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Labours First Act: A Pay Rise and a Fundamental Change to the Constitution to Silence the Opposition

At Wednesday’s first Full Council following the elections the new Labour administration pushed through two important agenda items; one that paid Cabinet members more money for less work and used money from the Local Government Pension Scheme to pay the chairman and vice-chairman of that committee.  They then followed this with the biggest change to the constitution seen in decades, taking away the right of backbench councillors to ask questions of Cabinet members on decisions the council makes.

Derbyshire Shadow Cabinet

Andrew Lewer announces new Shadow Cabinet.Leader of the Opposition: Andrew LewerShadow Cabinet Member for Economy, Jobs and Transport: Simon SpencerShadow Cabinet Member for Health and Communities: Carol HartShadow Cabinet Member for Council Services: Mike LongdenShadow Cabinet Member for Children and Young People: Barry LewisShadow Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care: Wayne MajorShadow Cabinet Member Without Portfolio: Kevin Buttery

PM Visits Derbyshire

Derbyshire Conservatives were delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to Long Eaton on Monday where a meeting took place between candidates for the Derbyshire County elections and David Cameron at the Novotel in Long Eaton.

Derbyshire Conservatives 2013 Manifesto‏

Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport and local MP, joined Derbsyhire County Leader Cllr Andrew Lewer and Councillors and candidates from across Derbyshire to launch the controlling Conservative Group's Manifesto for the County Council elections on 2nd May. Mr McLoughlin hailed the Manifesto as forward looking and paid tribute to the work of the Conservative Administration since they sensationally took control of Derbyshire County Council in 2009. Cllr Lewer highlighted the 0% Council Tax pledge for 2014-15, which would make an historic four years of 0% Council Tax rises at the County Council, a guarantee that all of Derbyshire's libraries would stay open, work to integrate health and social care spending and 'pot hole busters' - extra work on the County's roads due to what has been independently assessed as some of the wettest and most road damaging weather on record." View our 2013 Manifesto‏ 

Derbyshire Conservatives Close to Delivering in Four Years What Labour Failed to in Twenty-Eight: A New Station for Ilkeston!

The Secretary of State for Transport announced that Derbyshire County Councils application for Government funds to build a new station for Ilkeston is a step closer. Local and County Conservatives have long advocated that Ilkeston should have a station. Since taking power at County Hall Conservatives have worked diligently with Officers to deliver a robust strategy and package to bring a new train station to Ilkeston; the largest town in England without one.

Snow Prevents Key Decision on Glossop Library

Planning officers and councillors were due to sit today to decide upon a proposal to deliver a new £2million library for the residents of Glossop but poor road conditions resulting out of snow, ice and now drifting snow prevented the site visit, pushing the decision back to May.Derbyshire Conservatives, led by local Members Jean and George Wharmby have been keen to ensure that the new library, which would have been a purpose built accessible library, was delivered for Glossop’s local residents. This despite the furore and scaremongering whipped up by the local Labour group to retain and wastefully invest in an expensive, outdated and difficult to access old building; the Victoria Hall.


A multi-million pound flagship development for older people in Swadlincote has officially opened its doors.The new £20 million Oakland development in Hall Farm Road was opened by Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones and Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation David Orr on Wednesday (6 March).Oakland has been developed in partnership between Derbyshire County Council, Trident Group and South Derbyshire District Council and its aim is to provide a focal point for older people’s services in the area as well as high quality, purpose-built accommodation.At the official opening event a plaque was unveiled in front of invited guests including Oakland residents and staff, local councillors, representatives from organisations behind the development including builders, designers and architects, health services including GPs, charities and local groups.

Derbyshire Conservatives Tackle Pot Holes

Derbyshire Conservatives agreed to spend an additional £824,000 over the next 8 weeks to catch-up with the potholes created by the extreme rain and icy conditions over the winter. Additionally a further £1.8million winter repairs grant will be spent up to April that will ensure that our roads are back up to good standard. Derbyshire has also been successful in securing a further £4million, starting from April to ensure that the Labour underinvestment prior to 2009 is reversed. That means that from this winter to the end of the 2013/14 financial year we will have spent an additional £6.625million on our County’s Highways.

North East Derbyshire Labour has raised your council tax by 1.99%.

The rise was totally unnecessary, as it was clear it was going straight into already adequate reserves and not into services. The increase of 1.99% will raise £98,000 for the authority and add £3.60 to the Council Tax of a Band D property but will sacrifice a government grant of £49,000, which would have kept the rise on your bill at 0%.By: Barry Lewis