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Funding for Friends? Or Misleading the public?

Funding for Friends? Or Misleading the public?

Representation
On 22 November 2016, Tupton Parish Council (both Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors) agreed to fund the start up of a voluntary group which aimed to replace the closing Surestart services by the Labour-run County Council. As a programme aimed to protect some of the most vulnerable in our community we were only too happy to support this. Several days later we were made aware that a member of, and former political candidate for, Tupton Labour Party was heavily involved in the running of the group. As no interests had been declared by any member of the Labour group during the Parish Council meeting, this was queried at the following meeting on 20 December 2016. The Vice Chair denied any conflict of interest and he was then appointed, literally swept…
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Why are the County Council keeping us in the dark?

Why are the County Council keeping us in the dark?

News, Representation
A tale from a local resident in Barlow On 30th of November it was reported, by email to Derbyshire County Council,  that the street light outside a house in Barlow was out. The following day, by return e-mail,  an automated reply from the Council acknowledging the complaint,  with a reference number (F227553). By January 2017 nothing had happened, so on the 17th, another e- mail asking them to chase this up. On the 18th another response by e mail saying they would do this. Being on a blind bend with the long winter evenings families have stated that they were becoming concerned about backing out in the dark and had had a couple of near misses from cars speeding round in the dark. Lack of Labour or too Conservative for their own good? By…
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A Liberal Army marches on Stoke-on-Trent

A Liberal Army marches on Stoke-on-Trent

Events
A HUGE Lib Dem Action Day has been organised for Dr Zulfiqar Ali on Saturday, 18th February 2017 for the Stoke-on-Trent by-election from 9am until 19:30pm. The day will be followed by a #LibDemPint event starting at 19:30 at North Stafford Hotel, Station Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2AE. This gives all volunteers a chance to wind down and socialise with fellow Liberals on what always promises to be a brilliant event organised by the Lib Dem Newbie UK Team. If you are unable to make Stoke between now and Thursday, 23rd February 2017 then consider donating to the campaign with funds or even items such as stamps - there is all to play for in Stoke-On-Trent! #LibDemPint Speakers: Andy Cliff (New member who joined after the Referendum) Dr Zulfiqar Ali (Stoke Central by-election candidate)…
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A strange kind of democracy

A strange kind of democracy

News, Representation
Life on the front line as a Liberal Democrat. When i first started working for South Normanton Parish Council in 2010, i never thought i would be on the opposite side of the tables trying to hold them to account as a member of the Liberal Democrats; but here I am - after being offer £10,000 by them to leave the organisation, an offer which i declined, standing tall campaigning on a daily basis and probably more than i would like. It's hard not to when there is just so much going on that I feel I need to put myself on the front line. The thing that really pushed me over the edge to join the Liberal Democrats was the fact that I saw first hand how Labour operate and, if…
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County Councillor says South Normanton Parish Council “are opening a can of worms”

County Councillor says South Normanton Parish Council “are opening a can of worms”

News, Petitions, Representation
The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, was the scene of a remarkable decision taken by the South Normanton Parish Council at their meeting on 9th February. District Councillor, and Chair of the Local Labour Party Branch, Emma Stevenson moved that the Council suspend the annual grant to the Post Mill Centre and instead, require each individual group to separately for apply grants in what County Councillor Jim Coyle describe as “opening a can of worms” and suggested that the Council will find themselves needing “to employ more staff” to deal with the increased volume of grant requests from local community groups. It also raised the question as to whether smaller community groups would find the process of having to apply for their own grants too cumbersome and force them to…
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N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover Lib Dems call for ban on fracking in Derbyshire

N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover Lib Dems call for ban on fracking in Derbyshire

News, Petitions, Representation
It has been announced yesterday that INEOS have been given permission by the Chatsworth estate to conduct a seismic survey at Staveley and Scarcliffe. A representative of the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees (CST) said: “INEOS advised that where they do not achieve access to land via negotiation, they would pursue the provisions available to them under the Mines (Working Facilities & Support) Act 1966, in order to gain access for the purpose of the survey. CST have therefore agreed to the survey. The Liberal Democrats agreed in March 2016 at their conference in York to ban fracking in England and Wales. Chair of N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover Lib Dems and Parliamentary candidate for Bolsover, Ross Shipman calls for a "ban on fracking across Derbyshire" as the news comes in that INEOS have been given…
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Social Media Scam Warning

Social Media Scam Warning

News
NEDDC are teaming up with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) to raise awareness of a scam whcih sees people being conned out of money for non-existent charities. Fraudsters are believed to be using social media sites to encourage users to donate money to help support animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist. There is more information on NEDDC's website, so please check it out to stop yourself or someone you know, falling victim to this crime. NEDDC - Latest News
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Clowne Parish Councillors questioned about support for independent candidate

Clowne Parish Councillors questioned about support for independent candidate

News
[caption id="attachment_487" align="alignright" width="439"] Residents and Council members gather for 12min meeting as chaos erupts[/caption] Clowne Parish Council labour members accused of trying to get another one of their own elected in by-election  Clowne Parish Council was called to an early close today after they were unable to find a member of staff willing to take the formal minutes of the meeting. The Parish Clerk is has a case against Clowne Parish Council and the assistant clerk has refused to continuing taking minute of the meetings. Prior to the end of the 12 minute long meeting at 'The Centre' on Recreation Close, Clowne; local residents bombarded the Labour Councillors with questions surrounding their apparent support for an independent candidate, David Ward. Clowne Labour Party are accused of backing independent candidate David…
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Eckington: No Fracking Way

Eckington: No Fracking Way

Petitions
North East Derbyshire and Bolsover Liberal Democrats oppose Fracking The Government have recently granted licences to Shale Gas extraction (“Fracking”) company INEOS to carry out seismic surveys of the ground beneath the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire areas to investigate the potential of extracting shale gas. INEOS is already looking to begin surveying in the Mrash Lane area. The Liberal Democrats are opposed to fracking for the following reasons: This area has been heavily mined for coal from the 18th Century until the late 20th Century. Consequently below our feet lie miles of disused tunnels, shafts and voids which have been abandoned. Nobody knows where these are. Many of these mine workings are below urban areas such as Chesterfield and Bolsover. There are potential health and safety implications in respect…
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NHS Derbyshire

NHS Derbyshire

Health
The following is republished from BBC News and outlines the challenge faced by the NHS in Derbyshire. The challenge The area will have a funding gap of £355m by 2020-21 if nothing is done. What is being done? There is a question mark over the future of community hospitals in Bakewell, Bolsover and Belper. A focus on prevention will save money down the line using “wellness hubs” which will screen, provide short term interventions and work with people to help themselves when it comes to things like diet and exercise. Infrastructure Infrastructure costs will be reduced by 10% through shared back-office and management and £247m more care will be delivered in the community, not in hospitals, through the development of “community hubs” or networks. The plan is light on detail…
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