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.
A meeting was recently held by West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about the future of Health services in Hinckley.
Amongst those attending was Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney.
Following the meeting Michael said "The Hinckley urban area, including Barwell, Earl Shilton and Burbage is the 2nd biggest population concentration in the County outside Leicester. With a rapidly growing population our area needs more, not fewer, NHS services locally. Last year several thousand local people signed a petition I organised calling for improved health services locally.
Liberal Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth have condemned plans, announced in the recent Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to force all schools currently under Local Education Authority (LEA) control to become Academies.
In his speech in the Commons George Osborne announced that all schools must become academies by 2020.
The Conservative-run Cabinet on Leicestershire County Council made a decision to close Barwell Library. It's the first library to be closed following a decision that the County's community libraries need to be taken over by volunteer groups in order to stay open.
A volunteer group in Barwell had made a bit to run the library, but withdrew the bid feeling that they would not be able to sustain this operation in the long run. The volunteers aren't just responsible for the running of the library, but also expected, after a transition period, to raise the money to pay the rent and other running expenses.
Three other libraries, Braunstone, Mountsorrel and Kirby Muxloe, also have issues in finding a volunteer group to take them over and will have a decision made on them in April after further negotiation.
Michael Mullaney said: "It's extremely sad that Barwell residents are going to lose their library. It's a much used and much loved service."
"A group of volunteers did try and put together a plan to take it over, but didn't feel they could sustain it once the transition phase ended and they would be expected to pay full bills and rent."
"Volunteers aren't just expected to find time to run these libraries they're expected to raise the cash to pay tens of thousands for rent and other expenses."
"The Tories on the County Council say they have to cut back on library funding due to a loss of Government funding, but it's their own Tory colleagues in Government making these cuts."
Liberal Democrat Councillors voted against the Conservatives proposals for a new tax on brown bins at the Council meeting today (18th February 2016).
Conservative bosses also agreed a 4.5% Council Tax rise too. Similar further rises are planned for each of the next four years - which will increase Council Tax by nearly 18% over the Conservatives four-year term.
In his response to the budget Lib Dem Opposition Leader Cllr Stuart Bray (Hinckley Castle Ward) said: "The Conservatives recently undertook a botched consultation exercise where local residents were asked to choose between either a council tax rise or a new brown bin tax and now the Tories have ignored local people and are implementing both.
"Residents now face a Tory triple-whammy. An inflation-busting Council Tax rise, a new tax to empty their bins and large increases in many fees, including a new charge for rat treatment and a rise in the cost of getting buried in the Borough. It is said that there is nothing certain in life except death and taxes and both of these are set to get a whole lot more expensive under the Tories."
"Conservative cuts at Westminster and County Hall are having a huge impact on the Borough Council's finances and local people are having to pick up the bill. If you tot-up the increases being imposed by the Count y Council, Police Commissioner and the Borough Council, people are going to be significantly worse off. But one thing is clear, with the Conservatives in charge at every level there is nobody else they can blame."
Lib Dem Finance Spokesman Keith Lynch (Hinckley Clarendon) added "For the previous eight years through careful planning and sound financial management, which was highly praised by independent auditors, the Lib Dems were able to protect front line services, freeze Council Tax for 5 years and put money away for a rainy day. After just one year the Conservatives are making a mess of it."
County Councillor Michael Mullaney (Hinckley Division) has today launched the Lib Dem petition. People can sign the Bin Tax petition by visiting www.BosworthLibDems.org.uk.
Cllr Mullaney added, "The Council estimates that 60% of the public will send their brown bins back and not pay the Tories' new bin tax. We are concerned that this will lead to an inevitable rise in fly-tipping and the cost of cleaning this up with fall back on the taxpayers."