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  • TV 5
    Petition: Aug 11, 2020

    Lib Dems in Derby are campaigning to keep free TV licences for many over 75s.

    The Conservative Government has scrapped free TV licences from 1st August, which will impact on over 16,000 older residents in Derby.

    During the pandemic, the TV has been a lifeline for many elderly residents who've taken the government's advice and stayed at home.

  • Kate Smith outside Alfreton Police Station (Kate Smith)
    Article: Aug 5, 2020
    By Kate Smith

    The announcement of Derbyshire's new Chief Constable is an opportunity to build on existing strengths and improve on those areas where the Force is weaker, says Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Candidate Kate Smith.

    The successor to Peter Goodman as Chief Constable is the experienced, hard-working and energetic Rachel Swann.Kate welcomes this appointment, saying, "Some will recognise the name of Rachel Swann, who co-ordinated the multi-agency response to the Toddbrook Reservoir emergency, in early August 2019. It seems fitting that the news comes on the anniversary of that incident. Deputy Chief Constable Swann's organising skills were outstanding, and her record on prioritising scarce resources, cross-agency collaboration and team management is also clearly recognised by the Force, and by the current PCC. Many congratulations to her."

  • Article: Jul 27, 2020

    Making our roads and paths better for a Covid-19 world - your ideas needed NOW!

    During lockdown more people were walking and cycling while roads were quieter. Now that traffic is increasing again, the Government has asked Derby to help make it easier for people to continue to walk and cycle more, while continuing to social distance.

  • Ajit Atwal
    Article: Jul 24, 2020
    At this Wednesday's Full Council meeting the Liberal Democrat councillors put forward a motion committing the Council to practical measures to help bring about racial equality in Derby.
    Councillor Ajit Atwal, who is the Council's Minority Ethnic Communities Champion, proposed the motion. He said, "We want to make sure that where inequality based on race exists, that it is challenged and put right. We also want to help people to spot unconscious bias so it can be eliminated."
  • Cllr Ruth Skelton
    Article: Jul 23, 2020

    Your local Liberal Democrat team is delighted that all Derby City Councillors from all parties unanimously supported a motion put forward by the Liberal Democrat Group at the Full Council meeting on 22nd July 2020. It calls on the government to provide specialist sector support for Rolls-Royce and the UK Aerospace industry in general.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Derby City Councillor Steve Willoughby, Chair of the Council's Audit and Accounts committee, has called on the Council's controlling Conservative administration to hold a "mini budget" to cover the changes in expenditure and financial challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Councillor Willoughby said "the budget was agreed by the Council in February this year before all the challenges and obvious refocusing of expenditure due to Covid-19 occurred. I am aware the Conservative Cabinet member responsible for the Council's finances has said in response to a question I asked at the Full Council meeting on 22nd July that this can be addressed via changes to the Council's financial plan through the year. However, this is just agreed by the small number of Conservative Party Councillors who are on the Cabinet.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2020

    The recently imposed lockdown in Leicester came as a bolt out of the blue. The data the local council and Director of Public Health had available to them showed only a few new cases of COVID-19 each day. But the local data the Government was giving them didn't show the full picture.

    The Government publishes the numbers of positive tests for COVID-19 each day. This includes tests processed at Public Health England and hospital labs (known as Pillar 1) plus tests done via NHS Test & Trace and commercial testing labs (known as Pillar 2).

  • Cllr Ruth Skelton
    Article: Jun 24, 2020

    This year the council elections were postponed until next May because of the COVID-19 virus. So, the City Council remains with no party having an overall majority. The Tories continue to run the Council via their Cabinet, which takes most of the decisions. But earlier this year, they refused to bring in the committee system (where there is better scrutiny). So, the Lib Dems have had to do the next best thing - make sure that opposition councillors are leading the scrutiny function on the Council. The Tories cannot be allowed to mark their own homework.

  • Derby North MP Candidate Greg Webb
    Article: May 22, 2020

    Dear Amanda,

    I'm sure that, like me, you were shocked to hear the news that Derby's Rolls-Royce would be cutting 9,000 jobs, half expected to fall in Derby. This is a terrible blow to Derby, and risks several thousand more job losses in suppliers.

    We're all proud of Rolls-Royce's 112 years of history in Derby. Combined with Bombardier and Toyota, generations of Derby people have had great, skilled high technology jobs. But you'll also know how badly Derby was hit in 1971 when Rolls-Royce had to be rescued from collapse by the government. We can't afford to see Derby's engineering excellence left at risk.

  • Derby Lib Dem Councillors and Campaigners at Derby Moor School
    Petition: May 21, 2020

    Teachers and parents have been left in an anxious and seriously concerned position since the Government announced that schools should reopen in a phased return from the 1st of June following the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The government has failed to take in to consideration the serious health risk to all teachers, parents, extended household families and students by the reopening of schools without clear, concise and conclusive scientific evidence that it is safe to do so.