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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe 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.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

  • Catherine Bearder with EU Flag Background
    Article: Oct 9, 2015
    By Alison Rouse
    Evening Dinner with MEP Catherine Bearder
    "The EU Referendum"
    Friday 13th November 2015
    From 6:00pm, sitting to eat at 6:30pm

    Bringing people together from across the region to the fantastic Feast Of India in Leicester for an evening of great food and relaxed networking. As the debate on the EU Referendum gathers pace don't meet the opportunity to hear from and speak with Catherine Bearder, arguably one of the EU's top MEP's.

    Open to members, non-members, interest groups and businesses, this promises to be an event that you simply cannot miss. Food will start from 6:30pm but Catherine will be at the restaurant from 6:00pm for photographs and 1:1 discussion, so feel free to arrive at 6:00pm.

    The food and restaurant won't disappoint, take a look at their website here. The menu for the evening is a buffet style offering you the opportunity to sample a wide range of wonderful meat and/or vegetarian dishes.

    Tickets will certainly sell out very quickly so don't miss out. Click the link and book your place(s) now.

    '' The EU Referendum debate is griping the Country. We hope that members will come along and bring with them family, friends, in fact anyone who is keen to engage in the discussion. Businesses and Interest Groups will also be warmly welcomed. Having Catherine here in the East Midlands is a unique opportunity and we hope to see the venue packed out''

  • Article: Oct 7, 2015

    David Dimbleby presents Question Time from Leicester with Tim Farron on the panel.


  • Article: Oct 4, 2015

    This year's autumn regional conference - the #LibDemFightback Conference will be on Saturday 7th November at Derby Moor Community Sport School in Derby.

    This year should be a lively conference with lots going on including some big name keynote speakers and a very active fringe schedule. We expect to have more members than ever attending and hope lots of new members will sign up and come along.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015
    Liberal Democrats in Leicestershire have been shocked at the sad news of the death of Cllr Peter Callis. For well over 20 years he served the community both as a County Councillor and District Councillor.
    Leading the tributes, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Harborough District Council, Cllr Phil Knowles said ''Pete was a true community councillor, never slow to react when a voice was needed to speak out on behalf of the residents, quick to respond to the worries, concerns and calls for help by the less fortunate. Pete will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time''.
  • Article: Oct 2, 2015
    By Phil Knowles
    Liberal Democrats from across the East Midlands are being urged to highlight schemes that have been delivered in communities across the region as a result of direct and positive contribution by the EU.
    '' So many people overlook the many schemes that have been delivered as a result of direct, positive contributions and input from the EU, It's important the Liberal Democrats ensure that this information is collated and publicised. Almost on a daily basis many of us will pass by examples of just how the EU is improving the quality of life and opportunities we enjoy on a daily basis'' Cllr Phil Knowles, Vice Chair East Midlands Region
  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
    By Cllr Phil Knowles

    Members Urged to Support in Numbers

    Members from across the East Midlands are being urged to support East Midlands Liberal Democrat EU events across the Region and get involved in the organising/publicity.
    ''This is a vote that we simply have to win. We have to ensure the UK stays at the heart of the EU and will be taking that message to all parts of the East Midlands. From house meetings to village hall events we are asking each constituency to organise at least one event and we hope that members will contact their Constituency Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretaries offering help in organising the event and committing to ensure the venue is packed.
  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
    By Phil Smith
    Constituency Chairs from across the East Midlands Region were in Leicester on Saturday for a meeting with Regional Chair Phil Smith, Vice Chair Cllr Phil Knowles and Secretary Jonathan Sneade. The meeting has been hailed as a great success by the Regional Chair and it has been confirmed that this will be the first of what will be a series of such meetings.
  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
    By Cllr Phil Knowles

    Constituency Teams Will Be Important

    We Must Win the EU Referendum Vote and Stay IN

    Members from across the East Midlands are being asked to consider being the contacts and conduits for the circulating of information and news throughout the European Referendum Campaign.
    'We need to have two or so contacts in each and every Constituency and ask them to take on the responsibility for ensuring that all the available information is circulated and available to the teams of Councillors, those responsible for producing Focus etc and just as important, that we have feedback opportunities to Region. If you feel that you would like to offer your services then please contact your Constituency Chair, Vice Chair or Secretary. We already have a number of members who have said they wish to play an active part, many took part in the first of the EU Conference calls and hope that many of these members will be able to help in their Constituencies'' - Cllr Phil Knowles
  • Article: Sep 28, 2015
    Liberal Democrat county councillor and parliamentary candidate for Bosworth, Michael Mullaney, appeared on this week's edition of the East Midlands Politics Show.
    During the show Michael spoke about the Lib Dem fightback that is underway: with 20,000 new members nationally joining since May, including many in the East Midlands region; the record turnout at the recent national conference; and a string of council by-election wins.
  • Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.