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  • Article: Apr 19, 2021

    James Moore campaigning to keep streets and communities safe

    James Moore Lib Dem PPC candidate for Leicestershire

    The Local Choice Who Listens

    Dr. James Moore has lived in Leicestershire and Rutland for much of his life. Educated at John Cleveland College, Hinckley, he holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. James has worked in education for most of his career and currently teaches history and politics at the University of Leicester. He has been a local campaigner for several decades, serving as a member of Liberal Democrat controlled Hinckley and Bosworth Borough council, and working to prevent crime in the community.

  • Candidates
    Article: Apr 18, 2021

    Are you able to help us deliver leaflets in and around the Melton area before 6 May?

    If so please let us know at

    Many thanks!

  • At Ferneleys (Iain Wright)
    Article: Mar 27, 2021

    On the 6th May please vote in the Leicestershire County Council elections if you live there. Our constituency candidates are as follows:



    Hamish McAuley will be standing in Melton Wolds. He is an NHS doctor who works in Leicester and lives with his young family in Somerby, where he stood in the last Melton Borough Council elections.

  • LD statement
    Article: Mar 27, 2021
  • Stand up for carers2
    Article: Feb 16, 2021
    Last month, as part of the Lib Dem campaign to 'STAND UP FOR CARERS' Liberal Democrat councillors in Rutland brought a motion to the council which:
    • Asks the Council Leader to communicate with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the MP for Rutland and Melton, seeking their assurance that they will review the allowances by Government to carers and that they will ensure that the payments are increased sufficiently to be commensurate with the responsibilities and the time they taken on their caring roles
  • Royal Mail Petition
    Petition: Nov 23, 2020

    Lib Dem campaigners are calling on the Royal Mail to allow people to send cards and parcels to loved ones in care homes for free for the rest of the year.

    The Coronavirus outbreak has left many of the 400,000 people who live in care homes cut off from contact with their loved ones.

    Introducing free postage would be a big comfort for many people - helping family and friends keep in touch during what could be a lonely time.

  • Gale Waller equalities 2
    Article: Nov 11, 2020
    By Gale Waller

    On 9 November 2020 Rutland County Council passed a motion to update its Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion statement and enshrine this statement into the Council's policy framework. After all, the first piece of equalities legislation was passed 50 years ago and the Disabilities Discrimination Act 25 years ago this weekend. The fact that we are still talking about it clearly demonstrates that despite the legislation, as a society we still have some way to go to achieve equality for all.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020

    At Conference this weekend Ed Davey says that the UK is one of the strongest economies in the world, and yet our economic system leaves too many people without enough money to meet their basic requirements and fails to value properly vital unpaid work like caring.

    So today, Friday, Liberal Democrat Conference has voted to campaign for Universal Basic Income (UBI).

  • Article: Sep 16, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are challenging Conservative MPs to oppose Boris Johnson's attempts to break international law.

    The move comes after MPs, including Ms Kearns, backed the UK Internal Market Bill at the first hurdle. The new law would give the Government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU, breaking international law.

    Rutland and Melton Liberal Democrats warned that the UK "cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we don't do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement."

    The Government's decision to break international law over Brexit has been criticised by five former Prime Ministers and senior former diplomatic and security officials. Several prominent Conservatives, including the former Attorney General, have said they could not support the final Bill unless it is amended.

    The Liberal Democrats have tabled amendments to the Bill that would remove controversial clauses breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol, in addition to further amendments calling for the devolved administrations to be represented in the new "Office for the Internal Market" instituted by the Bill.

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Rutland and Melton, Dr Carol Weaver, said:

    "The excuses we have heard for breaking international law from the mouth of the Prime Minister show the depths to which the Conservative party has plummeted.

    "The UK cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we don't do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

    "Conservative MPs have a duty to show Boris Johnson that his reckless approach will not be tolerated."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:

    "With our reputation around the world on the line, we must stand up for what is right.

    "The Liberal Democrats will continue to work with others to remove the aspects of the Bill which would break international law and trash the UK's reputation.

    "We will also keep pushing to ensure the devolved administrations have a say when it comes to the UK internal market."

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Aug 27, 2020

    Ed Davey has today been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, won the leadership election Thursday morning, receiving 42,756 votes.

    In his acceptance speech he announced his plans to begin rebuilding the party to national relevance and launched a national listening project, stating that for the Party "it is time to start listening".

    The full speech is as follows:

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran. Layla, you fought a passionate campaign, full of energy.

    Since becoming an MP, you have inspired so many people, particularly young people. Your future is bright and I look forward to you playing a big role in my team.

    To members of the Liberal Democrats, thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the honour of leading a party I joined 30 years ago.

    And I want also to thank a whole host of people who've run this campaign - whether in party headquarters alongside the Returning Officer, or in my own amazing campaign team.

    The thousands of people who've volunteered time to campaign with me. Who've donated to my campaign. Who've championed our vision of a greener, fairer, more caring society.

    I'd particularly like to thank Claire Halliwell, my Campaign Manager. Claire, you've been fantastic.

    And of course Emily, my wife and our two beautiful children, John and Ellie. Thank you Emily for your amazing support, patience and love.

    I am sure I am speaking for many people when I say that - for all the stress and uncertainty of the last few months - one positive has been the chance to spend more time with our families. And so I'd like to thank Ellie in particular, for appearing as a surprise cameo in so many of my zoom calls and online hustings.

    I want to talk now about the future of the Liberal Democrats.
    I joined this party 30 years ago. I met Emily here. I have made so many good friends here.

    And with those friends, I have campaigned across our country, knocking on tens of thousands of doors, delivering hundreds of thousands of leaflets.
    The reason I have done all this is simple.

    I love our party.
    I believe in it.

    I stand for all the things the Liberal Democrats stand for:
    Social justice, political reform, equality and protecting our environment.
    I stand for fairness and for fighting to protect the rights of ordinary people.

    I'm determined our Party backs a Britain that works with other countries across the world for peace and prosperity.

    BUT - it is my love of our party that makes me recognise that we have to change.

    We have to wake up and smell the coffee.

    Nationally, our party has lost touch with too many voters.

    Yes, we are powerful advocates locally.

    Our campaigners listen to local people, work hard for communities and deliver results.

    But at the national level, we have to face the facts of three disappointing general election results.

    The truth is...
    Voters don't believe that the Liberal Democrats want to help ordinary people get on in life.
    Voters don't believe we share their values.
    And voters don't believe we are on the side of people like them.

    Nationally, voters have been sending us a message.

    But we have not been listening. It is time for us to start listening.
    As leader I am telling you: I have got that message. I am listening now.

    Whether you're from the North, South, or somewhere in between
    Whether you voted for Brexit or Remain, or just wanted the whole thing settled
    Whether you voted Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, SNP or Plaid
    My message for you is this:
    I will travel up and down our country to meet you.
    To hear about the things that matter most to you.
    Your problems and fears, your hopes and dreams.
    I will face up to uncomfortable truths.
    And I will make your concerns my own.

    Our country is going through one of the most extraordinary and difficult periods for generations.

    The challenge of Covid will affect our country and the world for decades to come.

    Millions of people are suffering.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, I want to reach out to help you and your community get through this.

    Whether your concerns are your families' health, your children's education or your livelihood.

    I want to understand the new future you want after all this - and help to deliver it.

    So my job from today is to rebuild the Liberal Democrats to national relevance so we can deliver this future for you, for your family and for the people who need it the most.

    None of this is going to be easy.

    None of this is going to be straightforward.

    And none of it is going to be quick or simple to achieve.

    But I want the Liberal Democrats to represent the whole country, not just some people, and to stand for fairness and opportunity for all.

    That is my commitment to you as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The hard work starts today.