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  • Ambulances
    Article: Jun 25, 2022

    Emergency health services are at breaking point writes Cllr Maggie Kellman, our Chesterfield Lib Dem spokesperson on Health and Wellbeing. Record long ambulance waits are leaving vulnerable patients waiting for ambulances to arrive, and then often getting stuck in queues outside hospitals for hours, waiting for the treatment they need. People are being left scared, panicked, and often with worsening symptoms.

    Maggie points out that "Ambulance staff, like all NHS and health workers in Chesterfield do an amazing job working tirelessly to keep us all safe every day of the year. And this is against a back drop of unprecedented demand, enormous staff shortages, a chronic lack of hospital beds and a crisis in adult care provision.

    But the Government has run ambulance services into the ground. They have completely failed to act on warnings that ambulance services are struggling to maintain a safe and timely service. Our wonderful health staff are under immense pressure, and things are only continuing to get worse. This is unacceptable."

    National NHS guidelines say patients should be transferred from an ambulance to an emergency department within 15 minutes. This clock starts ticking when the ambulance arrives outside the A&E department and ends when the clinical handover of the patient to A&E staff has been completed.

  • police
    Article: May 3, 2022
    • New figures reveal 77,300 car thefts and 63,500 bike thefts went unsolved last year

    • Only 3.9% of car thefts lead to someone being charged, down from 6.8% five years ago

    • Conservatives accused of allowing criminals to steal vehicles on "an industrial scale"

    Shocking new figures have revealed a "vehicle crime epidemic," with over 140,000 car and bike thefts going unsolved by police last year.

  • Boris Johnson
    Article: Apr 19, 2022

    It comes after Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis this morning compared Boris Johnson being fined by the police for breaking his own Covid laws to receiving a parking fine.

    The statements include a letter from the Prime Minister to UK households in March 2020 which stated that "the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost." On 22 May 2020, two days after a lockdown-breaking party in Downing Street, Johnson published a Facebook post warning that "breaking the rules could put you, your friends or your loved ones in danger."

    Another message posted by the Prime Minister on Facebook in April 2020 stated that "if one person breaks the rules, we will all suffer", while other posts warned that "people will die" if lockdown rules aren't obeyed and that "hanging out in parks could kill."

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "Boris Johnson repeatedly warned that breaking the rules could lead to more lives being lost, all while holding law-breaking parties in Downing Street. It just goes to show the contempt with which Boris Johnson and the Conservatives hold the British people.

    "It is utterly appalling that Conservative ministers are trying to rewrite history by claiming that the Prime Minister breaking his own rules is some trivial issue.

    "People missed funerals, weddings and births, making huge sacrifices to protect their communities and loved ones. They will rightly be furious that even now the Conservatives are ducking responsibility instead of doing the honourable thing and getting rid of Boris Johnson."

    ENDS

    Notes

    10 times Boris Johnson told the country to follow lockdown rules

    1. 28 March 2020 - UK Prime Minister letter to UK households posted on Twitter: 'the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost'

    2. 3 April 2020 - UK Prime Minister post on Facebook: 'Don't meet up with friends - hanging out in parks could kill'

    3. 8 April 2020 - UK Prime Minister post on Facebook: 'Anyone can get coronavirus. If you go out, you could spread it. People will die.'

    4. 14 April 2020 - UK Prime Minister post on Facebook: 'Rules aren't just for others. Play your part to beat the virus.'

    5. 15 April 2020 - UK Prime Minister post on Facebook: 'If one person breaks the rules, we will all suffer'

    6. 20 May 2020 (day of Downing Street garden party) - Boris Johnson post on Facebook - 'Let's continue to fight this virus by staying alert and following the rules in place.'

    7. 22 May 2020 (two days after Downing Street garden party) - Boris Johnson on Facebook: 'Breaking the rules could put you, your friends or your loved ones in danger.'

    8. 20 June 2020 (day after Downing Street birthday party) - Boris Johnson on Facebook: 'By doing the right thing and following the rules set out by the government, you are helping to protect our NHS and stop the spread of coronavirus.'

    9. 9 November 2020 (4 days prior to Downing St flat party) - Boris Johnson on Twitter, following initial vaccine news - "the biggest mistake we could make now would be to slacken our resolve at such a critical moment. We must continue to work together to protect our NHS and save lives."

    10. 16 November 2020 (3 days following Downing St flat party) - Boris Johnson is told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. In his video message, he states: "I've got to self-isolate…it doesn't matter that we were all doing social distancing". He added: "Follow the rules, that's what I'm going to"

  • M&S
    Article: Apr 7, 2022

    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.

  • Badger Park
    Article: Mar 7, 2022

    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.

  • police
    Article: Feb 21, 2022

    The Conservative Government is failing to deliver the promised 283 more police officers for Derbyshire.

    Derbyshire's Liberal Democrats have slammed the government for failing to keep their promise to communities, adding that there needs to be a return to full and proper community policing.

    Walton Councillor Tom Snowdon said "We were out door knocking and talking to local residents last weekend and policing issues were brought up by several people. We need more Officers available to respond to every day crime, but the Government are not hitting the numbers they promised at the last election".

  • cash
    Article: Jan 28, 2022

    Paul Holmes, Leader of 17 Liberal Democrat Cllrs says "Although Covid is easing, residents face a very difficult year with huge energy price increases, rising tax and rising inflation. Labour politicians are always calling on the Government to do something about this."

    "Now they can put their money, or rather taxpayer's money, where their mouth is. They can actually do something instead of just trying to pass the buck to others all the time."

  • Cllr Paul Holmes Sept 2020
    Article: Jan 25, 2022

    At the Cabinet meeting on Tues 18th Jan, Labour Cllrs voted to increase car park charges by more than inflation in order to take an extra £143,000 from Town Centre shoppers. Liberal Democrat Cllr Paul Holmes voted against this, telling Labour Cllrs that:

    "The effects of Covid are not over yet even if things may soon start to ease. If we want the Town Centre to recover, then we should not be putting shoppers off with any increases this year - let alone such above inflation increases."

  • Cllr Paul Niblock
    Article: Nov 15, 2021

    PACKED PUBLIC MEETING DEMANDS COUNCIL THINK AGAIN OVER CONTROVERSIAL ROAD PLANS.

    A meeting organised by Chesterfield Civic Society was packed to full capacity last night with over 250 residents attending. Local County Cllr Paul Niblock was among those addressing the meeting. Paul was elected in May this year when the supposed County Council consultation was already underway. He told the meeting that whilst knocking on doors on Chatsworth Road and the adjoining side streets he found barely a single resident who knew anything about the proposals.

  • 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."