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Sally Symington Portrait

Our candidate for the 2019 General Election is Sally Symington (@SallySymington)

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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.

News

  • East West Rail route through Cambourne (East West Rail)
    Article: Feb 18, 2020

    East-West Rail announced at the end of January 2020 that, following on from an extensive consultation, which included the views of Hertfordshire County Council, the company had decided on Option E as their Preferred Route. This is the route through Cambourne.

    Hertfordshire has road traffic that is 35% higher than the UK average and, in addition, suffers from a lack of East-West transport infrastructure.

    Although not passing through the county, East West Rail has the potential to reduce some traffic flows through Hertfordshire. In addition a restored rail route will be more sustainable and far less environmentally damaging than the proposed "Oxford-Cambridge Expressway" which will roughly follow the same general direction - again outside of Hertfordshire. However, whether the "Expressway" will ever get build is another matter.

    With regard to the East-West Rail project, local Lib Dem councillors are in favour of Option E as the Preferred Route for the Central Section to link Bedford with Cambridge.

    The route via Cambourne was the option South Cambridgeshire District Council said should be chosen when asked during a consultation.

  • Lara Pringle Candidate Herts PCC
    Article: Feb 16, 2020
    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats announce Lara Pringle as their Police and Crime Commissioner candidate.

    Lara is an experienced criminal barrister and a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Dacorum. She has built up a reputation as a formidable campaigner and a champion of social justice.
    As a criminal barrister with over two decades of experience prosecuting, Lara understands what drives crime. She recognises the huge challenges faced in the criminal justice system and knows that strategic investment and a change of focus is required.
  • Article: Feb 10, 2020

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats decry the decision by Conservative members to close three short break respite homes across the county, significantly reducing capacity.

    The three sites slated for closure are at Tewin Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hixberry Lane, St Albans and Apton Road, Bishops Stortford.

    At the Adult Care and Health Panel today, a petition was presented by the Carers organisation, Carers in Herts, making very valid points and seeking a cooperative process with Adult Care Services to build the right respite strategy service before closures are considered, and Cllr Ron Tindall as LibDem spokesperson put this forward as an alternative recommendation to the panel. Sadly this vote was lost with all Conservative members voting against, despite several of them having echoed the concerns of the petitioners and opposition members during the debate. Instead the proposal to authorise closure was voted through; all opposition members voted against. One Conservative Member who had suggested that the recommendation should be amended to consider the plans further before committing to closures at least abstained (much to his credit).

  • Aldbury Traffic Calming Consultation Jan 2020
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    Tuesday 21st of January saw a full house in Aldbury's Memorial Hall as local residents crowded in. The occasion was a presentation by a consultant hired by Herts County Council officers for new proposals for traffic calming measures.

    Some years ago the villagers started a quest for bringing in traffic calming to their picturesque and tranquil village. discussions took place at the time with the County Council and shortly afterwards Parish Council was awarded a grant from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for design work to be carried out by consultants that they has appointed and were paying for.

  • PAYG Contactless at WGC Station (Peter Alvey / Govia Thames Railway)
    Article: Jan 22, 2020

    Govia Thameslink Railway are introducing contactless payments at three stations, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welham Green.

    It's a Pay-As-You-Go system and generally offers the cheapest single fares - depending on the time of day - towards London. Travellers simply touch their contactless payment card or smartphone payment app on the yellow card readers at the station.

  • Sally Symington with Campaign Team Berkhamsted
    Article: Jan 17, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats - Independent of Big Business, Independent of Big Unions.

    This gives them the independence and freedom to promote their social values and to represent you and your community.

    But independence alone is not enough. To get things done in government, such as free school meals for under 7s and the 'triple lock' for pensions, you need the backing of an organisation and an effective political party.

    It is difficult to stand up against the twin monsters of the Conservative and Labour Parties. But an independent political party do so - and can get things done.

    When the Liberal Democrats were in government, they took 3 million people out of paying income tax.

    The Liberal Democrats also put in place measures that have already resulted in a greater increase in sustainable energy production for the UK than either Labour or the Conservatives. And over time these measures will continue to increase our green energy supplies - when finished next year the Horn Sea 2 will be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

    You can trust the Lib Dems to get things done in the national interest - to the benefit of all of us - not just the well-connected elite.

    Thank you for the support you gave Sally Symington and the Liberal Democrats on 12th December.

    The Lib Dems can stand up for local communities and local people because they are not in the pockets of the rich, nor dictated to by powerful unions.

  • Sally Symington with Campaign Team Berkhamsted
    Article: Dec 17, 2019

    In the context of the 2019 General Election, S W Herts was not a very important constituency. It was not a target seat and the result was expected to be a comfortable Conservative hold. Nevertheless, there was a chance that the Labour vote might weaken. The Liberal Democrats approach was therefore to run a reasonable campaign, consistent with providing support to St Albans - which was a Lib Dem target seat and which was in fact won. The aim in S W Herts was to improve the Liberal Democrat vote share as a foundation to future success.

  • Arriva st Tring Climate Event
    Article: Dec 16, 2019

    At the Tring Climate Event on the 26th October, Sally Symington, Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Southwest Hertfordshire Constituency, met with members of the Transition Town Movement during her Parliamentary Campaign got into gear. The purpose of the Climate Event, which was organised by Lib Dem Controlled Tring Town Council, was to explain how small towns can make big contributions in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and helping to mitigate Global Heating.

  • Sally Symington Tring 20's Plenty
    Article: Dec 14, 2019

    "Twenty's Plenty in Residential Areas", say Nick and Sally

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Sally Symington was in Tring during the General Election campaign to meet the local county councillor, Nick Hollinghurst.

    As a local Dacorum Councillor herself - representing Berkhamsted West - Sally is keen to learn about new improvements within the Borough.

    Here Cllr Hollinghurst explains about the objectives and difficulties behind the introduction of the new 20 mph zone in the west of Tring.

    He said that this is a part of the town with a large number of young families, as well several blocks of flats for older people close to the High Street.

    The intention is to produce a quieter, calmer and cleaner environment in which people feel more confident about walking, cycling and crossing the road.

    Studies in places as diverse as Portsmouth, Glasgow and London have shown measurable improvements in social interaction, increased time spent outdoors and higher levels of exercise

    Sally supports zones like these in helping to improve the quality of life for everyone, and to reduce the burden of pollution and disturbanceacross the whole community.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2019

    County Council votes to oppose further expansion of Luton Airport


    Hertfordshire County Council has voted to oppose further expansion of London Luton Airport. At a full council meeting on 26 November, the council voted unanimously to object to the proposed expansion plans on the grounds that expansion of London Luton Airport to 32 mppa would result in unacceptable harm to the environment.