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  • 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.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2020
    Dr Carol Weaver, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson in the area, has called on local MPs Alicia Kearns and Neil O'Brien to "pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine it."
    It follows the Conservative Government's announcement of an Independent Review of Administrative Law, with the aim of restricting the ability of individuals to seek judicial review of government actions.

    This could prevent people challenging the Government in the courts, as they did when the Ministry of Defence sent soldiers into combat in Iraq without the proper equipment; when excessive Home Office fees denied children their rights as citizens; and when patients died from substandard care at Stafford Hospital.

    Rutland & Melton Liberal Democrats say:

    "With these plans, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are trying to enable the Government to run roughshod over people's rights and allow Ministers to break the law with impunity.

    "This should be incredibly alarming, no matter your political persuasion. Our local MPs must put party politics aside and pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Johnson and Cummings to undermine it."

    Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson, says:

    "Threatening to weaken people's ability to challenge the Government because the courts sometimes rule against you is the act of dictators and despots, not democrats.

    "Liberal Democrats will always defend individuals' abilities to challenge the Government and uphold their rights. We will not stand by and allow Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine the rule of law, which is so fundamental to our society."
  • Layla Moran MP and Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jul 4, 2020

    Declared candidates are:

    Ed Davey

    Layla Moran

    Nominations for the new leader are still open until 9th July.

    All paid-up members will have a vote so make sure you are in good standing by 9th July.

    The East Midlands Regional Hustings will be on 27th July (book via the link below)

    Voting begins on 30th July and closes on 26th August

  • European Movement UK
    Article: May 12, 2020

    Dear Rutland and Melton Lib Dems

    The European Movement International (EMI) is a cross-party pan-Europe organisation. The UK member (EMUK) was set up in 1949 by Sir Winston Churchill. The Leicestershire and Rutland branch was founded a few years ago. EMUK has mainly worked with People's Vote for the last few years but now we are back to simply being the European Movement.

  • Fay Howison
    Article: Mar 29, 2020

    Fay was the centre of our local party. Even the oldest members of our group say they cannot remember how long Fay had been a member because she was always there. She served on the committee for many years and latterly was our honorary President. That was a role she could easily have gracefully retired into - but not Fay! She continued to take a thoroughly active role from her chair in the Old School and gave us much valued advice as well as still stuffing envelopes and writing letters, always with Dan by her side. Fay was meticulous in the records she kept of our campaigning at elections and her memory was second to none She had her finger firmly on the pulse and guided us accordingly. Her artistic talents were used for years in the production of the local Focus leaflets. She was a trusty proof reader making sure that everything was of the highest standard. There was no place for sloppy grammar. She organised fundraising tirelessly especially, with Dan, the Bank Holiday Monday Stalls at Exton Street Market. For all of this and much more we were delighted when her local efforts were nationally recognised in 2016 by the National Party in presenting Fay with the Harriet Smith Award - an annual Award for someone who deserves recognition for their hard work, long service, and demonstrable dedication to the party and for whom public recognition is long overdue.

  • Fay Howison
    Article: Mar 13, 2020

    With great sadness, yet many happy memories, the Rutland and Melton Liberal Democrats need to announce that our president Fay Howison died peacefully at home on February 24th. She had been unwell for some time, but was cheerful right to the end.

    Fay worked tirelessly for the local Liberal Democrats for decades and in 2016 was presented with the Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award for a party member who has never been elected to public office but who has demonstrated excellence and commitment.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2020

    Happy New Year!

    And thank you to all of our members and supporters for their hard work, enthusiasm and creative ideas during the general election campaign. We were one of the five most successful Lib Dem teams in the East Midlands.

    Although our overall national result in terms of MPs was very disappointing, we did increase our share of the vote and gain many new members. Unfortunately, as long as we have a First Past the Post System, many voters will feel that a general election is a two-horse race for PM. Nevertheless, the Liberal Democrat Board has commissioned a review into the election and members will be asked to contribute.

  • AdVan in Oakham
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    On Saturday 7th December we had our ADVAN driving through the constituency to ask people to VOTE LIB DEM on 12 December to Stop Brexit and fight for our democracy.

    Thanks to the fabulous teams in three locations on our Special Day.

    Watch our video: