We Remain European

We Remain European

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We Remain European As I write this, it is the final day before the UK leaves the European Union. It is a sad day, but it is still only one day. Brexit is far from over - and for many people it won't be until after the transition period ends that we will finally realise what Brexit meant. I want to say how proud I am of all Liberal Democrats - members, supporters, and voters. Right through from the referendum, and two general elections, it has been a privilege to campaign alongside friends and make the case for a strong UK inside a strong EU. I regret we didn't win the argument, but I will never regret making it.
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Belper NHS Hustings

Belper NHS Hustings

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Belper NHS Hustings Two of our local Lib-Dem candidates attended the Belper Hustings about the NHS on 5 December 2019 – Felix Dodds is our candidate for Mid-Derbyshire, and Kate Smith our candidate for Amber Valley. Also present were two Labour candidates, a passionate Green candidate, and a large audience – but no Conservatives. Everyone present was seriously disappointed that the “party of government” did not bother to turn up, but instead sent a written statement to read out.As Lib-Dems, we are proud to be the party of William Beveridge, who proposed the national health service in his 1942 report, which was then implemented by the Attlee government after the war.Our major concerns for the NHS today are about funding, workforce planning, and the failure of the Conservative government to…
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General Election 2019

General Election 2019

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General Election 12th December 2019 Today we are celebrating our continued membership of the EU, and also launching our general election campaign locally.The Liberal Democrats are the only party who can Stop Brexit, fight the climate emergency, and build a brighter future for Britain. Find out more about our candidates below. If you are not already registered to vote, you have until midnight on 26th November. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-voteIf you are unsure which parlimentary constituency you are in, you can search for your postcode at www.theyworkforyou.com Felix Dodds for Mid-Derbyshire Felix is our candidate for Mid-Derbyshire, which includes residents in Belper and Duffield. “Britain’s future is brighter if we remain in the EU: a stronger NHS, new jobs and industries, a cleaner and safer planet. But only if we put aside the…
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Whole Council Elections for Amber Valley

Whole Council Elections for Amber Valley

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Potential Move to Whole Council Elections Read the consultation Read our full response Amber Valley Liberal Democrats have responded to a consultation from Amber Valley Borough Council, regarding the possibility of whole-council elections, rather than the current system of elections-by-thirds. We would be opposed to this change for a number of reasons, but chiefly because of the difficulties in finding larger numbers of candidates for a whole-council election, and also because of the democratic deficit for young voters turning 18 between elections. You can find our full response attached above, as well as a link to the original consultation on Amber Valley Borough Council's website. This issue will be debated and decided at the next full council meeting on 13th November. 
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Remembering Srebrenica

Remembering Srebrenica

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Remembering Srebrenica Yesterday, local members went to the Guildhall in London to attend events for Srebrenica Memorial day, to hear speeches from community leaders and survivors of Srebrenica and Prijedor, and to remember the 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys murdered in July 1995. Belper resident Ahmed Velic says: "It always brings me a great sadness every year when I think about what happened, but memorial events like this mean a lot to me personally, and to the Bosnian community. "I want people to learn from the experience of Bosnia - especially now, when we hear political leaders making nationalistic speeches and creating divisions between us, we should remember our liberal values of tolerance and good will to others." https://youtu.be/m8MBcWRuGco The charity Remembering Srebrenica organises events across the UK, bringing…
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East Midlands Hustings

East Midlands Hustings

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East Midlands Leadership Hustings The Liberal Democrat leadership contest came to Nottingham this week for the East Midlands hustings event. Candidates Ed Davey and Jo Swinson took turns to answer questions on a whole range of topics. They explained their vision for the party's future under their leadership, and their thoughts on key Lib-Dem policy areas such as Brexit, renewable energy, fracking, the climate emergency and how to move forward with liberal values in an effort to combat populism and nationalism.  Local member Phillip Mackin commented: "It was so great to see so many people here today from Amber Valley - everyone's really engaged with the contest, and it's a difficult decision because they are both fantastic candidates. I may go online and watch the recording before I make my decision."…
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Over 75’s to Lose Free TV Licences

Over 75’s to Lose Free TV Licences

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Over 75's to Lose Free TV Licences Responding to the announcement that the BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, local Lib-Dem campaigner John Morrissey says:"Amber Valley has around 8,000 residents aged 75 and over, and while some can afford the extra cost, there will be many who will have to look hard at their household budgets to decide if they can afford the extra £154.50."This was a deeply cynical ploy by the Tories to burden the BBC with the blame. Serendipitously, the BBC will be facing a funding crisis round about the time it might otherwise be trying the hold the Tories to account." https://twitter.com/LibDems/status/1138431244285485057 The Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine, raised the issue in parliament, and  a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson adds:“Concessions for over-75s are a social cost…
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Celebrating Local Election Successes

Celebrating Local Election Successes

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Liberal Democrats Celebrating after Local Elections Thanks again to all our members, volunteers, and candidates. Sadly no borough council gains to report this time, but we are still very happy with a strong set of results.Well done to John Morrisey who secured 28% of the vote in Belper East, which is +19% on last year’s result, a credit to all involved!Kate Smith got 2nd place in Crich. With 25% of the vote this is +13% since this seat was last up in 2015. It’s in large testament to her work on Crich Parish Council, so we’re happy she was also re-elected unopposed as parish councillor.We are also happy to report the election of six Lib-Dem parish councillors to Duffield Parish Council, all of whom look forward to working hard for…
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Greenbelt Consultation Response

Greenbelt Consultation Response

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Green Belt Consultation Response Amber Valley Liberal Democrats have responded to the public consultation on Green Belt Amendments and Additional Site Allocations. Read our full response here. We have been opposed to development on the Green Belt since the battle for Lily Street Farm, Swanwick, in the early 1990s, as the Conservative Borough Council has lost the ambition to ‘conserve’ anything.  New housing development is about the most destructive thing we can do to the environment .  There is real pressure for growth, not least because more people are living singly, and more older people want to downsize. We demand the Council removes its blinkers on Brownfield sites – in Belper a specific study for the Neighbourhood Plan has shown these are more than adequate to meet projected demand.  A…
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