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  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Phil Knowles, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Harborough District Council, says:

    "Local health services are under threat, from possible nighttime closures of certain A&E services to response times for ambulances, Waiting times for operations, closure of heart service units to bed blocking, GP services, domiciliary care, social care and much more are under discussion.

    "Problems and difficulties in one area impact on the ability to deliver care and service provision in other sectors. Just when will the Secretary of State accept that there has to be a full and overarching review on all of this, the responsibilities, interactions and the finances? The NHS problems urgently need to be addressed and resolved. This can only be achieved with a nationally supported, overarching review and the clock is ticking as we rapidly approach winter with the added heath and service issues it will undoubtedly bring.

    "The problems that are highlighted almost on a daily basis will not be solved by taking them each in isolation or in a simple departmentalised way.

    "It is time for the Secretary of State to agree to set up such a review. If he can't see the need to do this and the long-term benefit to the whole of the NHS, then the prime minister needs to step in, appoint a new secretary of state and organise the overarching review and give the NHS a chance to thrive and not just a hope to survive,"

  • Vince Cable, Phil Knowles and Zuffar Haq outside the Angel in Market Harborough (photo by Andrew Carpenter)
    Article: Jun 2, 2016

    Sir Vince Cable addressed residents and members of the Chamber of Trade in Market Harborough at the Angel this evening.

    He is pictured here with East Midlands EU referendum coordinator Cllr Phil Knowles and Harborough Liberal Democrats' parliamentary spokesperson Zuffar Haq.

    Phil Knowles says Vince's message was that "for the future of our children and our children's children, security and opportunity, we must stay IN."

  • Article: Nov 4, 2015

    Temperatures rose as Harborough District Council voted down a Liberal Democrat motion calling on the council to register its concern at the planned cuts.

    Lib Dem Leader Cllr Phil Knowles put forward the motion, saying the public is deeply concerned. But the majority of the Conservative group voted the proposal down.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2015

    Asbestos has been found on land next to St Luke's Hospital that has been earmarked for the town's new hospital.

    Liberal Democrat councillor Phil Knowles told the Leicester Mercury:

    "Asbestos was found in more than half of the test pits and the mineral in one pit is to be treated as hazardous.

    "I hope that if further asbestos is found during construction that it will not affect the build programme."

  • Article: Sep 19, 2015

    Papers released for next week's meeting of the Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Fire Authority include a number of significant budget savings. If implemented they will result in the closure of Kibworth and the Central Fire Station in Leicester and removal of 11 crewed fire engines across the county.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2015

    It was standing room only as residents of Great Bowden packed out the local village hall to voice concern over a potential housing application rumoured to be scheduled for submission later this year.

    Around 130 residents packed the hall in Great Bowden, to the point where there was standing room only, where they heard Cllr Phil Knowles ‎call for residents not to complete the building consultants' questions in the consultation document delivered to local homes and to prepare to fight the subsequent planning application regarding Berry Close should it arrse.

  • Cllr Phil Knowles at Market Harborough station
    Article: Jun 25, 2015

    Today's announcement has been labelled as "deeply concerning" and potentially sending "out all the wrong signals" to those who are keen to invest in the East Midlands by local Liberal Democrat councillor Phil Knowles.

    Phil says:

    "The programme and the promises were laid out and seemingly moving forward. Now it seems this multi billion pound scheme is set to come in over budget and much delayed.

  • Cllr Phil Knowles at Market Harborough station
    Article: Feb 2, 2015

    News that Leicestershire's £20.3m Growth Deal includes a significant cash boost to upgrade Market Harborough's railway station has been warmly welcomed by Liberal Democrat councillors Phil Knowles (pictured here at the station) and Sarah Hill.

    They said:

    "It will mean improved journey times to and from London and will also pay for upgrading of the disabled access at the station. We also see the potential for electrification as an opportunity to reduce running costs, energy use and carbon emissions.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    ‎After Over 25 years of leading the campaign for a new hospital in Harborough, Liberal Democrat councillor Phil Knowles has warmly welcomed tonight's news that NHS bosses have today approved funding for the £7 million plus, scheme.

    There is still a way to go, but we hope the contractors will soon be on board and the scheme, delayed on so many occasions, will finally proceed.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    The Board of NHS Property Services has approved the business case for new hospital buildings at St Luke's Hospital on Leicester Road in Market Harborough.

    Martin Royal, the regional director for NHS Property Service, said: "This is fantastic news for the people of Market Harborough. They've been waiting a long time to know what will happen to local health services and this is a major step forward. The purpose built hospital on Leicester Road will provide the best health facilities available."