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  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats have held a successful Annual General Meeting. The packed meeting held in Hinckley, elected the people who will run the local party for the next year.

    Speaker at the event was Bosworth Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate Cllr Michael Mullaney. Michael said "The next year is going to be a key one for Hinckley and Bosworth. At the last general election I came a close 2nd to David Tredinnick. If I'm elected next year residents will elect an MP who lives locally in Hinckley and who has a record of action campaigning with people across Hinckley and Bosworth.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney, fellow councillors and residents collecting petitions for the better treatment of Mental Health
    Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Hinckley and Bosworth Lib Dems took to the streets to promote the cause of better mental health treatment.

    Cllr Michael Mullaney was joined by other local Lib Dem colleagues manning a market stall on Hinckley's Castle Street urging people to sign a petition in support of the cause.

    "One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some time in our lives and yet only £1 in every £9 of NHS spending is on specialist mental health services," said Michael Mullaney.

  • Tony from Coffee Rio in Hinckley, with Cllrs Michael Mullaney Mathw Hulbert and Jeff Bannister mark small business Saturday
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    THE WORK of small and medium sized enterprises has been celebrated in Hinckley.

    Local Councillors visited a local independent coffee shop to mark Small Business Saturday.

    Councillors Michael Mullaney, Mathew Hulbert and Jeff Bannister visited Coffee Rio in the town.

    They talked with shop owner Tony Harris about his business and the vitally important role played by small businesses in the local economy.

  • Cllrs Michael Mullaney and Mathew Hulbert with the petitions at Nat West Bank in Earl Shilton
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Over 500 residents have so far signed a petition to save the NatWest Bank in Earl Shilton, the last Bank in the town.

    In response to this the organiser of the petition, Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman for Bosworth, Cllr Michael Mullaney, has written to the owners of the Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) calling on them to save it.

    Michael Mullaney said "So far over 500 local residents have signed the petition to save the NatWest Bank in Earl Shilton.

    "With more petitions coming in every day, by the time I hand them in to RBS we will have many more signatures.
    "I've written to RBS urging them to re-think their plans and to save the NatWest bank in Earl Shilton.
    "It's important for there to be a bank in Earl Shilton. Not everyone uses Internet banking, there are many pensioners and people who can't afford computers and the internet in Earl Shilton and Barwell, who need to bank in person."

    Councillor Mathew Hulbert (Lib Dem, Barwell) says 'We are calling on NatWest Bank and their owners RBS to listen to the weight of public opinion, see these hundreds upon hundreds of signatures of local people, and call off this disastrous plan to close the branch.'

    'We cannot have a situation where both Barwell and Earl Shilton are left without a bank.

    "NatWest must think again!'

    The full text of Michael Mullaney's letter to RBS is below

    Mr Ross McEwanChief ExecutiveRoyal Bank of Scotland36 St Andrew SquareEdinburghEH2 2YB

    Dear Mr McEwan

    I am writing to you regarding RBS proposals to close the NatWest bank in Earl Shilton Leicestershire.

    The NatWest is the last bank in Earl Shilton.

    I would urge you to drop your proposals to close the bank. So far over 500 local people have signed a petition to save the NatWest in Earl Shilton. More petitions are coming in to me every day and the final total will be much higher.

    Given the negative coverage that the banking industry has had in recent years I hope you will listen to the concerns raised by residents on this issue.

    Nothing could better demonstrate that the banking industry has changed and is responding to people's concerns, than you changing your minds and keeping this important service in Earl Shilton open.

    Please reconsider your plans and keep the NatWest bank open.I will be sending a copy of the petition to you in the near future

    With best wishes

    Cllr Michael Mullaney

  • Article: Dec 5, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will have delivered a a £825 income tax cut for people in Hinckley and Bosworth by the next election Cllr Michael Mullaney said today.

    The Autumn Statement revealed plans to let workers take home even more money before they pay any income tax.

    Raising the tax-free personal allowance to £10,000 - a tax cut of £700 - was on the front of the Liberal Democrat 2010 manifesto.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Campaigners and Councillors have reacted with fury to the news that a Government Planning Inspector has decided to allow building on Hinckley's "Big Pit".

    Campaigners have long fought to save the "Big Pit" water feature behind Ashby Road in Hinckley, from development.

    Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "This decision is an outrage. Local residents, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, and Leicestershire County Council have all argued that there should not be building on the "Big Pit" site.

    "It is totally unsuitable for development, the Government Inspectors decision to allow building on this site is a totally crazy decision.

    "Nothing can better demonstrate the need to reform planning laws than this decision. I will continue the fight to get changes to planning laws so that local residents and their representatives decide on planning issues not Planning Inspectors from outside the area. This is a cause I will take to Parliament if I'm elected to replace David Tredinnick as MP next year.

    "Local people and their Councillors know that the "Big Pit" site is totally unsuitable for housing because of flooding concerns. It's a disgrace that a Planning Inspector has ignored the views of all the local people and Councillors who wrote in to save the "Big Pit"and who spoke at Public Hearings to save the "Big Pit".

    Cllr David Bill said "I am shocked and appalled by what has happened. Perhaps we should be used by now to having local decisions overturned by people sent here by Whitehall who have no interest in the local scene , no knowledge of the local situation and who will never return to the area again. I cannot come to terms with how a totally unaccountable group of people can be allowed to impose such irretrievably damaging decisions.

    "The objections to destroying the Big Pit are as valid now as they were when we started this campaign all those years ago

    The loss of an environmental asset
    The impact of noise, dust and smell on the neighbourhood
    The impact of the movement of HGVs on Ashby Road
    The unknown impact of interfering with the complex drainage arrangements in the area.

    "We must now do what we can to pursue these arguments as best we can.

    "We are accused of not having a 5 year land supply but these archane rules are not of our making and it is hardly the fault of local people or their representatives that developers are unable to build at the rate the Government decides.

    "I find it incredible that anyone would want to build a house on the unstable land in this vicinity and even less that anyone would want to buy one."

  • Article: Dec 2, 2014

    Speaking to a meeting of local supporters on Friday, which was Carers Rights Day, Hinckley and Bosworth Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Cllr Michael Mullaney, said more needs to be done to support the 10,989 carers in Hinckley and Bosworth who are the unsung heroes of the system.

    Cllr Michael Mullaney said "There are over 10,000 carers in Hinckley and Bosworth and they all do a remarkable job. We need to make sure they receive the support they need.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2014

    Michael Mullaney has signed the MND Association's Charter in recognition of the rights of people living with motor neurone disease (MND) and has agreed to work with the charity to ensure people living with this terminal disease don't die without a voice.

    This rapidly progressive disease kills five people every day in the UK, with a third of people dying within 12 months of diagnosis. Between 80% and 95% of people living with MND will experience some communications difficulties, some losing their voice completely, before they die.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Attempts by Conservatives to blame the Borough Council for the recent collapsed sewer on Chapel Street have been condemned as misleading the public.

    Councillor David Gould (Lib Dem, Barwell) said: It is completely wrong for Conservatives to blame the collapsed sewer in Chapel Street on the Borough Council.

    "Severn Trent controls the sewers and the Conservative County Council are responsible for Highways.

    "This would appear to be an attempt by Conservatives to smear problems caused by Severn Trent Water and the County Council on the Lib Dems, despite the fact they have no control over them whatsoever."

    "There have also been references made to the SUE; however something that hasn't been built yet, on completely the opposite side of the village couldn't possibly affect a really old pipe that was due for replacement in any instance.

    "County Council bosses have also decreed that they can mitigate the SUE with money from the developers - yet Conservative County Councillors seem to be making up a story of their own. Is there any end to their desperation to deceive in this matter?"

    Councillor Mathew Hulbert (Lib Dem, Barwell) added "The closure of Chapel Street, due to a collapsed sewer, has caused chaos for many local residents.

    "David Gould and I are calling on the Conservative County Council to do more to improve the roads in our village, to help prevent such problems happening.

    "Your Lib Dem team works all year round, if you have any issues with, poor road surfaces you want us to take up with the County Council, please let us know"

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Sign the petition here calling on RBS to save the NatWest bank in Earl Shilton http://signme.org.uk/1024