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Vince Cable MP to visit Leicestershire on Thursday

by simongalton on 18 March, 2009

Local Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce that Dr Vince Cable MP, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, is to visit the County on Thursday. Dr Cable will be attending a meeting with local business leaders in Mkt. Harborough before visiting the site of the proposed Eco-Town ‘Pennbury’.  Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Simon Galton said “I […]

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The Leader of the Liberal Democrats in local government, Cllr Richard Kemp has welcomed the direction of the Tory proposals for local government, but has cited four major concerns. “This is a wholesale repudiation of the Thatcher and Major governments which stripped councils of their power and finance and made them into puppets of central […]

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Commenting on today’s Conservative local government proposals, Liberal Democrat Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, Julia Goldsworthy said:“Rather than being radical, many of these proposals could have been copied straight from the Government’s agenda. “The Tories only talk about localism when it suits them, and when they do they think it makes sense to force […]

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Home energy plans mean cheaper bills in Leicestershire

by simongalton on 13 February, 2009

PLANS by the Liberal Democrats to massively increase the energy efficiency of all homes will lead to big savings in energy bills, say Liberal Democrats in Leicestershire.  Lib Dem Envrionment Spokesman  Bill Boulter CC has backed the plans to raise the standard of home energy efficiency.  “The energy efficiency standards of 99 out of every […]

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Local Paper covers County Council £500,000 on Gritting

by simongalton on 12 February, 2009

Today’s article in the Leicester Mercury: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/politics/Cost-road-gritting-rises-500-000/article-692216-detail/article.html As the article shows the recent harsh weather has ended up costing tax payers more, for grit that Council staff feel is inferior and forcing staff to work longer. Essentially what is the logic in seeking to take more money out if the winters are going to get worse?  

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Tories copy cat act!

by simongalton on 31 December, 2008

Now i am not normally one to quote from the Daily Mail but the following has made my blood boil at little – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1102904/Tories-purge-town-hall-fat-cats-crackdown-figure-salaries.html – The idea that Eric Pickles and the Tories are once again stealing Lib Dem ideas is annoying. Vince Cable suggested this very thing in his speech to conference back in August. […]

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 Dear All, Here is a copy of my latest press release on the eco town – the Halcro report was commissioned by the four local authorities (Harborough, Oadby & Wigston, City and County) to conduct a strategic assessment of the Co op plans. ______________________________________________________ “County Councilor and CASCET Vice-Chair, Simon Galton has welcomed the Halcro […]

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Railway Operators turn to Highway Robbery

by simongalton on 21 November, 2008

I have just learnt that the train fairs are going to go up by a massive increase (see below) your local Liberal Democrats will campaign hard on this issue as we believe that a better rail way system is needed but shouldn’t be limited to the rich. We believe that the government should ensure that […]

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The Liberal Democrat Group at county hall has come out in support of the County Council’s plans to challenge the Local Development Framework currently going through consultation by Charnwood Borough Council. The Liberal Democrat group has been conducting its own research into housing with the recent turmoil in the housing markets and has enlisted the […]

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The regional assembly (a unelected body that i am a member off – as it has so much influence over key areas) has been told to conduct a review of the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). I am lead to believe that the government wants to increase the housing target number again.   As a group we oppose the […]

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