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  • dog2
    Article: Jul 13, 2021

    The Conservative MP for Derby North is under fire for voting against a new law to tackle pet theft in Derby.

    In a vote on Monday 5th July, local MP Amanda Solloway MP was among 354 Conservatives who blocked efforts to make pet theft a crime in its own right, with stiffer penalties for offenders.

    Under the current law, pets are treated as property, with no distinction between a family's beloved dog and a TV. Meanwhile, pet theft is up 250% in the past year as the value of pets has soared during lockdown.

  • dog
    Petition: Jul 13, 2021

    Pet thefts have risen 250% during the pandemic. Under the current law, pets are treated as property, with no distinction between a family's beloved dog and a stolen bike.
    Conservative MPs blocked plans for bigger fines and tougher sentences to deter criminals from targeting family pets.

    Add your name to the petition to support introducing a specific offence with tougher sentences to deter criminals from pet theft.

  • Danielle H&S
    Article: May 5, 2021

    Schools in Derby are set to lose £811,250 in funding for the most disadvantaged pupils in the city following the government's decision to alter the method of calculating Pupil Premium funding.

    The pupil premium, which aims to close the attainment gap by providing extra money to pupils eligible for free school meals, was a flagship reform introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government in 2011.

  • Document: Apr 20, 2021
  • Proposed reallocation of green belt for housing to west of Acorn Way, Oakwood, Derby (Crown copyright and database rights 2021 Ordnance Survey 100019826)
    Petition: Apr 4, 2021

    We the undersigned oppose the proposal to build on the green belt near Acorn Way on the following grounds: The destruction of our local countryside; It reduces the separation of Derby City from the surrounding area contrary to the purposes of the green belt; The additional traffic on the already busy roads around Oakwood will cause increased traffic chaos on Acorn Way; The increased pressure on the already inadequate resources and amenities, such as schools, surgeries, and shops in the area; inadequate access/egress onto the proposed estate. This area should be kept as designated green belt.

  • Nurse in PPE
    Petition: Apr 2, 2021
    A 1% pay rise for nurses is nothing short of an insult.
    The Conservatives wasted hundreds of millions on private firms that failed to deliver usable protective equipment. But they refuse to give our NHS heroes a pay rise whilst giving a "Thank you" payment of £2000 to the Deloitte management consultants for their work in the pandemic.
  • Boris
    Article: Mar 18, 2021

    Over the past several weeks the tensions within Derby Conservatives have boiled over. Their councillors group is tearing itself apart.
    The latest argument centres on the Arena which is being used as the main vaccination centre for the Derby area.

    WhatsApp conversations between Conservative councillors have been released to the media. They paint a picture of ferrets fighting in a sack. Some councillors show their frustrations with their group leadership, one of whom, Mick Barker (Oakwood), digs in his heels and arrogantly dismisses the concerns of colleagues. He resolutely asserts that the Arena will be used for the election counts, and that the NHS would have to stop vaccinations there for two days.

    Fortunately for Derby's residents, Lib Dem and other councillors have intervened since the time of the WhatsApp conversation (18th February). The Conservative-run council has had to back down. The election counts will be at an alternative place. Vaccinations at the Arena will continue uninterrupted.

    But in a final twist, the Conservative Leader Chris Poulter would have us all believe that the issue of where to have the count had been sorted out well before this WhatsApp conversation happened! Strange then, that his Deputy, Matt Holmes (Mickleover) had no idea on 18th February that the issue had been sorted out. They obviously don't work well together as a leadership team.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2021

    The Mayor of Derby Cllr Frank Harwood has joined the Liberal Democrat Group on Derby City Council. He will be standing as the Lib Dem candidate for Oakwood at the local elections in May.

    In 2008 he was first elected to the Council as a Liberal Democrat in Oakwood. Later, as Conservative, Frank saw first hand the divisions within the local Conservatives as well as their dictatorial style. As a hard-working councillor who prioritises putting local residents above party politics Frank could no longer abide staying in the Conservative Party, being whipped on every vote and not being able to accurately represent the people of Oakwood or undertake his politically neutral responsibilities as Mayor.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2021

    The Mayor of Derby Cllr Frank Harwood has joined the Liberal Democrat Group on Derby City Council. He will be standing as the Lib Dem candidate for Oakwood at the local elections in May.

    In 2008 he was first elected to the Council as a Liberal Democrat in Oakwood. Later, as Conservative, Frank saw first hand the divisions within the local Conservatives as well as their dictatorial style. As a hard-working councillor who prioritises putting local residents above party politics Frank could no longer abide staying in the Conservative Party, being whipped on every vote and not being able to accurately represent the people of Oakwood or undertake his politically neutral responsibilities as Mayor.

  • Local campaigner Emily Lonsdale by the Rykneld Road hedge
    Article: Feb 20, 2021

    Local residents ask Aldi to keep ancient hedge and build a separate path

    Local people have signed a petition calling for Aldi and Derby City Council to save a hedge on Rykneld Road. The planning approval for the new store is likely to be given any day, and it includes the removal of the ancient hedge to allow the pavement to be widened. Petitioners are arguing that it would be better for a new path to be built behind the hedge.