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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Northchurch Bye Election 2018 Results
    Article: May 17, 2018

    The By-Election had been called after the sad death of Alan Fantham, the long-serving local councillor on both DBC and on Northchurch Parish Council. Alan was born and bred in Northchurch and had been a local cricket star.

    Alan had served on DBC as a Conservative, but the party could not find anyone locally willing to stand for them. They had to ask an Aldbury resident to be their candidate instead.

  • Cllr Mark Watkin with concerned parents
    Article: May 11, 2018

    Lib Dem spokesperson County Councillor Mark Watkin expressed his dismay at the decision to severly cut funding for the provision of an ongoing service beyond August at Nascot Lawn without reviewing needs of the families. "During the meeting a number of the Board members expressed their sympathy for the plight of these children, yet when the moment came for them to support these words with action, they remained mute. It was shameful! They have been warned by the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee that if they don't improve their engagement with parents, their decision will be referred to the Secretary of State. It looks like they have a long way to go."

  • Document: May 6, 2018
    322.2 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Thank you to the people of Northchurch for their strong support for Lara Pringle - now elected as their Dacorum Borough Councillor - plus news of recent developments.

  • Article: May 4, 2018
    By Robert Johnston

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    Thanks to all members and friends who made it possible for the Liberal Democrats regain Three Rivers District Council.

    Congratulations to the winning councillors and to the whole team.

  • Pat Howell
    Article: Apr 27, 2018

    Pat Howell has been a Rickmansworth resident for more than 30 years.

    Many local families will know as the former Head of Sixth Form and Maths Teacher at Rickmansworth School.

    Her involvement with young people and their families has made her very well aware of the need for better facilities for young people, and her pastoral experience has convinced her of the importance of strong, supportive local communities.

    Pat has been a keen recycler and environmentalist for many years.

    Pat is a talented singer. She is a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus and is a strong supporter of Watersmeet.

    She was delighted when the Liberal Democrat-run council was able to give it a new lease of life.

    Pat Howell is a long-standing member of the Liberal Democrats and looks forward to being able to represent and work for her local community of Rickmsnsworth.

  • Robert Johnston
    Article: Apr 27, 2018

    Robert Johnston has lived in South Oxhey for more than 10 years and he and his wife Anka have brought up their family there.

    He is a scientist and engineer whose work has been in materials science as well as in, mathematical modelling, control theory, artificial intelligence and information systems security.

    He holds a
    1st Class Honours degree in Physics as well as a Diploma from Imperial College in Mathematical Physics and a Ph D in Theoretical Physics.

  • Jeremy Asquith
    Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Three Rivers District Council Elections on 3rd May 2018 - Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Moor Park & Eastbury Ward

    The Liberal Democrat candidate is Dr Jeremy Edmund Campion Asquith who lives in Moor Park. He works as a Dental Surgeon at a practice in North London where he is the Principal Dentist. He is a long term member of the Liberal Democrats. As such he has assisted Liberal Democrat M.P.s in the coalition government with health policy.

    Dr Asquith has been actively involved in his profession at both a local and national level for many years. He has been a member of the British Dental Association (BDA) since 1978 and has chaired various dental committees including chairing the Middlesex and Hertfordshire Branch of the BDA.

  • Council results 0418
    Article: Apr 23, 2018

    Principal Council by-election results from 2017 to now.

    The Liberal Democrats winning seats across the country.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Apr 20, 2018

    In a satisfactory week's by-election results the Liberal Democrats have continued their winning streak by gaining another 2 council by-election seats from the Conservatives. One was in Berkshire and the second in Cheshire.

    Thatcham West Ward, West Berkshire UA, April 19, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Jeff Brooks 820 [48.4%; +9.7%]
    Conservatives 523 [30.9%; -16.9%]
    Labour 130 [7.7%; -5.9%]
    Green 130 [7.7%; +7.7%]
    UKIP 91 [5.4%; +5.4%]

    Lib Dem gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015

    Lymm South Ward in Warrington Borough, April 19th

    Liberal Democrats Anna Fradgely: 769; 42.8% (+10.4)
    Conservatives: 649: 36.2% (-2.3)
    Labour: 328; 18.3% (-1.1)
    UKIP: 25: 1.4% (-8.3)
    Green: 24; 1.3% (+1.3)

    LDem GAIN from Con.

  • Herts Chamber Orchestra Tring 0418
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year and recently welcomed back Paul Barritt as their Director.

    Paul conducted and played as a soloist at a delightful concert in support of Rennie Grove Hospice Care last Saturday 14th April, 2018 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Tring.

    The first item was the little-known Suite in D Op. 49 by Saint-Saëns. Paul who makes a point of explaining and commenting on each piece before it is played playfully emphasised its lack of fame, "Yes, it really is little known," he remarked. "In fact we don't know it either. Tonight will be the first time that any of us have ever played it!". Of course this quip rather belied the orchestra's preparation and rehearsal and it was, as usual, played faultlessly. A piece at times lyrical, and at others, romantic, constructed around dance rythms and yet containing delicate passages it is a happy and enjoyable piece and it is surprising that it is not played more often.

    And then for something completely different as Paul Barrit played as the soloist in that old favourite, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. "Not that," quoth Paul - who is quite knowlegeable about birdsong - "it really resembles the lark's song at all." But the melodies are indeed evocative of a bird singing and ascending. It's no accident that, among English audiences especially, it should be popular with its suggestion and feel of birdsong in a summer meadow. It was a seamless partnership between orchestra and soloist and Paul's playing could only be described as "exquisite".

    Also unfamiliar but very lively and great fun was a short piece by Bottesini (who he?) entitled Gran Duo Concertante. This was originally written for 2 double basses but we were treated to a sort of "sports model" version with just one double base soloist, the exuberant and flamboyant guest soloist Roberto Carrillo-Garcia. With its hints of Spanish or Latin Amercan cafés and dancefloors it was a rumbustious and rollicking piece and played with bravura.

    The final and longest piece was Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and despite it's familiarity was as enjoyable as ever, and of course the brilliance and mastery of the composer never ceases to amaze.

    The next concert to look out for will be by Tring Chamber Music and will be on Sunday 27th May at 7.30 p.m. in Hastoe Village Hall, beautifully restored 6 years ago. Roberto Carrillo-Garcia will be back with his double bass.