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  • 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.

  • Article: May 7, 2014

    Ten members of the Rutland and Melton local constituency party attended the live broadcast of Any Questions on the 25 April at Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Rutland. Chaired, as usual, by Jonathan Dimbleby it was an entirely political panel that evening with Baroness Olly Grender representing the Liberal Democrats. MPs Dan Jarvis (Labour), Grant Shapps (Conservative) and Tim Aker (UKIP) were the other panel members.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2014

    The following article appeared in both the Rutland Times and the Rutland Mercury this week:

    Rutland and Melton Lib Dems dine, and gain an insight into the worrying situation in Ukraine.

    Twenty two of the local party members gathered for their annual supper at the Old White Hart in Lyddington on April 8. One of the members, Dr Carol Weaver, a local expert on the Black Sea Region, talked about the Ukraine Crisis and her recent visit to Kiev. Carol emphasised that, since the demise of the USSR, the people of eastern Europe have looked to the EU for peace, security, democracy and modern values. Whilst there have been wars in Europe since 1945 there have never been wars between EU members, and this is a compelling reason why the Liberal Democrats strongly believe that the UK should remain in the EU, working towards a more democratic and peaceful Europe.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    On 26 April there is a non-partisan event to register as many people as possible before the European elections. Various organisations including 38 degrees are running the event and organising teams. Contact the site below or Sam Asplin (Rutland team) if you can help.

    See www.jointhevote.org for more details.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2014
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    Carol Weaver will be talking about the Ukraine crisis and her recent visit to Kyiv at the Lib Dem supper in Lyddington on 8 April.
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    Her latest blog can be found at: http://ymlp.com/zwTCxL
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    Dr Carol Weaver is the author of 'The Politics of the Black Sea Region: EU neighbourhood, conflict zone or future security community?' (Ashgate Publishing, 2013). She represents the European Movement UK in the EMI's International Committee and is a founder member of EMI's Tbilisi Process for peace building between the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan. In early March she was a member of the EMI delegation to Kyiv.
  • Article: Mar 18, 2014

    EUROPE

    Choose LibDems to help save jobs

    It is less than 100 days till the European elections, and this time it really matters.

    If anti-European politicians and parties get their way, the message sent to businesses and investors worldwide will be that Britain wants out of the EU. That would be a disaster, right here in Rutland.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2014

    EUROPE: Support us for the sake of jobs

    It is less than 100 days now until the European elections, and this time it really matters.

    If anti-European politicians and parties get their way, the message sent to businesses and investors worldwide will be that Britain wants to be out of the European Union.

    That would be a disaster - right here in Harborough.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2014

    Europe

    Vote to stay in

    It is less than 100 days till the European elections, and this time it really matters.

    If anti-European politicians and parties get their way, the message sent to businesses and investors worldwide will be that Britain wants out of the EU. That would be a disaster - right here in Melton.