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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: Feb 25, 2017
    • Lib Dem alternative budget aims to reduce the cost of democracy.
    • Council Tax discount for the poorest.
    • Extra money on pot-holes and push to safeguard services.
    Rochdale Liberal Democrats will force a another vote on freezing Councillors' allowances at next week's annual budget meeting. As part of their 'alternative', fully costed budget - Councillors Andy Kelly and Irene Davidson claim that their budget will protect the most vulnerable, ease the Council Tax rise for the poorest whilst putting in an extra £500,000 sorting pot-holes on top of the £1,000,000 pledged by the Council. They have also promised to sort out the Council Staff sickness problems that has contributed to over £5,000,000 a year being spent by the council on agency staff.
  • Article: Feb 25, 2017
    Local Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Andy Kelly has called on council leader Richard Farnell to explain why the Council has abandoned the Co-operative Bank and chosen Barclays. Councillor Kelly's challenge came in the week that Farnell was elected as national vice-chairman of the Co-operative Council's Innovation Network. Labour-run Manchester City Council, a Council with a much larger budget, has remained loyal to the Co-operative Bank.
  • Councillor Kelly and the group planting the trees
    Article: Feb 24, 2017
    The campaign to plant 10,000 trees in the Rochdale Borough saw 150 native British trees planted on Tunshill Golf Course in Milnrow this week. Members of the "10,000 trees group", Golf Club members and Councillor Andy Kelly planted the trees, supported by The Woodland's Trust.
    Councillor Kelly said: "It was great to see different groups coming together to plant these trees at the golf course. Trees are good for our environment and it is another step in our plan to plant 10,000 across our Borough. At a time, when all the discussion is all about building across the Borough - enhancing our rural areas is definitely the way forward."
  • Andy Kelly and Robert McLean have been campaigning against the Councillors' pay rise
    Article: Feb 17, 2017
    Rochdale Liberal Democrats have spoken of their fury after Rochdale Council refused to accept their petition against the controversial councillors' pay rise. Some 1,615 people have so far signed the petition so far but the Council have chosen to accept a petition on their website signed by just 41 residents.
  • David Clayton is campaigning to fix Kingsway's broken roads
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    - RMBC spend nearly £2million on settling pot-hole compensation claims in just five years.

    - They've spent £330,000 in the last eight months, and the total is rising this year.

    - Lib Dems criticise 'complacent', 'misleading' Council.

    It can now be revealed that Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council have spent £1,909,637.49 on settling pot-hole compensation claims in the last five years. In just 8 months up until January, 11th this year, the Council have paid back a whopping £330,260.50. This flies in the face of claims by Mark Widdup, the council's director of neighbourhoods who stated in January: "In 2013, the council introduced a tougher policy on dealing with pothole compensation claims which dramatically cut the amount of money being paid out."