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Matthew Holden selected to fight Sleaford & North Hykeham seat

MHolden PPC1The Liberal Democrats have selected Liberal Democrat Campaigner Matthew Holden to contest the Sleaford and North Hykeham Parliamentary seat at a meeting last Wednesday.
Matthew grew up in the constituency, living in Swinderby, Waddington and Sleaford during his childhood years. Matthew then studied Psychology at the University of Lincoln. After graduation, Matthew moved back to Sleaford to take up a role at North Kesteven District Council which saw him meeting and speaking to residents across the local area. Matthew now lives with his partner and young family in Nottinghamshire and is currently employed in the public sector.
Matthew Holden on his selection said “I am pleased to have been selected to represent the Liberal Democrats in Sleaford and North Hykeham. I am standing as a local candidate having spent much of my early life here. It would be an honour to represent the people of Sleaford and North Hykeham.
“Liberal Democrats are in second place in this constituency and I hope to build on my party’s previous success here and ensure we can build a stronger economy and a fairer society so that everyone has the chance to get on in life. Liberal Democrats in Government have been able to deliver for Sleaford and North Hykeham and I would hope to continue this good work if elected.”
Chair of the Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham Liberal Democrats and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lincoln, Ross Pepper said on Matthew Holden’s selection, “Matthew is an excellent choice for Sleaford and North Hykeham. He is someone who knows and understands the needs of the residents here and he would be a hard working local MP. He would be the strong voice this area needs in Parliament.”

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Ross Pepper compares Lincoln MP Karl McCartney to David Cameron for his Local Debate Snub

Lincoln parliamentary candidate Ross Pepper today compared “I was delighted to hear that a joint debate was going to be held by The Lincolnite, BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Echo to allow the residents of Lincoln to see, hear and interact with their candidates in the upcoming election in May. I accepted this invitation without hesitation to have this opportunity to have a full, open and democratic discussion with the other candidates on the issues affecting the city and the country, giving the residents of Lincoln a chance to hear all the points of view to make an educated choice.

“I am surprised that Mr McCartney has not accepted this invitation to have his voice heard in this debate, which is likely to be the largest debate of the campaign and will have the widest audience both in the hall, on radio, online and over social media. It seems Karl is following his party leader, Mr Cameron, in dodging the public TV and radio debate and denying the people of Lincoln a chance to hear him defend his record as MP.”

Ross Pepper selected by Lib Dems to fight for Lincoln

The Liberal Democrats have chosen to select local candidate Ross Pepper to challenge for the Lincoln Parliamentary seat in a meeting on Wednesday night.

Ross, who has lived in Lincoln all his life, currently lives with his family in the Boultham area of Lincoln and currently works for a well known high-street opticians. Mr Pepper, 28, has stood for the Lib Dems in the local council elections for many years. He joined the party whilst studying International Relations at the University of Lincoln.

Ross Pepper said on his selection, “I am thrilled and honoured to be given the chance to stand for Parliament in my home city of Lincoln and for the chance to represent the city I am so proud of. I have Lincoln change so much since my childhood, both for the better and in some cases the worst. I want to ensure Lincoln will continue to flourish.

“Lincoln needs a stronger economy to help it through the recovery, but we also need to deliver a fairer society to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential. Neither the Conservative or Labour candidate for Lincoln can deliver this for our great city.”

Ross Pepper

The Vice Chair of the Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham Liberal Democrat Party, Ben Atkinson welcomed the selection of Ross Pepper saying, “”I am delighted that Ross has been chosen to fight on behalf of the Lib Dems for the Lincoln seat at the General Election. As someone who was born and brought up in the city, he understands the needs of Lincoln and its residents. He would be a true representative for our city.”

Danny Alexander calls for bus fare cuts as fuel prices continue to fall

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has called for a nationwide bus fare cut in light of falling fuel prices.

Danny has also called on coach and package holiday operators to reduce prices to reflect the lower cost of fuel.

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In a series of interventions Danny has:

  • Written to five major bus operators calling on them to pass on the dramatic falls in the diesel price to customers through lower fares. In his letter he points out that bus operators receive taxpayer support via a fuel subsidy and that fare paying passengers and tax payers will want reassurance that falls in diesel costs are being passed on.
  • Written to London Mayor Boris Johnson urging him to ensure savings are passed on to bus users in London as swiftly as possible.
  • Written to coach companies seeking re-assurance that long distance and commuting coach fares are reflecting the falling oil price fall as swiftly as possible.
  • Written to package holiday firms pressing them to pass on savings accrued through lower air, coach and other holiday costs.

Danny said:

“With fuel prices dropping across the country it’s right that the full benefits are passed on.  Falling oil prices are like a giant tax cut to the economy.  But the positive effect will only be felt if the oil price falls are passed on.  While drivers are already seeing the cost of filling up the car come down, the millions of Britons who use the bus are still paying what they did a few months ago.

“On top of that many people will be planning their summer holidays now and looking for an early bargain. I want package tour operators to reflect the lower costs of fuel in their prices now.”

“Consumers have suffered the pain of high oil prices, it’s only right that companies and organisations do all they can to pass on as quickly as possible every last penny of oil price falls.”

“At the same time, these are worrying times for our valued North Sea Oil & Gas sector and they can be assured that I am committed to providing support where possible.”

Posted by The Liberal Democrats on 13 January, 2015 @ 12:01 AM

Liberal Democrats are the party of fair and successful economic policy

The Liberal Democrats are the party of fair and successful economic policy, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander has said today (Monday 12 January).

Responding to the Conservatives plans to reduce the deficit by cutting spending and not increasing taxes for the wealthy, Danny said:

“The Tory approach to the nation’s finances in the next Parliament is an extraordinary about turn from the balanced, fair and successful economic policy Liberal Democrats have insisted on up to now.

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“By pledging that there will be no tax rises on the wealthy, the Tories are committed to putting all of the remaining burden on the working people of this country. That is unfair and wrong.

“There is no need to carrying on cutting spending after the books are balanced. It is public services and the people who use them whose future opportunities would be limited by the Tories ideological drive for an ever smaller state.

“Most people understand that we have to finish the job of balancing the books. But there should be light at the end of the tunnel – the Tories have confirmed that they want to switch it off!

“The vast majority want to balance the books fairly and for our country to turn the corner as soon as the job is done. Only the Liberal Democrats will deliver that.”

Posted by The Liberal Democrats on 12 January, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Our plans for the NHS will protect it for the future

The Liberal Democrats spending plans for the NHS provide a clear roadmap that will safeguard it for the future.

We are the only party to commit to investing £8bn a year in the NHS, in real terms by 2020.

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Despite their rhetoric, neither Labour nor the Conservatives have a credible response to the funding challenges the NHS faces.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party to set out an NHS plan that meets that meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens in his Five Year Forward View.

The Conservatives have made no specific real terms commitments to NHS funding and Labour have pledged only £2.65bn to be fully introduced by the third year of the next parliament.

Our plans also include to increase NHS spending in line with the growth of the economy, once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18.

By building a stronger economy we can safeguard a strong NHS for the future.

Only the Liberal Democrats have committed to investing £8bn a year by 2020 in the NHS.

Posted by The Liberal Democrats on 09 January, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

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