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  • Julia Cambridge with toddlers
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Derbyshire are set for a £574,635 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - ​will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014
    In Ipsos MORI Political Monitor

    New polling from Ipsos MORI shows the majority of Britons would vote to stay in the European Union in a referendum.

    Thsi indicates the highest support for British membership since 1991, before the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which officially renamed the 'European Community' the 'European Union'. Some 56% would vote to stay in the European Union, compared with 36% who would vote to get out; eight percent answer that they do not know how they would vote. This translates to 61% support for Britain's EU membership and 39% opposing after excluding 'don't knows'. This is the highest support since December 1991, when 60% said they would vote to stay in the European Community and 29% wanted to get out.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillor and Parliamentary candidate Michael Mullaney has welcomed news that Income Tax cuts that will benefit 47,000 workers in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Michael Mullaney used a debate at the Liberal Democrat Party conference to highlight the 10,000s of local workers who from next year will have had an £800 Income Tax cut. This is due to raising the Income Tax threshold so that no one pays Income Tax on earnings up to £10,500

    Michael's speech can be seen here

    Cllr Mullaney said "I welcome this, but want to go even further. Our plans are to raise the Income Tax threshold to £12,500 which would save the average worker £1,200 a year.

    "At this time when many people are struggling, raising the Income Tax threshold, taking many low paid workers out of Income Tax altogether and giving other workers a big Income Tax cut is the fair way to cut tax and to make work pay"

  • memorial 1
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    NHS Regional Director to Investigate and respond to Phil Knowles

    Cllr Phil Knowles has secured what is being described as a positive step forward with the news that NHS England Boss Simon Stevens has asked Paul Watson (NHS England Regional Director Midlands & East) to investigate and respond directly to Phil Knowles. This as the long running saga on Harborough Hospital, War Memorial and Portico takes yet another twist.

  • Michael Mullaney at Autumn Conference 2014
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Bosworth Councillor and Parliamentary candidate Michael Mullaney calls for real "Recall" of MPs

    Local Councillor and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bosworth Michael Mullaney is urging MPs to support the full power of recall for MPs.

    Today (Tuesday 21 October) Parliament will vote on a new law to "Recall" those "bad apple" MPs from parliament who have done wrong and force them to face a public vote in a by-election.

  • Michael Mullaney at Desford Library
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Local author backs Councillor Michael Mullaney's campaign to save local Libraries

    Local Councillor and Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bosworth Michael Mullaney was approached by local author Stewart Bint who offered his support to Michael Mullaney's fight to save threatened local libraries.

    Michael Mullaney met Mr Bint, from Desford, at the Desford Library to discuss the campaign.

    Michael Mullaney said "It's great to see local authors backing the campaign to save our local Libraries. Here in Hinckley and Bosworth we have eight local Libraries under threat. Desford, Barwell, Burbage, Newbold Verdon, Markfield, Ratby, Groby and Market Bosworth could be closed by Conservative run Leicestershire County Council.

    "The County Council are saying that if volunteers can't be found to run these Libraries they will close.

    "It would be a tragedy to lose these important community facilities, especially as many of these villages have lost other services and amenities over the years.

    "These threats to Libraries are unlikely to even save much money. The County Council wants to save £800,000 through closing these Libraries. But one of them, Newbold Verdon, was built recently with over £700,000 from the Big Lottery Fund which the County may have to pay back if they close it. This would wipe out almost all the savings and so it would be all pain with virtually no gain.

    "I hope Conservative run Leicestershire County Council have a rethink and keep the Libraries open."

    Local Author Stewart Bint said "How can our County Council live with themselves by wanting to deny people's access to books? It's akin to the book-burning regimes which litter history.

  • Nick and Miriam leave hospital with their new son, Miguel
    Article: Oct 20, 2014
    By James Chapman, Political Editor in Daily Mail

    Reforms would see fathers in Civil Service given same package as mothers

    • It would enable them to benefit from new system of shared parental leave

    • He wants to 'blaze a trail' for employers across private and public sector

    • From April next year new parents will share 52 weeks of parental leave

    • Mothers will have to use first two weeks but rest can be transferred

    • It will mean fathers can tell employers he wants as much as 50 weeks off

  • Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam González Durántez, at a school
    Article: Oct 20, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    It seems that Miriam González Durántez's interview the other day has impressed a couple of Fleet Street columnists.

    In the Guardian, Gaby Hinsliff says Miriam is "electrifying.":

    "I've seen Miriam talking to girls at an Essex comp about raising their sights. She was electrifying. In a world where successful women are regularly portrayed as ball-breakers, lonely, or just underdressed, she makes working motherhood look thrillingly fun and achievable, if not easy. (She's big on graft). And for teenage girls, she explodes the myth that men won't want you if you're clever. She doesn't rush, surrendered wife-style, to kiss Clegg for the cameras after a party conference speech: she waits for him to come to her - and he does.

    "In person she's funny, frank, mischievous, and enviably fearless. She doesn't care how people judge her: she simply can't see why she can't have what men have, professionally and personally (which is of course why a certain kind of man hates her)."

  • Article: Oct 19, 2014
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    We all heard David Cameron and George Osborne take credit as often as they can for the raising of the tax threshold during this Parliament but a poll from IPSOS-MORI with fieldwork done after our Conference shows that the public just aren't buying the Tory claims. 41% give the Liberal Democrats the credit for the policy compared to just 26% for the Conservatives as this graphic shows.

  • Lucy Care
    Article: Oct 19, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    The National Union of Students is questioning candidates across the country via the medium of Twitter as part of its build up to next year's General Election.

    The idea is that they will take one marginal seat at a time and ask each of its candidates a series of ten questions. The candidates will then tweet their replies. The first such event took place last Wednesday involving the candidates from Derby North, including our own Lucy Care. Tackling the subject of tuition fees in 140 characters and doing it justice was quite a challenge but Lucy managed it.