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Ian Sharpe

Liberal Democrat PPC for Loughborough


Ian Sharpe


I am a retired Finance Director, and I am now involved in voluntary and political activities.

I have been involved with the Liberal Democrats since the foundation of the SDP in 1981. I have served the party as Branch Treasurer and as campaign team chair.

I have been elected as Councillor for Borough, Town and Parish councils. I served as cabinet lead member for Finance for Charnwood Borough Council.


We are living through the most turbulent political times since the second world war. Politically there are the consequences of Brexit at home and the rise of populism abroad. The climate change crisis. Economically, in addition to Brexit, there is the irresistible rise of China and a pace of technological change which will change the world of employment in ways we can scarcely imagine.

The wonders of modern medicine mean that we are all living longer, an achievement to celebrate but a development with profound implications for our health and social welfare services and for pension provision.

Our housing market is broken, the dream of homeownership is a fantasy for most and affordable accommodation is unobtainable for many families.

All these issues, and more, demand political leadership of the highest order. Instead we are led by a Tory Government mesmerised by Brexit, incapable of delivering on that nativist fantasy and oblivious to the other challenges we face.

A successful democracy requires an effective opposition, a party waiting in the wings with a coherent, credible programme for Government. That is not a description of today's Labour party. Labour has no Brexit policy beyond, say nothing and letting the Tories self destruct. Labour has a hard-line Socialist economic policy which would take us back to the anarchy and collapse of the 1970s. Jeremy Corbyn has skills developed over decades of addressing left wing rallies, these are excellent skills for enthusing true believers they are not the skills needed to lead our country.

We clearly need a better choice, than between the english nationalist Tory party and a 1970s tribute act Labour party.

I am convinced that the Liberal Democrats are the only party with the values and policies to address the issues this country faces. Unlike Labour we believe in fiscal prudence, the free market economy and personal liberty. Unlike the Tories we value public services and have a clear and coherent policy on Brexit, we will exit from Brexit! Our values and policies allow us to create a clear and distinctive vision for the future of our country.

My key messages are:

-An exit from Brexit

- tackle climate change, with ambitious, realistic, policies.

-To fund the NHS with a 1% on income tax

-To allow councils to build new social houses and end the tax advantages for buy to let landlords; penalise builders who sit on land banks

-To have a Royal Commission on the funding of Social Services. Our longer lives must be enjoyed with dignity and security, but the current tax base cannot provide the funds to guarantee this. We need a cross party solution.

Loughborough constituency, is a liberal constituency, I want to be its first Liberal Democrat MP


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7th December

Kate Tipton

Liberal Democrat PPC for Charnwood




I have been a Liberal Democrat for a while, but I became far more active and involved following the 2016 Referendum. A self-confessed Maths Geek - I decided to pass my love of the subject on to others by becoming a teacher in 1998, and have been a Deputy Head since 2009. I am still committed to improving education for all, and I drafted a proposal (which was unanimously passed) on skills based education for the East Midlands Regional Conference in 2019. I am keen to encourage STEM education, so of course I was disappointed with the Government's decision to close Welbeck DSFC (announced March 2019) and I have been campaigning locally to have the decision reversed and to continue to provide quality skills-based education for students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

I currently live in Charnwood with my dog Henry, and stood as a paper candidate in the local borough council elections in 2019, improving the Lib Dem vote share in my ward by 11%, but sadly not winning the seat. I am committed to stopping Brexit, and to halting climate change before it is too late.

In my spare time I am also a qualified Zumba Fitness Instructor.


Britain today is less fair than ever. People who work hard and play by the rules should be able to get on in life, but our failing politics means that more and more people can't. The Liberal Democrats will build an economy that works for everyone, not just the richest.

The current 'First Past the Post' voting system is unfair and outdated - it is time for a system of Proportional Representation - where every vote counts. The Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned for changes and, once elected, will make good on these promises.

The Tory government has blocked changes to allow 16 and 17 year olds the vote - whilst allowing them to vote in their internal leadership elections. I will fight to allow the voices of young people to be heard, and for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

Disfranchising EU citizens, and British citizens living in the EU, is a disgrace. On matters that concern them, they should be allowed to vote. I want all the residents of Charnwood to have a voice - and I in turn will speak for you at a national level.

Climate change and air pollution threaten our future. Working with the EU enables us to set high environmental standards and work together to protect our planet. Global problems need global solutions. The Liberal Democrats will put Britain on a path to becoming carbon neutral at the earliest possible date.

In Charnwood we will be looking to support Green initiatives, improve public transport and cycle routes, and reduce waste. We all need to play our part in this, whether large or small, to save our planet for future generations.

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our NHS, schools and care services. 1 in 10 NHS doctors are EU citizens, as are 13,000 teachers. By remaining in the EU, we can retain these vital staff and protect our right to live, work, study and retire across Europe.

The Conservatives' botched handling of Brexit has driven away thousands of healthcare workers in our NHS, increasing the pressure on local services. We need these workers to feel welcome in modern Britain.

Years of uncertainty have damaged the UK - we need clarity of vision and purpose to address this and reverse the damage.

My key messages are:

-To increase education funding to ensure all children get the support required to meet their needs - reversing damaging Tory cuts

-Improve public transport and cycle routes across Charnwood

-Invest in the NHS and social care, by putting a penny on income tax, to ensure quality care for both metal and physical health

-Tackle the climate emergency, with a target of net zero greenhouse gas emission by 2045

-Remain in the EU and reform from within

-Restore youth services and community policing in Charnwood

-Ensure that new build homes are supported by additional services - schools, GP surgeries, shops - to reduce the strain on existing provision

-Listen to the people of Charnwood!

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