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News from Rushcliffe Liberal Democrats

  • Activists gathering outside Lutteral Hall (Jackie Shears)
    Article: Jul 13, 2019

    Liberal Democrat activists joined community groups, Lutteral Hall users and Labour party activists to raise their voices in protest against Conservative-led Rushcliffe Borough Council's decision to sell off Lutteral Hall.

    The protest was led vocally by the West Bridgford Liberty Singers, a community choir who use the Hall to rehearse. The marchers walked from the hall to Ken Clarke's constituency office, where representatives from the St. Giles playgroup, who use the hall daily, were meeting with the MP to discuss the proposed sale.

  • Lutteral Hall
    Article: Jul 13, 2019
    Conservative-led Rushcliffe Borough Council has agreed to explore "marketing" Lutterell Hall for sale.
    The Council describes Lutterell Hall as "...an extremelly attractive buildng situated in a prime Central Avenue location." In other words Lutterell Hall is a valuable community asset ripe for development.
    Cabinet members addressed a recommendation to market for disposal and redevelopment on 11th June 2019.
    Wind of this intention came as a shock to both community groups who use Lutterell Hall, and the wider public.
    Consternation has now given way to anger. Community group representatives and concerned members of the public heard council leader Simon Robinson say " Rushcliffe is not in the business of selling off assets."
    Frankly this does not accord with selling off the Borough's Art collection, the attempt to demolish Sir Julian Cahn's fine period Pavilion at West Park or the removal of the period facade of West Bridgford Library.
    Lutterall Hall, designed by local architect Alfred John Thraves in 1928, is noted for its fine brickwork and handsome interior.The cabinet asserts that the recommendation is part of an ongoing audit of value for money efficiency to the ratepayer.
    The council asserts that revenue is falling at Lutterell Hall and repair costs make the case for better use of the site.
    Lutterell Hall is home to some 20 community group activities on a weekly basis. Two groups dropped out when the hourly rate was raised from £30 to £45.
    The Hall will cease to accept bookings for group activities, weddings and parties in August 2020. It appears that bar profits have dropped since the council outsourced to a franchaise. Advertising of hire availability is woefully inadequate.
    Liberal Democrats ask the council to provide details of the structural survey which quantifies a notional cost of £275,000.
    Liberal Democrats say the Council's commercial instincts are harmful to community wellbeing.
    For residents, all too familiar with 'Rushcliffe a Great Place to Live', the prospect of the loss of a standout facility at the heart of the community to further development can only reinforce the belief that Tories sell the family silver.
    It is up to people power now to persuade elected representatives to show mature judgment and save this important building. Liberal Democrat activists will be joining community groups and hall users this morning (including popular local choir, the West Bridgford Liberty Singers) to raise our voices in tuneful protest against this proposed disposal of a valuable community asset.
  • Houses
    Article: Jul 12, 2019

    Lib Dems call on Rushcliffe to build homes fit for the future - a Carbon Free Future

    Liberal Democrat Councillor (Musters) Rod Jones called on Rushcliffe Borough Council to step up and take meaningful action to address their own Climate Emergency, declared in March year.

    Cllr Jones put a motion to the Council:

  • Article: Jul 11, 2019
    By Layla Moran

    World Population Day is an opportunity to put reproductive rights and issues of gender equality firmly on the global agenda. This year, period poverty must be front and centre of the conversation.

    If the UK Conservative government are serious about eradicating period poverty by 2030 then they must use this opportunity to ensure ending period poverty is in the minds of every single world leader. The Conservative government have a duty to do all they can to end the injustice and stigma surrounding periods in the UK and across the globe.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2019

    When we think of great moments of political upheaval, social change and protests for justice, the images which often come to mind are marches. There is something acutely powerful about seeing so many come together to create, for one moment in time, a community of like-minded people. A crowd which passionately believes in a common cause will have its cause noticed. Marches become beacons of free speech and spawn mass movements which captivate people's attention.

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  • Article: Jul 6, 2019

    This is a strange way to start off this blog post, but please bear with me. In April 2016 I got my first telescope. I didn't spend a great deal, and it took me awhile to learn how to focus it, but eventually one night I caught Jupiter, its red spot and the bright twinkles of the four Galilean moons. It was at that moment I started to believe in Allah again. At around the same time I properly and very bluntly came out to my father - the end of a rather long journey in me accepting that I was a gay woman. Soon after, I popped down to the LGBT inclusive Christian church at the bottom of my road, in a bid to be able to reconcile faith in god with my sexuality. It was welcoming, but it did not feel like my spiritual home.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    In a time of political crisis, we have some good news, and an invitation to demand democracy.

    I want Proportional Representation

    We have signed the Good Systems Agreement, alongside other parties, organisations and public figures.

    Together we have achieved something that has never been done in the UK. We're securing broad consensus about the principles that define good voting systems. Most importantly, seats won in Parliament must closely reflect the votes cast. We have also agreed that the best voting system for the UK would ideally be determined by citizens. This could be done through an evidence-based, deliberative process, like a citizens' assembly.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    We are so close to stopping Brexit.

    In the three years since we started our calls for a People's Vote on the final deal, your hard work has taken it from a fringe view in British politics to a position that is now advocated by millions of people, and so many more MPs across both sides of the House of Commons.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    Nothing is more frustrating than the BBC giving prominence to Nigel Farage, whilst so often ignoring us.

    That's why - at the start of our leadership contest - I wrote to the BBC demanding they host a TV hustings for the Liberal Democrats.

    So I'm delighted to announce they've now agreed there will be three televised debates - on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, between Jo and myself on Monday 1st July (Sky & Channel 4) and Friday 19th July (BBC) to help you make your mind up!