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The 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.

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  • Lord Dholakia
    Article: Apr 17, 2015
    By Lord Navnit Dholakia in Liberal Democrat Voice

    My core belief that we all have a right to be treated fairly without reference to colour, race, nationality or ethnicity is one of the reasons I have remained committed to the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats for over fifty years. The party's fundamental rejection of prejudice and discrimination is just as important now as it was when I joined the Brighton Young Liberals in the 1950s.

  • Nick Clegg 5
    Article: Apr 16, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    If there was ever a time when a party struggling in the polls needed its leader to be at the top of his game, this was it. And Nick Clegg smashed it. A passionate, rousing speech that would give any liberal goosebumps, talking about breaking down barriers for people, how people could have both a fairer society and a stronger economy. Thanks to Politics Home, here's the speech in full:

  • Article: Apr 15, 2015
    By Arnie Gibbons in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Monday night some of you may have been watching 'Code of a Killer' the story of the first murderer to be caught through DNA fingerprinting, pioneered by Dr Alec Jefferys at Leicester University.

    Professor Robert (Bob) Pritchard, the man who set up and recruited him to the Genetics Dept at the University passed away over the weekend after a long period in a vegetative state. As well as being a notable scientist he was a prominent Liberal activist for over two decades.

  • Lib Dems not for sale
    Article: Apr 14, 2015
    By Jon Stone in The Independent

    Housing associations set to be crippled by Conservative plans to extend the right-to-buy policy will launch a legal challenge against the move, they have said.

    The Tories announced today that they will force housing associations to sell off homes at a fraction of their value despite warnings that the policy could cause the not-for-profits to go bankrupt.

    Tony Stacey, chair of a group of 100 housing associations and chief executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association, told trade publication Inside Housing when the policy was first mooted in March that he would "definitely" launch a challenge.

    "I would definitely challenge it legally. This is so fundamentally critical to us. It would shoot up to the top of our risk map if it was confirmed. We are duty bound morally to fight it in any way we possibly can," the Placeshapers chair told the publication.

    Other housing association chief executives are quoted as saying they "would be surprised" if a legal challenge did not happen because the policy would risk the viability of the entire social housing sector.

    Because housing associations are private not-for-profit businesses, forcing the sale of homes at below market value could potentially breach Article 1, Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which gives everyone the "right to the peaceful enjoyment of one's possessions".

    Industry sources also say charity law would have to be changed to accommodate the move because charities, including many housing associations, are generally prohibited from selling off their assets at below market value.

    Today's move by the Conservatives was criticised by both the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation, which represent housing associations and the industry at large.

    Ruth Davison, the Federation's policy director, said: "We fully support the aspiration of homeownership but extending right-to-buy to housing associations is the wrong solution to our housing crisis.

    "Following 40 years of successive governments' failure to build the homes the country needs, soaring rents and house prices and the biggest baby boom since the 1950s, ensuring that there enough homes today and tomorrow must be our nation's top priority."

    A spokesperson for the Federation said they would need to see the detail of the policy before they could say whether they would support a legal challenge.

    CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said he feared "the figures simply won't stack up" for the extension.

    "Right-to-buy has already had a huge impact on the supply of genuinely affordable homes, which is being cut at a time when more and more people are in need. The next government should be reviewing the way the policy currently works, not extending it," he argued.

    David Cameron officially announced the policy in a speech today, arguing that it could benefit 1.3 million families and turn Britain into a "property-owning democracy".

    "We are the party of working people, offering you security at every stage of your life," he said.

    John Healey, a former Labour housing minister, described the policy as a "cheap Thatcher tribute act" and said it would worsen Britain's housing shortage.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Apr 14, 2015
    By Cllr John Marriott, Lincolnshire County Council

    So the Right to Buy is alive and well and living in the Tory Election Manifesto. As Victor Meldrew famously said; "I don't believe it!" Will they never learn?

    The Thatcher version, laudable as it might have seemed to many in the 1980s, with councils being forced to apply receipts from the sale of houses at a knock down price to the payment of debt rather than to building new homes, not only severely reduced council housing stock but turned much of what was left into what was described by a former housing officer at the time as a 'stigmatised last resort'.

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    Article: Apr 13, 2015
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  • John Marriott
    Article: Apr 12, 2015
    By Cllr John Marriott, Lincolnshire County Council

    Concern has been expressed that many of Lincolnshire's secondary schools were not achieving results in the league tables for GCSE comparable with those of our grammar schools. Of course what are in effect Secondary Moderns cannot possibly compete with grammar schools that cream off the best academic students at the age of 11. It was this disparity which led to the abolition of most of this country's grammar schools in the 1960s and 1970s and their replacement with all ability comprehensives. Add to that the worrying recent statistic that many teachers are apparently choosing to leave the service within a couple of years of starting their careers and that pupil numbers are set to increase considerably in a few years time and we could have a major national crisis on our hands.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire

    Earlier in the week I popped in to the cafe at Snibston Museum in Coalville for lunch. What greeted me was a full car park and a long queue at the cafe. When I say "full", I mean that all the parking spaces in front of the Museum were in use, and in the second car park, I took the one space I could see, having decided not to park beside someone starting a new row that looked as if it was going to block people in.

  • vaughan david and kenneth
    Article: Apr 11, 2015

    Liberal Democrats show they are the only party that works to represent residents in Gainsborough East Ward.

    Mark Dimmock, David Dobbie, Sally Loates, Lesley Rollings and Kenneth Woolley were returned unopposed.

    Three more Liberal Democarts were also elected to the Town Council: Harry Clarke, Barry Coward and Richard Craig.