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  • Joanna Burrows
    Article: Apr 10, 2019
    Joanna has lived in Oakham for over 20 years, and her three children attended schools in the town. Her elderly mother also lives in Oakham. She has always taken a keen interest in local issues, whether fighting inappropriate building such as houses on the allotments by Brooke Road railway crossing, or by supporting bids for additional local health funding.
  • Ian Lauder
    Article: Apr 10, 2019

    I am delighted to have been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Billesdon & Tilton Wardof Harborough District Council elections on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

    I have lived at Illston on the Hill with my wife and family since 1984. I came here as Leicester's second Professor of Pathology and from 1999-2008 I was the Head of the Medical School. I have previous experience as a District Councillor having spent 3 years on Gateshead Metropolitan District Council where I was the Deputy Group Leader.

    Rural Leicestershire has been dominated by the Conservative Party for far too long. Your Local County Councillor, Simon Galton has broken the mould for this area and now is the time for change at District Council level.

    It's clear: the last thing Billesdon & Tilton needs is more Conservative influence.

    Elections in our area are nearly always a close contest between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Other parties simply cannot win here. Labour, UKIP, and the Greens rarely contest this Ward.Many of their supporters are giving the Liberal Democrats and myself their vote this time to stop the Conservatives from winning.

    What I am for:
    1. Remaining in the European Union.
    2. Greater Political accountability - Councillors must keep in touch.
    3. Planning decisions must be considered by the full planning committee if the local Parish Council/Meeting objects
    What I am against:

    1. I strongly oppose the proposed A46 Leicester East Relief Road.

    2. All forms of discrimination. I am appalled by Labour's apparent anti-semitism.

    P.S. Remember, only the Liberal Democrats and myself can stop the Conservatives here.

  • John Brookes
    Article: Apr 10, 2019

    I am proud to be able to call Rutland my home, having lived here now for over 15 years and seen my children grow up and attend school in our beautiful county. Through my career in Pharmaceuticals and in the Regulation of Nurses and Midwives, I have become keenly aware of the need to provide timely access to high quality Health Services and how important this is to our community.

  • Kevin Thomas
    Article: Apr 10, 2019

    I am a Whissendine resident who believes that the local ward councillor should live in the ward they represent and actively promote the interests, firstly within both the villages of Whissendine and Teigh with honesty and transparency and secondly the best outcomes for the wider community of Rutland.

  • Dr Ken Siddle
    Article: Apr 10, 2019

    I am pleased to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Ward where I have lived for the last 20 years in the lovely village of Wing. Until my recent retirement I spent most of my working life teaching and carrying out medical research at Cambridge University. I am deeply committed to local community action: I have served as a Parish Councillor in the past and am currently active on the steering group developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Wing. I have a lifetime's experience of administration and committee work in universities and a special interest in education, health and the environment. As a Liberal Democrat I believe strongly in open and transparent local government and meaningful engagement of local residents in the development of Council policy. On current issues, I am opposed to the proposals for development of the St George's Barracks site. I want to see a pause to enable full engagement with the people of Rutland, followed by better design of the site and its infrastructure, limiting the scale, respecting neighbouring communities and benefiting the whole county. I will strive to develop a strong and sustainable Rutland economy fit for the 21stcentury.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2019

    After the PM's speech on Wednesday over one million people signed a petition to Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. It states:

    "The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now."

    Out of the ten Leicester, Leics and Rutland constituencies R & M have the second highest vote after Loughborough. Well done!

    If you have not signed please do and let's hope that we can make parliament, the government and the EU institutions see that we want to remain in the EU which is by far the simplest and safest option.

  • Peoples Vote
    Article: Mar 20, 2019

    With the current chaos in the government and no sign of a deal, it is vital that we push the Liberal Democrat policy of a 'People's Vote' or revocation of Article 50. Last October around 700,000 people marched through London peacefully. This time it could be far more.

    Have you made your travel arrangements? If so and you want to meet with others look for the Stamford banner (rainbow group) at Kings Cross between 11.05 and 11.20 ( We are also told that some LibDems are joining the march outside the Dorchester at !2, though it could be very crowded there).

  • Secular Hall expert panel / discussion event (Robert Male Photography)
    Article: Feb 28, 2019

    On Monday 18th February a meeting of Leics & Rutland European Movement took place at Leicester Secular Hall with regional EU academics, politicians, experts and students. Following the meeting a letter was sent to all local MPs as well as to the European Parliament. There was full page coverage in the Leicester Mercury.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2019

    A Selection Meeting was held on Wednesday 20th February.

    The panel Candidates interviewed the prospective candidates and subsequently approved them as Liberal Democrat candidates for the forthcoming local elections.

    Offers of support with leafleting will be most welcome.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2019

    4 February 2019

    Dear Editor

    I write in response to a letter from Cllr Gordon Brown in last week's Rutland Mercury. Cllr Brown is correct when he says the site at St George's Barracks needs to be included within the Local Plan, and that a planning application will have to be made and planning granted before development can take place. He is also correct that the site, because it has been developed by the MoD in the past, is a brownfield site and therefore there is not the barrier to new development that there would be on a greenfield site. However he is being disingenuous to suggest that the bid for Homes Infrastructure Fund (HIF) money is not "tantamount to waving through a development" at St George's.