Support grows for Ben Marshall in Grassmoor ward

Support grows for Ben Marshall in Grassmoor ward

News, Representation
Sonia Thackray Cornwall Drive Grassmoor 1st February 2018 Dear Neighbour, You may be aware that on the 15th of February, Grassmoor, Hasland, Winsick, Corbriggs and Temple Normanton will be voting for a new Councillor to represent them on North East Derbyshire District Council. Historically, like most of you, I have voted Labour – but what have they done to represent the residents of Grassmoor in all those years? The Labour candidate said it best on his leaflet when he said: ‘areas like Grassmoor have been forgotten’ – but what he failed to mention is that we have had a Labour representative at every level of government for decades. The Tories are cutting a staggering £12 million from the County Council budget; with £7 million of cuts hitting those most in…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems Respond to proposed County Council Service Cuts

North Derbyshire Lib Dems Respond to proposed County Council Service Cuts

News
Following reports as to how the Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council propose to cut £12.3million from essential services during 2018-19; the Lib Dem candidate for Grassmoor, Ben Marshall (left) said: We all know budgets need to be balanced and Council Tax payers' money has to be spent wisely. No-one is under any illusion that the current Conservative adminstration have been forced to address the financial failings left by the Labour group. However, cutting back on social care and road safety is absolutely not the way to do it. DCC again talk of reviewing school crossing patrols - but parking around schools is on the increase. While they look at cutting adult social care by promoting "independence" because too many people who are referred to adult care become clients. Yet again, the…
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North East Derbyshire MP is a ‘turkey voting for Christmas’ say Lib Dems

North East Derbyshire MP is a ‘turkey voting for Christmas’ say Lib Dems

News, Representation
The Government lost a crucial vote last night on an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill. This means that Parliament will now have a meaningful vote when the Brexit deal is finalised. The defeat came as 12 Conservative rebels voted with Lib Dems, Labour, Plaid and Green MPs in passing the amendment by just 4 votes (309 for & 305 against). North East Derbyshire MP, Lee Rowley voted with the government. Chair of North Derbyshire Lib Dems, Ross Shipman commented: ‘Lee Rowley was a Turkey voting for Christmas as he voted against giving himself a vote; and the people of North East Derbyshire a voice in Parliament when the Brexit deal is finalised.’ He added: ‘The people of North East Derbyshire sent Lee to Westminster to vote in our interests;…
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Firefighters cut while fire safety audits down

Firefighters cut while fire safety audits down

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Firefighters cut by 1,346 while fire safety audits down 14% The number of firefighters has been cut by 4% in the last year, figures published have revealed. The number of firefighters (FTE) fell by 1,346, from 34,395 to 33,049, in the year to March 2017. The number of fire and rescue support staff saw a 10% decrease, from 7,952 to 7,132 The number of fire safety audits of buildings is down by 14% compared to the previous year Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented: "These figures show fire services across the country are being cut to the bone. "Firefighters do an incredible job, but are increasingly finding themselves overstretched and under-resourced. "The government must reverse these cuts and give fire services the resources to…
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Stamping out harassment

Stamping out harassment

News
As the Sunday papers were published this morning, there are yet more disturbing stories about sexual harassment in Westminster, in Holyrood, and in politics more widely. Harassment of this kind is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances, and Liberal Democrats will work across parties to stamp it out. I want to see a political system in which everyone is represented, and political institutions – from Parliament down to every local authority – that reflect the society they serve. It is absolutely crucial to this ambition that everyone feels they are in a safe and professional environment when they get involved, stand for political office and get elected. Likewise, the dedicated staff who work in politics at every level must be able to speak out if politicians abuse their positions of power.…
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Farron calls for government to put “shambolic” Universal Credit on hold

Farron calls for government to put “shambolic” Universal Credit on hold

Equality, News
Originally published by Tim Farron South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called for the government to pause the roll out of Universal Credit. According to the Government's own published figures, currently 1 in 4 people on Universal Credit are being left without income for over 6 weeks. Analysis from South Lakes Citizens Advice suggests 6000 families in Westmorland and Lonsdale will be receiving Universal Credit by 2022. In a letter written to the DWP secretary David Gauke, Tim has asked for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be put on hold until the following problems are addressed: No one is left to wait longer than 6 weeks for an income Those who need it get a payment within 2 weeks, which does not need to be paid back Claimants are…
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In The End – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is a lesson for us all to learn

In The End – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is a lesson for us all to learn

News
News broke last night that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington committed suicide, say LA County Coroners. I want to start by saying that Chester Bennington is one of many people who have suffered from mental illness (this does not make their deaths any less important) and subsequently took their own lives when they couldn't cope anymore; but when it's someone high profile like Chester and Robin Williams, it brings this very important issue to the forefront of our media and rightly so. Very sad news to the millions of Linkin Park fans; some of whom were due to see them on their upcoming world tour. That said, there is a bigger story than upset Linkin Park fans; and that's the stigma of mental health and the head in…
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Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Community, News
We have been alerted to an incident in Shirland and have been advised to inform all residents in case the perpetrators do it again. A vulnerable 76 year old adult care client was threatened by two men who visited her property and demanded they cut her hedge; and then extracted an extortionate payment. One of the men allegedly put his hand on her shoulder, and his face close up to hers, and said: "You seem like a nice lady, but I can hurt you." He then pressed his fingers hard into her shoulder. Understandably, the lady felt very threatened, intimidated and afraid. The younger of the two men kept his foot wedged in the door preventing her from closing it. The men also entered her property four times. The lady…
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Theresa May’s twenty U-turns in one year

Theresa May’s twenty U-turns in one year

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On the first anniversary of Theresa May becoming the new Conservative Party leader, the Liberal Democrats have revealed twenty policies her government has U-turned on over the last year. These include recent U-turns on fox-hunting, the Dementia Tax and hiking taxes for self-employed workers. Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael said: "When she became Conservative leader, Theresa May promised to unite her party and country. She has succeeded in doing the very opposite. "One year and twenty U-turns on, her government is in chaos and our country has been left more deeply divided than ever. "We have seen a U-turn from this government every 18 days. At this rate soon there won't be any Conservative policies left to abandon. "The only unity that Theresa May has brought is that the…
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Manufacturing and Construction falls – Lib Dem response

Manufacturing and Construction falls – Lib Dem response

News
UK manufacturing output fell unexpectedly in May, with the sector hit by a drop in car production, according to official figures. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that we are seeing a pattern due to Brexit. Manufacturing output fell by 0.2% compared with April, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Car production fell by 4.4%, the ONS said, the biggest fall since February last year Separate data from the ONS showed that the UK's trade deficit widened in May. Construction output fell in May 2017 by 1.2%, in both the month-on-month and 3 month on 3 month time series. The 3 month on 3 month decrease in construction represents the largest 3 month on 3 month fall in output since September 2012, driven by falls in both repair…
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