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Liberal Democrats demand better for South Lincolnshire. We want to give all our children a brighter future in a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

We cover two Parliamentary Constituencies in South Lincolnshire, Grantham and Stamford in South West Lincolnshire & South Holland and the Deepings in South East Lincolnshire, covering the South Kesteven District Council and South Holland District Council local authority areas.

Grantham and Stamford

The Westminster Parliamentary constituency of Grantham and Stamford covers the towns of Grantham, Stamford and Bourne in Lincolnshire with surrounding villages.

The Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 General Election for Grantham and Stamford is Cllr Harrish Bisnauthsing. Harrish is a long standing District and Town Councillor, former Mayor and long term resident of Stamford.

Harrish Bisnauthsing - PPC Grantham & Stamford

Grantham and Stamford

South Holland and The Deepings

The Westminster Parliamentary constituency of South Holland and the Deepings covers the area around Spalding and roughly corresponds to the South Holland local government district, with Market, and West Deeping added to it.

The Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 General Election for South Holland and The Deepings is Davina Kirby

Davina Kirby

South Holland and the Deepings

Recent Website updates

  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Today (27th February) the Court of Appeal ruled against building a third runway at Heathrow Airport. Having campaigned tirelessly on this issue for years, my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I are delighted with the decision.

    This third runway would make it almost impossible for the UK to achieve net-zero, and we have a responsibility to lead the word in tackling the climate emergency.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

    We've got a raft of vacancies open on various Scottish Liberal Democrat committees.

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  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Travelling as a wheelchair user can be a traumatic experience. I always have to leave home earlier when I am taking the train to account for any problems that may arise. Just to introduce myself, my name is Osayuki Igbinoba. I am a double amputee above the knee, and I use prosthetic legs. I also use my wheelchair as I am unable to walk long distances. I am a third year pharmacy student at Kingston university.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020
    By Simon Oliver

    For the first time in years there are two contested elections for the Executive. The manifestos for these elections can be found:

    If you have requested a postal vote by sending an SSAE to the returning officer and are an eligible voter a voting form will be posted to you in time for you to return it on or before 11th March in time for the AGM (see on the 15th.

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    Article: Feb 26, 2020
    By The Candidates

    The position of Chair of GLD for 2019/2020 is a contested election.and the Candidates Manifestos are below:

    Keith Melton

    Peter Bruce

    We are at a critical juncture for GLD. Rapid expansion in membership has brought great opportunities as well as challenges for keeping our membership engaged. Internally, we need to build a regional organisation to bring members together in action-oriented meetings, developing teams to create inclusive, activist campaigns to challenge Tory misgovernment.
    Externally, the Climate Crisis needs an activist response with clear political leadership from the executive team. That political leadership starts with the Chair. My role within the Liberal Democrats and the Liberal Party before that, has centred around politics, and environmental politics in particular.
    I have fought 4 general elections and two European elections, with all the experience that entails. I am as comfortable in a TV studio, or knocking on doors, as I am speaking to audiences from 3 to 3,000 and all stops between! As Chair of the Liberal Ecology Group, I became founding Chair of the Green Lib Dems in 1988. Currently Vice Chair (Campaigns)
    I have scribed short blogs, leaflets, newspaper articles, textbooks, case studies and an historical Novel. I wrote & published the Green Hero profiles in the 2019 General election. In 1998 I founded the Institute for Sustainable Development in Business, with a team of 22 researchers and admin staff. Team-building is a transferable skill for a voluntary organisation such as GLD.

    • Lead the party further and faster tackling the Climate Crisis & Biodiversity Loss
    • Build a regionally based GLD activist capability
    • Carry the momentum forward on GLD membership numbers
    • Build on our two recent GLD national conferences - planning 2020 conference
    • Develop fund-raising capacity to "professionalise" GLD support for councillors, PPCs and activists
    • Establish "expert groups" to build technical advice bank for the Party
    • Establish working parties on our website, campaigning and communications.

    From my student days onwards I have chaired organisations that have been effective and groundbreaking in their influence, both community based and public/private partnerships up to £1m/yr turnover. I have never held back from implementing major changes in approach, funding or administration and have left these organisations stronger and more focussed. GLD needs to develop the organisation of its strong volunteer community with specific professional services if it is to have more influence to help protect our troubled planet. I believe I am the person to accomplish this and hope you can support me in creating an evolving future together.

    As Vice-Chair Organisation for many years I have delivered increasing conference programmes across the committee and have been stand in chair for 6 months. I aim to be a listener, and supportive of the team making shared decisions, optimising each of our contributions through activities. I am also experienced in taking the lead, when necessary, for key direction and decisions with a clear head and heart. I have presented to PLC Strategy boards, run parliamentary briefings/campaigns for Airbus and am skilled in lobbying globally. This should be invaluable in a forward looking GLD facing a time of crisis in our society and environment. We need new voices to push the agenda for working with nature rather than against it.

    We need a new vision of society utilising our expertise to engineer renewable ways of travelling, living in our homes, sharing space and controlling industry to not pollute in our name across the world. Our modern society is not working for us or the planet. Fear often makes us look backwards, so we need proactive leaders to take people forward quickly on the better path, challenging norms and helping people find happier answers in their lives. I can help achieve this.

    Endorsed by:
    Jed Marson, Laura Sykes and Ross Benzie
  • Article: Feb 26, 2020
    By The Candidates

    The position of Ordinary Executive Member of GLD for 2019/2020 is a contested election for six vacancies and the Candidates' Manifestos are below:

    Ross Benzie

    The Liberal Democrats are the only UK party offering a realistic response to the environmental crisis.

    I will do whatever it takes to help.

    Steve Bolter

    Co-operation and the Appliance of Science

    I joined the Liberal Democrats in 1997. I have been our Candidate for local District and County elections.

    When I served a term on Braintree District Council, whichever committee I was on, I was the only Liberal Democrat. Reaching consensus with other parties was stimulating. I worked with the Green member on planning and environmental committees, to successfully commit the Council to embedding sustainability into all parts of council work and to oppose a second runway at Stansted.

    When I lost my seat I transferred my energies to the Green Liberal Democrats. I was Vice Chair Policy for 3 years, and met frequently with parliamentarians during the Coalition.

    I have used my experience as physics and maths lecturer to help explain and apply the science and maths that that informs our policy decisions, via our website and social media; and as part of the Working Group that produced the 2013 Policy Paper (109) on the rtransition to a zero carbon Britain. I also worked on PP 110 that looked into the post school education for that future.

    I support working with environmentalist from other nations and parties. I went to Paris for international demonstrations at COP 20 and hope do the same for COP 25.

    Diana Catton

    During the election night in May 2015 I became so incensed with the unfairness of our present electoral system that I joined the Libdems before the results were announced. I decided that it was time to put myself back in the game. I had been a Young Liberal before the demands of career and family meant I had little time for my own interests, and now that my youngest was off to university and in theory I was approaching retirement, I felt that I could at last follow my political interests and try to make a difference locally.

    I immediately became active and joined the Exec in my local party, taking various roles over the years and also acting as Election Agent and/or Candidate in the local elections on several occasions. I shall be Election Agent for our Parliamentary Candidate in the upcoming General Election.

    All my life I have been an "eco-freak", joining Friends of the Earth in the seventies, teaching vegetarian and vegan cookery in the eighties and generally practising all the Rs of Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle, etc. as far as humanly possible. I also encourage others to do the same. During my life I have been regarded as a freak of nature, but have persisted and am very pleased that being "green" is finally accepted as the right thing to be.

    I believe the greatest challenge facing us is not Brexit, it is the Climate Emergency, and if elected I shall do my very best to spread the word.

    Geoff Harvey

    I believe the Green Lib Dems are a natural and deserving vehicle to capture campaigning energy within the wider party, now that EU membership has become a longer term project. Now is the time to recruit others to the Green Lib Dems; to make it the larger force it needs to be. If elected I would commit my energy to that aim. Personally, I have already made the journey. I joined the Party at 8am on 24/6/16 and was elected district councillor in May 2018 as part of the capture of South Cambs District Council. In 2019, I joined the Green Lib Dems and was invited by Cllr Pippa Heylings to join her SCDC Climate Change and Environment committee as Vice Chair for Climate Change. In that role I've been instrumental in kickstarting interest in green energy investment at SCDC first by seeking out opportunities for grid battery storage and solar PV and latterly supporting the green energy investments officer I helped to recruit. As a schoolboy I was strongly influenced by the OPEC oil shock and the Apollo program and won a regional technology competition with my 1kW tracking parabolic solar collector. As a Cambridge University engineering graduate, I've had a successful career in electronics and engineering but always with a theme around energy efficiency. I hold several fundamental patents around resonant energy recycling in microprocessors. My novel circuit topology, cooks' matchbox sized, 2kW DC to AC inverter was shortlisted in the final 18, worldwide in Google's 2015, $1million prize 'Little Box Challenge'. I bring my passion and engineering knowledge to my new role as a politician and a seat on the Green Lib Dem exec would be a wonderful further opportunity for me to contribute. I would greatly value your support.

    Pippa Heylings

    I have been an Ordinary Member of the GLD Exec during 2018-2019. I am a South Cambs District Councillor, where LDs are now in control of the Council. I am Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee and, even more excitingly, we have created a brand-new Climate Change and Environment Committee, of which I am the Chair. We have fully adopted my motions on Zero Carbon, Climate Emergency and Doubling Nature - and incorporated actions and resources in the corporate Business Plan. I am passionate about the political role of national and local policy in mainstreaming a green vision. I was a member of the Federal Policy Working Group for our new Climate Change manifesto, with responsibility for the local government section. I stood as Parliamentary Candidate for South East Cambs in General Election 2019.

    Jed Marson

    What can I do for climate change?

    I'd like to support our tactical political approach to sift the possibles from the probables and pursuade the membership to ambitious adoption of a wide range of probables, knowing not every new thing is adopted by people.

    George Miles

    I was recruited to the Young Liberals by Felix Dodds and Mike Harskin in the '80s when I was a Traveller around Glastonbury and London.

    For personal reasons I did little with the 2019 GLD exec.

    I have reslated, draught proofed, rewired and half insulated my house, so should have more time for GLD in 2020.

    With the new exec I'd like to help develop the website look, functionality and content (HTML, CSS and Javascript tweaking) - incremental improvement is my motto.

    Our website looks old, but contains 1788 articles and more - a powerful archive available through Google search. We should have lots more content being published and then to social media.

    We should use the Facebook GLD Members page (which I proposed) as a source of ideas, and a place to debate changes - we have a wealth of experience in our members, a resource we should tap into. Webpages like 'Policies' should be updated.

    If someone surfs into the GLD webpage from somewhere we have maybe two seconds to engage their interest before they click away.

    I'd convert our Challenge Magazine templates to open source software like Scribus, so it's open to all to contribute whether using Macs, Windows or Linux.

    Challenge articles should be on our website - such wonderful content there.

    We should email our members at least bimonthly.

    Jean-Paul Sartre, writing abour Baudelaire, said that the revolutionary wants to change the world, but the rebel is careful to preserve the abuses from which he suffers so that he can go on rebelling against them.

    As Liberals we should trust people to make their own decisions, even though they may fail, but with a safety net for those who fail, the ill, the young and the old.

    Me, I'm very Liberal!

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    We're a party of community, kindness and liberal values.

    We want to make sure everyone out there knows they are welcome

    We want to make sure everyone out there knows they are welcome. All members deserve to feel welcome throughout their membership journey. That's why we're launching a diversity & inclusion survey today.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    During the 2016 referendum campaign, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Michael Gove issued a joint statement promising to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens.

    They declared: "There will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK. These EU citizens will automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK and will be treated no less favourably than they are at present."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    As liberals, Hong Kong's fight is our fight.

    A year on from the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government haven't budged. Beijing continues to systematically violate the human rights of people in Hong Kong, and deny the region democracy.

    But Hong Kong is not giving up. The people of Hong Kong are not going to back down from this fight.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    2020 marks the 15th LGBT History Month and since its inception in 2005, this has been a month of both reflection and action.

    Over the last few years, we've made some amazing leaps for equality, including seeing same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland just a few months ago. However, it is important to remember there is still a long way to go before we reach true equality.