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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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  • Robert Methuen
    Article: Jul 15, 2014
    By Adam Care in Wiltshire Times

    Robert Alexander Holt, the seventh Baron Methuen, who served in Parliament as both a hereditary and elected peer, died on Wednesday aged 82.

    The youngest of three brothers, he was born in 1931 and studied at Shrewsbury School and then Trinity College Cambridge, where he gained a degree in engineering. During that period he was employed by GEC Telecommunications as a Graduate Apprentice for a period of 18 months.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2014
    By Phil Knowles - Policy Officer

    The Autumn Regional Conference is approaching. Very soon we will publish the opening/closing dates for submitting potential motions for discussion and debate by attending delegates.

    So close to the 2015 Council and Westminster Elections this Regional Conference will be important as an opportunity to share ideas. Delegates will also take the chance to discuss policies along with offering suggestions/sharing concerns about how we get our message across and in many cases what the form of that message should be.

  • Jason Zadrozny and the Ashfield Team
    Article: Jul 12, 2014
    By George Kendall in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I find the most powerful words before asking for help are "thank you".

    With ten months still to go before the next election, if you knock on a supporter's door, you're not just yet another politician, who only calls at election times. And if the first thing you say is "thank you", that's powerful.

    When I do it, I get smiles of surprise and pleasure. They know perfectly well that there's another reason for my visit, but we all like to be thanked.

  • Phil Knowles
    Article: Jul 10, 2014
    By Cllr Phil Knowles

    Pro European MEP's must work together to secure Britain's influence in the European Parliament

    Cllr Phil Knowles (East Midlands European Spokesperson) has backed the call by MEP Catherine Bearder for Pro European MEP's to work together to secure Britain's influence in the European Parliament.

    ''We can't allow the British voice to be weakened in Europe. We need to seek reforms with Britain at the heart of debate and decision making'' said Cllr Phil Knowles.

  • huppert
    Article: Jul 10, 2014
    By Julian Huppert MP for Cambridge

    As a Liberal, I care passionately about civil liberties, privacy, and the need to limit abusive state surveillance.

    But I also know that there is a need for the police and intelligence agencies to have the tools to do the job we give them - as long as they are carefully controlled, appropriately used, and proportionate to the threat faced.

    Those concerns are key - and I have often been incensed at the way governments, whether Labour or Tory, have used threats for terrorism or anything else as a reason to chip away at our individual freedoms. We must not and will not allow this.

    There is an issue we have to deal with now. The European Court of Justice threw out the European Data Retention Directive, which underpins all collection of communications data in this country. I sympathise with the reasons, but we must acknowledge that it causes real problems - we do need to have some way to keep some communications data, but under very careful control.

    Some people would love to use this to bring back the awful Communications Data Bill - known as the Snooper's Charter - that Nick vetoed last year. A number of Tories pushed it and Labour tried something similar themselves. We will not allow this to happen. We've blocked it once, and we will continue to do so. This legislation just allows the agencies to continue with their current abilities.

    I've had the chance to speak to Nick and Norman Baker about this - all of us have been clear. We must keep our country and citizens safe, but not by allowing the erosion of our civil liberties and increasing unchecked intrusion into our lives.

    We need legislation to allow communications data to be available, but not to store more than is already allowed. And in this post-Snowden world, we need to move towards keeping less, and finding better and more proportionate ways to do so.

    We need to completely rewrite the law in this area. But that cannot be done quickly. We have to get it right, which will take a lot of work from many experts. We've already started that off - our 'Digital Bill of Rights' motion calls for a commission of experts to review all state surveillance and information from the Snowden revelations - that takes time. Nick has already started this work with the Royal United Services Institute, and they need to finish that work.

    So I think it is right to agree to a stop-gap. A piece of legislation that can be passed quickly, but crucially will automatically expire at the end of 2016, giving time to write something better, and the certainty of knowing it will not just become entrenched.

    And in this stop-gap legislation, we should agree to no more than was previously allowed.

    And we've managed better than that - we've also negotiated and won a package of pro-civil liberties measures to go with it:

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Jul 7, 2014

    Leading Health Campaigner - Cllr Phil Knowles says that he very much shares concerns being expressed by many in the community about the future of maternity care and says that he has also long questioned the logic of mothers to be and their new arrivals having to travel so far to receive 'hospital care'.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jul 4, 2014
    By Tim Farron MP - President of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale in Huffington Post

    Ideas have legs, and the internet makes them walk. But government needs to help them run.

    I'm not fussy about where good ideas come from - if it's a good idea, it's a good idea - and letting political dogma, fear or ignorance blind you to fresh thought is a particularly frustrating kind of politics which risks leaving Britain behind.

  • Bill at Meden School
    Article: Jul 4, 2014
    By Andy Done-Johnson in Mansfield and Ashfield Chad
  • Article: Jul 4, 2014

    Strategic Seat Officer

    The Liberal Democrats are looking for a Strategic Seat Officer to manage campaigns staff and work with regionally based officers, supporting the implementation of an agreed plan for development and strategic election winning within the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England regions.

    Salary - £28-30k pa + 8% employer's pension contribution

    Click here for more information

    To make an enquiry or submit an application for this position please contact: - Emma Peall (HR) on 020 7227 1280 or at emma.peall@libdems.org.uk.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2014
    By Brian Markham - Agent

    Northampton Borough Council, St James Ward

    Labour

    307

    - 31.7%

    Jill Hope - Lib Dem

    262

    - 27.1%

    UKIP

    201

    - 20.8%

    Tory

    198

    - 20.5%

    This was a Labour held seat, with no doubt a sympathy vote following the death of sitting councillor and former Mayor. At this stage in the political cycle, when Labour are not in Government locally or nationally, they should have increased their share of the vote (but they did not).