Derby Liberal Democrats unveil plans for City’s future

April 4, 2012 1:17 PM

Derby campaigners at the Manifesto launch

Derby Liberal Democrats unveil plans for City's future

Derby Liberal Democrats have launched their plans for the future of the city. The manifesto was launched at a packed meeting at the Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby on Tuesday.

Key ideas set out in the manifesto include;

· Freezing Council Tax again next year

· Working for the creation of Derby's own bank to support local business

· Opposing any attempts to bring in congestion charging or workplace levies

· Protecting local green spaces

Leader of Derby Liberal Democrats Cllr Hilary Jones said "This manifesto has the vision and ideas to take Derby forward. The key issue at the moment is the economy and helping this city and the people who live in it get through the world financial crisis.

"That's why we want to freeze Council Tax as we did last year, because we realise people can't afford the kinds of rises that are happening in Labour-run Leicester and Nottingham.

"We want to continue to promote business in Derby, to secure more manufacturing contracts for the city, like the recent £188 million contract for Bombardier. We also need to become less reliant on a relatively small range of industries, by enabling our small businesses to get the finance to expand.

"We oppose schemes like the "Workplace Levy" that Labour run Nottingham has introduced, we believe these could damage business and cost jobs in Derby."

Lucy Care, chair of Derby Liberal Democrats added "There is a real drive and enthusiasm in the Derby Lib Dem team that was evident at the meeting. Liberal Democrats have a long record of campaigning and action in Derby, and that, combined with the fresh ideas in our manifesto, means we are a clear contender for power in Derby."

Co-author of the manifesto Richard Hudson, Lib Dem candidate for Derwent, explained how it was developed after listening to people in his area and other parts of Derby.

The meeting also heard a passionate speech from Liberal Democrat East Midlands chairman Tony Rogers who urged Derby Lib Dems to campaign right up to election day May 3rd and beyond.