Liberal Democrats launch Plan for a Brighter Future

Liberal Democrats launch Plan for a Brighter Future

2019 Manifesto
Jo Swinson has launched the Liberal Democrats’ Plan for a Brighter Future. Jo will start her nationwide tour today and details of the plan will be delivered to millions of people across the UK by mail and online. The plan outlines the party’s key priority – to Stop Brexit – and sets out a bold vision on how to build a fairer, brighter future for the country. It is a plan to tackle inequalities, confront the climate emergency and give everyone the opportunities they need to succeed.   The old politics has failed. For too many people, working hard and playing by the rules is not enough to guarantee a happy, fulfilling and secure life for them and their children.   A Liberal Democrat government will create a shared vision for the country we want to…
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North East Derbyshire Lib Dems score hat-trick of policy

North East Derbyshire Lib Dems score hat-trick of policy

2019 Manifesto, Representation
North East Derbyshire Lib Dems say they are 'delighted that Councillors of all parties supported' their three motions at the meeting held on 20th May 2019. North East Derbyshire Lib Dem Group Leader, David Hancock: "I want to place on record for all those Councillors supporting the three Lib Dem motions." "Whilst we had hoped they had all been passed without amendment, we were disappointed that some were made weaker by the conservative amendments, particularly around the sale of the land off Ankerbold Road, Tupton, where they replaced the word 'withdraw' with 'review'." The motion, as passed, now reads that 'the Council resolved to review the proposed sale of the greenfield land' rather than to withdraw the sale completely. Other motions passed included for the District Council to review car…
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Making The Council More Accountable

Making The Council More Accountable

2019 Manifesto, Consultation, Democracy
Britain suffers from a political system with a lack of openness and accountability. North Derbyshire is unrepresentative of the electorate, and local government is hobbled by central control, and people feel they have no effective means of making known their concerns and priorities. It’s no wonder people feel frustrated and angry at the system. We believe in a District where people have power over their own lives and how their Districtis run. To make this happen, we need to revitalise our political system – strengthening devolution and increasing trust in the Council to deliver for local people. This means we need to work cross-party to make the best decisions. To regain the trust of the electorate, we must lay out a manifesto that genuinely aims to capture the imagination of…
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Supporting Families and Communities

Supporting Families and Communities

2019 Manifesto, Community
A fair society is one in which everyone has the means to get by and the chance to get on. It means being able to provide for your family, afford somewhere to live and work within your community. That’s why we will be focusing on helping more people while saving money. It’s why we will work to build more houses and make them affordable. Moreover, it’s why we will empower communities to run their services – free from the interference. Other local authorities have looked at new ways to support community groups and projects that provide a vital service, and by learning from the success stories and working with our neighbours, we can build a brighter North Derbyshire. One person on the streets is one too many, that’s why a…
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Protecting The Environment

Protecting The Environment

2019 Manifesto, Environment
A couple of years ago, it seemed that the world had come to a consensus on the need to take the perils of climate change seriously. Countries across the globe had recognised that rising temperatures and pollution were not just an environmental issue, but an economic and security problem. The Conservatives seem determined to take Britain back to the 1980s when the UK was the ‘dirty man of Europe’. They have cut support for renewable energy and home insulation, sold off the Green Investment Bank, failed to control air pollution and refuse to ban Fracking in England and Wales. Their actions put not just Britain’s environment at risk but the health of its citizens and its economy, undermining the increasingly successful green industries which already employ more than half a…
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Building a Local Economy That Works for You

Building a Local Economy That Works for You

2019 Manifesto, Economics
There are stark contrasts between districts within the East Midlands, between old and young, and between the successful and those left behind. New technologies are beginning to transform the economy. Machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation are affecting the type and the scale of employment. Britain needs a sustainable and balanced economy not just to help fund public services but because growth and enterprise create jobs and opportunities for all. Liberal Democrats believe that there is much to be done to create an economy that ensures that the whole population benefits from the technological advances which are ahead of us. The Liberal Democrats will work to support growth across North Derbyshire for a sustainable economy – a local economy that works for the long term: which is prosperous, green, open…
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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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