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  • 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

  • Sam Asplin
    Article: Sep 27, 2014
    Sam Asplin is 21 and works in Whissendine as a teaching assistant at the village primary school whilst studying for a maths and teaching degree to pursue a career in teaching. Sam has been a member of the Liberal Democrats from the age of 17 and has also been a member of the Rutland and Melton executive committee for the last year.
  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    Bill Newton Dunn who has served the East Midlands and the Liberal Democrats so well as MEP over many years has kindly agreed to reflect on his time in the European Parliament over supper at the Old White Hart, Lyddington (Rutland) on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

    Everyone is welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so we can send you a menu choice.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2014

    There will be 2 by-elections for Rutland County Council on 16th October 2014.

    The first is in Whissendine where Sam Asplin who works at a local school will be standing.

    The second is in Oakham South West where resident Richard Swift will stand.

    Any offers of help please to the candidates, chair or executive members who can be contacted by phone or on libdemsec@aol.com

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    A group of some 14 members with friends and family attended the BBC Any Questions? at Uppingham School on Friday 18 July on a very hot summer's evening. The panel consisted of Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Derbyshire Dales), Molly Scott Cato (newly elected Green MEP for South West England), Maxine Aldred (Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland) and Hilary Benn (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and MP for Leeds Central). Obviously we regretted the lack of a Lib Dem voice on the panel. However, it was a lively evening with 5 questions being asked and we had the satisfaction of 2 of these coming from our group. Sam Asplin asked a most pertinent question about who would benefit most from the week's cabinet reshuffle - Women or David Cameron? Mary Twidell was given the final slot and asked the panel about their summer holiday reading. The other questions covered the Malaysian Airways disaster in Ukraine, Trade Unions, and Lord Falconer's bill on Assisted Dying. The last question elicited substantial discussion which was reflected on Saturday in Any Answers? which, most unusually, covered that one topic only.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2014

    Many thanks to John and Mary Twidell for hosting us again at their 'green' paradise in Horninghold. The weather was with us as we cooked, ate, talked and played croquet (well maybe not all of us).

    Our next social event will be a visit to Rutland Open Air Theatre at Tolethorpe in late July.

    There is also another trip to Radio 4's Any Questions? This time it will be at Uppingham School.

  • Article: May 27, 2014

    In March 2014 Cllr. Gale Waller asked Rutland Council to provide information about elected councillors' attendance at the council meetings to which they were appointed. The average attendance of Conservative councillors over the previous year was 72.98% with one cabinet member attending only 65% of cabinet meetings. The average attendance of UKIP members was a much poorer 55.57% with one UKIP councillor attending only 30% of full Council meetings and none of two of the committees to which he had been appointed. Gale Waller, the only Liberal Democrat member of Rutland County Council was in attendance at 90.42% of the meetings she should have attended, and she is on more committees and panels than any other councillor. This only goes to show how hard Liberal Democrats work for their communities.