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  • Bosworth at work
    Article: May 2, 2015


    There's a Real Buzz in Bosworth!

    Regional Chair Phil Knowles was amongst the Team out and about ‎in Bosworth today in support of Michael Mullany.

    Speaking afterwards Phil said 'There's a real buzz both amongst the team and the community. There are clearly indications and indeed expectations that a shock could be on the cards.

  • Article: May 2, 2015

    Anyone who makes any donation between now and Monday night can win the chance to have dinner with Hugh Grant.

    Hugh Grant is best known as one of Britain's most successful actors, but for the last few years he's also been a high profile member of the campaign group Hacked Off.

    Here's why Hugh is making this offer, in his own words:

    "I am not a Lib Dem, a Tory a Labourite or anything in particular but I recognise political guts when I see it. And I know Nick Clegg was prepared to stand up to the Tories when they wanted to ignore or water down the Leveson Report. For that he gets a lot of abuse in the Tory press. But he was right to do it. And the manifesto is very clear, not only that Leveson should be delivered, but that it should be done while boosting investigative journalism with more protections.

    So I am happy to help make this election a fairer fight.

    I can bore to death any lucky winner of this draw on the detail of the Leveson Report and effect of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Or we can just talk about me and all my problems."

  • Lisa Smart
    Article: May 2, 2015

    With aplogies from your migrant webmaster, born and bred in Hazel Grove, for straying outside East Midlands, please watch Nick with Lisa Smart yesterday here.

    Lisa is on form to be a new Liberal Democrat woman in parliament

  • Article: May 2, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    If you woke up in the middle of the night, chances are you might have heard in the distance a rhythmic humming heartbeat sound. That would be the risograph* in a Liberal Democrat key seat churning out leaflets with this quote from the Financial Times:

    The country would benefit from the countervailing force of Lib Dem moderation at Westminster. In seats where the Lib Dems are the incumbent or the main challenger, we would vote tactically for them.

  • Article: May 1, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Caron's Musings - https://caronlindsay.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/the-best-uk-government-of-my-lifetime/

    I'm not going to lie, when we went into coalition with the Tories, I did not feel comfortable with it. Working with the party who had destroyed the country I grew up during the 80s in was never going to be easy.

    It's not about comfort or ease, though. It's about doing good and enacting liberal values. We've made mistakes - howlers, even. Who hasn't? Can you say that you've got through the last five years error free? We have much to show for it. For every child who hasn't had to spend months in Yarl's Wood, for every disadvantaged child who has new opportunities at school, for those who benefit from reforms to mental health, for those who have workplace pensions, for pensioners benefitting from the triple lock, for those people across the world who benefit from our aid. for those who are now free to marry the people they love, it's been worth it. Despite all the constraints on us having only 8% of the MPs and a fifth of the government, we have made a very strong, liberal mark.

  • John Marriott
    Article: May 1, 2015

    From: john.marriott.43@gmail.com [mailto:john.marriott.43@gmail.com] On Behalf Of John Marriott
    Sent: 30 April 2015 08:22
    To: Charles Walker
    Subject: The 'front' page of today's Echo

    Dear Editor,

    I am really surprised that the Lincolnshire Echo, a newspaper I have read assiduously for nearly 40 years and which has been kind enough to print many of my letters and articles for most of that period, has decided to 'publish' an extra front page today extolling the virtues of the Conservative Party.

    I am sure that this was a business arrangement and would hopefully not reflect the political views of your newspaper, which appears, in the time I have been a subscriber, to have prided itself on its impartiality.

    I am fully aware that other newspapers have, from time to time, had similar arrangements with advertisers and I know how important advertising is to the survival of our provincial newspapers. I am sure that you might reply that your readers are clever enough to spot an advert when they see it. Some may be; but I am not so sure about many people.

    However, surely even you must see that, for many people, this 'arrangement' may look suspiciously like an endorsement of Mr Cameron and his Tories on your part. I can assure you that my feelings would be the same had any other party featured in this way, even my own!

    Yours faithfully,

    Cllr John Marriott

    Sent: Friday, May 01, 2015 8:25 AM
    Subject: RE: The 'front' page of today's Echo

    Councillor Marriott

    Thank you for your email.

    You are right, of course, the "wrap" around this week's edition of the Lincolnshire Echo is a paid for advert. And you are also correct in your acknowledgement that The Echo is a commercial organisation operating in a tough market place. While this advert may be a departure from the type The Echo has carried in the past, the fact is we sell advertising in a similar way to titles up and down the country. (This particular advert was wrapped around a number of other local titles across England this week).

    Clearly we hope that by selling adverts we can turn a small profit but also - and this is the bit that matters to me most - it pays for the journalists and production staff who produce The Echo each week and deliver online content every day. This may be stating the obvious but I think it is worth reminding ourselves of it. As you suggest, local papers have come under huge pressure in recent years but we are pleased that since this newspaper became a weekly publication we have enjoyed relative stability and maintained a healthy number of journalists working in Lincolnshire. This is very important and it is certainly not the case everywhere.

    I accept we may differ in our views of how people interpret this advert but I would like to assure you of the continued political impartiality of The Echo. It is worth noting that on the front page of this week's Echo there is also an advert for the Labour Party. I mention it only to underline the fact that no party has been offered special treatment. More importantly, the editorial team at The Echo remains as committed now as it has always been to reporting in a fair, accurate and balanced fashion. That has not and will not change.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to write. I sincerely hope you will continue to take The Echo. And I would be delighted to meet with you and introduce you to members of our team in the hope that will provide further reassurance of our continued commitment to the city and county as a whole. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Charles Walker

    07803 592032

    Charles Walker
    Acting Editor
    Email: charles.walker@lincolnshiremedia.co.uk

    Tel: 01522804347
    Lincolnshire Media
    Ground Floor
    Witham Wharf
    Brayford Wharf East
    LN5 7AY

  • Net Approval
    Article: May 1, 2015
  • Bosworth poster 3
    Article: Apr 30, 2015
  • Jobs Vince Cable Nick Clegg
    Article: Apr 30, 2015
    By Nick Clegg in Derby Telegraph

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg writes exclusively for the Derby Telegraph:

    NO city in the UK shouts 'engineering excellence' more loudly than Derby does.

    Home not just to the ultimate status brand, Rolls-Royce, but also to Bombardier, the world's top manufacturer of trains and planes, and with Toyota right on its doorstep, the city boasts a reputation for technical quality and innovation few others could match.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2015