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  • 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:

  • Sheep in Rutland (sheep)
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    A no deal Brexit is still the default and will be catastrophic for our farmers, food and drink industry, and for almost every other UK resident other than Boris Johnson's billionaire and oligarch backers, if we do not stop it.

    A report written recently by Lib Dem friends of mine (Antony Hook MEP and Phil Bennion MEP, the latter a farmer) says:

  • Flags
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    A NO DEAL BREXIT is still the DEFAULT

    Please help us to Remain via a People's Vote. See why below:

    The Independent looks at 50 benefits it has brought, and asks: "What has Europe done for us?"

    1 The end of war between European nations

    2 Democracy is now flourishing in 27 countries

    3 Once-poor countries, such as Ireland, Greece and Portugal, are prospering

  • Dr Weaver and Dr Bennion MEP
    Article: Dec 1, 2019

    by Parliamentary Candidate Dr Carol Weaver, author of 'The Politics of the Black Sea Region'

    Hello! Today I'd like to talk to you about our democracy, which is not one of the best in the world (around 14th) but we need to ensure that we keep what we have after 12th December 2019 and not turn into an illiberal democracy or even a captured state such as some of those in the Black Sea Region.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    A Tribute

    You may have heard of the sad passing of the independent candidate Anthony Watchorn. On behalf of all of us we would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends at this time. Anthony was a fighter like no other and will be sadly missed. He was enormously looking forward to this election and it is such a great shame that he has not had this chance to make himself heard on a wider stage. His friends and family will miss him greatly, and we shall all be the poorer for his absence at a time when he stood to make a difference.

  • Carol Weaver (with Skip) (Robert Male photography)
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    You will have seen another article posted here on our wonderful manifesto!

    But the essential two things that matter in this election so we can get back our communities and rescue our services are:

    1. Stopping a no deal or hard Brexit

    2. Addressing the Climate Emergency

    The way to do both is to stop Boris Johnson and his backers from creating an elected dictatorship via the 'enabling' part of the so-called Conservative Party's manifesto (see p48).

  • 2019 GE Manifesto cover
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat 2019 General Election manifesto may be read here:

    Our 5 main points are:

    1. Stop Brexit Have a brighter future

    Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

    2.Tackle the climate emergency

    Tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

  • Gale Waller
    Article: Nov 14, 2019

    Thoughts from Lib Dem Cllr Gale Waller

    If anything is designed to raise hackles it is local development. Rarely is any scheme proposed but someone thinks it is in the wrong place, the wrong design or simply not needed. Accusations of nimbyism abound and whilst this might be the case in some circumstances there is generally some substance to the objections. Consider housing developments. Of course everyone deserves an adequate, and for them affordable, roof over their head but location is as important as bricks and mortar. In the earliest days people settled around sources of water and food and communities were self-sustaining. Later, trade, whether for necessities or desirables, grew and so people began to produce more than they needed to undertake this trade. Later still, fuelled by early technological developments, fewer people were needed to produce food but more needed to produce goods and this was most efficiently done on a larger scale and so our towns developed based on factories supporting industrial need. In more modern times, as the population grew, we developed garden communities and new towns but these had employment at their heart. You could not secure a house in the new town of Stevenage, for example, without having a job locally and the town was designed with comprehensive cycle ways to get you to work. And whilst towns like Stevenage now house commuters, due to an improved A1 and railway to London, it wasn't built to be a commuter town. Indeed, at no time did we build towns simply to be dormitory settlements yet that is what Rutland County Council is proposing for the St. George's Garden Community next to Rutland Water.

  • At the Whipper Inn
    Article: Nov 13, 2019

    Rutland and Melton's Liberal Democrat Candidate, Dr Carol Weaver met constituents at The Whipper Inn, Oakham on Saturday 16
    thNovember to discuss the Liberal Democrats' plans for the future:
    ✔ Remain in Europe and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services
    ✔ Tackle the climate emergency and support greener industry