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  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Rutland and Melton are hosting the 2017 East Midlands Lib Dems Spring Conference in Oakham on Saturday.

    All members are welcome at: Oakham Church of England Primary School, Burley Rd, Oakham LE15 6GY

    10.00am-4:30pm - Saturday 25th February 2017 (Just come for part of the day if you like.)

    Registration is from 9.30 and if you have not booked the cost will be £15

  • Joanna (courtesy Rutland Times)
    Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Joanna Burrows - Liberal Democrat Candidate for Exton Ward

    On Thursday 9th of March a councillor will be elected to represent Exton ward on Rutland County Council.

    Joanna Burrows has lived in Rutland for twenty years, working firstly as a nurse at the Rutland Memorial Hospital, then for several charities including Age Concern. She ran the Pyramid Project (an initiative for primary school children to increase their self-esteem and resilience), a project to help reduce the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, and currently she fundraises for Twenty Twenty, a charity dedicated to the education and support of disadvantaged young people across Leicestershire and Rutland. She has also been involved in the local Water Aid group.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2017

    Councillor Terry King has resigned as Leader of Rutland County Council with immediate effect.

    He has also resigned as Ward Member for Exton to focus on his health.

    All Council business will continue as normal and a leadership election will take place at a Special Council meeting on Thursday 26th January.

  • Ros Scott presenting Harriet Smith Award to Fay Howison (Photo by Robert Male Photography)
    Article: Nov 14, 2016

    The Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award is presented to a party member who has never been elected to public office but who has demonstrated excellence and commitment. In 2016 it has been awarded to Fay Howison, the Rutland Lib Dem president, who has worked tirelessly for the local party and the county over many years.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2016

    The outcome of the EU referendum was particularly devastating for the 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds who were denied the opportunity to vote. They wryly observe that the full impact will be seen in 10 years' time by when 50% of the 75+ age group will no longer be with us! They, on the other hand must live with the consequences for on average 70 years or more.

  • Ed Reynolds
    Article: Jul 31, 2016

    Ed Reynolds was selected unanimously as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Rutland and Melton on 20thJuly. The Liberal Democrats are now ready to fight a general election here. This follows reports that the new Prime Minister might go to the country early, before a possible recession and also to take advantage of Labour in-fighting.

  • Tim Farron & EU
    Article: Jun 27, 2016

    As reported in LibDem Voice, Tim Farron has sent the following message to members. Why not join us now.

    Liberal Democrats have always believed that Britain should be outward facing, collaborating with other countries to tackle global challenges. Our membership of the European Union allows us to do that.

    Britain has now voted to leave. The margin of victory was small and risks dividing our country. We must respect the outcome of the referendum in how we talk about moving forward.

    We also have to understand that for many people this was not just a vote about Europe. It was also a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they feel are out of touch and have let them down. Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove won this campaign by deliberately deceiving voters. They offered cheap slogans and easy answers that they knew they could never keep. Their hollow pledge of £350 million for the NHS has already unravelled and people will be right to feel angry that they have been let down again.

    We must also remember that there are many, many European citizens who have made Britain their home. We are immensely grateful for the contribution they make to our country and we are committed to ensuring they can remain here and feel safe here.

    I believe our country's future is still best served by our membership of the European Union, despite its flaws. Millions of our fellow citizens believe that. I also believe many of those people share our vision of a country that is tolerant, compassionate and positive about Britain's role for good in the world. They share our vision of a country that wants to repair its divisions by working hard together, not by offering cheap slogans.

    That is why I want to make clear that the Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore Britain's prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not outside it.

    At the same time, we must address the difficult issues that this referendum has raised about Europe and our country - but with real answers, not cheap slogans.

    Since the result of the referendum became known, thousands of new members have joined our party. I encourage you all to reach out to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances and encourage them to join us to build that Britain together.

  • flag
    Article: Jun 6, 2016
    1. 9 out of 10 of the world's top democracies are in western Europe (UK is 12th)
    2. The EU is the best peace project Europe has ever known
    3. 2016 is better than going back to 1973
    4. We can work together to stop climate change
    5. We should be leading Europe not leaving Europe
    6. We work together on new technologies and space projects
  • EU Supper in Rutland (Robert Male Photography)
    Article: May 22, 2016

    Rutland & Melton Lib Dems were treated to a fantastic supper at Rutland Water Sailing Club with speaker Phil Bennion, former MEP for West Midlands. The subject matter was on how important it is to stay in the EU for agriculture as well as other issues such as security and the economy.

    We were also urged to encourage young people to vote.

  • Lib Dems in Melton
    Article: May 22, 2016

    Rutland and Melton Lib Dems including former councillor Sam Asplin and former PPC Ed Reynolds were out in Melton on Saturday 14 May talking to shoppers about the EU Referendum.

    The local Lib Dems strongly feel that the UK needs to REMAIN in the EU.

    One of the most important issues is to encourage young people to vote on their future.