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  • Royal Doulton Trinket Box
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Derbyshire Dales have posted some pretty pieces of porcelain on Ebay.

    They would make great Christmas presents. The pieces were given by an Ashbourne member and they are trying to raise best returns for party funds.

    The auction finishes this Sunday 23rd November just after six pm. 18.07

    Please bid

    Royal Doulton Trinket Box

  • Councillor David Bill MBE
    Article: Nov 19, 2014
    By Karen Hambridge in Hinckley Times

    Pressure to ensure residents have a say on planning issues is continuing to be put on Whitehall by local councillors.

    Following David Bill and Michael Mullaney's stinging letter to all three political party leaders branding the planning system a shambles, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has formally endorsed their criticism

  • Lucy Care
    Article: Nov 16, 2014

    Fixed odds betting terminals, the electronic roulette machines in betting shops, have been called the crack cocaine of gambling. Since 2005 they have been allowed in betting shops and people can gamble £100 every 20 seconds.

    Evidence from the gambling industry suggests that over half the profits from high street betting shops can now be coming from these machines. As only four machines are allowed in each shop it means that more and more shops are opening - and these are disproportionately in more deprived areas.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    So, here's all you need to know.

    How do I vote?

    Voting papers were distributed by email to all those federal voting representatives for whom the party had an email address on the morning of Monday 3 November. It came from Electoral Reform Services and has a two part security code and a link to enable you to vote.

  • Money piling up
    Article: Nov 14, 2014

    Did you see that the Conservatives raised nearly £7m in the last quarter? Most of that came from hedge funds and tennis-playing oligarchs - the sort of donors that we don't tend to attract... As you know, we rely on our members and supporters, people who share our vision for the kind of society that we want to create.

  • Julia Cambridge visiting a Chesterfield medical supply factory and talking to a former apprentice now in full employment where he trained.
    Article: Nov 14, 2014

    New figures show 1,280 people started an apprenticeship in Chesterfield in the last 12 months.

    Liberal Democrats in Government have led the apprentice drive and are on course to deliver two million apprenticeships in Britain by the end of this parliament.

    And new figures from the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills show 154,430 apprenticeships have been created in the East Midlands since 2010.

    Julia Cambridge, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Chesterfield said:

    "Gone are the days when a vocational education was seen as the poor relation when it came to choosing a career path.

    "We are seeing more young people choosing apprenticeships while hearing from businesses who say they simply couldn't function without the talent and ambition they bring.

    "All young people should have an opportunity to get on in life and apprenticeships are a great way to deliver that.

    "Liberal Democrats have pushed this policy in Government and made sure apprentice programmes are rigorous, responsive and meet the changing needs of the future economy.

    "Delivering on apprenticeships helps build the stronger economy and fairer society Britain needs."

  • Article: Nov 14, 2014

    The BBC reports:

    The Lib Dems have received their second biggest donation ever, from an academic who bequeathed the party £950,000.

    George Watson, a former professor at Cambridge University and one time Lib Dem candidate, died in 2013, aged 86.

    His gift was the single biggest sum reported in the Electoral Commission's table of party donations for the third quarter of 2014.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Nov 14, 2014
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Left Foot Forward

    The EU has always permitted restricting social security benefits to European migrants

    In a landmark ruling this week, the European Court of Justice has clarified that national governments can restrict certain welfare benefits for jobless EU migrants.

    This was of course met with blaring headlines in the right-wing press triumphantly claiming that benefit tourism in the EU had been banned, while David Cameron welcomed the ruling as 'a step in the right direction'.

    However, less widely reported was the fact that the EU has always permitted restricting social security benefits to European migrants.

    In fact, under a European law dating back to 2004, if you reside in another EU country for more than three months without finding a job you must show that you have sufficient resources not to be a burden on the state.

    Moreover, you can only access social security benefits if you pass a strict residence test, one condition of which in the UK is having been in the country for over three months, so it is not true that EU migrants can simply turn up and access benefits from day one.

    That perhaps explains why the Department for Work and Pensions has been unable to provide evidence that the UK suffers significantly from benefit tourism. In fact, all the evidence seems to show that being overwhelmingly young, hard-working and highly-skilled, EU migrants contribute significantly more to the public purse than they take out in services and benefits.

    Moreover, many arrivals to this country actually create new jobs, with one in seven British businesses having been founded by immigrants.

    The truth is that while freedom of movement is a fundamental principle of the EU, it has never been unqualified. It has always meant the right to work, study or retire in another EU country if you have the means to support yourself.

    EU free movement is also a two-way street. Official government figures show that over 2 million Brits have settled in another EU country whereas 2.2 million EU nationals live in the UK. Freedom of movement is also surprisingly popular: a recent poll found that 52 per cent of the British public believe UK citizens should have the right to live and work anywhere in the EU (although admittedly just 36 per cent said this right should also apply to other EU citizens wanting to live in the UK).

    So the notion that the EU permits and exacerbates benefit tourism has always been something of a convenient myth. While there are some outstanding concerns regarding in-work benefits, including the issue of child benefit being sent abroad, these can easily be fixed under UK law.

    The claim that these issues must be dealt with in a grand renegotiation with 'Brussels' is a misconception that has been deliberately peddled by the Tories - and lapped up by the red tops - in order to create a straw man which they can then claim to have knocked down. The problem facing Cameron is that the European court has gone and knocked it down for him too early.

    Eurosceptics will use this opportunity to try and push Cameron to make much more impossible demands that will push the UK towards EU exit. The rest of us should use it to champion the advantages of EU free movement and put the myth of benefit tourism firmly to bed.

    Catherine Bearder is a Liberal Democrat MEP

  • Article: Nov 13, 2014

    Strange things happen when you visit Ashfield. With only 175 days till the General Election, they welcomed Chair of the Region - Tony Rogers and we made history. Tony has fought 27 elections from Devon to Chesterfield since first standing and winning a seat on Kingsbridge District Council in 1963. In all that time - he has never written one of our famous handwritten envelopes.

  • Julian Huppert
    Article: Nov 12, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Writing in the Independent, Julian Huppert makes the case for drugs reform in the wake of the Parliamentary debate brought by he and Caroline Lucas. They were debating the Home Office report instigated by Liberal Democrat ministers which provided evidence that the prohibitionist approach simply doesn't work. Unsurprisingly, the Tories did everything they could to suppress it.