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  • Article: May 9, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have received many new membership requests since the sad results of the parliamentary election.

    These new members realise just how important it is to keep liberal values in politics. The Lib Dem manifesto preamble begins by saying:

    "The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives."

  • Ed
    Article: May 8, 2015

    Congratulations to our councillors Gale Waller, Sam Asplin, Simon Galton, Peter Elliott and Amanda Burrell for holding their seats on our local councils in Rutland and Harborough.

    And thanks to all of the other candidates and campaigners for their hard work, especially John and Fiona Hughes.

    Here is a summary of our results:

  • Gale and Sam
    Article: May 8, 2015

    Gale Waller has retained her council seat for Normanton. She says 'Thank you to everyone who supported me to be successful again in Normanton Ward of Rutland County Council. It is an honour and privilege to serve the people of Rutland and I shall work as hard in the next four years as I have in the last.

  • Sam with Gale and Gavin
    Article: May 8, 2015
    Sam works as a teaching assistant at Whissendine Primary School and has represented Whissendine on Rutland County Council for the last 6 months.
    As county councillor Sam has worked hard to resolve individuals' issues and make progress with both the on-going parking and flooding problems within the village. On the County Council Sam has served on both the Children's and Resource's Scrutiny panels holding the Council's Cabinet to account.
    Sam has regularly attended Parish council meetings and actively taken up issues on their behalf. He has advocated on behalf of Whissendine's Good Neighbour scheme and has recently been successful in influencing the Council to offer subsidies, which should shortly allow residents to use the service at a reduced cost. Sam is also working alongside the village shop to try and bring back local post office facilities.
    Sam says 'It has been a privilege to represent Whissendine on the council. In the short time I have tried my hardest to tackle the issues affecting residents. Much progress has been made on a number of these issues and I would welcome the opportunity to continue the work I have started.
    Liberal Democrats are well known for their localism. I believe this county's interests are best served by a strong Liberal Democrat presence on Rutland County Council.'
  • Article: Apr 28, 2015

    Rutland Times 22 April 2015

    Four of the parliamentary candidates for the Rutland and Melton constituency, Sir Alan Duncan (Con), Alastair McQuillan (Green), Ed Reynolds (Lib Dem), and Richard Billington (UKIP) attended.

    James Moore (Lab) was invited but did not attend and Marilyn Gordon (Ind) was also not there.

  • Joanna Burrows
    Article: Apr 20, 2015

    Joanna Burrows has lived and worked in Rutland since 1997 and has raised and educated three children in Oakham. A keen supporter of local charities she has worked for Age Concern, Voluntary Action Melton, and currently is employed by TwentyTwenty, an education charity that supports the most disadvantaged young people including those in Rutland.

  • Michael Griffiths
    Article: Apr 19, 2015

    Michael is a retired Army Eye Surgeon and current Parish councillor. He was born, educated and brought up in the Midlands and now lives in Barrowden where his parents retired. Having worked through the huge changes in both Armed Services and NHS over the last 35 years, he is well-used to committees, cooperation and consensus.

  • Gavin Davies
    Article: Apr 19, 2015
    Gavin Davies settled in Burley Crescent just over two years ago and says 'I've come to realise just how lucky we all are to live in such a wonderful part of the British countryside.'
    Over the years Gavin has spent time at University studying Engineering, working for the NHS and serving with the Territorial Army. In 2011 he joined Rolls-Royce Plc in Derby on the new Higher Apprenticeship scheme. During this time he self-taught his way through a complete BSc(Hons) degree with the Open University, and graduated at Ely Cathedral in 2014, one of his proudest days.
  • Richard Swift
    Article: Apr 19, 2015
    Richard works as an accountant and has lived in Oakham for over 26 years. He has two sons; one at Manchester University and the other studying for his "A" levels at Rutland College.
    Richard has valued the safe and nurturing environment and good education Rutland has provided for his sons and he wants to ensure that future generations will have the same advantages.
    Richard is concerned about the environment and whilst he recognises that, nationally, there is a shortage of homes he is firmly of the view that any new housing must be planned and must complement, not conflict with, the natural environment. As a County Councillor for Oakham South East Richard would fight to keep Rutland's visual character.
  • Brenda Palmer
    Article: Apr 19, 2015
    Brenda served in the RAF for 22 years retiring with the rank of Wing Commander. As Squadron Leader she had been responsible for air traffic control at RAF Wittering. Since then Brenda has held senior managerial positions in the public and charitable sectors before retiring. She was Chair of Cambridgeshire Probation Board and Vice Chair of her local Parish Council before moving from just outside Rutland to Langham. Already involved in research for the Langham Development Plan she believes the needs and aspirations of Langham's people, of all ages, deserve energetic and constantly active representation on Rutland County Council to ensure the local community's views are heard and actioned.
    Brenda says, 'I believe Rutland County Council should be transparent and rigorously challenged to provide efficient, fair, top quality services and to be responsive to our community's unique and historic distinctiveness, our demands and future vision.'
    Brenda would welcome the opportunity to serve Langham with a strong voice on the Council.
    'My priorities would be to fight against any move to encroach further upon the green space separating Langham from Oakham and to ensure the Development Plan, which our community is currently creating, is approved and actioned.