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The Liberal Democrats in Rushcliffe are a growing local party, working on behalf of all the residents of Rushcliffe.

Jayne and Tim

Rushcliffe parliamentary candidate - Jayne Phoenix

We currently have two elected Liberal Democrat members on the Conservative-controlled Rushcliffe Borough Council.

We keep in touch with local residents all year round through regular FOCUS leaflets and email updates, and we contest almost every seat in local and parliamentary elections. Our prospective parliamentary candidate for the election on June 8th is Jane Phoenix.

The Liberal Democrats are proud to be the only party commited to fighting the damaging effects of a hard Brexit, both locally and nationally.

If we can help you in any way, please get in touch.

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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.

Recent updates

  • Register to vote
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Registration for voting deadline 22nd May 2017

    In advance of the EU referendum in June last year 94% of the student population registered to vote, though only 64% used their vote.

    Those of you who will 18 years old by the date of registration will need to register by the 22nd May 2017 to be able to vote in the forthcoming General Election on Thursday 8th June. Registration can be done online and takes about 5 minutes to complete, links below.

    However, registering to vote is not enough. Politics touch every part of a young adults future, through education, the economy (jobs, the price of goods, services and food), training, workers' rights, the NHS, and the availability of affordable rented or ownership housing. You can use your vote to have some power through government over what direction YOUR future takes, what opportunities are made available by the next government and what doors might be closed.

    You have the power of having a vote and playing a full part in British democracy.



  • Sarah Olney
    Article: May 10, 2017
    By Vicky Price

    Lib Dems will invest £7bn in schools to protect funding per pupil

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament.

    The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula.

    The impact of projected Tory government school funding cuts will see Rushcliffe schools facing budget cuts of up to 23%. With the worst affected schools losing as much as £1,247 per pupil per year.

    Jayne Phoenix, parliamentary candidate for Rushcliffe, said:

    "Parents in Rushcliffe care greatly about the quality of the education their children receive and are, rightly, proud of the excellent schools we have in this area. This Conservative government are planning sweeping cuts that will significant undermine the work our schools do and damage the education our children receive.

    Parents and grandparents, who are worried about the impact of education funding cuts on their children's school, should vote Liberal Democrat, to ensure our schools get the funding they need."

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said:

    "Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

    "While funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

    "This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.

    "We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.

    "Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain's future."


    The Liberal Democrats will invest £6.9bn more in our schools and colleges over the next parliament, to ensure no school and no child loses out. This goes further than Labour's commitment to reverse £3bn of cuts to school budgets by 2020.

    Over the course of the parliament, we will:

    • Protect per pupil funding in real terms in schools (£3.3bn)
    • Protect further education per pupil funding in real terms (£660m)
    • Ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula (£1.26bn)
    • Protect the pupil premium in real terms (£415m)
    • Invest in continuous professional development for teachers (£165m)

    The £6.9bn includes £1.1bn of Barnett consequentials for devolved nations. Full costings per year are included in the table below.

    These plans will be fully costed in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, which will be launched in due course and set all our spending plans out in more detail. This will include reversing the Government's proposed funding for new grammar schools.

    A report by the National Audit Office has found school budgets will be slashed by £3bn in real terms by 2019-20 - the equivalent to reducing spending by 8 per cent per pupil, under current government plans (link)

    The NAO has also estimated that up to 60 per cent of existing school buildings are in urgent need of repair and it is estimated that it would cost £6.7bn to return all school buildings to satisfactory or better condition (link).

    Rushcliffe schools will see budgets cut by up to 23%. This example is the proposed funding drop for South Nottinghamshire Academy, Radcliffe. Source: www.schoolcuts.org.uk (link)

  • Jayne Phoenix canvassing (Penny Fillingham)
    Article: May 10, 2017
    By Vicky Price

    Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 20,660 pensioners in Rushcliffe

    20,660 pensioners living in Rushcliffe will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

    Rushcliffe has a high number of people receiving state pensions in the country, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

  • Jayne Pheonix (Penny Fillingham)
    Article: May 9, 2017

    The people of Rushcliffe should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy, the party's parliamentary candidate, Jayne Phoenix.

    The Prime Minister has called for a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.

    The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and, to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.

  • Jayne Pheonix
    Article: May 9, 2017
    By Vicky Price in West Bridgford Wire

    The Liberal Democrats in Rushcliffe have seen a surge in new members over the past two weeks, with membership up 24% since the general election was called.

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats reach their highest ever membership nationally, with over 102,000 members.

    14,000 new members across the country have joined the Liberal Democrats in the two weeks since the General Election was announced and over 50,000 members have joined since last yearʼs EU referendum.

  • Post box
    Article: Apr 21, 2017

    You may want to receive your ballot paper in the post allowing you to vote prior to polling day and return it to Rushcliffe Borough Council. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 23rd May.

    If you want someone else to vote for you as a proxy the deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 31st May. However, in the event of an emergency (ie, hospital admission), this can be registered up to 5pm, on polling day.