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Welcome to the website of Rushcliffe Liberal Democrats

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.

East Midlands Leadership Hustings

All members are invited to a ledership hustings on Monday 6th July from 6.30-8.30pm at Djanogly Learning Trust, Sherwood Rise Campus, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham NG7 7AR.

Please register on the East Midlands Liberal Democrats website if you'd like to attend.

Thanks to All Who Voted for Us on May 7th

Thanks to all of you who voted for our candidates in the General Election and Rushcliffe Borough Election on May 7th.

We retained two hard-working councillors on Rushcliffe Borough Council, Rod Jones and Karrar Khan in Musters Ward.

We will continue to represent the interests of our constituents and to hold the ruling group to account.

Recent updates

  • East Midlands Liberal Democrats Logo
    Article: Aug 29, 2015

    There was great disappointment amongst Liberal Youth members earlier this month as they were told that they were too late to notify LDHQ of their voting reps for Federal Conference. The organisation has a number of voting places allocated to it as young people often find it difficult to get elected to the role by a local party as they are more likely to move home or to be away studying half the year.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Aug 29, 2015
    By Tim Farron MP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Yesterday, the news was released about the latest tranche of appointments to the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrat peers will be, as they always have been, constructive and conscientious. Where we agree with the government we shall support them and where we don't we shall work to amend and if needs be oppose. But the principle matters, Liberal Democrat peers were appointed on the pledge 'to abolish themselves'.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Aug 29, 2015
    By Paul Walter in Liberal Democrat Voice

    As many will know, there is an excellent motion on Human Rights to be debated at the Bournemouth conference. I have set out the motion below this post.

    I have one query which readers may be able to help me with.

    It pertains to this section of the motion:

    Conference resolves to:

    …C. Retain the Human Rights Act unless it is replaced with a Bill of Rights which incorporates and builds on those rights set out in the ECHR and oppose any attempts by Conservatives to introduce a British Bill of Rights which does not achieve this.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015

    The Federal Policy Committee is setting up a number of policy working groups designed to develop our Party's policies for the 2015-2020 Parliament. The Committee would like to invite any member to apply for the following groups:

    • Social security - The group will look at what effects changes to the welfare state announced by the Conservative Government are likely to have, including on poverty and inequality. It will consider what a Liberal Democrat vision for social security policy should be.
    • Security and privacy - The group will consider how we can protect and enhance civil liberties while maintaining and improving public safety and security in the UK. Covering threats to security, police and security service powers and accountability, online surveillance and encroachment on liberty by the media and other non-state entities
    • Sex work - Following conference motion Towards Safer Sex Work (2014), the group will review party policy on sex work; covering the risks and stigma sex workers face, the impact of increased criminalisation, links to organised crime and modern slavery and the influence of developments across borders.
  • Tim Farron in Scotland
    Article: Aug 28, 2015

    Tim Farron was up in Scotland this week, on his first visit since becoming leader.. He hosted a roundtable session in Edinburgh with the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty and the Refugee Women's Strategy Group. Issues discussed included devolution and refugees, making asylum work for women and what political parties could do in the UK and Scotland to campaign for fairer treatment of vulnerable refugees.

  • Jo SWinson
    Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Jo Swinson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Congratulations to all of the new Liberal Democrat Peers announced today. They will strengthen our existing excellent team in the Lords, fighting for a democratically elected second chamber while in the meantime using their power to provide a check on the government and its worrying assaults on the poor, on our civil liberties, and on the environment.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The dissolution honours have been published in full. When Vince Cable publishes his new book next month, he will do so as Sir Vince. There's also a knighthood for Danny Alexander.

    Nick Clegg has also rewarded Margaret Binks, his constituency office manager, Andy Sangar, his election agent and Ian Sherwood, a volunteer in his Commons office who had also served Ming Campbell and Charles Kennedy.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Eleven new Liberal Democrat peers have been announced in the Dissolution Honours. Congratulations to them.

    I will admit to being slightly annoyed at the fact that there are a majority of men - 6 men and 5 women. Surprisingly, there is no peerage for Fiona Hall, the former group leader of our MEPs, nor for Annette Brooke former MP for Mid Dorset and Poole North. We may find out that they had been offered a peerage and turned it down.

  • Mark Argent
    Article: Aug 28, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I've seen a number of comments recently about the financial cost of being a candidate. That is particularly sharp with people standing for parliament, but not limited to them.

    As a party, we try to take diversity seriously. This is about justice and Liberal Democrat values. It's pragmatic, in that we're all diminished if we casually discard the talents of people from disadvantaged groups. There is also a bigger challenge: the changes we push for in society have to be made within the party and in our choice of candidates. Addressing problems this creates may not be easy, but is a first step to bringing change more widely. Addressing any problems this creates also helps us find ways to address barriers to change more widely.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    As we announced here, Agenda 2020 is the name given to a project of the Federal Policy Committee to re-examine our timeless values. They have now published quite an interesting collection of essays (pdf here) to set the ball rolling, and are inviting further essays by the 5th October.

    You might miss the essay collection if you have gone for one of the greener options for the conference agenda, or if you aren't going to conference, but I must say they are interesting enough to put my natural cynicism for the project on hold for a while.