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  • Article: Sep 30, 2020

    At their Autumn Conference this weekend, the Liberal Democrats have agreed proposals that would see the BBC licence fee level set independently next year after government cuts forced the BBC to end free TV licences for most over-75s.

    As of 1 August 2020, TV licences are now only free for people over the age of 75 if they are receiving pension credit. According to analysis by the Liberal Democrats, this dramatic cut has impacted 6,060 people in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper warned the ending free TV licences for the over 75s "could push some of the poorest pensioners into poverty, jars with common decency."

    The Party is also fighting for review of the decision to cut hundreds of BBC staff working across regional programmes and agreed new measures to ensure the BBC workforce is more diverse and reflective of the country it serves.

    Hinckley Liberal Democrat Councillor Michael Mullaney who attended the conference said:

    "We are amid a national crisis. It is outrageous that over 6,000 pensioners in Hinckley and Bosworth have lost free access to public broadcasts at a time when it could not be more important, especially for those who are vulnerable or isolated.

    "Liberal Democrats are calling for an independent body to review the license fee. We also want to see the Government step in now and provide funding to reinstate free licenses for over 75s here in Hinckley and Bosworth and across Britain given the crisis we are facing."

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper, Daisy Cooper MP added:

    "Ending free TV licences for the over 75s, which could push some of the poorest pensioners into poverty, jars with common decency.

    "We must be clear: the responsibility of these cuts falls squarely at the feet of Conservative Ministers. People deserve better."

    The text of the motion can be found here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/a20-agenda

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney
    Article: Sep 28, 2020

    The plight of manufacturing industry was raised by a local councillor at a national party conference.

    Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney spoke at the party's national conference on Saturday raising job losses in the region including at Triumph here in Hinckley and Rolls-Royce in Derby.

    Michael Mullaney said "Here in the Midlands we have the highest proportion of people working in manufacturing in the country. It's vital manufacturing gets the support it needs. It's devastating to see people here in Hinckley hit by redundancies at Triumph which is such an iconic part of our town.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney at Hinckley Railway Station
    Article: Sep 24, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for a freeze on rail fares. This following the announcement last month that the Retail Price Index rose by 1.6% in July, this is the figure usually used to calculate the increase in fares at the end of the year.

    The Liberal Democrats suggest that any increase in fares would be "a slap in the face" for consumers. Given the significant drop in passenger numbers due to COVID-19, the Party is calling for fare freezes to help restore confidence in the railways.

    The Party want to see additional funding to increase capacity and build a network "fit for the future", vital if the UK Government are serious about cutting emissions and reducing air pollution.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney
    Article: Sep 24, 2020

    Hinckley Liberal Democrat councillor Michael Mullaney has expressed concerns about the likely negative impact of Boris Johnson's new White Paper 'Planning for the Future', which the Conservatives claim will represent the most radical changes to our planning system since the Second World War.

    Councillor Mullaney said: "It's essential that any new housing developments are in appropriate places and supported by the neccessary infrastructure, but this Conservative legislation will do nothing to protect our green spaces."

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney
    Article: Sep 24, 2020

    There's been an angry reaction to the decision on Friday by the Leicestershire Conservative County Council's decision to press on with one Unitary authority for all of Leicestershire. This would mean the abolition of the seven district and Boroughs in the county. The meeting supported Tory council leader Nick Rushton writing to the government on behalf of the county council to signal to government their wish to press on with one unitary authority for the county.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney
    Article: Sep 16, 2020
    The Liberal Democrats are calling for an extension of the Government's furlough scheme until the jobs market is "ready to bounce back" in the wake of "staggering job losses" across the country.

    With over 3,000 people now relying on Universal Credit in Hinckley and Bosworth, the party claims that extending furlough would help "stop this crisis getting even worse" and protect jobs for the future.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney
    Article: Sep 10, 2020

    A Hinckley Liberal Democrat councillor has hit out at plans by the Conservative run Council to push on with plans for one Council for Leicestershire.

    Papers have been published for next Friday 18th September's Leicestershire County Council Cabinet and include a report supporting the abolition of the seven Boroughs and Districts in Leicestershire and their replacement with one Unitary authority for the county.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Liberal Democrats in Hinckley have welcomed the election of Ed Davey as new leader of the party.

    Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "I'm delighted that Ed Davey has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    "I've been a strong supporter of Ed who has the vision to take the Lib Dems and Britain forward. He has made supporting carers a top priority. Here in Hinckley and the rest of Leicestershire there are 1,000s of carers who provide vital support to family and friends, often unpaid. I'm proud we have a leader who prioritises people who are some of the unsung hero's of our communities.

  • Cllr Michael Mullaney
    Article: Aug 21, 2020
    Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to continue furlough support until it is safe and extend support to those who have so far been excluded by the Government.

    Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join the Party's campaign to protect workers, warned that the Government must not "undo the work and threaten mass unemployment."

    Hinckley Liberal Democrat Borough and County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "Many, many working people in Hinckley and Bosworth have benefitted from these support schemes. According to government statistics published this week, 17,700 people in Hinckley and Bosworth have benefited from the job retention scheme.

    "Government statistics also show a further 4,100 people in Hinckley and Bosworth are receiving financial support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, following a successful campaign by the Liberal Democrats."

    However, the Party has warned some of the worst hit are the country's self-employed workers, three million of whom are still not covered by government support.

    Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said:

    "It is clear that the job retention scheme has helped stem the tide of job losses. The Chancellor must not undo the work and threaten mass unemployment by ending the scheme before it is safe to do so.

    "Instead, now is the time to extend support to those wrongly excluded and for Ministers to deliver a Green Recovery Plan that will create millions of jobs, keep people in work and tackle climate change."

    Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney added:

    "We have all heard countless heart-breaking stories about people who lost their livelihoods overnight as a result of the coronavirus crisis, including here in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    "It is simply unacceptable so many people in need are excluded from support for unjust reasons. The Government should listen to Liberal Democrat plans to protect jobs and ensure no one is left behind."

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to expand the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to include:
  • Michael and Ian Bullock
    Article: Dec 12, 2019
    By Michael Mullaney

    A leading former local Conservative has switched to back Michael Mullaney for today's election in Bosworth

    Ian Bullock former chairman of Market Bosworth Conservatives is now backing Michael Mullaney to be our next MP.

    Michael Mullaney said: "Many former Conservative and Labour voters are doing as Ian is doing and switching to back the Lib Dems in Bosworth today. It's time for a new MP who has a record of action locally and will fight to get us the quality local services we need."