A paper petition containing almost 6000 names calling for the keeping of Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley was submitted to the Borough Council by local NHS campaigners yesterday, another copy of the petition will be sent to the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for West Leicestershire. In addition to the nearly 6000 named paper petition around another 3000 have signed online petitions to save the hospital.
Local Liberal Democrats swept to victory in the Burbage Stretton Parish by-election held recently.
The Lib Dem candidate Keith Lynch secured 354 votes, to 296 for the Conservatives and 101 for Labour.
Speaking after winning the seat Keith Lynch said "A big thank you to everyone in Burbage Stretton who voted for me. I'm honoured to have got such strong support from local people. I will continue to campaign all year round in the local area and to continue to fight for action to deal with parking problems in Burbage and the need to stop the over-development of the village."
Cllr Stuart Bray Lib Dem group leader on Hinckley and Bosworth said "Congratulations to Keith Lynch on a great victory. This election is a verdict on 14 months of Tory rule in Hinckley and Bosworth. Many residents are angry that the Conservatives gained power calling for low Council Tax, opposing a Brown Bin Tax and claiming they would fight to defend Burbage green spaces from development. Now, after just over a year, we've seen the Tories hike up Council Tax, charge for the Brown Bins and allow developments in Burbage such as the 80 houses off Lutterworth Road."
Cllr Michael Mullaney Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bosworth said "This is a great result for the local Lib Dem team. The Conservatives defeat in Burbage shows there's no honeymoon for Theresa May here. The nightmare continues for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour with them finishing a poor third. Labour continue to be irrelevant here. If people want a change from the Conservatives locally, this result shows yet again that only the Lib Dems can challenge the Conservatives in our area."
Liberal Democrat members in Bosworth have selected Michael Mullaney to be their parliamentary candidate.
This is the third time Michael has stood for Bosworth, having finished a strong second to sitting Conservative MP David Tredinnick at the last two general elections.
Michael, who is a County Councillor for Hinckley said "I'm delighted that local members have backed me to stand for Bosworth again.
"Over the years in which I've stood for parliament here it's been great to campaign with residents on many local issues. Including the successful campaign to save Hinckley Ambulance Station when it was threatened with closure and the recent campaign to save the Hinckley area's second Fire Engine when it was threatened with being axed.
"I'm continuing to fight for our vital local services including our NHS. There's been huge support locally for keeping Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley. Our large, growing population needs an expanded health facility like a Walk-in Centre or Minor Injuries Unit in the town centre, what we don't need is cuts to our local NHS.
"I will also continue to campaign for reforms to the Planning Laws. Too many inappropriate housing developments are being built locally. These are often turned down by local Councillors in Hinckley but are then imposed upon the area by government Inspectors from outside the area,. This needs to change and the change has to happen to the Planning Laws made at Westminster.
"At the last two general elections I came a strong second to Tory MP David Tredinnick. Many people tell me it's time our area had an MP who lives locally and who fights on the issues that matter to local residents. With Labour a poor third here and out of the race, if enough people who want a new MP for Bosworth back me next time, it can be third time lucky and they will have a full-time MP fighting for people in our local area."
A Lib Dem campaigner in Hinckley and Bosworth has joined with national political figures to promote a 'remain' vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.
Mathew Hulbert, former Councillor in Hinckley and Bosworth, attended the rally held at St Martin's House in Leicester, which saw Lib Dem former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sir Vince Cable, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and former Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall MP speak to a packed room.
On Saturday Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats held a Market Stall on Castle Street, Hinckley to put out the case for Britain voting to stay in the European Union.
Amongst those manning the stall was Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman for Bosworth Cllr Michael Mullaney. Michael said "Numerous people came up to the stall to give their views on the European referendum.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, Liberal Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth are backing a new campaign which aims to prevent male suicide in the UK.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a national coalition of charities and other organisations, aims to do this by offering support, challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, and pushing for changes in public policy so that suicide is better prevented.
People in Leicestershire will be going to the polls for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Thursday 5th May.
The current Tory Police Commissioners office costs run at £1million. Sarah Hill is standing for PCC on a platform of massively reducing that cost and re-directing that money to where it's needed: more police on local streets.
Liberal Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth are calling for increased spending on children and young people's Mental Health services in the East Midlands, after a new report found the region's lagging behind other parts of the country.
The analysis, produced by the think-tank Centre Forum in its 'Children and Young People's Mental Health: State of the Nation' report, has found a big expenditure gap; with only £41 per child being spent in the East Midlands, compared to £83 in Northern England.