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Chesterfield Liberal Democrats
Local News and Updates

  • Article: Nov 6, 2021
    By Maggie Kellman

    Budget leaves many in Chesterfield worse off

    The Liberal Democrats have said the Chancellor is "living on another planet" after he claimed in interviews that changes to the Universal Credit taper amount to cutting taxes. Even the Institute for Fiscal Studies says the gap between the "generosity of the furlough scheme and the meanness of our out of work benefit system could hardly be more stark."

  • Article: Jun 29, 2021
    By Liberal Democrat Press Office

    Liberal Democrats have warned the Government that small businesses face a 'black hole' in support, risking thousands of closures and job losses.

    Furlough begins to taper away and the business rates holiday comes to an end on July 1st. However, restrictions are set to remain in place until 19th July.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jun 24, 2021
    By Lib Dems

    The Conservatives have proposed a retirement scheme to support farmers who wish to leave the industry, freeing up land for new entrants. However, no analysis has been done on the number expected to take up the scheme, nor how many new entrants will replace them.

    Questions from the Liberal Democrats have revealed that the Government only "think" that new workers will enter the industry.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2019
    By Rural Action Derbyshire

    Why do we need Suicide Awareness Training?

    On average 16 people kill themselves each day in the UK.

    Men are 3 times as likely to take their own lives as women.

    Rural Action Derbyshire's suicide awareness project exists to raise awareness and help prevent suicide. We believe that suicide is everybody's concern, and that individual tragedies can be prevented.

  • Chesterfield Night Shelter
    Article: Oct 13, 2019

    With the cold and freezing weather kicking in Cllr Ed Fordham has welcomed the return of Chesterfield Winter Night Shelter for homeless and rough sleepers. Led by Derby City Mission and actively supported by a number of faith groups across Chesterfield, the Shelter offers the chance for people to sleep indoors during the coldest months of the year.

    Using money from central Government, Chesterfield Borough Council, together with Bolsover Council and North East Derbyshire District Council has supported the initiative with £25,000 but there is a shortfall of a further £10,000 which needs to be raised locally..

    Cllr Fordham asked the Borough Council to provide storage and support for the project all year around and to explore having a drop in faculty for 12 months of the year for those most in need. But also to help meet the shortfall in funding. He explained "I have asked the Council once again to pledge some of its own money in support and will continue to do so. It is only right that we support those who are most in need and at the time of the year when the weather is the cruellest."

  • Credit Union
    Article: Sep 30, 2019
    By Maggie Kellman

    Since its launch in 1998 Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Credit Union have gone from strength to strength, starting with less than 100 members they now have more than 5,000.

    Cllr Emily Coy popped in to congratulate the manager Alan Ward and learn more about the non-profit making financial organisation set up by members to benefit the community.

  • Emily Coy, Chesterfield
    Article: Sep 28, 2019
    By Emily Coy

    Chesterfield Lib Dem spokesperson Emily Coy said: "A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies demonstrates that Boris Johnson is only interested in helping the already wealthy. His real agenda, including Brexit, is to line the pockets of the rich and disadvantage ordinary working people".

    Responding to new analysis published on Friday by the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, suggesting Boris Johnson's proposed raising of the Higher Rate income tax threshold from £50,000 to £80,000 would cost more than £8 billion annually and mostly benefit those on high incomes, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said:

  • Rack of clothes in a shop window.
    Article: Mar 18, 2019
    By Tim Farron, Mar 17, 2019

    Across Britain, you can't have failed to notice that our high streets and town centres are run down.

    Local businesses are closing, leaving our high streets empty of anything bar charity and betting shops.

    People have to travel further for necessities like groceries, needlessly adding more cars to our busy roads.

    And those without independent forms of transport, like the young, old and disabled, are reliant on public transport - that has also been cut to the bone by this Conservative government.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better.

    At our spring conference, we have just passed a motion which will:

    • Require regional leaders to develop a long-term plan for the growth of town centres under their jurisdiction
    • Provide businesses with an easier path to setting up on the high street, making use of empty store fronts and supporting local businesses;
    • Reform commercial planning law and work with industries to create best practices for how businesses can thrive in today's economy

    The Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to save and rejuvenate our town centres, and demand better for our communities.

    Read the whole motion here:

    Read more

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Vince Cable in

    Earlier this week Vince Cable announced his intenton to stand down as leader writing that "This has been a dramatic week in Parliament with Theresa May's Brexit proposals heavily defeated, and a very clear statement that a 'no deal' Brexit must be avoided.

    I indicated last year that once the Brexit story had moved on, and we had fought this year's crucial local elections in 9,000 seats across England, it would be time for me to make way for a new generation. I set considerable store by having an orderly, business-like, succession unlike the power struggles in the other parties.

  • Emily Coy- PPC Selectkln
    Article: Nov 28, 2018
    By Matthew Genn

    Chesterfield Liberal Democrats have selected local campaigner Emily Coy as their Parliamentary candidate.

    Emily lives in Chesterfield and works as an accountant for a leading local firm.

    Speaking at Chesterfield Liberal Democrat's AGM on Thursday night Emily said: "Chesterfield desperately needs investment to regenerate the town centre and make it a vibrant place that attracts visitors. This would bring money into the local economy and create a cycle of continuous improvement from which residents would benefit.