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  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    The residents of Whissendine had an opportunity to express their concerns about issues faced by the village through a questionnaire which was hand delivered and then collected last weekend. 73 of the villagers responded and three clear issues stood out - parking and traffic concerns, the desire for post office facilities in the village and concerns over the future provision of the emergency services.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Rutland and Melton parliamentary candidate Ed Reynolds is calling on small shops in our lovely market towns and villages to enter the 'Best Small Shops Competition' for a chance to be recognised in an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

    Applications can be submitted via www.bestsmallshops.uk and should set out in no more than 500 words why they are the best small shop focusing on:
    innovation in the business, community engagement and entrepreneurial activity.

    The closing date is 30th January and shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 25th February where the winner will be

    Commenting, Ed said: "Rutland and Melton constituency, with small towns such as Oakham, Melton Mowbray and Uppingham, is home to many wonderful independent retailers who play an important role supporting the local economy and creating jobs all year round.

    "This competition is the perfect opportunity for a small shop to showcase themselves and I would encourage local businesses to consider applying for this award. It would be superb if one of our shops was recognised in this way."

  • Article: Jan 8, 2015

    Rutland & Melton candidate Ed Reynolds welcomes the Liberal Democrat plans to safeguard the NHS.

    The plans announce that NHS funding will be increased by at least £8bn per year in real terms by 2020.

    The Liberal Democrats are the first party to present a plan to meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England in his Five Year Forward View.

  • Ed Reynolds in Oakham
    Article: Jan 4, 2015

    A campaign to scrap Police Commissioners has got the support of a leading local Liberal Democrat.

    A petition has been launched to scrap the elections for Police Commissioners due in 2016.

    Supporting the campaign Rutland & Melton PPC Ed Reynolds said, "The Police Commissioner elections in 2016 are likely to cost up to £100 million. That money could be much better spent on frontline policing. The turnout in the first Police Commissioner elections in 2012 was a mere 14.9%. It is clear that there is no public demand for this politicising of the police."

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Rutland & Melton thanks to a major Government contract.

    The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.

  • Ed Reynolds in Oakham
    Article: Dec 1, 2014

    Rutland & Melton Liberal Democrats have announced the selection of Edward Reynolds as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the General Election:

    Edward is 38 years old and lives in Oakham. He married Robyn in January at St Andrew's, Hambleton and they have a 5 month old son. Edward went to the University of the West of England and he has worked in event management, recruitment and has spent the last 8 years working in the renewable energy sector. He is currently the sales manager for an Oakham based company.

  • Sam Asplin
    Article: Oct 20, 2014
    Dear resident,
    I would like to thank the voters of Whissendine for electing me as ward councillor. I am both delighted and honoured to represent you at Rutland County Council.
    Over the coming months I will have the opportunity to meet and talk to many of you to discuss your views and concerns.
    As your councillor I will keep you up to date and informed on all matters that affect Whissendine through regular contact with yourselves and the parish council.
  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Sam Asplin, 21, fought a great campaign with his agent John Hughes to win the Whissendine by-election by 13 votes and bring our number on the Rutland County Council back up to 2.

    Thanks also to our candidate in Oakham, Richard Swift, and to all the helpers.

    Good news for the Lib Dems!

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    This latest Focus has been delivered to the people of Whissendine:

    You couldn't make this stuff up …….

    The latest editions of the Rutland Mercury and the Rutland Times newspapers included the following statement in their 'Village News' sections:

    "WARD COUNCILLOR Following the death of Brian Montgomery, Jonny Baker has taken over his responsibilities for the interim period before there is an election."

  • Richard Swift Oakham
    Article: Oct 3, 2014

    Richard Swift is 50 years old and has lived in Oakham for 24 years. He is an accountant who has worked for both local and

    international businesses. He has two sons; one at Manchester University and one studying for A-Levels at Rutland County College.

    Richard has been a member of the Liberal Democrats for many years. He cares passionately about local issues and feels that the