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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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  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Rob Parsons in Liberal Democrat Voice

    If there is a referendum on the final deal about leaving the European Union, what would we say? Here is my starter:

    Background

    We recognise that the vote to leave the EU was fuelled (in part) by dissatisfaction with growing levels of inequality, and felt pressure on cultural values and identity. So we need to address a) the reasons why staying in the EU is better than leaving, as well as b) how we are going to address inequality in the UK and the identity issues tied up with some of our suspicion of foreigners. I think it is also important to make the point that staying in the EU is not the goal. It is a step towards our goal of ensuring that this country works for everyone, and not just the élite.

  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Miranda Roberts in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Party's Federal People Development Committee have had our first meeting of 2018. There was a lot to discuss - here is a quick summary of what we talked about and agreed.

    First up we made a couple of important amendments to our Standing Orders. The first amendment was to create the role of Committee Clerk. This is a volunteer role, to assist the Secretary. The Clerk is not a voting member of our committee, they are purely there to help supply administrative support for the Chair and Secretary. The Committee felt this was a good way to "live our values" as the cliché goes, of using volunteers more widely to increase capacity. We later appointed a member called Nicola from Somerset to be the first post-holder of this role. In future if this vacancy arises again, it will be advertised as a potential volunteer opportunity.

  • Aldc
    Event: Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018
    Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire

    The 2018 Kickstart weekends take place 6-8 July and 23-25 November. Both are held at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire and the price includes all of your meals and accommodation.

    Find out more + book yours/your team's places >>>

    ALDC members can take advantage of early-bird rates, available on a first-come, first-served basis of £160 for a single room (usual price is £240) and £130 for a double room per person (usual price is £210).

  • Aldc
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Adam Bambrough in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Adam Bambrough, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Clock House, Bromley Council in May's local elections, has shared his experience of attending November 2017's Kickstart Weekend.

    I am fairly new to the party and I've been fast-tracked to be the candidate in May for the Bromley Council seat of Clock House in Beckenham. I have always been full of determination and drive, but before attending Kickstart, I was unsure whether my instincts in this new environment were correct. I also lacked the knowledge, strategy and technique to win my ward.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    1300-1400 SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018

    HESKETH 2, RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL, SOUTHPORT

    Following the formal part of the AGM, 30 minutes are envisaged for an informal discussion with Catherine Bearder MEP, Nick Hopkinson and LDEG members to discuss the latest Brexit developments.

    The AGM is open to all LDEG members (new LDEG members can join at https://ldeg.org/en/page/join-ldeg or join at the door)

  • your liberal britan
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Maria Geftar Your Liberal Britain's Coordinator

    Hi - are you wondering what you can do to actually help stop Brexit?



    If so, this is where we come in: we want to make sure that you have every possible opportunity to do just that.

    We've got more in the works, but for now here are five things you can do to help us Exit from Brexit:

    1 JOIN TOM BRAKE'S TEAM

    Are you a media professional or sector expert? Or just really passionate about stopping Brexit? Then this is the opportunity for you! The Lib Dem Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake MP, is recruiting a volunteer resource group of industry insiders, communicators and researchers to support his role in the party's campaign to win an Exit from Brexit.

    Our main goal is to provide Tom Brake with a team of writers and digital activists who can ensure that his message is reflected online and communicated in the specialist and student press. The group will also be seeking to establish brand relationships that advance the party's Exit from Brexit campaign. Basically - plenty to get involved with!

    + Head over to bit.ly/BrexitResourceGroup to put your hat in the ring.

    2 SHARE YOUR STORY

    We want YOUR stories about why staying in the EU is important for your town, family, or your identity in general. Join us in our film and photography competition to get the chance to make your story difference-making in our strategy on Brexit. It's really simple. We're looking for one-minute video submissions or photos with brief captions - get creative, make them fun but above all, please make them personal.

    + Apply here: bit.ly/LaunchpadCompetition

    3 WINNING AN EXIT STRATEGY ONE TWEET AT A TIME

    The Online Champions are about to put their full weight the party's official Exit from Brexit campaign. What we mean by this? Well, the Online Champions is Your Liberal Britain's digital campaigning platform where we give digital activists and campaign managers a place to come together, to learn, to organise and to mobilise. This platform is going to be at the forefront of the party's campaign to win an Exit from Brexit.

    + If you spend a fair chunk of time on Twitter or Facebook, and would like to help the party get much more done online, sign up here: bit.ly/JoinOnlineChampions

    4 DON'T WAIT FOR THEM TO CALL EU, DO IT EURSELF

    The only way we can achieve an exit from Brexit is by growing our movement: no saviour is going to step in and do it for us. So how do we do that? By talking! We all know there are plenty of disgruntled Remainers out there who are one step away from getting involved in the campaign. All you have to do is give them a call and get them to join our growing campaign, making us one step closer to spreading our message.

    5 ORGANISE AN EVENT

    Are you interested in running street stalls, public events and on the ground campaigning? Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder and her team have created an Exit from Brext campaign-in-a-box to give you everything you need to get started.

    + If you're a Liberal Democrat member, for your chance to obtain a Campaign in a Box for your local party please fill out the order form here.

    ++ If you're not yet a member but want to find out how to get involved you can find your local party's contact details here and encourage them to do it! (And while you're at it, sign up to become a Lib Dem here!)

    Ok, that's all for now.

    Your Liberal Britain, Catherine Bearder team, and Tom Brake await you on the other side! (Where there's no Brexit).

    Cheers to that,

    Maria Geftar
    Your Liberal Britain's brand new Coordinator
    (It's my second week in the job - hi everyone!)


    PS. A recent poll asking participants how well Brexit is going showed that 53% said "Badly".

    (Even Nigel Farage thinks so).

    And that says a lot.

    PPS. If you're as fed up of Brexit emails as Michael Gove is of experts, you can find new ways of getting involved with the Lib Dems almost every day - and announce your own too - over on our Facebook group Lib Dem Megaphone.
    Your Liberal Britain is a grassroots initiative helping the Liberal Democrats reinvent themselves as a bold political movement that no-one can ignore.

    Learn more about our work here, and get involved here. You can read our privacy policy here.
  • Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Shas Sheehan

    Helen Evans, former head of safeguarding at Oxfam, made damning accusations about the lack of basic processes and disregard of serious concerns she raised, the substance of which were not denied by the Chief Executive.

    The government must now accept that nothing short of a full and far-reaching enquiry into illegal sexual behaviour within Oxfam and across the wider aid sector, will do.

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Ministers to set out "road to Brexit" in series of speeches. Probably a series of different roads to different Brexits. Hammond doesn't want to leave his driveway. Boris will have too many pints with Nigel before setting out. Theresa May's sat nav has broken down.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Feb 12, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Business Insider has been looking at the coming together of several different pro-European groups to form a new, more effective push against Brexit:

    The rise of pro-EU groups such as the Scientists for EU, Best For Britain and the New European newspaper has created an increasingly powerful, but disparate pro-European movement…

  • John Marriott
    Article: Feb 12, 2018
    By John Marriott in Lincolnshire Reporter - https://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2018/02/john-marriott-pay-local-services/?utm_source=Lincolnshire+Reporter+Daily+News&utm_campaign=fde81447f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e88988b43a-fde81447f0-127546729

    For many years now governments of all political colours have seen fit to centralise more and more powers to themselves. The result of this has impacted directly on the councils that in the past were the major providers of the kind of services that have improved the lives for generations of our citizens. Today they are a shadow of their former selves, whose lack of influence is clearly reflected in poor turnouts in local elections.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    It's never been easier to get all the latest news from the Liberal Democrats online - and there's one quick and easy way to beat the algorithm and make sure you never miss a thing.

    Watch the video to find out more, then, like the pages below.

  • Register to vote
    Event: Feb 28, 2018 5:00 PM

    If you are unable to vote at your polling station on polling day you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy (appointing someone else to vote at the polling station for you).

    The deadline to applying for a postal vote or to change/cancel an existing postal or proxy appointment is 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

  • Anita Day
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
  • Launchpad North
    Article: Feb 11, 2018

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  • Alter
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Joe Bourke in Liberal Democrat Voice

    ALTER will address this question in our conference fringe at Southport next month to be held on Friday, 9th March at the Ramada Plaza, from 20:15 to 21:30 in the Promenade room.

    Leading the discussion will be two LVT experts and experienced Liberal Democrat campaigners - Michael Meadowcroft and Tony Vickers.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Nick Clegg in i News

    Dead. Deceased. It is no more. Like Monty Python's dead parrot, as of this week "soft" Brexit has ceased to be. All that is now left is a wilfully self-harming "hard" Brexit, or no Brexit at all. That is the inescapable choice which will face MPs when they vote on the Brexit deal later this year.

    It did not need to be like this.

  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    A very welcome move from not-quite-still-new Liberal Democrat Chief Executive, Nick Harvey:

    The Liberal Democrats are seeking a superbly organised project manager to undertake initial planning, detailed development, and ultimately to manage the delivery and execution of, our overarching operational plan for the party's General Election campaign - whenever it might be called.

  • Aldc
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Tom Pickstone in ALDC

    Fewer than 12 weeks until the May local elections

    There are fewer than 12 weeks until Thursday 3 May - polling day - for an important set of local elections taking place across England. 10 weeks until postal votes land on people's mats.

    It is vital that the Party shows progress in these elections. The country desperately needs a strong Liberal force standing up for what we believe in. Moving forwards in these local elections will show that we mean business.

    Everyone can help make these local elections a success. Here's three ways you can play a role:


    1. Go and help

    If you have local elections in your area (here's a list of the places that do) then please help as much as you can in your target wards (the wards we are campaigning in to win). If you don't have target wards in your area, the place next door probably does.

    If you DON'T have local elections in your area (that's all of Scotland, Wales and large parts of more rural England) then somebody not too far away does. Can you help one weekend? Can you help get the Liberal Democrat vote out on polling day or postal vote polling day?

    Please get in touch if you need the contact details for someone or somewhere. And if you need helpers in your area, let me know and we'll add your requests for help to our local elections 2018 - how you can help page.


    2. Donate

    A huge thank you to everyone who has donated already to the ALDC Local Election Appeal. The initial response has been amazing.

    We need to raise £20,000 so we can help push the 50 most marginal/winnable wards over the winning line by providing them with an additional direct mail to postal voters. I need to book the print and postal slots soon so I need to know how many wards I can afford to help.

    Please give whatever you can. Your money will mean we can help gain another Lib Dem council seat.


    3. Be a candidate

    There are nearly 4,000 council seats up for election on 3 May. We're not going to be able to mount a campaign in every one of these, but we should stand a candidate everywhere if at all possible. Thank you to everyone who is already a candidate and working hard.

    If you live (or work) in one of the council areas with elections, then you could be a real help filling any candidate gaps that are still there. Essentially, we need 'paper' candidates - i.e. you don't do anything other than allow your name to be on the ballot paper. It doesn't take up any time, but it does mean that voters in that ward have a chance to vote Liberal Democrat which is a huge help. Contact your local party to put your name forward or speak to us if you need help getting in touch with them.

    Keep up the campaign. Less than 12 weeks to go.


    Tim

    Tim Pickstone
    Chief Executive, ALDC

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable in i News

    The scales of bravado about Britain's strength in future trade negotiations fell briefly from the Prime Minister's eyes this week. I challenged her in the Commons about the Trump administration's ambition to see US companies take over profitable parts of the NHS.

    Her response was revealingly weak and non-committal. Apparently we'll have to see "what the American Administration are going to say about their requirements".

  • Tax & Benefits
    Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Michael Berwick-Gooding in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the last few years there have been a number of reports which consider the introduction of a Citizens' Income and how it can be funded. Towards the end of last year I came across the Compass report - "Universal Basic Income: An idea whose time has come?" written by Howard Reed and Stewart Lansley (and partly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

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