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  • Charles Kennedy 1959-2015
    Article: Jun 2, 2015
    By UK Liberal Democrats

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

    Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.

  • Human Rights Act
    Article: May 25, 2015
    By Liberal Democrats

    The two candidates for the Liberal Democrat leadership today launch a campaign to save the Human Rights Act from the Conservative axe.

    Norman Lamb and Tim Farron will also warn of the dangers of Tory plans to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    David Cameron is expected to include plans to scrap the HRA - an Act that incorporates the ECHR into British law - in Wednesday's Queen's Speech.

  • 10,000 new members since polling day
    Article: May 24, 2015
    By Liberal Democrats

    Since polls closed on 7th May, more than 10,000 members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Leaflet
    Article: Apr 22, 2015

    Chesterfield Lib Dems are setting out the areas they would focus on should they regain control of the local council on May 7th.

    A Lib Dem Chesterfield Council would;

    • ensure the council tax you pay for Chesterfield Council services will be the lowest in Derbyshire and one of the lowest in the country

    • freeze town centre parking charges for two years and work to bring them more in line with the much cheaper charges of nearby competing centres, such as Mansfield and Sheffield

    • forge closer links with others who have a stake in the town centre such as market traders, shopkeepers and businesses to re-vitalise it to bring in more visitors and be better for residents

    • spend more of the council tax you pay on basic services such as tackling dog-fouling, graffiti and litter - and in the area you live and the town centre

    • make Chesterfield greener by ensuring that all new developments are sustainably designed above basic levels - and we'll forge closer links with local green groups

    • make sure you get value for money by always choosing the very best deal to provide local services to residents - even if it means sometimes using businesses to deliver them - which labour always oppose

    • invest in the regeneration of Chesterfield's run-down and derelict areas

  • Candidates
    Article: Apr 22, 2015
    By Chesterfield Liberal Democrats

    It's no secret that Labour have historically had a flexible relationship with the truth and locally they seem to be up to their old tricks again.

    Their local paper implies that only 11 Lib Dems are standing in the Chesterfield Borough Council elections, leaving "swathes of Chesterfield without representation".

  • Lollipop
    Article: Apr 8, 2015
    By Chesterfield Liberal Democrats

    There is now less than two weeks to help our campaign to save Chesterfield's under threat school crossing patrols. The consultation closes on the 21st April 2015. You can respond to the County's consultation here.

    Many thanks to those that have already signed our petition against the Labour run County Council's plans. The link to our petition is http://cfield.lib.dm/P425

  • Empty Tables at Chesterfield Market
    Article: Apr 8, 2015
    By Chesterfield Liberal Democrats

    It now costs £1.30 an hour to park in Chesterfield Council's town centre car parks. 30% more than it would cost to park in Mansfield or even Sheffield (where charges are £1 an hour).

    No wonder Chesterfield town centre is really struggling. Labour has increased parking charges in Chesterfield to record levels despite campaigning that charges were much too high before they took charge of Chesterfield Council.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2015
    By Chesterfield Liberal Democrats

    'Julia 4 Chesterfield' sees Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Julia Cambridge celebrate the launch of her bid to be Chesterfield's first woman MP

    Party President Sal Brinton joins Lib Dem members

    February saw Chesterfield's historic Market Square painted yellow as local Lib Dems met in the Square to kick off the General Election Campaign in Chesterfield.

  • Sal Brinton with Julia Cambridge and Phil Knowles
    Article: Feb 9, 2015
    By East Midlands Liberal Democrats

    Baroness Sal Brinton kicks off Chesterfield General Election campaign with Liberal Democrat PPC Julia Cambridge and Regional Chair Phil Knowles

    Chesterfield's historic market square was 'painted yellow' this weekend as Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate Julia Cambridge launched her bid to be the next MP for Chesterfield.

    Local Lib Dems, Councillors and supporters gathered in the square to back Julia.

    History will be made if Julia succeeds in her bid on 7th May as she will be Chesterfield's first woman Member of Parliament.

    Julia said: "I will provide a fresh and feisty voice for people in Chesterfield. I am not afraid to rock the boat and say what needs to be said to get a better deal for local people."

    "What I'm being told on the doorstep is that people are fed up of pot holes in their roads and dog mess on their pavements. Labour are not listening. They are not listening to ordinary people who are fed up with paying through the nose to even get a car parking space in the town centre. When are Labour going to wake up to the fact that they are there to represent the needs of people in the town?"

    "There is a clear choice. If voters want a complacent, cosy 'old boys' network' to continue in Chesterfield then keep things as they are. I am here for different reasons: to get things done and speak up about the many successes of the Liberal Democrats in government which I know are helping people in difficult times, the main one being our emphasis on jobs. Getting the economy stronger has meant we now have pre 2008 levels of employment. That is something to shout about."

    Liberal Democrat Party President Baroness Brinton joined Julia Cambridge in Chesterfield to welcome her campaign. The Lib Dem peer congratulated Julia on her tireless work helping local people. In a speech to a packed room in the town's Market Hall Baroness Brinton said:

    "Julia Cambridge is a strong local champion who will be an excellent MP representing the interests of Chesterfield residents."

    Joining Sal Brinton at the market hall rally was Phil Knowles the new East Midlands Regional Chair. Julia warmly welcomed him and thanked him for being part of such a strong campaigning team for the European elections last year. Phil told supporters that they had a strong candidate in Julia and a great opportunity in Chesterfield.

    The day had started with a large gathering of supporters in Chesterfields historic market square chosen not just for its place in the hearts of locals but also because it has become a local issue in itself.

    Julia said:

    "The rent is about to go up for the already hard hit stall holders. It is just not right that honest people trying to make a living are being given no choice but to give in to price hikes on their pitches."

    This and many other issues will be part of the campaign for Chesterfield which began in earnest this week.

  • Sunday Express 28th December
    Article: Dec 30, 2014
    By Chesterfield Liberal Democrats

    This week's Sunday Express branded Labour run Chesterfield Council's new town logo a "major branding flop".

    The paper rightly criticises the extravagant cost of the new logo - at £13,600 (and that just to design it, much more will be spent putting it on council property) and the design itself, as it does not seem to bear much relevance to Chesterfield and looks, "more like the sails of a boat".