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  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    A public meeting organised by Leicestershire County Council held at the Greentowers Centre in Hinckley heard parents and campaigners call for 24 threatened Sure Start Children's Centres to be saved.

    Amongst those attending was the local County Councillor Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem Hinckley De Montfort) Michael said "The Sure Start Children's Centres do vital work in our communities. They support children and families at the most important time, in the child's early years.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2018

    Local campaigners have reacted with anger at the revelation that money was the only reason the government cancelled plans to improve rail services in Leicestershire.


    Last year the government cancelled plans to electrify the East Midlands Mainline north of Kettering, which runs through Leicestershire and much of the East Midlands. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the improvements weren't needed because the rail service would be improved instead by the use of bi-mode trains.

  • Michael Mullaney welcomes new Earl Shilton Lib Dem councillor Emma Harrison
    Article: Apr 4, 2018

    The Lib Dems secured a surprise win in last Thursday's Earl Shilton Town Council by-election, defeating the Conservative candidate, the local Borough Councillor and Hinckley and Bosworth Cabinet member by more than 2-1.

    In the Earl Shilton Church Ward by-election Lib Dem Emma Harrison secured 94 votes, Labour's Michael Lehane 55, while Conservative Richard Allen, Borough Councillor for Earl Shilton and Executive member for planning got 46 votes.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2018

    Hinckley and Bosworth's Tory MP David Tredinnick is under fire after using two major parliamentary debates last week to raise yet again the use of alternative medicines in the NHS.

    In a debate on Tuesday about Brexit and the NHS Mr Tredinnick claimed Brexit was good as it was an opportunity to integrate Chinese alternative Medicine into the NHS. And in another debate on the subject on Thursday he raised the subject of using homeopathy in the NHS post Brexit.

  • Leicestershire Lib Dem councillors are backing the WASPI women in their campaign for pension justice
    Article: Mar 26, 2018

    The cause of tens of thousands of Leicestershire women born in the 1950s, who have suffered from pension injustice has been taken up by Leicestershire Lib Dem County Councillors.

    At Wednesday's County Council meeting Lib Dems raised the plight of WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) women. The women, born in the 1950s found their retirement age raised by the government, without adequate notice to be able to fund their retirement, leaving many of the WASPI women facing financial hardship.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney took part in a debate at the national Liberal Democrat conference about the desperate need for Leicestershire to get fair funding from the government. Leicestershire receives the lowest funding of any county in the country which means local services are being hit and residents face huge Council tax rises. It's time for this to change and for the Tory government to deliver fair funding for Leicestershire Michael's speech starts about 9 mins in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gbO-32S3QE.

  • HInckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney backs the campaign for fair funding for local schools
    Article: Mar 19, 2018

    A Leicestershire County Councillor has taken up the cause of fair funding for Leicestershire schools at a national conference.

    Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney spoke at the Liberal Democrat national conference about how Leicestershire has some of the lowest funded schools in the country.

    Speaking at the conference Michael said "Children and young people in Leicestershire are unfairly missing out because our local schools are some of the worst funded by the government in the country.

  • Angela Williams is backing Emma Harrison to be the new Lib Dem councillor for Earl Shilton
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Local Lib Dems are delighted that Emma Harrison, a long-standing resident of Earl Shilton and local mother, has agreed to stand in the Earl Shilton by-election taking place on March 29th.

    Emma's priorities include:

    Pressing for action to tackle parking problems and speeding traffic in the town

    Fighting for action to deal with the increasing problem of fly-tipping locally

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney and Mathew Hulbert with Baroness Lorely Burt who backs the campaign for the electrifcation of the Midland Mainline
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    A former government minister has backed a call, by Lib Dem campaigners in Hinckley and Bosworth, for the government to stick by its previous pledge to ensure the electrification of the Midland Mainline. Baroness Lorely Burt, who was a Whip in the Coalition Government, is supporting the call for the modernisation of the line, which runs through Leicester and the rest of the East Midlands.

    Recently the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Gray ling MP, cancelled the improvement. Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet Member Baroness Burt, who was the Member of Parliament for Solihull from 2005 to 2015, showed her support for the cause at the East Midlands Liberal Democrats Spring Conference.

    Councillor Michael Mullaney, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bosworth, says "I'm delighted that Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet member Baroness Lorely Burt is backing the campaign to electrify the East Midlands Mainline.

    "When in government the Lib Dems made the electrification of the line a priority. It's tragic that the current Conservative only administration has decided to cancel electrification in Leicestershire. Our region has one of the lowest levels of infrastructure spending in the country. Electrification of the Midland Mainline will mean cleaner, faster trains for passengers and will be a boost for businesses in the region.

    It's time Tory MPs and the Tory government did something for our region. It's time they reinstate electrification of the Midland Mainline."

    Mathew Hulbert, Vice Chair of Bosworth Liberal Democrats and former Councillor for Barwell, says "Under this Tory government the East Midlands always seems to be at the back of the queue when it comes to investment in new infrastructure. We also have among the lowest social mobility in the country, with more people born poor here likely to die poor than in many other parts of the country. I think these two factors are very likely to be connected, as investment in infrastructure projects, such as the electrification of the Midland Mainline, helps create jobs, helps local businesses, and helps the wider local economy and people at all levels in it.

    "Failing Chris Grayling must now reverse his appalling decision and commit, as soon as possible, to the electrification of the Midland Mainline."

  • Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney
    Article: Mar 1, 2018

    Leicestershire County Councillor Michael Mullaney got a party conference to back his campaign for fairer funding for local government.

    At present Leicestershire is the worst funded County Council in England. County Councillor Michael Mullaney took this up at the East Midlands Liberal Democrat Conference and got the party conference to back his call for fairer funding.