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  • Event: October 22, 2014

    The Old White Hart in Lyddington will once again host a Lib Dem supper this time with speaker Bill Newton Dunn who will reflect on his time as MEP.

  • Sam Asplin
    Article: Sep 27, 2014
    Sam Asplin is 21 and works in Whissendine as a teaching assistant at the village primary school whilst studying for a maths and teaching degree to pursue a career in teaching. Sam has been a member of the Liberal Democrats from the age of 17 and has also been a member of the Rutland and Melton executive committee for the last year.
  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    Bill Newton Dunn who has served the East Midlands and the Liberal Democrats so well as MEP over many years has kindly agreed to reflect on his time in the European Parliament over supper at the Old White Hart, Lyddington (Rutland) on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

    Everyone is welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so we can send you a menu choice.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    There will be 2 by-elections for Rutland County Council on 16th October 2014.

    The first is in Whissendine where Sam Asplin who works at a local school will be standing.

    The second is in Oakham South West where resident Richard Swift will stand.

    Any offers of help please to the candidates, chair or executive members who can be contacted by phone or on libdemsec@aol.com

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    A group of some 14 members with friends and family attended the BBC Any Questions? at Uppingham School on Friday 18 July on a very hot summer's evening. The panel consisted of Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Derbyshire Dales), Molly Scott Cato (newly elected Green MEP for South West England), Maxine Aldred (Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland) and Hilary Benn (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and MP for Leeds Central). Obviously we regretted the lack of a Lib Dem voice on the panel. However, it was a lively evening with 5 questions being asked and we had the satisfaction of 2 of these coming from our group. Sam Asplin asked a most pertinent question about who would benefit most from the week's cabinet reshuffle - Women or David Cameron? Mary Twidell was given the final slot and asked the panel about their summer holiday reading. The other questions covered the Malaysian Airways disaster in Ukraine, Trade Unions, and Lord Falconer's bill on Assisted Dying. The last question elicited substantial discussion which was reflected on Saturday in Any Answers? which, most unusually, covered that one topic only.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2014

    Many thanks to John and Mary Twidell for hosting us again at their 'green' paradise in Horninghold. The weather was with us as we cooked, ate, talked and played croquet (well maybe not all of us).

    Our next social event will be a visit to Rutland Open Air Theatre at Tolethorpe in late July.

    There is also another trip to Radio 4's Any Questions? This time it will be at Uppingham School.

  • Article: May 27, 2014

    In March 2014 Cllr. Gale Waller asked Rutland Council to provide information about elected councillors' attendance at the council meetings to which they were appointed. The average attendance of Conservative councillors over the previous year was 72.98% with one cabinet member attending only 65% of cabinet meetings. The average attendance of UKIP members was a much poorer 55.57% with one UKIP councillor attending only 30% of full Council meetings and none of two of the committees to which he had been appointed. Gale Waller, the only Liberal Democrat member of Rutland County Council was in attendance at 90.42% of the meetings she should have attended, and she is on more committees and panels than any other councillor. This only goes to show how hard Liberal Democrats work for their communities.

  • Article: May 7, 2014

    Ten members of the Rutland and Melton local constituency party attended the live broadcast of Any Questions on the 25 April at Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Rutland. Chaired, as usual, by Jonathan Dimbleby it was an entirely political panel that evening with Baroness Olly Grender representing the Liberal Democrats. MPs Dan Jarvis (Labour), Grant Shapps (Conservative) and Tim Aker (UKIP) were the other panel members.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2014

    The following article appeared in both the Rutland Times and the Rutland Mercury this week:

    Rutland and Melton Lib Dems dine, and gain an insight into the worrying situation in Ukraine.

    Twenty two of the local party members gathered for their annual supper at the Old White Hart in Lyddington on April 8. One of the members, Dr Carol Weaver, a local expert on the Black Sea Region, talked about the Ukraine Crisis and her recent visit to Kiev. Carol emphasised that, since the demise of the USSR, the people of eastern Europe have looked to the EU for peace, security, democracy and modern values. Whilst there have been wars in Europe since 1945 there have never been wars between EU members, and this is a compelling reason why the Liberal Democrats strongly believe that the UK should remain in the EU, working towards a more democratic and peaceful Europe.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    On 26 April there is a non-partisan event to register as many people as possible before the European elections. Various organisations including 38 degrees are running the event and organising teams. Contact the site below or Sam Asplin (Rutland team) if you can help.

    See www.jointhevote.org for more details.