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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Lib Dems announce candidate for Bolsover

Lib Dems announce candidate for Bolsover

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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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Sam Gyimah joins the Lib Dems

Sam Gyimah joins the Lib Dems

Members, News
The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Sam Gyimah has joined the party. Speaking after his reveal at the Party Conference in Bournemouth tonight, Sam Gyimah said:  “I’m delighted to be joining the Liberal Democrats at this pivotal time in our country’s politics. “The two old parties have moved to the edges of the political spectrum - each with their own brand of intolerance and division - leaving millions politically homeless.  It doesn’t have to be like this.  “Jo is leading a real movement to unite the centre, bringing together liberal-minded people to offer a real alternative.    “Boris Johnson created a stark choice for moderate, progressive MPs in the Conservative party; to accept a No-Deal Brexit or walk away from public life. I choose to continue to fight for…
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Lib Dems announce candidate for N-E Derbyshire

Lib Dems announce candidate for N-E Derbyshire

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As media speculation of an imminent General Election continues, the Liberal Democrats are proud to select Ross Shipman as their candidate for North East Derbyshire. Ross lives and works in the constituency where he is both a District and Parish Councillor for Tupton.  Having worked in the public and private sector, where he is now employed as Operations Manager for an IT company that links businesses with the charity sector, Ross is a firm advocate of cooperation. "Everything is about working together for the wider interests of Society," he said. "I've always believed that all decisions should be evidence-based. And, where we agree with others, we should cooperate; where we don't - then we oppose. The whole Tory/Labour "Punch and Judy" style tit-for-tat politics has had its day. The public deserve better.…
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Chuka Umunna joins the Liberal Democrats

Chuka Umunna joins the Liberal Democrats

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The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has joined the party.Chuka joins the Liberal Democrats, having held the seat since 2010. The Liberal Democrats recently topped the poll in London during the European elections and are extremely excited to gain this seat. Chuka Umunna MP Commenting on his decision, Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna said: “I have chosen to join the Liberal Democrats because it is at the forefront of a renewed, progressive and internationalist movement in British politics that shares my values.  “Labour and the Tories are committed to facilitating Brexit, and Brexit makes ending austerity virtually impossible. The Liberal Democrats are not – they were arguing for a People’s Vote and to remain in the EU from the very start. “I am convinced…
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Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Education, Health, News, Welfare, Young People
A Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats revealed that Derbyshire County Council successfully defended just 4.35% of cases where Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) were disputed for Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in 2018. EHCPs are for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. The plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. So they are designed to identify essential support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, said: “It’s absolutely terrible. The Tory controlled council are failing the most vulnerable children in Derbyshire; and in the vast majority of cases the…
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Lib Dems claim victory as ‘Upskirting’ Bill progresses

Lib Dems claim victory as ‘Upskirting’ Bill progresses

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Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse has tonight claimed victory as Parliament moves closer to making ‘upskirting’ a specific criminal offence. The Voyeurism Offences Bill, introduced by the Government after the Liberal Democrat Bill was blocked by Tory MP Christopher Chope, passed its third reading in the House of Commons tonight. The Bill is now set to enter the House of Lords. Wera said: “I want this Bill to stop the vile practice of ‘upskirting’. It should be a successful tool for prosecution, but it should also act as a deterrent. Zero tolerance, no loopholes. “This Bill has not only highlighted and sought to rectify a gap in the law, but resulted in further parliamentary debate. Debate on serious issues around non-consensual distribution of pornographic images and the production of deep…
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Derbyshire County Council leader votes against collecting 4.99% Council Tax rise.

Derbyshire County Council leader votes against collecting 4.99% Council Tax rise.

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North East Derbyshire Conservatives 'an absolute mess' over Council Tax vote say Lib Dems At the North East Derbyshire District Council meeting held on 5th March 2018, all 15 Conservatives, including the leader of Derbyshire County Council, Barry Lewis voted against collecting Council Tax for North East Derbyshire. 70% of the Council tax is made up of  revenue destined for the Derbyshire County Council; with the rest split between Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, North East Derbyshire District Council and Parish Council's in the district. District, Borough and Unitary Authorities have a duty in law to collect Council tax under the Localism Act 2011 and Local Gov Finance Act 1992. Cllr David Hancock said: "The only way to describe this is 'an absolute mess' - did he…
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North East Derbyshire District Council implement Lib Dem audio recording policy

North East Derbyshire District Council implement Lib Dem audio recording policy

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North East Derbyshire District Council announce that they will be audio recording Council meetings as of 5th March 2018 - a policy put forward by the Liberal Democrats a year ago.. In 2017, Liberal Democrat Councillor, David Hancock moved a motion to audio record meetings and make them available online for those unable to attend the meetings in person. This was completely rejected by Labour, Conservatives and the independent Councillors on North East Derbyshire District Council. The Liberal Democrats motion went on to call for video recording as well, so residents of the district could watch from the comfort of their own home. Cllr David Hancock (Tupton ward) said: "I am glad to see the Council finally listening to North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats request for further transparency by recording Council…
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