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  • 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

  • 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.