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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.

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  • Article: Feb 16, 2022

    Liberal Democrats at Hertfordshire County Council have highlighted concerns that the new Corporate Plan fails to address issues of fairness, inequality or the detrimental impact of the cost of living crisis on Hertfordshire's residents. Hertfordshire County Council's new Corporate Plan was presented to the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel on Friday 10 February by the Leader, Councillor Richard Roberts. Liberal Democrat members welcomed the inclusion in the Corporate Plan aspirations for a Greener and Healthier Hertfordshire and the commitment to tackle climate change through the Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy. However, they raised significant concerns over the absence of any commitment to a Fairer Hertfordshire or policies to reduce inequality.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2022

    Liberal Democrats at Herts County Council have scored a success in getting the council to improve its plans for dealing with the climate emergency. Lib Dem Environment spokesperson Councillor Steve Jarvis put down a motion calling for the council to improve its plans in the light of COP26, including setting clear targets for cutting emissions, requiring developments on council land to be zero carbon and making sure that road building plans do not undermine the council's bid for a net-zero carbon county. At a meeting of the council's environment panel this week it was agreed that the "Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy" would be reviewed taking these things into account.

  • Residential Roads in Poor Condition
    Article: Feb 1, 2022
    Conservative-run Herts County Council has rejected a bid to fix dangerous potholes quicker.

    At present the County Council will take up to a month to fix reported holes on most roads other than main routes.

    On Monday the Conservative run County Council rejected a Liberal Democrat bid to half the amount of time it takes to fix faults. The Liberal Democrats want potholes fixed in 10 working days. Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst who proposed the move said:
  • Article: Jan 17, 2022

    A series of free to attend, direct engagement events taking place across the East of England designed to hear what you, our members, have to say.

    Each event will be opened via live stream on a giant screen by an independent political commentator. Adam Boulton (until recently Editor at large for Sky News) will open the first roadshow on Thursday 17 February in Bury St Edmunds.

  • Simy Dhyani
    Article: Jan 9, 2022
    THERE IS A DACORUM COUNCIL BYE-ELECTION IN BOXMOOR, ON THURSDAY, 3RD FEBRUARY, 2022
    Cllr William Allen, also a DBC councillor for Boxmoor - a 3-councillor ward - says,
    "Our colleague Liz Uttley has been a wonderful hardworking councillor, but a career move within the family meant a change of scene.

  • Article: Dec 30, 2021

    Liberal Democrats and Labour have always valued public education to a greater degree than Conservatives, if only because the generally more wealthy Conservative mostly have access to an alternative system.

    This system has greater resources per pupil, ready access to the professions and is over-represented in the intake to our better and more prestigious universities. Whilst not necessarily equiping the young people with the modern knowledge or with the practical or professional skills that the country needs to weather the present difficulties, it is rather more successful in endowing what it blatantly regards as the next generation of the ruling class, with immense confidence untroubled by conscience or sound judgement, and a strong sense of entitlement.

    Thus it has been and thus they strive to ensure it will continue to be. Just look at the present cabinet!

    And so when the remarkable spectacle of a protest by 7,000 headteachers arose in March 2019, two Liberal Democrat County Councillors made a public demonstration of their party's support.

  • Stephen Giles-Medhurst and Road
    Article: Dec 30, 2021
    Herts Lib Dems have hit out at Tory County Council claims that our roads are in "Good Shape".
    In March this year, the Lib Dems protested as over 60 road resurfacing reconstruction schemes were cut from works due by the County Council.
    The Conservative administration cut road improvement schemes (mainly on secondary side roads across the county) and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m - next year and in each of the following three years. This cut £8m in total from the planned £37m spend up to 2025 - a cut of 22%.
    Now council officers have released figures showing that the number of side roads in Hertfordshire that need of repair has nearly doubled since last year - increasing from 7% to 12%.

  • Christmas Decorations
    Article: Dec 24, 2021

    Wishing everyone as good a Christmas as present circumstances permit!

    And a happy New Year!

  • Article: Dec 15, 2021

    County Councillor Mark Watkin, Lib Dem spokesperson for Children's Services, has raised concerns about the Government's £3 million under funding of Herts County's high needs services for children with special needs.

    Cllr Watkin said, "Hertfordshire receives the 4th lowest funding based on its population of any of the 160 English local authorities. Compared to the average local authority, this means each year it receives £3million less to fund its crucially needed SEND services including its special schools, its advisory services, its school-based special resources and funding for children to receive specialist support.

  • Nick Rose Wem LD HQ
    Article: Dec 12, 2021

    The place to be this weekend - and a test drive with a difference!

    Rosemarie and Nick Hollinghurst from Tring answered the call - and went up to help in the Shropshire North By-Election, just "a little further" up the A41 from Tring. It turned out to be over 125 miles further up and more than a few more miles off the A4, but well worth the journey.

    Being retired, and so with greater flexibility, they decided to go up towards the end of the week to help get material ready for the big rush of volunteers on the final weekend of campaigning. They also decided to test the capability and practicability of their new EV on its first long run.

    They had a slow journey north, but, despite a long diversion for repairs to a railway bridge, they checked into the Old Rectory, a nice old hotel in Wem, at ¼ past 3 on Thursday - and immediately retraced their steps to arrive at the Liberal Democrat Campaign HQ in the grounds of nearby Soulton Hall. They worked counting out and making up leaflet rounds till gone 7 pm. then returned to the hotel in Wem.

    Then, meeting Jane and Nigel Quinton from Welwyn - also trying out a new EV - they joined them for a pleasant dinner at the Fox in Wem just down the road from the Old Rectory.

    Up in the morning at 7 on Friday, and fortified by the usual "English Breakfast" then packed and headed back to the HQ. There they found two more Hertfordshire Lib Dems, Malcolm Appleford and Robin Bromyard from Hemel Hempstead who were putting up poster boards. Nick and Rosemarie put in a solid 4½ hour session of clerical work Friday by a better and uneventful journey home. The EV performed splendidly.

    Organisation in the HQ was very good, with an air of quiet confidence and everyone we met was friendly and good company - most importantly there was coffee ad libitum.

    Anyone with time should please go and help out if they can. It's a widely dispersed area and needs lots of deliverers and canvassers, but based on Nick's experience back in Brecon and Radnor canvassing in rural areas is always appreciated by the electors - he found that talking to people in their own farmyard can be very rewarding. One tip though - don't stand too close behind a cow in a milking shed!

    Well, it IS different from Chesham & Amersham, but I'm making no other comment at all. If you want to get a feel for the situation, then go up and find out at first hand. The result will be known on Friday, but whatever that it is, your journey will not be wasted. At the very least we can feel we Did Our Bit! The people in Shropshire North deserve better than either corrupt Tories or disappointing Labour, and it would not be surpising if enough of them come see that over the next few days!

    A local campaigner like Helen Morgan is just what this area needs as its MP!