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  • Tim Farron & EU
    Article: Jun 27, 2016

    As reported in LibDem Voice, Tim Farron has sent the following message to members. Why not join us now.

    Liberal Democrats have always believed that Britain should be outward facing, collaborating with other countries to tackle global challenges. Our membership of the European Union allows us to do that.

    Britain has now voted to leave. The margin of victory was small and risks dividing our country. We must respect the outcome of the referendum in how we talk about moving forward.

    We also have to understand that for many people this was not just a vote about Europe. It was also a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they feel are out of touch and have let them down. Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove won this campaign by deliberately deceiving voters. They offered cheap slogans and easy answers that they knew they could never keep. Their hollow pledge of £350 million for the NHS has already unravelled and people will be right to feel angry that they have been let down again.

    We must also remember that there are many, many European citizens who have made Britain their home. We are immensely grateful for the contribution they make to our country and we are committed to ensuring they can remain here and feel safe here.

    I believe our country's future is still best served by our membership of the European Union, despite its flaws. Millions of our fellow citizens believe that. I also believe many of those people share our vision of a country that is tolerant, compassionate and positive about Britain's role for good in the world. They share our vision of a country that wants to repair its divisions by working hard together, not by offering cheap slogans.

    That is why I want to make clear that the Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore Britain's prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not outside it.

    At the same time, we must address the difficult issues that this referendum has raised about Europe and our country - but with real answers, not cheap slogans.

    Since the result of the referendum became known, thousands of new members have joined our party. I encourage you all to reach out to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances and encourage them to join us to build that Britain together.

  • flag
    Article: Jun 6, 2016
    1. 9 out of 10 of the world's top democracies are in western Europe (UK is 12th)
    2. The EU is the best peace project Europe has ever known
    3. 2016 is better than going back to 1973
    4. We can work together to stop climate change
    5. We should be leading Europe not leaving Europe
    6. We work together on new technologies and space projects
  • EU Supper in Rutland (Robert Male Photography)
    Article: May 22, 2016

    Rutland & Melton Lib Dems were treated to a fantastic supper at Rutland Water Sailing Club with speaker Phil Bennion, former MEP for West Midlands. The subject matter was on how important it is to stay in the EU for agriculture as well as other issues such as security and the economy.

    We were also urged to encourage young people to vote.

  • Lib Dems in Melton
    Article: May 22, 2016

    Rutland and Melton Lib Dems including former councillor Sam Asplin and former PPC Ed Reynolds were out in Melton on Saturday 14 May talking to shoppers about the EU Referendum.

    The local Lib Dems strongly feel that the UK needs to REMAIN in the EU.

    One of the most important issues is to encourage young people to vote on their future.

  • Lib Dems in together
    Article: May 12, 2016

    Rutland & Melton Lib Dems will be in Melton town centre from 10am on Saturday 14 May hosting an "In Together" stall as part of the national Liberal Democrat Street Stall Day.

    Please join us.

  • Kevin with Cllr Gale Waller and agent Ed
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    Congratulations to Kevin Thomas who has won the Whissendine by-election with a large majority. The photo shows Kevin after the count with Cllr Gale Waller and agent Ed Reynolds.

  • Kevin
    Article: Mar 1, 2016

    The Whissendine by-election takes place on Thursday 3 March 2016. It is to replace LibDem Sam Asplin who has had to stand down due to health reasons. Our candidate is local man Kevin Thomas.

    Kevin says "I am hoping to follow Sam Asplin's example and do good work for my village."

    Canvassing and leaflet deliveries have gone well and received positive comments and responses from many residents. Kevin is the only candidate who lives in the village.
  • flag
    Article: Oct 22, 2015

    Liberal Democrats believe in an open, modern and inclusive Britain that stands tall in the world, and doesn't hide from it.

    We are a modern, free, prosperous country, respected the world over. This is Britain's time to lead.

    By voting to remain in the EU we can secure Britain's position as a world power and build on our role as a beacon of hope, freedom, tolerance and prosperity.

  • Ian Wright CBE
    Article: Sep 7, 2015

    Congratulations to local Lib Dem Ian Wright who was awarded a CBE for political and public service in the latest honours list.

    Ian Wright is a lifelong third party activist. In 1981 he was the first elected student union president to declare for the SDP and he went on to be the Party's second staff member and its Vice President. He was a speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown from 1992-1998 and his Press Officer in the successful 1997 General Election campaign. He has subsequently been an adviser to both Ming Campbell and Nick Clegg during their leadership of the LibDems. He has been a local council candidate six times and was Chair of Lib Dems in Communications for five years.

  • Oakham Enterprise Park visit
    Article: Sep 5, 2015

    Dr Julie Smith visited Oakham Enterprise Park in the afternoon of 3rd September, accompanied by Cllr Gale Waller and Brenda Palmer. The visit was followed by a reception at the home of Fay and Dan Howison where she welcomed some of the many new members who have joined Rutland and Melton Lib Dems in the last two years. Julie emphasised how important it is that new members should be encouraged to use their talents in order to help the Liberal Democrat party to strengthen itself. Several relatively new members stood in the 2015 Rutland County Council elections whilst another has offered to take photographs when needed. Other new members are keen to have an influence on policy making.