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    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.

  • Article: Aug 23, 2015

    Sunday 13th September, from 3pm

    21 Pinfold Lane, South Luffenham LE15 8NR

    hosted by Cllr Gale Waller

    Music from "The Other Band" (70s soft rock) and pianist George Pearton (blues / jazz)

    All welcome!

    Tickets to include afternoon tea: Adults £10, children free


    Gale Waller: 01780 722169

    Mary Twidell: 01858 555204 mary.twidell@gmail.com

  • key_Tim_Farron_in_Calais.jpg
    Article: Aug 23, 2015
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats August 19, 2015 8:29 PM

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Theresa May to urge her to address the humanitarian crisis in Calais at her upcoming meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

    Tim Farron visited the Jules Ferry migrant support centre in Calais earlier this month to meet with refugees and organisations working in the area. He is calling for there to be more support and funding to tackle the lack of water, sanitation and medical supplies in the area.

  • Edd
    Article: Jun 2, 2015

    Edd Moody, a 21 year old student of palaeontology, currently finishing his second year at Portsmouth University is one of 27 new members who have joined the Rutland and Melton Liberal Democrats after hearing the results of the general election and feeling devastated by the implications.

    "I have always had an interest in politics, and have watched political topical debate shows such as Question Time, but I have never been moved to actually get involved before. I thought rather than rant and rave about the results I would do something positive, and sign up and be counted".

  • 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.'