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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

  • Keen environmentalist Councillor Andy Kelly is calling for as many people to nominate land across the Rochdale Borough
    Article: Apr 21, 2017

    Councillor Andy Kelly, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Rochdale, says he is ready to fight to become Rochdale's next Member of Parliament. He was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a General Election on Thursday 8 June. There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday - Theresa May will need Parliament's backing to hold a vote before 2020.

    Andy Kelly said: "We have been gearing up for a General Election since catching Simon Danczuk wrongly claiming expenses. It is clear, that his tenure as our MP will be over in weeks. My job is to provide the leadership that our Borough, facing huge challenges, desperately needs. Make no mistake - we are in this to win. Labour have had the chance to lead our town and everyone agrees that they have failed miserably. Over their steadfast support for Simon Danczuk, their councillors in coalition with Conservatives increasing their own allowances by 34% or letting our roads crumble - Labour have failed us.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the fastest growing political party in Britain. Here in Rochdale, we now have over 300 active members and that figure is growing by the day. Everyone knows that it is our chance - we will be doing this for a better Rochdale. I've said for years that people deserve better than Labour in Rochdale. This is our chance to prove it."

  • Jane Brophy campaigning with Councillor Andy Kelly and local Lib Dem members
    Article: Apr 5, 2017
    Saving our green spaces, tackling the rise in crime, improving mental health and our NHS and care systems will be central to Jane Brophy's campaign to become Rochdale and Greater Manchester's first elected Mayor. The Lib Dem candidate has launched her manifesto for positive change.
    Jane, a former health professional at Rochdale Infirmary, is fighting to deliver real change for local residents across Greater Manchester. No matter where you're from, where you live, which school you went to, where you work, how much you earn, who you love or what you believe in, Jane believes we should all be able to step forward, together.
  • 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."