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The Liberal Democrats have 8 councillors across the city.

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  • Article: May 23, 2019

    Across the globe, across Europe, across Britain and across Derby there are growing calls for real action to combat climate change. We are already experiencing extreme weather events and action is needed now, as they will become more frequent and more severe.

    Derby Liberal Democrat councillors have responded to this urgency - and calls from the local community - by drafting a motion now submitted to Derby City Council for debate at the full Council meeting on 22nd May.

  • Article: May 1, 2019

    It might be only a year since Labour were removed from power in Derby, but Derby is still suffering from their mismanagement of the Council.

    • The A52 fiasco. It was supposed to cost £15 million, but has run massively over-budget. It may end up costing over £43 million. Labour won't even say sorry for their part in this disaster!
    • The botched re-grading of Teaching Assistants pay - leading to big pay cuts for some.
    • Not giving pupils with Special Educational Needs all the support and services they needed, forcing parents to take legal action.
    • Labour allowed a toxic culture to take hold in the Council. This led to low staff morale, high sickness rates, and many senior staff leaving.
    • Labour's candidates at this election include the Cabinet Member responsible when the legal mess in Derby's library service was created. He was a close ally of Derby's deposed Labour leader, Ranjit Banwait.
    • External auditors severely criticised Labour's running of the Council on several occasions.
  • Cllr Ruth Skelton, Danielle Lind and Cllr Joe Naitta visit Blagreaves Library
    Article: May 1, 2019

    Before they lost power last May, Labour signed contracts with a voluntary sector organisation for it to take over the running of 10 of Derby's libraries, including Blagreaves. Since then not a lot has happened. Most of the 10 libraries are still being run by the Council. This is because the contract failed to properly take account of important laws regarding data protection and protection of employees' rights.

  • Ajit Atwal with Abbey Speedwatch
    Article: Apr 30, 2019

    Local Campaigner Ajit Atwal has been supporting our community Speed Watch group.

    Many local residents have told the Lib Dem team that they're worried about the speeds some drivers do on our roads.

    Ajit said "Our area has some great parks for families to play in, but a few drivers ruin our area by driving too fast past parks and people's houses. Our roads just weren't designed for people to drive fast on.

  • Cllr Mike Carr and Preetinder Butter at the site of the new hoarding
    Article: Apr 29, 2019

    Cllr Mike Carr said "This has been a very special year for me as Mayor. I've met lots of people doing amazing things for others. Small acts can make a big difference, especially when we work together. "Reporting something that is wrong can be the first step to making things better. So these examples show how people in our area are helping the Focus Team make things better for everyone."

  • Article: Apr 29, 2019

    Police Action

    Derbyshire Police have launched a new website to receive video of traffic incidents. This can include footage from dashcams, cyclecams and mobile phones. See snap.derbyshire.police.uk

    Manor Kingsway plans

    Thank you to everyone who commented to planners about the new park for Manor Kingsway. You might also like to comment on access to the park. At present the only links between phase one ('Princes') and the rest (including the park) will be through 'Princes'. See https://docs.derby.gov.uk/padocumentserver/DownloadDocument.aspx?docid=134682790 and https://docs.derby.gov.uk/padocumentserver/DownloadDocument.aspx?docid=134688072. The planning reference is 08/18/01304 or email planningcorrespondence@derby.gov.uk

  • Article: Apr 13, 2019

    Derby Liberal Democrats have today launched their manifesto for the 2019 elections to Derby City Council.

    It outlines a comprehensive series of pledges to help the whole of Derby and to work with local people to deliver a cleaner, greener, fairer and more prosperous Derby for everyone.

    Derby Liberal Democrats leader Cllr Ruth Skelton said "I'm proud of what we've been able to achieve for Derby residents in recent years. And I'm proud of the year-round work the Lib Dem team do supporting local people - not just turning up once a year to ask for your vote. And since Labour lost control of the Council, we've been able to achieve more by parties working together than the previous administration did by ignoring whole communities. But Liberal Democrats can do so much more for you with more councillors. Holding the Council to account for its failures, and listening to local communities to help make Derby the best city it can be.

  • Document: Apr 12, 2019
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    Derby Liberal Democrats' manifesto for Derby City Council 2019

  • Article: Mar 21, 2019

    Brexit was never clearly defined

    In or out of the Single Market? In or out of the Customs Union? Lots of different solutions were suggested. WTO? Norway? Canada? May's Deal? Not everyone who voted to leave wants the same thing. And some say that what we have now is Germany++!

    Brexit campaigning broke the law.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2019
    By Cllr Ruth Skelton

    As we're by now painfully well aware, the A52 upgrade project started under Labour has been far from a success. Tens of millions have been wasted and extra delays and congestion caused by Labour's failings.

    The report by Central Midlands Audit Partnership doesn't make for pleasant reading. The project went disastrously wrong. And the seeds of its own destruction were there right from the beginning.