Time for a radical re-think as Marks and Spencer announces move from the town's market square
Howard Borrell, the Shadow Liberal Democrat spokesman for the Town Centre and Visitor economy, commented about the recent announcement by Marks and Spencer that they will be re-locating to Ravenside.
He felt "it was both a disappointment and a vote of confidence. So many town centres, with much bigger populations than Chesterfield - such as Birkenhead and Bournemouth - have seen their store close completely. Yet here the company has decided to expand and grow their range of products to meet demand, even though it's moving a short distance, to the edge of the Town Centre. However the closure at a key site on the Market Place means that there is now an urgent need to look for new ways to broaden the town's appeal.
Chesterfield Lib Dems would like to send our warmest wishes to all those observing the holy month of Ramadan here in Chesterfield.
Ramadan is a time of sacrifice, devotion, and renewed strength. It is a time to celebrate the strong sense of community as people gather together in mosques and community spaces to share iftar meals ( the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset) with their neighbours and the wider community.
Responding to reports that Boris Johnson is still refusing to accept that the law has been broken over Downing Street parties despite 20 fines being issued by the police, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and former police officer Wendy Chamberlain said:
"It is completely absurd that Boris Johnson still won't accept that the lockdown parties in Downing Street broke the law.
Boris Johnson broke the law, lied to you and treated you with contempt.
Millions of people obeyed the lockdown rules, often at huge personal cost. They missed funerals, cancelled weddings and said goodbye to dying loved ones on video calls - some on the very day that Number Ten illegally hosted a garden party.
Lots of local parties across the region have mentioned that they'd like to engage more young active members, so we're giving something a bit different a try.
On March 23rd, our brilliant East Midlands Young Liberals rep, Joe Norris, will be joining us for a Zoom session, in which he'll offer advice on how to engage more young people and be available to answer any questions you might have.
This is really brilliant opportunity to pick up some useful tips, but also a friendly informal space to ask any questions.
All being well, this will be the first of these sessions, with a representative from a different party body joining us each time.
WED, 23 MAR AT 19:00
Engaging More Active Young People in Your Local Area
These are families desperately fleeing war with their children. Let them in.
A terrible human tragedy is unfolding before our eyes, as a direct result of Putin's maniacal aggression.
We are witnessing the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War.
Three million people have already fled Ukraine to escape Putin's war machine, and many more are desperate to get out. Their homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed by Putin's bombs; their communities turned into warzones.
International Women's Day (Tuesday 8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
The theme for International Women's Day is, "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow", recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
In the House of Commons, nine of the Liberal Democrats' thirteen MPs are women. This year for International Women's Day, our MPs are proposing nine new Bills which embody the principles at the heart of our party.
Our passion for gender equality will help drive business at the heart of our democracy this week, tackling problems affecting women and girls in the UK and beyond.
In summer 2020 after being notified by local resident Norma Fanshaw that the park was due to be removed with no plans for a replacement, Councillor Katherine Hollingworth formed the Friends of Badger Park .
Local school children were invited to submit ideas and vote on their favourite design. The Friends of badger Park raised £5,000 by holding a Christmas raffle, Easter egg hunt and joining with the Borough Council to take part in the year of outdoors and planting daffodil bulbs. This was matched by funding from Viridor and enabled the refurbishment of the park for the children of Brockwell.