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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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  • Article: Oct 19, 2018


    At Thursday's meeting of the County Council's Education, Localism and Libraries Panel, Liberal Democrats voted against the Conservative Group's proposals to set up an independent charitable organisation to run its Library Service. This new service should be viable only because it will not have to pay £1/2 million business rates, which would otherwise have in part provided income to all the District Councils in the County.
    Using a competitive tendering process, any organisation will be able to bid to run the service as a Public Service Mutual organisation, which unlike the present Library Service, will obtain charitable status. The risk is that while one bid will be spun off the existing service, the others will come from outside organisations. This could result in an organisation like Carillon, which recently collapsed, being trusted to run the service. Even if the provider remains solvent, and in spite of assurances to the contrary, there is a real risk that smaller or unprofitable libraries might be closed or services cut.

  • Wherry Norfolk
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    A £68 million upgrade to the Wherry Lines - one of the infrastructure investment projects originally initiated by the Lib Dem Coalition Government - is likely to cause disruption in the Yarmouth area as re-signally work takes place.

    This essential work will mean that the line from Reedham to Yarmouth will be closed for 6 months from the end of October 2018 till April 2019. In addition, trains from Reedham to Lowestoft will also be cancelled between October 20th and 28th.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    The announcement made this week that, over the next four years, Hertfordshire County Council will be investing millions of pounds to improve local roads has been slammed by the opposing Liberal Democrats. It is announcing what was already agreed back in February all over again and
    it is not "new money" as implied in the Press Release.

  • Dacorum Athletics Track
    Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Cabinet is set to withdraw proposals to move the Jarman Athletics track to Cupid Green fields, after a consultation report showing deep and reasoned objections was championed by LibDem Councillors Adrian England and Lara Pringle, at wednesday's "Oversight & Scrutiny Committee" meeting, at The Forum.

  • Housing
    Article: Oct 14, 2018
    By Lloyd Harris

    In October Councillors were told that some disabled people have been waiting as long as five years for a disabled adapted council house. This is despite Dacorum Council having a written objective to 'Provide good quality affordable homes, in particular for those in the greatest need.'

    The Council admitted the shortfall and highlighted a lack of resources including a failure to keep in regular contact with some disabled people waiting on the list for an adapted home.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018

    The Liberal Democrat opposition on Herts County Council has come up with a costed proposal that, if agreed, could see residential street lights stay on until 2am if residents want that.

    In the roll-out of converting street lights to LED, the county Conservatives have proposed to move the current midnight turn-off to 1am. The Liberal Democrats have always opposed the midnight turn off and pushed for 2am as the earliest.

  • Werrington tunnel (The Railway Magazine)
    Article: Oct 10, 2018
    In The Railway Magazine

    Despite the present minority Conservative Government and its harsh austerity programme, there is still a trickle of infrastructure improvements reaching completion. However, these were originally commissioned under the Coalition Government by Liberal Democrat Transport and Environment Ministers. One of particular interest to the East of England is the construction of a new junction, which will pass under the East Coast Main Line (ECML) at Werrington, just north of Peterborough. Work has just started and it should be completed by 2021.

    It will allow freight trains going to Felixstowe to cross the ECML without interfering with traffic on the fast lines. In addition, upgrades elsewhere on the route between Peterborough and Felixstowe are planned including a third track between Peterborough and Huntingdon.

  • ballot box
    Article: Oct 6, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats' week started well with Jennie Brent, the Independent councillor for the Eastney & Craneswater Ward of Portsmouth City Council joining the Liberal Democrats and the Portsmouth City LD Group. Jennie had left the Conservatives early in the Summer when she became an Independent.

    Then over in Essex, Cllr Andy Wood who represented the North Clacton Division of Essex County Council has also joined the Liberal Democrats

    Meanwhile we continue to make progress in Cambs - in East Cambridgeshire District this time - as Liberal Democrat Victoria Charlesworth got a good result on 4th October and made a dent in the Tory majority with a 12.5% increase in vote share.

    Soham North & Isleham (East Cambs District) result:

    CONSERVATIVES: 48.8% (-17.4)
    LIB DEMOCRATS : 30.0% (+12.5)
    LABOUR: 10.9% (-5.5)
    IND: 10.4% (+10.4)

    Conservative HOLD.

  • Vince Cable in Brighton 2018
    Article: Sep 29, 2018

    Like many delegates Nick and Rosemarie from Tring combined participation in the Liberal Democrat Conference with visits to rellies and a short holiday. They went down by train - taking a car to Brighton is a crazy thing to do - stayed in a convenient sea front hotel and had some excellent meals.

    The trains behaved themselves well - Brighton to Berkhamsted in 1 hour 59 minutes with one change at Clapham Junction - and the weather warm with fresh winds.
  • DacorumRecycling
    Article: Sep 27, 2018
    At Dacorum Full Council on 26th September, Conservatives were keen to talk about improving household recycling until Lib Dem Councillor Adrian England pointed "over the fence" at how much more next door councils are already achieving.
    In questions to Cllr Janice Marshall, Cllr England asked:
    "Does the Portfolio-holder agree with me that, as good as it is to see incremental progress on recycling there is still low-hanging fruit to be picked?