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New Members Party InviteThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 4, 2015

    Monday will be one of the last opportunities in the country for members to meet, question and hear from Tim Farron & Norman Lamb, our two leadership candidates. In a few weeks time one of these men will be our new leader.


    I would like to thank the many members who have already registered for the event - it will be a great evening.

    If you have not yet registered don't worry its not too late. You can still attend - just come along on the evening with your membership details and you will be warmly welcomed.

    Remember - there is no admission charge, its free to all of our members.

    I know Tim Farron and Norman Lamb are looking forward to coming to the East Midlands on Monday and we are looking forward to welcoming them, two fantastic candidates!

    I look forward to seeing you on Monday the July 6th


    Philip Smith

    Chairman

    East Midlands Liberal Democrats

    EVENT DETAILS:

    WHEN: Monday 6th July from 6:30 - 8:30pm

    VENUE: Djanogly Learning Trust, Sherwood Rise Campus, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham NG7 7AR. This is a ground floor venue with disabled access. Tea & Coffee provided.

    TRANSPORT INFO:

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The venue is on several bus routes from Nottingham City Centre (68, 69, 70, 71) with car parking on-site and access from Mansfield Road.

    CAR SHARING: The Liberal Democrats are Friendly and Green. We have nearly 800 new members, some of whom may not have transport. If you are able to either offer a lift to the event from your area, or might need one yourself please complete the details on the registration form here.

    MORE INFORMATION:
    If you have any queries about the event or requirements that are not covered by this form then please contact the organiser on 07980 078415 or email: hustings@eastmidslibdems.org.u



  • Steve Coltman
    Article: Jul 4, 2015
    By Steve Coltman, Loughborough and Aldes in Social Liberal Forum

    If you are attending the SLF conference you may have read an e-mail discussion about re-booting Liberalism and seen a lot of interesting ideas put into the ring. I am a member of the Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists (ALDES) and a week or so earlier we had a similar discussion, so I am in a position to compare and contrast the two.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Jul 4, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I have to say that I am incandescent with rage at a profile of the only Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder which has appeared in the New Statesman.

    The implied conclusion of both the journalist and the several Liberal Democrat sources quoted seems to be that Catherine is a lightweight who needs the back-up of a group of men. She's criticised for not pursuing their agendas and her own concerns, on massive issues like wildlife and human trafficking are dismissed by the journalist as pet projects. Yes, that's right, protecting vulnerable people from the brutal exploitation of modern slavery somehow is a niche issue? Not in my world.

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    Neighbouring Region Keen to attend

    As the East Midlands Hustings gets ever closer both Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have confirmed just how much they are looking forward to Monday evenings Hustings.

    'There is no doubt that both Tim Farron & Norman Lamb are relishing the chance to meet members from across our Region, to put forward their individual plans, hopes and aspirations and to answer questions directly from East Midlands Members. We have two outstanding candidates in Tim & Norman. Each and every members vote is vitally important.

  • Tad Jones Nottingham East
    Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I'm really pleased that Nottingham has been chosen to host the leadership hustings. We've had some great events held in the city in the past and this one promises to be even better.

    Ballot papers and letters from the candidates have come through the door, but I don't think these adequately illustrate just how good our candidates are. If, like me, you haven't quite made up your mind who to vote for, come along on the 6th of July.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Liberalism is in my bones. Mum and Dad were Liberals and, as a teenager, I set up a Young Liberal Branch in our local town in Norfolk. It took me three attempts to enter Parliament. We started 15,500 votes behind the Conservatives.

    I had been an employment lawyer, but also got elected to Norwich City Council and led the Lib Dem opposition. When I finally got to Westminster I wanted to do as much as I could to pursue my Liberal values. There is only any point in this job if you aim to make a difference to people's lives. Having the chance to do that as a Minister was an opportunity that I had to grasp.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I love this party because in my heart and in my soul I am a liberal.

    I believe in a society in which we are all free to make our own choices and live the lives we want. But freedom means very little when the only choices we have to make are whether to feed our children or heat our homes.

    I am therefore proud - really proud - of our work in government defending people from having to make such impossible choices: the pupil premium giving every child a decent start in life; lifting millions out of tax- that is a record of real achievement.

  • Tim Farron and Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 2, 2015

    There are just a few days left before the East Midlands Hustings and your opportunity to meet, question and hear from Tim Farron & Norman Lamb.


    Thank you to the many members who have already registered for the event - it will be a great evening. If you have not yet registered don't worry its not too late. You can still register on line up to midnight on Saturday 4th July here, or if you miss this deadline just come along on the evening with your membership details and you will be warmly welcomed. There is no admission charge, its free to all of our members.

    Alison & Jonathan are working very hard to ensure this is a great event. We are doing everything possible to maximise the opportunity for members to put questions to Tim & Norman. Many of you have already sent in your questions, we are keeping the registration and question line open until midnight on Saturday 4th July so again, you still have time to put in your question and I'm sure we will do everything possible to take some additional questions on the night.

    I know that both Tim Farron and Norman Lamb are really looking forward to being here in the East Midlands on Monday and the East Midlands are looking forward to welcoming them, two fantastic candidates.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2015
    By Bob Charlesworth

    A chance to have a say in the direction our party takes up to the next General Election - Register here

    "As the PPC for Bosworth, I've fought long and hard for liberal values and I understand how important it is after the election that we have just been through, that we start to rebuild in the right way from a solid platform.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.