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Welcome to the web site of Derby Liberal Democrats!

The Liberal Democrats have 6 councillors across the city.

Recent updates

  • Petition: Jul 9, 2015

    I / We the undersigned call on Arriva to abandon their planned changes to the number 32, 33 and 36 bus routes

  • Petition: Jul 9, 2015

    We the undersigned oppose the two resubmitted Hackwood Farm Planning Application Reference Number 06/15/00846 and 06/15/00847 on the following grounds: The destruction of our local countryside. The additional traffic on the already busy roads around Mickleover will cause increased traffic chaos. The inadequate access/egress of the proposed estate onto Station Road. With over 1200 planned new houses concentrated in/around Mickleover, our amenities and local public services will be swamped.

  • Petition: Jun 25, 2015

    When the Lib Dems were in government they committed to important upgrades to our region's railway infrastructure. This included starting work to see the Midland Main Line fully electrified by 2020, giving us better, more efficient trains and a higher capacity.

    Now the Conservatives are governing alone, they want to stop this work.

  • Photo shows Paul Scriven, Paul Holmes (then MP for Chesterfield) and Lucy Care at the lobby for the electrification of Midland Main Line in December 2009 in Westminster.
    Article: Jun 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrats across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire have launched a petition to reverse the new Conservative Government's decision to delay the electrification of the Midland Main Line.

    Lib Dem councillors and campaigners from the towns and cities served by the Midland Main Line have come together to lobby the Government to rethink their plans and commit to electrifying the line which serves Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester - as well as towns in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2015

    Campaigning parents, helped by the Liberal Democrats, have forced Labour councillors to scrap their plans to take away taxi and minibus transport from disabled children.

    The plans would have affected children with e.g. severe autism or the mental age of a young child. Some of them would have been expected to catch buses on their own. Some parents were faced with up to 8 bus journeys per day. Other parents would have been expected to get their children to different schools on different sides of the city - all at the same time.

    About 750 families would have been affected.

    Parent Jackie Cox organised the opposition from parents at Ivy House School. She said, "It's been a very worrying, stressful time for many families. A big thank you to the Lib Dems for making everyone aware of the impact that the transport proposals would have had on families."

    Campaigner Danielle Lind said "For 4 months we have been calling for the Council to scrap these proposals. The fact that it has taken them so long to do this shows that the controlling Labour Group were determined to carry on with their half-baked plans."

    The Council says it will now sit down with parents and organisations that represent the parents to talk about a way forward.

    This fiasco has been a humiliating defeat for Labour. No doubt Labour bosses will try to claim their plans were misunderstood and that they never intended to force them on families. The fact is that parents were told that their children would lose their taxis. The proposed new policy made no mention of taxis as an option.

    In January a carefully worded report on these proposals went to Cabinet. The report didn't make it clear that the proposals were for children under 16 years old too. The consultation into these cuts began in early February, but many parents didn't find out about them until 3 weeks later. In April parents asked Labour councillors to axe the proposals, but Labour refused point blank. From the beginning it looked suspiciously like Labour might have been trying to quietly sneak the cuts through.

    The big question now is will Labour allow Council officers to sit down and talk with the genuine representatives of the parents, or will Labour choose another organisation (perhaps one that is run by Labour members) and pretend that it represents the parents?

  • Petition: Jun 7, 2015

    We the undersigned wholeheartedly disagree with the Home to School / College proposals and call on Derby City Council to scrap the current proposals. We say No to Special Educational Needs and Disability Transport cuts - save SEN Taxis.

  • Article: May 6, 2015

    You might think that Labour, in charge of Derby Council and trying to win the General Election, would be happy enough with their record and their promises to the country that they wouldn't need to lie.

    You'd be wrong. Labour are heaping lies on top of lies and hoping you won't notice.

    Labour claim they're not planning to replace the much-missed Assembly Rooms with flats - yet briefed the media that exactly that was on the table.

    Labour repeat their previous lie that they're not planning to build on Derby's parks. But they won't challenge the BBC over their report that exactly that is being considered - and have diverted money that was supposed to be guaranteed for new parks.

    Labour try to suggest Lib Dems support the 'Bedroom Tax' - conveniently forgetting they backed a Lib Dem bill against the 'Bedroom Tax', blocked by underhand Tory tactics.

    And that's just about the Lib Dems. Their own pledges aren't any better. Labour want us to believe they will -

  • Derby Lib Dems launch their 2015 manifesto at the Derby Arena
    Article: Apr 23, 2015

    Derby Liberal Democrats today launched their manifesto for Derby City Council in front of the new Derby Arena.

    The manifesto was produced using an open consultation with Derby residents, allowing anyone to contribute ideas for how they would like to see Derby run.

    It includes plans to:

    • Reactivate the city's Sports Strategy that delivered the arena and was developing a replacement for Moorways until cancelled by Labour
    • Maximise the use of Derby's performance venues and bring more events to Derby
    • Provide fair and effective funding for the whole of Derby in consultation with local communities, and support community groups who wish to improve their areas
    • Reverse Labour's drop in recycling rates
    • Improve Derby's roads for all users - drivers, cyclists, public transport users and pedestrians
  • Article: Apr 21, 2015

    New research shows South Derbyshire's young people are the least likely to get on in life

    Damning new research has been published by the education foundation the Sutton Trust. It shows that disadvantaged young people living in South Derbyshire are less likely to get ahead in life than anywhere else in England.

    Their Social Mobility Index ranks all 533 parliamentary constituencies in England according to five measures of social mobility through education. It looks at outcomes from the early years through to professional life, and shows how well each constituency is doing in helping their most disadvantaged young people. Shockingly, disadvantaged young people in South Derbyshire have the least chances in life of anywhere in the country, thanks to years of being let down by the Conservative and Labour parties who just want to take South Derbyshire for granted.

    South Derbyshire Liberal Democrat candidate Lorraine Johnson said "I was proud to go to Pingle School in Swadlincote, and go on from there to gain my Degree and enjoy a successful career. It's terrible just how many of those I went to school with, and many more since, haven't had the same chances in life though. For far too long, South Derbyshire has been let down by the Conservative and Labour parties - they don't seem to think we deserve the same as everywhere else. We need hard-working Liberal Democrats who can give South Derbyshire people the same chance to get on in life as everyone else."
  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Labour councillors in Derby are proposing to drastically cut home to school / college transport for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The proposal is to give these pupils - who may have severe autism or the mental age of a young child - bus passes, fuel allowances or personal travel budgets. Yet Derby Labour are refusing to publish the information parents need to work out how to provide for their child's needs.

    At the same time though, senior Derby Labour councillor Baggy Shanker says he is aware of complaints concerning the bus service in his ward and other areas of Derby, with buses sometimes missing stops entirely and stranding passengers. Yet this is the same service he wishes to make disabled children rely on to get to school.

    Legally councils can decide what sort of transport of offer, but it has to be suitable for the child. Also statutory guidance and case law states that the journey to school must be non-stressful for the child.

    Blagreaves ward Candidate Danielle Lind said "Derby Labour's proposals for getting disabled children to school would be totally unworkable for the majority of children, even if the buses were reliable. We now know that Derby Labour are aware of severe problems with the buses that would stop any child using them to get to school, let alone children with Special Educational Needs. I call again for Labour to scrap these terrible proposals and work with parents to create a system that will work for children and the council."