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Welcome to the web site of Derby Liberal Democrats!

The Liberal Democrats have 7 councillors across the city.

Lucy Care, finished just 2,300 votes behind Labour in Derby North.

Recent updates

  • 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."

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation

    "Business will welcome the clear emphasis on economic growth and a skilled workforce to deliver it. The fact this is at the heart of the (Liberal Democrat) manifesto shows a clear grasp of what the UK economy needs to propel it forwards."

    Nuffield Trust
    "Taken with the party's welcome commitment to increase funding on the NHS by a total of £8bn by 2020 and their ambitious pledges on public health, the (Lib Dem) manifesto sets an encouraging tone for how the NHS and social care will be treated in any coalition negotiations."

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  • Article: Apr 14, 2015

    Having done nothing for Blagreaves, desperate Labour candidate Amu Raju has been caught lying about the Blagreaves Lane End junction.

    Labour claim it is due to their efforts and money put in by Derby's Labour Cabinet that the junction will be improved with better traffic management. This is false.

    The improvements that will happen at some point in the future are because of a legal agreement between South Derbyshire District Council and the housing developer Redrow Homes. Before Redrow can start building houses off Primula Way in South Derbyshire, it must pay for traffic lights (or similar to be installed at Blagreaves Lane End.

  • Article: Apr 14, 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). It has caused uproar amongst parents.

    Consultation on the proposals began on 5th Feb, but many parents didn't find out about it until 3 weeks later!

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    When did you last use our National Health Service? This week, last week, last month, last year? Whenever we need it, we know that it is there - providing excellent care, free at the point of delivery. No wonder that it is loved in the UK and respected across the world.

    And it needs to stay that way.

    The head of NHS England assessed the pressures on the service recently. He says that the NHS will need an extra £8 billion each year by 2020. There are more health-giving procedures available, more tests that can be done - and as our population ages there are also more people needing help. All this puts pressure on resources.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2015

    In an unexpected turn the Derby City Planning committee rejected the Hackwood Farm proposal for 410 new houses by 6 votes to 5.

    During the meeting Mickleover councillor and Mid Derbyshire parliamentary candidate Hilary Jones voiced her concerns on the lack of infrastructure to support this estate and the South Derbyshire extension to this development, with a combined figure of over 700 homes. Local campaigner Peter Barker spoke as one of four local objectors. He listed development of green field sites, noise concerns for nearby residents and potential chaos over the existing roads around Mickleover.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2015

    Research shows that if an area looks smart, people generally take more care of it and respect it more. It also reduces anti-social behaviour and even break-ins. Action from groups like Littleover in Bloom and Friends of LIttlover Parks make a wider difference. So thank you to everyone who volunteers in the community, or just keeps their front garden and pavement clear of litter.

  • Lucy Care, Richard Hudson and Greg Webb collect petition signatures against closure of Derby Assembly Rooms (James Testro)
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Derby Liberal Democrats have been asking Derby residents what they think about the Assembly Rooms and Labour's plan to tear it down and rebuild.

    By an overwhelming majority, Derby residents didn't trust Labour to deliver their plan, with some reminding us of previous developments that had run many years behind schedule and millions of pounds over budget. Instead they backed our call to refurbish the Assembly Rooms and reopen it as a facility for all of Derby to benefit from.

    Derby North Candidate Lucy Care said "People told us clearly that they valued the Assembly Rooms as part of the Market Place, and for the range of shows and other activities that have used it. Labour have already wasted a year deciding what to do, and Derby can't wait for them to dither even longer. Labour don't seem to realise that money is tight at the moment, and it is very unlikely that a new venue could be provided without significant public money. Whoever forms the next government this sort of money is unlikely to be available for years. We need a refurbished, reopened Assembly Rooms being managed properly as a prize in Derby's City Centre not another development site."

  • Petition: Mar 7, 2015

    We ask Derby City Council to work with private sector specialists in the management of performance venues to refurbish and reopen the Assembly Rooms as a multi-use venue for the benefit of the people of Derby. This will support Derby's night-time economy and increase Derby's attractiveness as a tourist destination.