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  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Sep 25, 2016

    Wow, since my last roundup of council by-elections a month ago the Liberal Democrats have gained more than ten more council seats in by elections! And all this without losing any and with a seat safely held at Bishops Castle in Shropshire.

    This is rapidly going beyond my ability to maintain an accurate count, but I reckon it must be now around two dozen seats gained since the May elections without a single loss.

  • Trevor Sheldrick - new Liberal Democrat county councillor for Hadleigh Sep 16
    Article: Sep 23, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are celebrating gaining the Hadleigh seat on Suffolk County Council. As a result the out of touch Conservatives have lost their majority on the council. They can no longer be certain of driving through their policies at budget time and on other crucial votes.

    Suffolk's newest county councillor is Trevor Sheldrick, a respected town councillor with a long record of service to the town. The full result was:

  • skid
    Article: Sep 23, 2016

    All Hertfordshire schools that are not directly on a gritting route will now be offered free salt supplies this winter.

    Earlier this week we reported that Lib Dem Group Leader, Stephen Giles-Medhurst had proposed at the Highways Panel meeting that ALL schools, irrespective of their location, should be able to get salt to help them. His plan, backed by Labour, was voted down by the Conservatives

  • Farron Conf
    Article: Sep 21, 2016

    Yesterday, Tim Farron delivered his leader's speech to Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Brighton. In it, he talked at length about where we, as a country go from here, about Brexit and the politics of fear, division and hate.

    "We must fight to keep Britain open, tolerant and united"

    He also spoke about the refugee crisis, the NHS and how we ensure it cares for everyone, how to improve our children's education, attacked the Labour party for failing to stand up to the Tories and set out how our party will "do a Trudeau".

  • skid
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    In what Liberal Democrat Councillors are labelling as a mean-spirited move the Conservative-run County Council has vetoed a move to allow all schools in Hertfordshire to ask for gritting salt to help keep school routes and schools open.

    Only those schools more than 100 metres from a County Council designated salt gritting route can apply for free salt from the Council.

    Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst proposed at last Monday's Highways Panel at County Hall that all schools, irrespective of their location, should be able to get the salt to help them. His plan, backed by Labour, was voted down by the Conservatives.

    "This is mean spirited and means a two tier system. Many urban schools in town centres are within 100 metres of a gritting route but the roads and pavements next to schools are not part of that because they are on a side road. This creates a hazard for children so even if the school and parents wanted to help out they would have to find the salt and grit themselves. That is wrong!" said Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst.

  • West Herts Garden Party 2016
    Article: Sep 13, 2016

    The West Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat Local Party held their second successful Summer Garden Party on the evening of Tuesday 9th August at Binghams Park, Potten End Hill between Potten End and Water End. The area covered by the West Herts Local Party comprises Hemel Hempstead, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Croxley and Berkhamsted & Tring.

  • Sheffield Supertram (Rosehill Polymers Group)
    Article: Sep 12, 2016

    The recycling of waste rubber and plastic has been going on for years of course - but, thanks to financial support from the EU, Rosehill Polymers in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, has benefitted from business loans from Finance Yorkshire to develop new technology and new products and new production machinery to increase both its capacity and its product range. This has enabled Rosehill to break into new markets in Europe and elsewhere.

  • dacorumbc
    Article: Sep 2, 2016

    There is to be a Dacorum Council by-election in Adeyfield West, Hemel Hempstead on 29th September.

    Adeyfield West is a two-councillor ward and following the 2015 election one Conservative and one Liberal Democrat councillor, Ron Tindall, were elected.

    The present By Election has been caused by the death of the Conservative Councillor.

  • A5 M1 Link
    Article: Aug 30, 2016

    Plans to build a link between the A5 and the M1 under the Coalition Government's "Roads for Prosperity" Programme when Liberal Democrat Norman Baker was the Under Secretary of State for Transport kicked off with a Public Enquiry in February 2012 and, after a delay caused by a budget review, work started in March 2015.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Aug 28, 2016

    There were only two local council by elections this week.

    In the first, Liberal Democrats won a town council seat from the Conservatives in East Sussex.

    In the second Labour gained a seat from the Communists in Fife.

    Hailsham Town Council, East Ward

    Liberal Democrat Alexa Clarke 186 56.2%

    Independent 98 29.6%

    Conservative 47 14.2%

    Majority 88

    Lib Dem Gain from Conservative