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  • Petition: Sep 3, 2020

    In responses to concerns raised by local residents Maggie Hird is leading a campaign to have the speed limit on the Mickleover section Uttoxeter Road (from the end of Western Road to Tesco roundabout) reduced to 30 miles per hour.

    Maggie Hird and the Mickleover Focus Team are calling on Derby City council to reduce the speed from 40 mph to 30 mph on Uttoxeter Road from the end of Western Road to Tesco roundabout please support our campaign by signing our petition.

  • Layla Moran MP
    Article: Aug 20, 2020

    Responding to reports that BTec results have been pulled on the eve of results, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson said:

    "This is yet another shambles from the Government.
    "It seems the Conservatives, bumbling from one crisis to the next, simply forgot about a half a million students awaiting their BTEec grades, and had to pull the results at the last minute.

    "Meanwhile, the Education Secretary is still in his job and the Prime Minister is still on holiday. This summer has been a disaster for the Government, it has left students panicking about their future and colleges in turmoil. Williamson must resign and Boris Johnson must return to deal with this crisis."

  • Cllr Lind
    Article: Aug 18, 2020

    Following the national uproar about the Government's exam grading algorithm, Gavin Williamson and Boris Johnson had to do a U-turn over the weekend. A levels and GCSEs will now be based on teachers' assessments.

    Derby Lib Dem Council Group Spokesperson for Children and Young People Councillor Danielle Lind said " Obviously I welcome this U-turn, but this could, and should have been sorted weeksago. Instead, hundreds of thousands of young people have been forced to deal with uncertainty over their grades and worry about their future.

  • 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.

  • 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.