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  • Article: Dec 4, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion in support of the WASPI women that will be debated at Wednesday's meeting of Leicestershire County Council. They hope the motion will get cross party support.

    The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign has focused on the raising of the state pension age for women and how the lack of communication and forewarning of the changes has put a number of women into financial difficulty.

  • Angela Williams becomes the first ever Lib Dem councillor in Earl Shilton taking 68% of the vote
    Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The Lib Dems swept to a huge victory in the Earl Shilton Church Ward by-election. The Lib Dem candidate Angela Williams won the town council by-election with a massive 68% of the vote.

    Angela Williams becomes the first ever Lib Dem Councillor elected in Earl Shilton Angela said "Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I was honoured to secure s uch a huge amount of support. I will be taking up the issues people raised with me during the campaign in particular concerns about speeding on local roads."

  • Angela WIlliams will make a great new councillor for Earl Shilton
    Article: Nov 23, 2017

    Voters go to the polls today in the Earl Shilton Church ward by-election. The election for a new Town Councillor is between local Lib Dem campaigner Angela Williams and the Labour Party.

    Earl Shilton resident Angela Williams will make an excellent Town Councillor. She will put Earl Shilton's needs before party politics.

  • Paul Williams the new Lib Dem Burbage Parish Councillor and supporters
    Article: Nov 21, 2017

    The Lib Dems came out on top in a close by-election in Burbage. In the election for a new Parish Councillor for Burbage Stretton Ward held on Thursday, Lib Dem Paul Williams secured victory by just 18 votes.

    The by-election was caused by the death of long serving Burbage Councillor David Inman.

    The new Councillor Paul Williams said "A big thank you to everyone who supported me in the election. Having spoken to many residents it's clear the main issues they want tackling are problems with speeding and inappropriate parking in parts of the village. There are also concerns about the scale of development and the lack of services to go with the developments."

  • Back Paul Williams to be the new Burbage Stretton Councillor on Thursday
    Article: Nov 13, 2017

    Voters in Burbage are once again going to the polls this Thursday to elect a new Parish councillor. The election follows the sad death of veteran councillor David Inman earlier this year.

    Liberal Democrats are delighted that long-standing Burbage resident Paul Williams is standing in the by-election. Paul was born and bred locally and went to school in Burbage and lives in the village with his wife Kerry on Rugby Road.

  • Paul Williams
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    Burbage - Traffic and Parking

    In talking to residents, in the village, over the last few weeks, one of the major concerns for people is traffic and parking.

    It's a fact that many of the village streets were designed and laid out in a time of the horse and cart. More worryingly some of the new streets, introduced in living memory, are also struggling to cope with 21st century traffic. I grew up in Burbage in the 1960s when there was a regular double deck bus running through the centre of the village on a twenty-minute timetable, car ownership was for the few. The growth of car ownership and employment spread over a wider area, meant such public services became less popular and hence less viable.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2017

    Research by the Liberal Democrats showed that the Government is cutting funding for schools in Leicestershire. There's a cut of £89 per pupil which when combined with inflation, is expected to force a number of schools to make difficult decisions on how to provide education.

    In May, the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimated that the cost of providing education could rise by 8%, meaning that unless the Government provides extra funding, schools may be forced to severely cut back on resources.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2017

    A Leicestershire County Councillor has taken up the cause of local "WASPI" women at a conference. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) are a campaigning group for women who lost out when their retirement age was raised without proper consultation and notice. Many women born in the 1950s were affected by the changes.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2017

    Two Liberal Democrat members from Hinckley and Bosworth succesfully got the East Midlands Liberal Democrats conference to back a motion, unanimously, supporting the electrification of the East Midlands Mainline that travels through Leicester and the rest of the East Midlands.

    Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney proposed the motion he said "Electrification of the East Midlands Mainline would mean cleaner, greener, faster trains for commuters here in Leicestershire and the rest of the East Midlands.

    "The very week the Conservative government announced electrification of the Midlands Mainline would not be taking place in Leicestershire they announced £30 billion extra for Crossrail for London and the South East. People in Leicestershire are sick to the back teeth of all the infrastructure money being poured into London and the South East and so little coming here in Leicestershire and the rest of the Midlands.

    "Our area needs improved public transport to boost the economy and to provide better public transport for local residents. On top of electrification of the Midland Mainline we should also see more frequent trains through Hinckley, a train every thirty minutes instead of hourly as at present. People in Leicesterhsire elected Consevrative MPs and Conservative councils it's time the Conservative government delivered the high-quality public transport our county deserves."

    Seconding the motion Bosworth Lib Dem Vice Chair Mathew Hulbert said "I'm very pleased this motion was passed unanimously. If the Tories can find £1bn for infrastructure in Northern Ireland, to secure the votes of the DUP to keep the present Government in office, they should be able to find the money to keep their promises to voters in our region and ensure electrification. Why aren't the Tory MPs from across the Midlands, including our own, forcing the Government's hand on this? Who speaks for the Midlands in this administration? We Liberal Democrats, at every level of Government, will continue to call for the Government to do what it needs to do to meet the country's transport infrastructure needs and to ensure that infrastructure helps to reduce our impact on the earth's climate.''
  • Rob Mayne secured a big swing to the Lib Dems in the Burbage by-election
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    The Lib Dems secured a huge swing in a by-election in Burbage nearly winning a seat in the ward of the Conservative Council leader.

    The by-election in the Burbage Sketchley and Stretton Ward of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough took place last Thursday. It saw a Conservative majority of 500 nearly wiped out as the Conservatives clung on by just 37 votes after a re-count.