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  • Alexis Diouf
    Article: Oct 25, 2015

    5,000 families in Chesterfield will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.

    Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government's proposals.

    The change will mean a total loss of £5.4m to families in Chesterfield , with the average family losing £750 a year.

    Despite claims from the Conservatives that those affected will benefit from plans to increase the minimum wage, the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has said Tory figures don't stack up.

    IFS analysis shows a £750 average loss will only be offset by £200 as a result of the new minimum wage.

    Liberal Democrats have opposed the move and said it undermines the work of the Coalition Government, to make sure work will always pay more than remaining on benefits.

    Council Group Leader Cllr Alexis Diouf said: "The changes to tax credits will hammer families in Chesterfield. The move completely undermines any claim the Tories have of being on the side of working families.

    "What makes this even worse is that 7,400 children in our area will now be forced to live in poorer households, reducing their life chances and making it harder for their parents to make ends meet.

    "Study after study have shown that the Conservative's claim to be supporting low income families through a minimum wage increase nowhere near make up for these cuts. It's time for them to come clean and be honest with those doing the right thing and going out to work.

    "I am pleased that Lib Dems are opposing this measure. We worked hard in Coalition to ensure that work would always pay more than choosing to remain on benefits. It is a disgrace the Conservatives are now undermining this good work."

  • Charles Kennedy
    Article: Jun 2, 2015
    By Julia Cambridge, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Chesterfield

    Julia Cambridge writes, Today's news is absolutely heartbreaking. The Liberal Democrats are a family and it feels like we have lost our favourite brother.

    Charles Kennedy 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 went on to serve his beloved constituency for over 30 years.

  • 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

  • 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.