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Rochdale Liberal Democats

Welcome to the Rochdale Liberal Democrats website. We aim to keep you fully updated and informed about the work we are doing on the borough.You can sign up to get a regular email to keep you in touch with our activities locally and nationally. Or check the news page to see what is happening.

We want to hear from you if there is anything you feel needs doing to help improve the community in and around Rochdale. Whether it's a proposal for action, a problem you need resolving, please feel free to contact us here, or if you would like to get more involved, you can get in touch here.

We're in the process of updating our manifesto, and before it's finalised, we'll be posting our thoughts on key issues for the community on the manifesto page, and we always welcome additional feedback.

The Rochdale Liberal Democrats Team

Latest news

  • Article: Jun 2, 2017

    A rising star in the Conservative Party has defected to the Liberal Democrats. Azi Ahmed, who stood for the Conservative Party at the last election, introduced Vince Cable who gave a speech on the economy and Brexit in London today.

    Azi becomes the second Rochdale Conservative candidate to join the Liberal Democrats. Robert McLean, who should have been the Conservative Candidate this General Election joined the Liberal Democrats in January.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2017
    Rochdale Liberal Democrat Leader, Councillor Andy Kelly has claimed that the rise in Councillor's Allowances is coming up 'time and time' again on the doorstep. Conservative and Labour Councillors caused controversy in January when they voted to increase their allowances by 34% (51% in the case of Labour Council Leader Richard Farnell)
  • Article: Jun 1, 2017
    Rochdale Liberal Democrats have formally complained to Greater Manchester Police after claiming to have witnessed postal vote fraud in the Spotland area. Now they are warning the public who haven't yet voted by post to be on their watch. The complaint was made by Liberal Democrat member Dave Hennigan. He claims to have spotted 'at least' 10 completed postal votes in a white transit van on Edmund Street in the Spotland Ward of Rochdale Council.
  • Andy Kelly
    Article: Jun 1, 2017

    Rochdale Lib Dem Candidate Andy Kelly has issued ten questions he wants the Conservatives to answer on the dreaded dementia tax. It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

    Councillor Andy Kelly said: "One of the biggest issues raised on the doorstep in Rochdale during this General Election is the so-called 'tax' on dementia. It's time the Conservatives both locally and nationally gave some answers. The refusal of the Conservatives to tell us what the cap on social care costs will be shows they are holding the public in contempt. Theresa May must stop flip-flopping and do what her party had committed to, implement a £72,000 cap on care.

  • Article: May 31, 2017

    Over four and half thousand children living in poverty across Rochdale will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May's plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. In total, 4,504 children in Rochdale are set to lose out under the plans.

    Those families losing out are expected to have to pay around £440 per child per year for their school lunches.

    The Liberal Democrats have also calculated that under Conservative costings of just under 7p per child's breakfast, each child could expect to receive either half a boiled egg, one slice of bread with 12 baked beans or 37.5 cornflakes and 100ml of semi-skimmed milk.

    Commenting on the figures, Councillor Andy Kelly, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Rochdale said: "Theresa May's cruel policy will mean hundreds of children living in poverty in Rochdale will lose out on free school lunches. Free school dinners, introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government have proved extremely popular. Axing them will hit places like Rochdale worse than most. The amount of children suffering from poverty in Rochdale is one of the highest in Britain.

    "This will mean greater inequality and struggling families having to pay hundreds of pounds on lunches a year. Many children could lose out on lunches altogether and it is totally unacceptable.

    "The Conservatives' promise of a free breakfast is cynical and clearly not designed to reach all children. They have set aside a meagre 7p per breakfast per child, the price of half a boiled egg or just one slice of bread with 12 baked beans.

    "The Liberal Democrats will stand up against this mean-spirited vision of Britain and extend free school lunches to all primary school children."