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Article: May 20, 2022
Following a motion from Liberal Democrat councillors, Herts County Council has revealed that it will cost somewhere between £275 million and £500 million to make the county's schools carbon neutral. This figure only includes schools that are the responsibility of the council. Costs for schools which are academies will be on top of this as will any carbon offsetting that may be required.
Article: May 20, 2022By Liberal Democrats
Richard Foord will be our Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election.
I was proud to serve my country in the Armed Forces for ten years and now want to serve my community in Westminster.Richard Foord
Richard lives in Uffculme with his wife and family. He grew up in the West Country and served for ten years in the army after graduating from Sandhurst, reaching the rank of Major and receiving three campaign medals for service in Iraq and the Balkans.
Article: May 17, 2022By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, May 2022
Liberal Democrat Views by Mione Goldspink, May, 2022.
The terrible news about the ongoing ghastly war in Ukraine continues to dominate our UK news and to overshadow all our lives as we try very hard to "Keep Calm and Carry On". Many people wish to do something to help. Thousands of UK citizens have offered to be Hosts, which is marvellous, but it is really frustrating that the Home Office is so slow in processing the Visa applications. I still cannot understand why Britain cannot do as other countries do, and issue emergency Visas to admit the Refugees quickly and then complete the full process once they are safely here.
Article: May 17, 2022
Here we find ourselves again. It is now coming up on two years since the Conservatives' first threatened to break international law over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Then, this time last year, we heard the continued threats over Article 16 which threatened to overshadow the G7 summit in Cornwall. And now, we are awaiting a rumoured announcement from the Foreign Secretary regarding legislation which will, reportedly, unilaterally rip up the Protocol.
Article: May 16, 2022
Since Spring Conference, most members will have been focused on the Local Elections which took place in many parts of the country - and rightly so: the hard work has paid off, with some truly fantastic gains made from both the Conservatives and Labour. Particular mention should go to our amazing Chief Steward at Conference, Mike Ross, who is now the Leader of Hull Council! Massive congratulations to Mike and the whole team.
Article: May 14, 2022By Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats have selected Cllr Sarah Dyke as their candidate for the Somerton and Frome constituency.
Sarah lives in the constituency and is from a Somerset farming family which can be traced back over 250 years to the local area. Sarah worked in the agricultural industry and is Portfolio Holder for the Environment on South Somerset District Council where she is spearheading rewilding programmes, investment in electric vehicle charging points and the council's zero-carbon targets.
Article: May 13, 2022
Liberal Democrats won right across the country in May's local elections with successes from the Scottish Highlands to Somerset, from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Kingston-Upon-Hull, from Powys to St Albans.
Liberal Democrats elected 868 Councillors, a net gain of 224!
We are winning again because we are listening to people. Because we hear their concerns and their frustration. Because we are standing up for our values, standing up for our communities, and fighting for a fair deal.
Article: May 12, 2022
What an amazing outcome from this May's local elections:
- Three more Liberal Democrat majority councils, taking us back to where we were before going into Coalition in 2010;
- A net gain of 224 councillors, making this the fourth set of net gains in a row, something we've not achieved since the Iraq war;
- 19% vote share (the national equivalent vote share, i.e. what it would have been if there were elections everywhere); and
- The lovely bonus of seeing our sister party in Northern Ireland, Alliance, gaining seats and votes to move up to such an impressive third place.
Article: May 9, 2022
The Federal Board will be holding another surgery, a chance to come along and ask us your questions, on Monday 16th of May. You can register to join us here!
Interested in our plans for Tiverton and Honiton? Want to know drove success in the Local Elections? Have an idea for how we can improve? This is an opportunity to talk to us.
Article: May 3, 2022By Liberal Democrats
These elections are your chance to vote for Liberal Democrat local champions who will listen to you and work hard for your community.
Here we answer some frequently asked questions about how to vote Liberal Democrat:
- Who can vote in these elections?
- Where do I go to cast my vote?
- When can I vote?
- What do I need to take with me to vote?
- How do I vote Liberal Democrat?
- I have a postal vote but haven't returned it, what do I do?
- Why are people asking for my number outside the polling station?
- Can I tell you when I've voted?
- Why should I vote Liberal Democrat?
- How can I help Liberal Democrats win?
- Is campaigning allowed on polling day?
- When will we know the results?
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A Fresh Start for Hertford & Stortford
Goodbye to Mark Prisk and hello to Chris Lucas
Introducing our candidate. Read more here.
Bircherley Green - Don't waste this opportunity
This is a golden opportunity to put the public good ahead of private profit
The council needs to take advantage of this new chapter to put the needs of Hertford first, please read our statement on Bircherley Green here.
Tories deny Climate Emergency in East Herts
On the 24th July, the Liberal Democrats put forward a motion to East Herts District Council to declare a Climate Emergency in East Herts.
The Conservative Party on the council heavily amended our motion, removing all reference to 'climate emergency' and replaced it with 'climate change' and removing many of the concrete actions. By this, the Tories at EHDC have declared that they do not consider climate change an emergency and showed that they do not understand or acknowledge the seriousness of the situation.
Please sign our petition to call on them to reconsider.
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Britain deserves better.
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Congratulations to the new Liberal Democrat Leader: Jo Swinson
Read her acceptance speech
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Anti-Brexit March for Change, 22 July
Members of East Herts LibDems and friends from other parties in East Herts for Europe on the way to July's march.
European Election results in East Herts
We were in second place in the European Elections in East Herts. The Brexit Party came first, on 14,374, followed by Liberal Democrats on 11,090, Greens on 6,592, Conservatives on 4,953 and Labour on 2,234.
Stunning Gains in East Herts
We are pleased to announce that after the Town and District elections on 2nd May 2019, the number of local Liberal Democrats Councillors are as follows:
East Herts District Council: 6 (+6) *
Bishop's Stortford Town Council: 5 (+5)
Hertford Town Council: 2 (+2)
Sawbridgeworth: 1 (+1) *
Ware Town Council: 2 (+2)
*compared to 2015