Whilst the Lib Dems might not agree with the idea of Police and Crime Commissioners, if we must have one then let's have a good one!
The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Sarah Hill to stand as their candidate for Leicestershire. Standing on a platform of reduced central office costs and creating a more visible presence of police on the streets, Sarah intends to challenge the status quo with new ideas to maximise the effect of local policing while handling a tight budget.
The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Sarah Hill to stand as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election. Standing on a platform of reduced central office costs and creating a more visible presence of police on the streets, Sarah intends to challenge the status quo with new ideas to maximise the effect of local policing while handling a tight budget.
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.
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.
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 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".