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Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner - Postponed to May 2021

Kate Smith

Kate Smith - Liberal Democrat PCC Candidate for Derbyshire (Kate Smith)

Kate Smith is a long-serving Councillor based near the middle of the County in Crich, where she sees both rural and more town-based issues at first hand. She spends considerable time in Derby. She has worked in a regulatory environment in the past and written extensively on policy. She has lived in the County for well over 30 years and has stood for Parliament numerous times.

Kate says, "The Conservatives' promises of thousands more police will help after years of budgets slashed to the bone, but they can't take effect straight away. Selection, recruitment and training personnel are too few to take on large cohorts all at once. Add to that expected retirements and resignations - and the task will be huge. More money is needed immediately. Over the four-year Term of Office I will take only the national minimum wage and donate the rest of my salary back to frontline policing where it's really needed".

Kate is also aiming to oppose any move to privatise policing, and to prioritise domestic and sexual abuse. She sees support for victims as already improving but in need of further work - as highlighted by the HMICFRS * January 2020 Report.

Kate Smith will work to bring back Police Authorities, which had more teeth than the current Police & Crime Panels, and will argue strongly for pay rises for serving officers and PCSOs. "Nothing is more important to Police retention than improving the current low morale of the Derbyshire Force", adds Kate.

*Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire & Rescue Services

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Derbyshire County Council Elections - May 2021

Councillors are elected by electoral divisions in this election and sit on Derbshire County Council. All Electoral Divisions elect a single councillor. The selection process opened on 9th June 2020 for candidates for this election. If you are a member who would like to be considered as a candidate in the County Council elections please fill in the application form and send it to the secretary (Secretary@erewashlibdems.org.uk). If you are not currently a member it is not too late to join (or renew) to be considered for selection, and to vote in our leadership contest (join here) and if you would like to volunteer to help during the County Council campaign please get in touch via our contact page. The deadline for applications is 5th July 2020.

Electoral Divisions

E01 Breadsall and West Hallam

E02 Breaston

E03 Ilkeston East

E04 Ilkeston South

E05 Ilkeston West

E06 Long Eaton

E07 Petersham

E08 Sandiacre

E09 Sawley

Erewash Borough - Derbyshire Electoral Divisions

Erewash Borough Council Elections - May 2023

38 councillors are elected by wards in this election and make up Erewash Borough Council. All wards elect either two or three councillors. The selection process has not started for this election. If you are a member who would like to be considered as a candidate in the Borough Council elections please get in touch.

Awsworth Road (2 Councillors)
Breaston (2 Councillors)
Cotmanhay (2 Councillors)
Derby Road East (2 Councillors)
Derby Road West (3 Councillors)
Draycott and Risley (2 Councillors)
Hallam Fields (2 Councillors)
Kirk Hallam and Stanton-by-Dale (3 Councillors)
Larklands (3 Councillors)
Little Eaton and Stanley (2 Councillors)
Little Hallam (2 Councillors)
Long Eaton Central (3 Councillors)
Nottingham Road (2 Councillors)
Ockbrook and Borrowash (3 Councillors)
Sandiacre (3 Councillors)
Sawley (3 Councillors)
Shipley View (2 Councillors)
West Hallam and Dale Abbey (3 Councillors)
Wilsthorpe (3 Councillors)

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General Election - May 2024

Erewash Borough covers the Erewash consistuency and parts of the Mid-Derbyshire consistuency, we have currently not confirmed our Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for either constituency in May 2024. James Archer and Felix Dodds were the candidates for the constituencies at the last election in 12 December 2019.

James Archer - Parliametary Candidate for Erewash 2019

James Archer PPC for Erewash

James is a currently an engineer and group leader at Rolls-Royce. He went to school in West Bridgford in Nottingham before studying at Birmingham University, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Physics with Astrophysics. He has gone on to use his degree, working in scientific software and analysis; initially working for a consulting firm in Oxfordshire. It was whilst living and working in Oxfordshire that he joined the Liberal Democrats. In 2006, he returned to the East Midlands to work at Rolls-Royce.

During a successful career at Rolls-Royce he has worked primarily in analysis and design, solving complex problems, and after being promoted to a first line people leader, coaching, supervising and mentoring other members of staff, whilst coordinating and delivering projects of significant size and difficulty. He is confident presenting on any complexity of topic from simple managerial techniques to complex technical papers.

He has been a union Health and Safety rep and through this, he developed an interest in the Law culminating in the achievement of a masters in law at the Open University, whilst still working full-time. This reflects a passion for learning and education and reflects his commitment to the Liberal Democrats policy to give every adult the opportunity to upskill with a lifelong learning account. His law masters covered topics such Business and Human Rights Law, International Law, and Criminal Psychology. James chose the area of Hate Crime and Equality Legislation for his dissertation, particularly concentrating on alternative subcultures, which as a self-identifying punk was close to his heart.

James' punk appearance reflects his taste in music as much as it does his belief that people should be allowed to express themselves in their appearance and not be disadvantaged for identifying with a subculture. Indeed his interest in politics and love of political punk have shaped his life, he met his partner Lizzy at a punk gig in 2009 the day before taking part in a climate change march.

His commitment to fighting climate change has extended into his dietary choices and he has been a vegan since 2007. He has also fitted solar panels and moved from gas heating to an electric heat pump at his home, in Long Eaton, and drives an electric car. Perhaps unsurprising then that he is also a member of the Green Liberal Democrats.

He can be found walking with Lizzy and their two border collie dogs in the parks and green spaces of Erewash or along the canal or riverside path most evenings.

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Felix Dodds - Parliametary Candidate for Mid Derbyshire 2019

Felix Dodds

Felix was born in Allestree to a Rolls Royce family. His father Derek Dodds helped Rolls Royce set-up and manage projects in Derby, Thurso, Belfast and London. After graduating from Kings Langley Comprehensive School Felix studied Physics at the University of Surrey and is now a visiting Adjunct Professor at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina.

After University he took a year off for his honeymoon ending up teaching mathematics and science at the International School in Khartoum (Sudan) before teaching at Harlington Community School in London for seven years.

During his spare time, he held posts in the Liberal Democrat party including chair of their youth wing, helping lead environmental campaigns combating acid rain and eliminating CFCs to protect the ozone layer.

In 1988, he edited his first book Into the 'Twenty-First Century: An Agenda for Political Realignment'. The book included chapters from members of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green parties as well unaffiliated members to look at how people should work across political boundaries on environmental issues.

Felix went on tobe a thought leader in the area of sustainable development for over 25 years. In 2011 he was listed as one of 25 environmentalists ahead of their time.

As Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (1992-2012), his work elicited praise from leaders such as former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore who said Felix's "work will serve as a model for others throughout the world," and from Geoffrey Lean at the Independent on Sunday who praised Felix's organization as "the source of many of the most hopeful initiatives at the [UN World] summit."

In 2007 he set up the climate and water coalition to advocate successfully for the issue to be taken up at the international climate change negotiations. In 2009 he edited the book 'Climate Change and Energy Insecurity' to highlight the link between climate and security agenda. This was one of four books he has edited on human and environmental security.

In 2011 he chaired the United Nations Conference Sustainable Societies: Responsive Citizens which put forward the first set of Sustainable Development Goals. He has been an advisor at international meetings for the European Union and the governments of the UK and Denmark, and continues to advise governments in the lead up to the critical climate conference hosted by the UK in 2020.

Since 2012, he has been an advisor to a number of organizations including the Ford Foundation and their grantees during the Sustainable Development Goals negotiations and UK organizations such as AVIVA, Article 19, World Animal Protection and Donkey Sanctuary.

Felix has edited or written 18 books and many papers and articles on sustainable development. The latest 'Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear' was launched in July at the United Nations.

He writes an occasional blog on sustainable development which has in September reached over one million views.