Lib Dems in Hinckley and Bosworth have welcomed the party's victory in the Richmond by-election and believe it points to future success for the party nationally and locally.
Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bosworth Cllr Michael Mullaney said "In October the Lib Dems got a 19% swing from the Tories in the Witney by-election. Now the Lib Dems have gained a seat, Richmond on a 21% swing to the Lib Dems. This is a seat which elected a Conservative MP with a 23,000 majority at the last election.
"The swings to the Lib Dems have been vastly greater than the one the Lib Dems need to gain Bosworth from the Conservatives at the next election. We've also had by-election success here in Hinckley gaining a seat in Barwell in a by-election last December and winning a seat in Burbage in a Conservative ward this July.
"If the people of Bosworth want a change from Mr Tredinnick at the next election the Lib Dems can provide that change. Local people want a new MP who will live locally and fight on the important issues affecting our local community like the state of our local NHS and the need to defend and expand our health services locally.
"The collapse in the Labour vote in Richmond played a key part in the Lib Dems gaining the seat. If people want a change here in Bosworth they know that only the Lib Dems can beat the Conservatives"
Leicestershire Better care together have published draft plans which could see the Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley close and a reduction in the number of hospital beds in Hinckley.
Responding to the report Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "There's a huge demand in the Hinckley area for increased, not reduced NHS services. Over 11,000 people signed the petitions for saving Mount Road Hospital which shows the passion there is in the area for protecting and expanding our NHS services.
Now we face proposals that will not only see the closure of Mount Road Hospital but the reduction in the number of beds in Hinckley from 39 to 21 a cut in almost half. The Clinical Commissioning Group may argue that there will be reduced demand in future, however with a large and growing population locally can we be sure that such a huge reduction would be wise?
Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney spoke at this week's Lib Dem national conference on the need to reform the planning laws.
In a debate at the conference Michael raised the issue of the Big Pit nature feature in Hinckley, Michael Mullaney said "Campaigning by councillors and local residents saw plans to build on the Big Pit repeatedly turned down by local Councillors. However, a Government Inspector overrode local decisions and permitted building on the site.
"We need reforms to the planning laws to give local communities more say over planning decisions in their area.
It's totally wrong that developments, like the crazy plans to build on the Big Pit water feature in Hinckley, are turned down by local councillors but then pushed through by government inspectors from outside the area. This needs to change and the change has to happen to the planning laws made at Westminster to give local communities more say over what happens in their area."
Commenting on the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, Bosworth Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Cllr Michael Mullaney said: "The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn means Labour's internal war will continue. He has the support of only one in five Labour MPs. Labour can't even form an opposition, never mind an alternative Government.
Local Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney was the Liberal Democrat guest on ITV Central's The Lobby programme recently.
In the programme Michael put the case for the need for government ministers to deliver on their promises for more money for the NHS. Here in Hinckley we desperately need a modernised Hospital/Walk In Centre in the town
Leicestershire Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney has called on the Conservative leadership at the County Council to save a threatened library.
An agreement had been reached whereby Desford Library would be handed over by the County Council to a group of local volunteers to run. However the Library is in need of £45,000 of repair work, particularly to its slate roof. The community group is asking the County Council to guarantee that it will fund the repairs. The County's Conservative leadership is refusing to guarantee this meaning the Library could close.
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.