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South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats cover the parliamentary constituencies of South Holland and The Deepings, and Grantham and Stamford.

The constituencies are part of South Holland District Council and South Kesteven District Council areas. There are a number of major towns within the South Lincs Liberal Democrats area including Bourne, Grantham, Holbeach, Market Deeping, Spalding, Stamford, as well as a host of beautiful villages.

If you want to know more about our work here in South Lincolnshire contact our chair on chair@southlincslibdems.org.uk or to be part of the Lib Dem fightback join here - http://www.libdems.org.uk/join

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  • exam room
    Article: Aug 29, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated Bedford Borough students who received their GCSE results on Thursday.

    The initial GCSE results figures from local schools show an improvement overall both in terms of students' attainment and the progress made by students.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "My congratulations to all students receiving their GCSEs on their hard work. Congratulations are also due to all of the parents and carers, and teachers and school staff who all contribute in immeasurable ways in supporting students and giving them the opportunity to do their very best. Good luck and very best wishes to all students across the borough on their next steps."

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • #Libdempint
    Event: Oct 4, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    The Tollemache Inn, 17 St Peter's Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PY

    We're meeting on Tuesday 4 October at 7:00pm in the bar at the Tollemache Inn, on the corner of St Peter's Hill & St Catherine's Road. Free car park on Welham Street. Come and join us!

    All members and supporters are welcome. It's an informal gathering, an opportunity to get to know fellow Lib Dems and to talk politics. The venue is apt for us as it is named after Frederick Tollemache, Liberal MP for Grantham on several occasions between 1826 and 1874.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Aug 25, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the flawed work of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review, which culminated in proposals to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital, must be scrapped altogether and not continued within the successor STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) process.

  • Dad's Army Boat on Parade at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Aug 23, 2016

    In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has reiterated his thanks to everyone who took part in the 2016 River Festival, along with everyone who was part of the record attendance of over 300,000 people.

    Record numbers attended this year's event, and Mayor Dave writes about how the success of the festival, and that of numerous public events which take place across the Borough, is thanks in large part to the 'herculean efforts' of the volunteers who help make them happen. Here's the full article:

  • exam room
    Article: Aug 22, 2016

    Students across Bedford Borough received their A Level results on Thursday, and there were celebrations as the proportion of entrants achieving at least one A* or A grades rose once again, to nearly one in two. The provisional figures, based on returns from eight upper schools, show that 45.9% of students received at least one top grade, up from 42.3% in 2015. This increase was achieved by students in spite the proportion of top grades nationally decreasing slightly.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016
    In The Orcadian

    Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael, has said the government needs to further consider the impact introducing digital tax returns will have on businesses with poor broadband connectivity.

    Mr Carmichael has previously questioned the government on the need to introduce quarterly tax returns and move all administration online. The Treasury have now announced six public consultations for their Making Tax Digital programme, including moves to exempt small firms with modest turnovers from the proposals.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2016

    The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Lincolnshire County Council.

    Today's publication follows two phases of public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each county electoral division across Lincolnshire.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Aug 18, 2016
    By Norman Lamb in Mail on Sunday

    Coalition Health Minister from 2012-2015, Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb, gives his view on the state of the NHS.

    Hospitals overflowing, with patients abandoned in corridors. Accident and Emergency rooms threatened with overnight closure. And it just keeps getting worse. It is clear the NHS is in a crisis that threatens its very existence.

  • Grantham A & E (Google Earth)
    Article: Aug 17, 2016
    By Anna Pitcher in Liberal Democrat Voice

    * Anna Pitcher is a 20-year-old languages student living in Germany. She is a member of the Liberal Democrats and originates from Grantham. Over the weekend her thoughts on the closure of Grantham Accident & Emergency department that is due to start this evening (17th August) was published by the Liberal Democrat Voice website. We reproduce her article below with her kind permission.

  • Grantham A & E (Google Earth)
    Article: Aug 16, 2016

    The disappointing news that the Accident and Emergency department at Grantham Hospital will close at night will have come as a shock to all residents of South Lincolnshire.

    The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) have announced that from 17th August, the A&E department will close at 6:30pm and reopen at 9am. The Trust have said the decision is due to severe staffing shortages affecting all three of the Trust's hospitals: Grantham, Lincoln and Pilgrims in Boston.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Have a message you wish to share with likeminded souls? Send it to us and we will share it here and on Facebook!

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    "I totally agree on keeping up the pressure for a second referendum and that in the forthcoming negotiation the status of British expats in the EU should be safeguarded no matter what, including the right to equal access to work, healthcare, pensions and the ability to acquire property. Similar concessions will need to be given to EU citizens residing in the UK to ensure reciprocity: a fast-track to (associate) citizenship could be considered for long-term EU residents intent on remaining in the UK, similarly to the scheme invoked in the Greens in Germany for Brits living abroad there.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    What European Country should you study in? Take our quiz and find out:

  • Sal Brinton
    Article: Aug 12, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats are set to become the first political party to choose a candidate to fight a parliamentary seat from a shortlist containing only disabled people.

    The party voted overwhelmingly at its spring conference in favour of measures to improve the diversity of candidates fighting Westminster seats at the next general election in 2020.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • LDDA Logo
    Article: Aug 11, 2016

    The government's response to a major House of Lords inquiry into the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people - in which it appears to have accepted just eight of 55 recommendations - has been branded a "wasted opportunity".

    The crossbench disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who was a member of the committee that carried out the nine-month inquiry, said she was "bitterly disappointed and angry" with the government's response.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Aug 10, 2016
    By Christopher Hope in The Telegraph

    Ministers have been accused of "betraying the legacy" of the London Olympics after it emerged scores of school playing fields have been sold off while the number of sports coaches in state schools has plummeted since the last Games.

    Figures show that 95 school playing fields have been sold between the Games in August 2012 and the end of 2015, at a rate of two playing fields a month.

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