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  • Julie Smith
    Article: Mar 16, 2015

    On the 9th April Julie Smith will be joining Rutland and Melton Lib Dems for dinner at The Old White Hart at Lyddington.

    Julie is a Cambridge academic, a councillor, former chair of Liberal International (British Group) and a member of the LD Federal Policy Committee. She was recently appointed to the House of Lords.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws has revealed how the Conservatives wanted to slash the schools budget on entering office in 2010.

    In government, Liberal Democrats categorically refused to support these plans and fought to protect the education budget. Liberal Democrats have committed to protecting the education budget in the next Parliament, while the Conservatives plan to cut it by a quarter.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2015

    Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb is calling on the Conservatives and Labour to match his commitment to invest an extra £8bn a year in the NHS by 2020.

    Norman has written to Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham calling on them to commit 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.

    The Liberal Democrats are the first party to present a plan that commits to investing £8bn a year in the NHS by 2020.

    Local Lib Dem candidate Ed Reynolds totally supports this commitment and challenges Alan Duncan and the other general election candidates to support Norman Lamb in a non-partisan review of health and care services, as well as to meet the funding commitment.

    Norman asks for political differences to be put aside in the interests of sustaining a "vital national institution."

    He also says that mental health services and preventing ill health should be made priorities for the investment.

    Liberal Democrats in government have successfully pushed for extra funding for the NHS with Autumn Statement confirming an extra £2bn a year beginning in April.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2015

    A new analysis has shown that around 8.3m families will benefit twice from the Liberal Democrat tax cut.

    Thanks to Liberal Democrats increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,600, these families will on average be £1,330 better off each year.

    New research using HM Treasury's tax and benefit model shows that our flagship policy of increasing the amount that people can earn before they pay income tax is vital in creating a fairer society.

    Income tax cuts for working people were a top priority for Liberal Democrats when we entered the coalition in 2010 and one which we are proud to have delivered for millions of people. It meant fighting hard against the Tories.

    And by raising the personal tax allowance to £10,600 we have lifted more than 3m people out of paying tax altogether.

    As well as helping families make their money go further we're also lifting the lowest paid out of paying tax.

    By April:

    • 340,000 sales and retail assistants will no longer pay tax.
    • 169,000 care workers and home carers will no longer pay tax.
    • 162,000 cleaners will no longer pay tax.
    • 136,000 catering assistants will no longer pay tax.
    • 91,000 teaching assistants will no longer pay tax.

    Rutland & Melton PPC Ed Reynolds agrees with the Lib Dem leadership in saying that:

    "This shows that our Liberal Democrat flagship policy of dramatically increasing the amount that people can earn before they pay income tax amounts to the greatest revolution in the tax landscape for working people in living memory."

    Nick Clegg says:

    "It's not over yet. The Liberal Democrats may have cut people's taxes by £825 but if we are in government again after 2015, we will cut them by a further £380 by raising the point at which you start paying tax to £12,500."

  • 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.