change is an important topic so they jump on the bandwagon without putting any effort into meaningful policy. "This is a global problem that needs to be tackled as a priority and opposing an…
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