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  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    The Labour party plans a mass nationalisation programme if it gets into government but in an article reported in the media today the Confederation of British Industry estimates the cost of Labour's renationalisation plans to be £196 billion. These estimates only include nationalisation at Labours party conference under the guise of a climate motion, it was proposed that the Labour party would in government buy equity stakes in Car Manufacturers (a further £3 billion) and in a 51% stake in an Off-Shore wind public-private partnership, in order to deliver Off-Shore Wind turbines that the private sector could deliver more effectively.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2019
    By James Archer

    Despite responding favourably when contacted about environmental matters Maggie Throup MP for Erewash scored 0% on her environmental voting record in a Guardian study. Pauline Latham (Mid-Derbyshire MP) faired slightly better scoring a 17% rating. The study looked at the voting records of all MPs since October 2008. The majority of Tory MPs scored below 33% but the top ranked conservative managed twice this rating (Zac Goldsmith, 67%). A typical Lib Dem MPs were on around 50% with the highest ranked being Sir Alasdair Carmichael on 71%.

  • Councillor Robert Mee (at Dale Abbey church)
    Article: Oct 11, 2019

    At the last meeting of Erewash Borough Council (10 October) a policy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 was adopted, declaring that they would support the transition away from petrol and diesel cars, encourage tree-planting, and use planning powers to make new homes more efficient.

    But the one Liberal Democrat on the council, Robert Mee (West Hallam and Dale Abbey), in his first speech since being elected in May, called the motion "half-hearted", and blasted the policy for including no firm commitments. Supporting a Labour amendment, which was defeated, Councillor Mee demanded radical action to achieve zero carbon emissions across the borough by 2030, accusing the Conservative controlled council of "tootling along until 2050, hoping that the government will sort it all out for us". He added, "If we don't all do something, the human race is on its way out, and there's little point us saving money for the future if we haven't got a future".

  • Sam Gyimah MP (Left) with James Archer PPC for Erewash (Right)
    Article: Sep 20, 2019
    By James Archer - PPC for Erewash

    It has been a very hectic last two weeks for me, I attended my candidate assessment, received confirmation that I had passed and have been appointed as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Erewash, and then it was off to Bournemouth by train for the autumn conference for my first time at conference.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2019

    Dr Phillip Lee defected to the Liberal Democrats today, ahead of crucial votes to try to prevent a damaging No Deal Brexit. The MP for Bracknell in Berkshire cited the transformation of the party into a "narrow faction, where the measure of an individual's conservatism is measured by how recklessly they wish to leave the European Union." in his scathing resignation letter. He also described the party as "infected with the twin diseases of populism and English nationalism."

  • Article: Aug 29, 2019

    Anti prorogation demos:

    There are demos planned in Nottingham and Derby this Saturday to protest Boris Johnson's constitutional outrage!

    Nottingham 11am - Brian Clough Statue, off Old Market Square

    Derby 2.30pm - Derby City Council, Morledge

    See you there!

  • The Erewash Team (some of them!) helping Laura Gordon in Sheffield Hallam
    Article: Aug 21, 2019

    Obviously, most of what we do is in Erewash.

    But the Erewash Lib Dems do like a change of scenery from time to time....

    Last month a few of us took a trip to Brecon and Radnorshire to help out in the by election there - which was a fantastic win for Jane Dodds, with a 14% swing from the Tories.

    And this weekend a team from Erewash went to climb the hills of Sheffield Hallam to assist the excellent Laura Gordon (third from left) - a by-election is expected to be called here shortly.

  • The vote share in the Brecon and Radnor by-election
    Article: Aug 2, 2019
    By Bryan Lewis

    Boris Johnson has suffered a major blow after the Tories were beaten by the Liberal Democrats in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election on 1st August. This cuts the Tory majority in Parliament to just one.

    Party leader, Jo Swinson said, "Boris Johnson's shrinking majority makes it clear that he has no mandate to crash us out of the EU. As leader of the Liberal Democrats, I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit and offer an alternative, positive vision for a richer, greener and safer future. Britain demands better than what the tired old parties can give."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2019

    I love this party.

    I was just 17 when I became a Liberal Democrat. Honestly, if you'd have told me that I'd one day get the chance to write this post as the party's new leader I wouldn't have believed you.

    The first thing I want to do is say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this election. But special thanks must go to my good friend Ed Davey.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2019

    Taxing Land, Not Investment

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system. This would cut business rates for some retaillers by 20% and has the potential to benefit businesses in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres as well as across the rest of the borough.