New Year Message from North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats

New Year Message from North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats

Economics, Representation
For the last two and a half years Westminster has tied itself in knots over Brexit. Irrespective of where you sit on this particular issue, it has got in the way of everything else in this country. Our NHS is in crisis, schools are suffering, housing and energy prices are beyond the reach of those most in need, there’s continuing uncertainty about jobs; and those who have had pay rises over the past few years have still slipped significantly below the cost of living. For the coming months at least, Brexit seems likely to dominate those in Parliament – to the detriment of everyone else, the Tories will attempt to cling to power with an impotent Prime Minister; while Labour attempt to use Mrs May’s incompetence as a chance to…
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Team Grassmoor

Team Grassmoor

Representation
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are proud to formally announce our next set of Candidates for the 2019 District Elections – for Grassmoor Ward, in North East Derbyshire. North Derbyshire's Young Liberal Representative, Blaine Uknighted, will be standing alongside Sandra Hinds. Throughout the year your local Lib Dem team have been working hard for local residents and will continue to do so. Our aim is to improve local services and make ourselves available to you at all times. We hope you will use BOTH of your votes to elect Blaine and Sandra to represent the Grassmoor ward next year. In the meantime; if you need their support - please do not hesitate to contact them on: Blaine.Uknighted@nedbd-libdems.com 07741 497547 Sandra.Hinds@nedbd-libdems.com 07870 975764
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Veteran Lib Dem politician Tony Rogers elected to Chesterfield Borough Council

Veteran Lib Dem politician Tony Rogers elected to Chesterfield Borough Council

Representation
Veteran Liberal Democrat candidate Tony Rogers has been elected as a Chesterfield borough councillor following a by-election in the Moor ward. The election was held after the death of Labour councillor Keith Brown who previously held the seat. Mr Rogers - who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year - won the seat with 532 votes. Labour candidate Ron Mihaly received 445 votes, Conservative candidate Gordon Partington got 84 votes and UKIP candidate Barry Thompson received 69 votes. The turnout was 34.4 per cent. The result means the political make-up of the council is now: • Labour - 36 councillors • Liberal Democrats - 10 councillors • Independent - 2 councillors You can join the Liberal Democrats by visiting www.libdems,org.uk/join
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Lib Dems launch cross-party petition calling on the Labour Party to ‘Slam their local plan’ in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover

Lib Dems launch cross-party petition calling on the Labour Party to ‘Slam their local plan’ in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover

Housing, Representation
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats have launched two cross-party petitions for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover residents to sign. The petition demands that the local plans submitted to the inspectorate by the Labour-led authorities are scrap and that a proper accessible consultation is carried out. North East Derbyshire District Council's local plan was suppose to be implemented in 2014, but was only submitted in Jun 2018 to the planning inspectorate for approval. There will now be a public inquiry will begin w/c 12 November 2018 w/c 19 November 2018 w/c 3 December 2018. Bolsover District Council are even further behind than North East Derbyshire District Council, as their local plan was only submitted to the planning inspectorate on 31st August 2018. The public inquiry is due in the new year. If you are…
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Lib Dems open arms to former Conservative and Labour members

Lib Dems open arms to former Conservative and Labour members

Representation
Lib Dems open arms to ex Conservative and Labour members Former Conservative and Labour members in Clowne have ditched their parties to join North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats. Conor McInnes who stood for the Conservative party in a recent Clowne Parish Council by-election says he could 'no longer justify what they stand for'. Natalie Hoy, a prominent campaigner against the Clowne Garden Village, left Labour after saying they had made an 'appauling' decision to approve the 1,800 housing development. Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover, James Palmer said: "I am pleased to welcome new members to our party; as the Liberal Democrats become a movement for moderates, We are fighting back against this two party system that has let us down, time and time again." "We are not tribal, we will work with everyone who share similar views to achieve the…
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Chesterfield College ban political parties from Freshers week

Chesterfield College ban political parties from Freshers week

Education, Representation, Young People
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats call on Chesterfield college to rethink the decision to exclude political parties from their annual freshers week. In previous years all political groups have been welcomed to the event which is hosted by the college for all new students that are enrolling for that year. Chesterfield Lib Dem Youth Officer, Matthew Genn said: "I am disappointed with the decision by Chesterfield College not to allow political parties to be present at their upcoming Freshers Fair. For reasons unknown and frankly bizarre in my opinion." "This is especially concerning givien the importance that young voters played in both the EU referendum and last years general election. Clearly this shows that young people, when given the opportunity can be interested and be involved." "All Chesterfield College has done with…
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Lib Dems Announce First Candidates for May 2019

Lib Dems Announce First Candidates for May 2019

Representation
The District Council elections may seem a long way off yet; however, the Liberal Democrats are keen to ensure that our representatives are carefully selected to ensure that we stand only candidates we know will work hard all year round for their constituents should they be elected. North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are proud to formally announce our first set of Candidates - for Tupton Ward, in North East Derbyshire. Currently, a two-member ward, new boundaries will be taking in more of Wingerworth than previously, so the May 2018 Election will see three Councillors being returned to represent the larger number of voters. Incumbent Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tupton, David Hancock, said: I am pleased to announce that [Parish Councillor] Pam Windley and Ross Shipman will be standing with me to…
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Ross Shipman on INEOS Appeal Decision

Ross Shipman on INEOS Appeal Decision

Environment, Representation
Following the announcement that INEOS Upstream has been given permission to drill and test for shale gas at Bramleymoor Lane in the village of Marsh Lane, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman said: "This is disappointing news, but unfortunately it is no surprise. The current system does not allow local people to decide whether they want fracking or not. "This is why we must continue to pressure the Conservatives government to ban #fracking in England and Wales. "The Liberal Democrats support all moves to ban fracking and protect our environment." The full report is available here.
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Labour Leader of North East Derbyshire told to resign after verbally attacking member of the public

Labour Leader of North East Derbyshire told to resign after verbally attacking member of the public

Representation
Labour Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council made a political attack on Lib Dem campaigner, Ross Shipman as he question him for an explanation over why the Council would no longer be audio recording and publishing meetings online at the District Council meeting held on 21st May 2018. As part of the public speaking section of the meeting, Mr Shipman "Given that on 5th March the Council managed to record and publish the meeting online - can the Leader of the Council give a explanation why it will not continue audio record and publish them on the website for the benefit of North East Derbyshire residents, many of whom, like me, are unable to attend these meetings due to work?" Cllr Baxter gave a brief summary of previous events but…
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Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Consultation, Environment, Representation
Fracking is a divisive subject. Some support it, some do not; and many people remain to be convinced by either argument. The Liberal Democrats believe that there are sufficient renewable energy sources - solar, wind and water - without needing to resort to such invasive techniques as fracking. However, both pro and anti fracking campaigners, along with those who remain undecided, are appalled by the latest government announcement that it intends to "streamline" regulation to accelerate the planning application process for fracking development. The planning application process exists for a reason. It's there to allow everyone impacted by any development to have the opportunity to raise any objections they may have; to allow proper scrutiny of the potential impact a development will have on communities, infrastructure, the environment and local…
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