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  • Document: May 24, 2017
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    Introduction of Candidate and information about the Dacorum BC By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield Ward.

  • Christopher Townsend
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Christopher Townsend responded to the incoherence of the Conservatives' position on immigration.

    During BBC Radio 4's Any Questions on May 20th, David Gauke, the Conservative candidate, struggled to provide clear answers when facing questions on his party's immigration policy.

    Gauke floundered badly when responding to questioning on the Conservatives' implausible tens of thousands immigration target.

    He stated:
    "It is an aim, it doesn't have a timetable. We accept that."

    In response to Gauke's comments, Christopher Townsend, the Lib Dem candidate for South West Herts said:

    "The Conservatives are really tying themselves in knots. They are giving us their target for immigration, but not giving us any timetable."

    "So much for "strong and stable" - "wrong and wobbly", more like!"

    "This is yet another Conservative pledge that they will inevitably break. You cannot have a successful economy if you restrict immigration that much. It seems like the Conservatives are intent on harming our economy, first with a Hard Brexit that will yank us out of the Single Market and cost jobs, and now this!"

    "Liberal Democrat immigration policies, unlike those of the Conservatives, do not rely on unachievable political gimmicks."

    "The Lib Dem manifesto sets out a clear vision for a fairer and more efficient immigration system with strict control of borders, an annual debate in Parliament to establish immigration need and a new central fund to ease integration."

    Fellow panellist and Lib Dem member Rachel Johnson also made light of Gauke's position:

    "It's like saying 'I've got this target weight. It's ten stone.
    I may not ever reach my target weight.. but, hey, it's still my target... Right?'"

  • Teacher pay
    Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced their manifesto plans for education. Under their proposals they will invest £55.8 million more in schools and colleges in Hertfordshire during the next parliament.

    This extra funding for Hertfordshire would reverse cuts to school and college budgets, would protect per pupil funding in real terms and would ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

  • Christopher Townsend
    Article: May 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Dr Christopher Townsend, made a strong showing at a General Election Hustings last night.

    The Hustings held in the Great Hall of Berkhamsted Town Hall. They were organised by the Berkhamsted Citizens Association and were chaired by Mrs Lindy Foster-Weinreb.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has issued a challenge - "I've told Britain's property developers: if you won't build houses, the Lib Dems will"

    "The Conservative government has given developers a carte blanche to play the property market at the expense of our citizens. And now the country's in crisis."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    This is the Liberal Democrats' first election manifesto commitment; to invest an extra £6bn a year in our NHS & Social Care system.

    This new funding will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax.

    This funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found.

  • BCA Hustings 2017
    Article: May 16, 2017

    As usual at General Elections the Berkhamsted Citizens Association has organised a Hustings.

    This is to enable all the Candidates for the Constituency of South West Hertfordshire to explain their political positions and debate some of the issues.

    It will be held in the Great Hall of Berkhamsted Town Hall.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced a new General Election Campaign Team, with former ministers including Jo Swinson, Vince Cable and Ed Davey all returning to the Lib Dem frontbench.

    Tim Farron said, "I'm delighted to announce my new campaign team, which sees some 'big beasts' of the party returning to lead our General Election fight.

  • Mike Chapman canvassing
    Article: May 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for the Dacorum Borough Council By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden and Chipperfield Ward is the former barrister and Bovingdon resident, Mike Chapman.

    The cause of the By Election is the resignation of one of the three Conservative councillors for failure to attend meetings.

  • Christopher Townsend Canvassing
    Article: May 9, 2017

    Christopher Townsend, a long time resident of Tring in the South West Herts Constituency, has been a Dacorum Borough Councillor for 8 years and currently serves on Tring Town Council. He is now to stand for Parliament as the Liberal Democrat Candidate on June 8th.

    Christopher Townsend opposes Theresa May's reckless pursuit of a "hard Brexit" and sees the government's policies as threatening jobs and... the economy.

    He wants to see the use of UK's overseas territories for tax avoidance reduced by further changes to the existing tax regulations. Money from reduced tax avoidance could go towards supporting social services and the NHS.

    Christopher believes that the UK's core values of liberalism and tolerance are under threat. "This election gives you the chance to stand up for tolerance," he says.

    He points out that the Lib Dems have proved themselves to be reliable and competent in government.

    Christopher has experience in local government and in the world of finance and commerce which he can put to good use in serving you as your next MP.