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Contact the Liberal Democrats

Since the election campaign Leeds Liberal Democrats have had hundreds of emails and calls from electors wanting to be part of Nick Clegg's campaign here.

If you would like a poster, or to help the Liberal Democrat campaign, or even to make a much needed donation, please write now to info@leedslibdems.org.uk or call (0113) 226 6519.

We have parliamentary and city council candidates in your area.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Councillor Stewart Golton - Leader, Leeds City Council Liberal Democrats

Recent updates

  • Article: Jul 14, 2014

    Cllr Stewart Golton, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Leeds City Council, has condemned proposals by the Council's administration to spend over half a million pounds on one new committee room at the Civic Hall.

    Cllr Golton said "When the Council claims it can't afford to pay a living wage to its staff, that one in ten staff face losing their job and is proposing to close the city's visitor centre, plans to spend over half a million on creating a new committee room should be at the back of the queue, not at the front.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    After discovering that Leeds is failing European directives for air quality, Councillor Jonathan Bentley, Lib Dem Spokesperson for the Environment, is calling for the creation of a Low Emission Zone in the city in a bid to clean up our air. This follows a motion agreeing action to tackle poor air quality be creating low emission zones back in 2011, which the Council has failed to act on.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    Local councillors Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) welcome the announcement by Leeds City Council that it is not reducing the number of Police Community Support Officers in Otley & Yeadon.

    The council had been in talks with West Yorkshire Police to see whether they could reduce the number of PCSOs the council help fund in outlying areas in order to move them into the more troubled inner city areas.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    Local Lib Dem councillors Colin Campbell, Sandy Lay and Ryk Downes have welcomed a report from Leeds City Council which recognises the hard work done in Otley to promote cycling in the community.

    In the year of the Tour de France and with its Grand Depart only a week away, the report by Leeds City Council is looking at how the event can be used to promote cycling as a commuter and recreation choice for everyone in the city with Otley held up as a shining example.

  • Cllr Downes at the end of the race with the group of researchers from Newcastle University
    Article: Jun 25, 2014

    Councillor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon), carried on his fundraising efforts for the Lily Foundation completing an Ultramarathon from Carlisle to Newcastle in 17 hours and 26 minutes.

    The Lily Foundation helps support families and children affected by Mitochondrial disease, which Cllr Downes' grandson Cory suffers from, as well as looking for a cure through funding research and raising awareness.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2014

    Councillor Jonathan Bentley (Lib Dem spokesperson for Safer and Stronger Communities) has welcomed the announcement by Leeds City Council that it is not reducing the number of Police Community Support Officers in wards around the city.

    As part of its 2014 budget proposals the council tried to slash costs by reducing their funding for the PCSOs, which would have meant a reduction in their numbers. When the West Yorkshire Police stepped in to make up the difference the debate then centred on whether the PCSOs should now remain equally shared amongst each ward or whether 20% of them should be moved to certain trouble spots.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2014

    A senior councillor has accused Leeds City Council of double standards in interpreting planning rules for Traveller sites.

    The council recently took legal action against a landowner in Morley who cleared a site before a planning decision had been made. However at the same time the council was clearing a city-owned site for the same purposes without even an application having been submitted.

  • maypole stump in the square in Otley
    Article: Jun 24, 2014

    After the prized local Maypole in Manchester Square, Otley was chopped down by Leeds City Council who had deemed it unsafe, local Lib Dem councillors Colin Campbell, Sandy Lay and Ryk Downes are calling for it to be replaced, not forgotten.

    The council was running a risk assessment in the area ahead of the Tour de France next month and found that the historic Maypole, the highest permanent one in Britain, was beginning to rot.

  • maypole stump in the square in Otley
    Article: Jun 24, 2014

    After the prized local Maypole in Manchester Square, Otley was chopped down by Leeds City Council who had deemed it unsafe, local Lib Dem councillors Colin Campbell, Sandy Lay and Ryk Downes are calling for it to be replaced, not forgotten.

    The council was running a risk assessment in the area ahead of the Tour de France next month and found that the historic Maypole, the highest permanent one in Britain, was beginning to rot.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Local Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) has expressed his disappointment at the decision not to award the local community the chance to buy former Bridge End cattle market in Otley before private developers.

    The market has been largely disused for the last 12 years and a local group recently sought to prioritise this piece of land as an important community asset. However Leeds City Council turned down the bid which saw the group looking to turn the derelict site back to a natural beauty spot for everyone to enjoy.

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