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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

  • EU flags
    Article: Jul 27, 2015
    By James Cusick - Political Correspondent in The Independent

    David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on Britain's future membership of the European Union in June next year and will announce the fast-tracked date as the centrepiece of his party's annual conference in October.

    Although the Queen's Speech in May promised the British electorate would be given its first chance since 1975 to have a say on EU membership, the Government did not name a date for the vote, only that it would be held before the end of 2017. Chancellor George Osborne was believed to be keen for the referendum to be held later rather than sooner to maximise chances of securing the best possible deal for Britain, but the Prime Minister has now calculated that a 2016 vote will give him a better chance of promoting what may end up being a limited package of EU reforms, and of highlighting the economic risks Britain could face if it left the EU.

  • Lib Dems Winning Here
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    The #libdemfightback continues with two good by-election wins in the south east.

    First of all, Neil Houston held on to the Long Ditton Ward of Elmbridge Council:

    LIB DEM - 770

    CON - 611

    GRN - 79

    UKIP - 61

    And in Seaford, in East Sussex, 18 year old Isabelle Murray, who wasn't even old enough to vote in May, won the Seaford Central ward on the Town Council by quite some margin.

  • George Smid and Tim Farron in Oundle
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    By George Smid - PPC for South Holland and the Deepings in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It is indicative that the 'Welfare Bill' made a news splash mainly for the Labour Party's disarray "now we vote, now we won't". Otherwise no emotions shown or played, no questions, no strong public reaction. (With the exception of Tim Farron's speech). The conclusion? Business as usual.

    At the other end of the political spectrum, Labour is leaning left - we do not know the policies yet but the move is apparent. Whatever the result of the Labour leader's election it will be 'business as usual'.

    Article: Jul 25, 2015
    By Steve Webb in The Telegraph

    Steve Webb predicts how the Chancellor will change - and reduce - pension tax relief

    When a government is in the early stages of thinking about an issue it often publishes a Green Paper. This is a discussion document, usually asking more questions than it answers, designed to test ideas and seek feedback.

  • Mark Argent
    Article: Jul 24, 2015
    By Mark Argent, PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    A reasonably-new Conservative government lurches to the right. The defeated Labour Party elects its most left-wing leader in a generation. There is a new sense of opportunity in the party as the centre-ground seems to be opening up. At conference the leader's uplifting speech ends "Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government"…

  • money pound save savings
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    By Michael Kitching in Liberal Democrat Voice

    British Politics is changing. Money buys elections (mostly) and there is no doubt we saw that in May. The Conservatives pumped money and resources in to marginal constituencies and backed by their aggressive national messaging, won.

    Being a Liberal Democrat usually means the same old story, lots of enthusiastic volunteers at election time and everything on a shoe string budget, with the big money reserved for a few strategic seats.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    By Joe Otten in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Monday in the Commons, Tim Farron gave his first speech as party leader, against the Welfare Bill, highlighting the effects of the ESA changes on people with mental health conditions, the effects on young people, and on the working age poor. He criticised Labour's confusion over the bill in deciding to abstain, although 48 Labour rebels voted against.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    By Phil Knowles - Vice Chair East Midlands Liberal Democrats

    Invitation from Cllr Phil Knowles accepted by Catherine Bearder MEP

    The Liberal Democrats 'Top European' has accepted a personal invitation from regional Vice Chair Phil Knowles to visit the East Midlands for a 'Special European Evening'.

    Catherine Bearder MEP will be in the East Midlands on Friday November 13th for the event which will be open to all members. The details, including the venue, will be released shortly.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Three Lib Dem gains in council by-elections coinciding with Tim Farron's election as leader are great news. They invite the language of a gradual comeback to a much improved result in 2020.

    But is the next General Election five years away?

    In the normal course of events the Conservative majority of 15 would be vulnerable to defections and losses through by-elections. In the last parliament, there were two defections from the Tories to UKIP and 21 by-elections. It is entirely possible that they would seek to form a minority government, but the Tories would lose their overall majority if just eight seats moved to other parties. In the normal course of events, that happening in this parliament would be far from implausible.

  • kick start
    Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Thinking of coming to Kickstart weekend? ALDC Members get a massive discount of £50 off all registration costs - so it actually saves you money to join ALDC first and register once you're a member!

    Membership for your first year is only £41 (half price for the first year - payable by direct debit) - making you £9.00 better off!

    Find out more about the event and book places.

    This year we are running TWO Kickstart events:
    4 - 6 September - Stone, Staffs.
    27 - 29 November - Birmingham.

    As always the agenda is packed full of twenty specific training sessions including sessions aimed at newer party members as well as refreshers on key campaign skills and more advanced sessions that show you how to do really clever things with Connect. Take a look at the agenda here.

    Kickstart isn't like other party training events. The secret to the success of Kickstart is the expert mentoring from experienced Liberal Democrat campaigners, councillors and council group leaders. They can look at your existing plans afresh and help you come up with new ideas.

    If you're already planning to come to Kickstart but have yet to book, please don't leave it until November. Not only can we fit far more people in to our September venue, but at present we have more spaces left. Don't miss out just because you waited until the last minute to book.

    Don't forget, Kickstart is perfect to: