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  • Julie Smith visit
    Article: Apr 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Life Peer Baroness Smith of Newnham visited Rutland and Melton constituency recently. Baroness Smith visited the Larkfield Homes Oakham Heights housing development at Barleythorpe in Oakham with Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Ed Reynolds and Rutland council candidates Gale Waller and Sam Asplin.

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    Article: Apr 20, 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 and a Liberal Democrat MP at Westminster.'
  • 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.

  • Document: Apr 19, 2015
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    To make a donation to our local party please contact Sam Asplin on sasplin@rutland.gov.uk

    Your donation would be very much appreciated however small.

  • Ed and Gale at fire station
    Article: Apr 19, 2015

    As reported in the RUTLAND TIMES: "The on-call retained fire engine based in Oakham is to be scrapped. The governing body of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service decided to axe the 10 retained fire crew who man the second fire engine at the station."

    PPC Ed Reynolds and Cllr Gale Waller (Normanton) recently met with the incoming Chief Fire Officer, Richard Chandler, to discuss the proposed removal of Oakham's second fire-engine and how services would be maintained without it.

  • 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.
  • Gale Waller
    Article: Apr 19, 2015
    Gale has lived in Rutland for 14 years with her husband and daughter. Now retired Gale has previously worked as a secondary and post 16 teacher, as a senior local government officer, for the Local Government Association and Audit Commision. Gale has been an active member of the community as a member of the Parish Council in South Luffenham and 8 years as a governor at St Mary and St John Primary School.
    For the last 4 years Gale has worked tirelessly representing you as Rutland County Councillor. In addition to helping individuals in the ward she has regularly attended the Parish council meetings across the Normanton ward and actively taken up issues on their behalf. For example Gale has ensured regular meetings have taken place between the military and North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish councils concerning changes at St Georges Barracks allowing residents' concerns to be fully taken on board.
    Since being elected to Rutland County Council Gale has chaired the Children's Scrutiny Panel. The Panel has held the Council's cabinet member for children to account. Gale has also served on the Adults and Health and Resources Scrutiny panels.
    Gale says 'I have been honoured to represent you as a Rutland County Councillor and feel I have achieved some good. I would welcome the opportunity to represent you for a further term.'
    She adds, "I believe in listening to users and potential users of services and being open about decision making which the previous Conservative administration did not do.

    I requested that Rutland's adult scrutiny panel should receive Care Quality Commission reports on Rutland's care homes. Some homes were poor but as a result of the open scrutiny Rutland Council began to help those homes to improve. I also objected to the closure of day centres because neither users, nor potential users, had been asked what they wanted before the closures happened. I shall continue to challenge where I think decisions are being made behind closed doors.

    During my 4 years as a councillor I have urged the Council's administration to prioritise education as OfSTED reports and end of primary school results have shown a deteriorating picture in Rutland. All of Rutland's young people deserve the best education they can get, both for themselves and for the future of our country."