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  • 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:

  • 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.