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Lib Dem Achievements in Government

Updated May 2014. Reproduced with permission from http://www.markpack.org.uk/libdem-infographic/

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  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Bedford River Festival Parade of Boats

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has expressed his 'huge thanks' to everyone who attended and everyone who took part in any way over what was a fantastic river festival weekend for Bedford.

    In a message on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/davethemayor), Mayor Dave wrote of how the efforts of so many local people and local groups mean that the festival retains its 'unique character and community feel'. He also offered his thanks to the team who are now 'making it all disappear!'

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has today pledged his support for the Girl Summit 2014, the first international event aimed at mobilising efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within a generation.

    The summit, which is being held in the UK, will rally a global movement to break the taboo surrounding FGM and help end FGM, as well as child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) for all girls. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life.

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has called on Barclays Bank to reconsider closing their Headingley branch.

    Barclays are proposing to close their Headingley branch in October of this year, meaning the closest branch for residents will be Blenheim Terrace, near Leeds University.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    A group of some 14 members with friends and family attended the BBC Any Questions? at Uppingham School on Friday 18 July on a very hot summer's evening. The panel consisted of Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Derbyshire Dales), Molly Scott Cato (newly elected Green MEP for South West England), Maxine Aldred (Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland) and Hilary Benn (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and MP for Leeds Central). Obviously we regretted the lack of a Lib Dem voice on the panel. However, it was a lively evening with 5 questions being asked and we had the satisfaction of 2 of these coming from our group. Sam Asplin asked a most pertinent question about who would benefit most from the week's cabinet reshuffle - Women or David Cameron? Mary Twidell was given the final slot and asked the panel about their summer holiday reading. The other questions covered the Malaysian Airways disaster in Ukraine, Trade Unions, and Lord Falconer's bill on Assisted Dying. The last question elicited substantial discussion which was reflected on Saturday in Any Answers? which, most unusually, covered that one topic only.

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats
    July 21, 2014 3:52 PM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

    After pressure from the party's grass roots at the National Policy Forum, Labour agreed to endorse the policy which was announced by Nick Clegg last year.

  • Organ donation campaign
    Article: Jul 21, 2014

    MP Mulholland backs Otley organ donation campaign

    Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, this weekend dropped by a stall organised by the Otley Lions Club and West Yorkshire Kidney Patient Association to give his support to their organ donation campaign.

    Earlier this month saw the NHS organise its National Transplant Week, aiming to raise awareness of organ donation and urging people to join the Organ Donation Register. The stall was held at the Buttercross in Otley on Saturday, 19th July, to mark the end of the NHS campaign and was also supported by Otley Lions Club, including the club's mascot Chip, and Otley town crier, Terry Ford.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, the leader of the Lib-Dems on Broxtowe Borough Council.

    1. Textile Collections

    I'm delighted to report that from November the borough council will be running a kerbside textile collection service alongside the household waste collections. If your old clothes etc will be useful for charity chops then please donate them to these, but if not the council will take them away as another area to be recycled. It is unlikely to generate any extra income for the council but we agreed to do it to reduce the amount of stuff that goes to landfill and to increase the amount that is recycled.

  • Local resident Lloyd Godsall signing the streetlighting petition
    Article: Jul 18, 2014
    People in Hinckley have been flocking to sign a petition to keep their streetlights on.
    Hundreds of people in the town have already signed a petition organised by local Liberal Democrat Councillors to call for an alternative. Conservative run Leicestershire County Council are making further cutbacks to the streetlighting budget which could see a number of streetlights switched off and removed altogether, even during dark winter evenings. The Liberal Democrats are calling on the County Council to invest in cheaper, energy efficient LED lighting which would help save money while keeping the lights on.
  • Raft Racing at Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jul 18, 2014

    This weekend is River Festival weekend, with a huge range of attractions and activities taking place across the vast festival site on both Saturday and Sunday. A full programme and site map can be found by clicking here: River Festival Programme and Map

    In his monthly column for the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written that it is the huge numbers of volunteers and visitors who make the River Festival a genuine community event. He also writes of the unique River Festival spirit, which is as strong as ever today even as the event has grown to become one of the biggest free festivals in the country. Here's the full text of the column:

  • Cllrs Mathew Hulbert and Michael Mullaney with the petitions to save Barwell Library
    Article: Jul 17, 2014
    LIBERAL DEMOCRAT Councillors have handed in a petition-signed by hundreds of residents-calling on the County Council to withdraw their planned changes to Barwell Library.
    Proposed changes would see the County Council no longer fund the library and it be staffed by volunteers rather than professional librarians.

    Councillor Mathew Hulbert, who represents Barwell, and Councillor Michael Mullaney, who is the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Hinckley and Bosworth, took the signatures to County Hall.

    They were filmed doing so by cameras from the BBC's Sunday Politics and the story was featured on this week's edition of the programme in the East Midlands.

    Councillor Hulbert says, 'We feel that the Tory-run County Council daren't say they want to close the library and so are doing this half-way house thing of saying it must be run by volunteers, but if they can't be found then ultimately it amounts to the same thing.'
    'We-and the hundreds of people who've signed our petition-say we want our much used and much loved library to remain funded by the County Council and staffed by professional librarians.
    'The Library is an essential resource and facility; for young patents, for children, for senior citizens, for people looking for work and many others.
    The County Council must listen and withdraw these planned changes.'
    Councillor Michael Mullaney says, 'I hope Leicestershire County Council will listen to the residents who have signed the petition.
    "Not only Barwell, but also Desford, Newbold Vernon, Burbage and other libraries in Hinckley and Bosworth could be shut if volunteers aren't found to run them.
    "Libraries are a vital local service and I hope the County Council will ensure they are kept open if volunteers can't be found to run them.'