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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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  • Simon Hughes MP meets with Friends of the Earth's Bees in Parliament ()
    Article: Oct 26, 2016

    Bees are crucial to the pollination of crops and to agricultural efficiency. However they are under threat from a number of chemicals - some in a quite unexpected manner. For example selective herbicides and fertilizer might not be expected to hurt bees at all. However spray drift from herbicides and fertilizer run off from the crop areas have led to field margins becoming dominated by a sparse vegetation composed of coarse grasses, nettles, docks and hogweed. Few flowering plants thrive here and bees have insufficient blossom to feed from.

  • East West Rail Map
    Article: Oct 25, 2016

    It seems that the East-West Rail rebuild is to go via the Bedford-Sandy-Cambridge corridor.

    After looking at 20 alternatives Network Rail has made a decision for the routing of the Central Section.

    This route is considered to provide the best return on investment.

    Work has already been underway on the Western Section for two years now.

  • Principle Council By Elections 201016
    Article: Oct 24, 2016

    To jump up to second place in Witney the way we did was certainly a sign of a change in sentiment towards Liberal Democrats - though of course in Liz Leffman we had a well known and well liked candidate who is a local councillor and a credit to her community.

    The Conservatives may have held the seat - albeit with a greatly reduced majority - but for any party to achieve 30% vote share in a parliamentary by election shows that the voters now look on the Liberal Democrats as a credible party of government.

  • Roadside Litter
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    The problem of littering from cars is spiralling. Last year in north Hertfordshire 80 tonnes of litter were collected from just 18 miles of A-roads. In Dorset 2 tonnes of litter was collected from a 5-mile section of the A338 at a cost to local taxpayers of £10,000.

    Some litter is undoubtably packing or other material which blows off commercial vehicles - but the vast majority is created by lazy, selfish people who toss cans, bags wrappers and so on out of cars as they drive along, usually after they've finished a snack.

  • Ellie Hudspith
    Article: Oct 22, 2016
    Last Thursday, 20th October, 2016 Ellie Hudspith stormed to victory in an unexpected by election in the Clarence Ward of St Albans City & District
    LD Ellie Hudspith 916 [56.9%; +6.0%] ELECTED

    Conservative 388 [24.0%; +2.8%]

    Labour 193 [12.0%; -5.2%]

    Green 98 [6.1%; -3.7%]

    UKIP 16 [1.0; +1.0%]

    [TUSC [0.0%; -1.0%]]

    Majority: 528

    LD hold

    Percentage change since May 2016
  • Tarmac Harper Lane Plant
    Article: Oct 22, 2016

    Last year, Tarmac - who claim to be " UK's leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company" - opened a a new, modern asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire.

    The £6.6m plant replaces an older 1960s operation. It has greater capacity, is more efficient, and can manufacture a wider range of products, including lower temperature asphalts. Key points:

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    The Witney Parliamentary By Election saw a huge swing to the Liberal Democrats of 19.3% as the Conservative vote fell back from 60% in 2015 to 45% yesterday. If repeated across the UK a movement in support like this would mean a loss of 26 seats from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats. This would wipe out Theresa May's majority.

  • London Overground Class 378
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    London Overground is currently jointly run by MTL (港铁) and Deutsche Bahn (DB) - although Arriva, which is a DB subsidiary company managed the railway services on their behalf.

    Arriva, who took over the North of England Passenger Rail Franchise at the beginning of April, will start running London Overground next month.

  • Peterborough Conference
    Article: Oct 19, 2016

    The basic unit of the Liberal Democrats is the Local Party, but local parties together are organised into regions - in our case the East of England Region.

    The regional structures exist to provide a wider perspective on policy and development issues of common or joint interest and to support Local parties in terms of campaigning, development, training and recruitment.

  • carmichael
    Article: Oct 18, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling yesterday which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

    "Every pound spent monitoring people's emails, text messages and calls is a pound taken away from community policing.

    "Mass spying on the British people should be replaced with targeted surveillance of specific individuals suspected of wrongdoing."