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The Liberal Democrats have 7 councillors across the city.

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

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  • Petition: May 8, 2014
  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Nick Clegg (Photo by Dave Radcliffe for the Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 10, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has closed the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Brighton by calling on members to spread the message of the Party's commitment in Government to deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    In his keynote Leader's speech, Nick paid tribute to the work of the Party in winning the Eastleigh by-election, beating the Conservatives into third place and squeezing Labour while campaigning on the Lib Dem record of delivering in Government.

  • brown bin pic
    Article: Jan 24, 2013

    Labour plan to charge you £40 per year to have a brown bin and £20 for each additional brown bin.
    It will only be collected 16 times a year with no collections at all during winter. Food waste won't be allowed in the brown bin any longer. This is because it is illegal for councils to charge for collecting food waste. It will have to be put into the black bin.

  • Nick Clegg MP
    Article: Sep 26, 2012

    Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has used his keynote speech to the Lib Dem Party conference in Brighton to announce extra money for 110,000 children struggling with maths and English.

    The Deputy Prime Minister said secondary schools in England will receive an extra £55 million to help pupils arriving in year seven who have slipped behind in English and maths at primary school. The money will come in from next January, with schools deciding how to spend it to help pupils with weaker results in maths and English.

  • Derby campaigners at the Manifesto launch
    Article: May 4, 2012

    Liberal Democrats in Derby are celebrating after winning more seats and more votes in this year's local elections than they did in 2011.

    Derby Lib Dems won 3 wards compared to two last year. They missed out on winning a 4th seat in Arboretum ward by just 14 votes.

    Leader of Derby Liberal Democrat councillors Hilary Jones said "These results show the Liberal Democrats are still a major force in Derby politics.

    "Morale amongst Lib Dem members was much higher this year and our campaigners worked hard for every vote."

    Amongst the positive results for the Lib Dems this time were; winning Mickleover with a majority of 326, a ward won by the Conservatives last year.

    The Lib Dems secured huge swings of over 10% from Labour in the Abbey and Normanton wards compared to last year.

    The Lib Dems also tripled their vote in the Labour stronghold of Derwent going from 9% and fourth place last year to 27% and second place this year.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2012

    A leading Derby Liberal Democrat has welcomed news that action is being taken to tackle rising energy bills.


    Millions of people are facing increasing energy bills but the confusing number of different tariffs mean the best deal is difficult to find. To help people make the right choices, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has announced a landmark deal with the major energy suppliers so they let people know every year what the cheapest deal is.

  • Document: Apr 4, 2012
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    Derby Liberal Democrats manifesto for 2012- our ideas for taking Derby forward

  • Derby campaigners at the Manifesto launch
    Article: Apr 4, 2012

    Derby Liberal Democrats unveil plans for City's future

    Derby Liberal Democrats have launched their plans for the future of the city. The manifesto was launched at a packed meeting at the Voicebox, Forman Street, Derby on Tuesday.


    Key ideas set out in the manifesto include;


    · Freezing Council Tax again next year


    · Working for the creation of Derby's own bank to support local business


    · Opposing any attempts to bring in congestion charging or workplace levies


    · Protecting local green spaces


    Leader of Derby Liberal Democrats Cllr Hilary Jones said "This manifesto has the vision and ideas to take Derby forward. The key issue at the moment is the economy and helping this city and the people who live in it get through the world financial crisis.


    "That's why we want to freeze Council Tax as we did last year, because we realise people can't afford the kinds of rises that are happening in Labour-run Leicester and Nottingham.


    "We want to continue to promote business in Derby, to secure more manufacturing contracts for the city, like the recent £188 million contract for Bombardier. We also need to become less reliant on a relatively small range of industries, by enabling our small businesses to get the finance to expand.


    "We oppose schemes like the "Workplace Levy" that Labour run Nottingham has introduced, we believe these could damage business and cost jobs in Derby."


    Lucy Care, chair of Derby Liberal Democrats added "There is a real drive and enthusiasm in the Derby Lib Dem team that was evident at the meeting. Liberal Democrats have a long record of campaigning and action in Derby, and that, combined with the fresh ideas in our manifesto, means we are a clear contender for power in Derby."

    Co-author of the manifesto Richard Hudson, Lib Dem candidate for Derwent, explained how it was developed after listening to people in his area and other parts of Derby.


    The meeting also heard a passionate speech from Liberal Democrat East Midlands chairman Tony Rogers who urged Derby Lib Dems to campaign right up to election day May 3rd and beyond.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2012

    Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the launch of the £1bn Youth Contract today.

    The Youth Contract was announced last year by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg to tackle youth unemployment.

    The Youth Contract aims to ensure that all jobless young people are earning or learning again before long-term damage is done.

    In Derby 2,745 18 to 24-year olds are currently in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance and would stand to benefit from the Youth Contract.

    The Youth Contract will provide at least 410,000 new work places for 18 to 24-year olds into work over the next three years. This includes 160,000 wage subsidies and 250,000 new work experience placements.

    A new programme to will help 16 and 17-year olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

    This will help the most disengaged of the 6,000 Neets in the East Midlands get back to school or college, onto an apprenticeship or into a job with training.

    In addition, there will be at least 20,000 more incentive payments to encourage employers to take on young apprentices in England .

    Commenting, Leader of Derby Liberal Democrats Cllr Hilary Jones said:

    "In these difficult times Liberal Democrats are doing the right thing and making sure we help those who need it most.

    "If young people are out of work, the consequences of that will be felt for a long time afterwards. We have to ensure that the young people of today do not have a false start to their careers.

    "The Youth Contract will help those who need it most through advice, support, training and by giving people in Derby the experience necessary to be successful in the work place.

    "While we're clearing up the economic mess that Labour left behind, the Coalition Government is ensuring that our children do not bear the consequences of Labour's mistakes.

    "As a Liberal Democrat, I am proud that the Coalition Government is doing the right thing to prevent another lost generation."

    Commenting further, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

    `"Youth unemployment is a slow-burn social disaster and an economic waste.

    "We can't lose the skills and talent of our young people - right when we need them most. We need the next generation to help us build a new economy.

    "The aim of the Youth Contract is to get every unemployed young person earning or learning again before long-term damage is done, giving them the skills for a lifetime of work.

    "This is a £1bn package and it will get young people into proper, lasting jobs."