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  • Cllr Michael Mullaney and Mathew Hulbert outside the Barwell Post Office
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrats in Barwell are calling on residents to have their say in a consultation on the future of the village's High Street Post Office.

    It is currently threatened with closure, with some (but not all) of its services set to move into a newsagents.

    There's concerns about what'll happen to the services which are lost and whether they'll be enough privacy for those wanting to conduct transactions if the change does happen.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2016
    Reacting to the news that Hinckley and Bosworth's Conservative
    administration intends to increase the Council Tax by 4.5%, Lib Dem

    Opposition Leader Cllr Stuart Bray (Lib Dem, Hinckley Castle) said:

    "We will be opposing this inflation-busting rise. During the last Lib

    Dem administration we froze Council Tax for 5 consecutive years,

    protected front-line services and put money away for a rainy day. After

    less than a year the Tories have already made a mess of it.

    "The last Conservative administration hiked up Council Tax and other

    charges and it's happening all over again. The last Lib Dem Council set

    in place new ways for the Council to make money on land it proposed to

    sell off, if the Conservatives had continued that at the pace we had

    intended then it was very likely that no increase would have been

    necessary again this year."

    This is on top of the new that Tory-controlled Leicestershire County

    Council is also increasing their share of the Council Tax by 4% too.

    Lib Dem Finance Spokesman Cllr Keith Lynch (Lib Dem, Hinckley

    Clarendon) added: "George Osborne promised no tax rises but when he

    takes such vast amounts of money away from councils, its local residents

    that end up covering the gap with their Council Tax.

    "With the Conservatives in charge at Westminster and both local

    councils there is nobody else for them to blame."
  • Article: Dec 12, 2015
    A petition, calling for the threatened Hinckley Co-Op store to be kept open has been submitted to Co-Op managers.
    The petition, organised by Hinckley Lib Dem councillors collected over 550 signatures.
    The popular department store on Castle Street Hinckley is one of six department stores, the other five being nearby in Warwickshire, that the Heart of England Co-Op propose to close.
  • Local author Stewart Bint and Michael Mullaney discuss need to keep Barwell Library open
    Article: Dec 11, 2015

    Local author Stewart Bint has thrown his support behind a campaign to save a threatened local Library.

    Barwell Library, situated in the George Ward Centre in Barwell is threatened with closure by Leicestershire County Council. The County Council are currently consulting on a proposal to close the Library and replace it with a mobile Library services.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2015
    Residents in Hinckley and Bosworth are being urged to add their names to a petition being run opposing plans to cut local Fire Services.

    Controversial plans from Conservative led Leicestershire Fire Authority include proposals to close fire stations, the sacking of over 100 firefighters and scrapping of eleven out of thirty Fire engines.

    The plans include the removal of one of the two Fire Engines that serve the Hinckley area. Consultation on the plans ends on December 4th and residents are being urged to write in to object to the proposals and to sign a petition that will be submitted by local Lib Dem Councillors opposing the cuts to local fire services.

    Hinckley and Burbage County Councillor and member of the Fire Authority Stuart Bray said, "I'm totally opposed to these plans to cut local fire services. Firefighters on the ground, Fire Unions have warned that this level of cutbacks pose a risk to public safety. We're told that fire engines from Warwickshire could cover the Hinckley area but Warwickshire Fire Authority are reviewing their own services next year which may well see big cutbacks there."

    Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney added "Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition so far. The more signatures we get the more pressure we can put on the heads of the Fire Authority to drop these plans. I've spoken to hundreds of local residents who are extremely worried about the plans to remove one of Hinckley's two remaining Fire Engines."

    People can sign the petition opposing the plans to cut local fire services at www.bosworthlibdems.org.uk or can call 01455 632445 for a paper copy.

    Residents can respond to the Fire Service Consultation which ends Friday December 4th at http://www.leicestershire-fire.gov.uk/irmp

  • Article: Nov 30, 2015

    You can sign the petition to stop the cutbacks to our local Fire Services here http://bosworthlibdems.org.uk/en/petition/save-leicestershire-s-fire-service-petition

  • Michael Mullaney abseiling down St Mary's Church Hinckley
    Article: Nov 17, 2015

    Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney abseiled off the side of St Mary's Church Tower in Hinckley recently in order to raise money for a local Homeless Group.
    Hinckley Homeless Group needs to raise £15,000 to keep Lawrence House a shelter for homeless young people between 16 and 25 open. This follows Leicestershire County Council cutting back on the funding to the group.
  • Petition: Nov 10, 2015

    I/we call on all parties to help stop the unfair Tax Credit Cuts which will cost working families over £1000

  • Barwell campaigners Michael Gould, Mathew Hulbert, Terry Kirby, Michael Mullaney and Charlotte Green outside Barwell library
    Article: Nov 9, 2015

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS in Barwell are calling on Leicestershire County Council to reverse plans which could see the village's library forced to close.

    LCC is currently consulting with residents on plans to close the library and, instead, replace it with occasional mobile provision.

    Local councillors and campaigners say this isn't good enough and are hoping the Tory administration at County Hall will withdraw the threat and, instead, will continue to fund it and staff it with professional librarians.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2015

    Bosworth Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Cllr Michael Mullaney is backing a campaign to improve mental healthcare services.

    It is part of an initiative led by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, Norman Lamb MP, working together with Alastair Campbell and Andrew Mitchell, which calls for the Government to improve mental healthcare.