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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.

Campaigning in Hertford and Bishop's Stortford

Campaigning is very much under way ahead of forthcoming elections. On 9 March there are by elections in Hertford Castle and Waltham Cross, and there are county council elections on 4 May.

If you'd like to join in campaigning, or would be willing to put up a poster, please visit our volunteer page.

Stortford action day

Canvassing in Bishop's Stortford

Freja leafleting

Leafleting in Hertford Castle

LibDems react to Theresa May's Brexit speech

Tim Farron - key Europe planTim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised the Prime Minister for declaring that she is taking Britain out of the Single Market and denying the British people a say on the final deal in her speech on 17 January.

Tim Farron said: "Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn't. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy.

"Theresa May also made clear that she will deny the people a vote on the final deal. So instead of a democratic decision by the people in the country, she wants a stitch-up by politicians in Westminster. The people voted for departure, they should be given a vote on the destination. This is a theft of democracy.

"This speech was a mixture of vague fantasies and toothless threats to our nearest neighbours. At the moment Britain needs friends more than ever, she has succeeded in uniting the rest of Europe against her.

"When it comes to British prosperity and British democracy, she is waiving the white flag from the White Cliffs of Dover.

"Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government."

Here in East Herts, Brexit brings significant threats - to the tight connections with the rest of the EU through Stansted Airport, to the livelihoods of people commuting into London and working in the finance sector, to workers from other parts of the EU who are filling skills shortages in our hospitals.

If you too are worried about this: join the Liberal Democrats and make a difference, and read more about the LibDem plan for Europe.

More LibDem success: taking back control of Three Rivers District Council

The count at Three Rivers by election

The count at Three Rivers by election

"Liberal Democrats celebrate stunning council wins in both north and south" The Independent, 13 January

At Sandhill in Sunderland our vote share went up 41.5 percentage points as Labour's vote fell, showing that we can win even in an area that voted heavily for Brexit in June.

Closer to home, at Gade Valley in Three Rivers, Herts, our share of the vote leapt to 60.9%, delivering by-election victory for Cllr Alex Michaels, and control of Three Rivers District Council.

Coming on the back of consistent substantial swings and by-election wins, including gaining an MP in Richmond Park and a near-trebling of our vote in the Puckeridge by-election, this clearly shows that the Liberal Democrats are back, and gaining round. We're also the one party pushing for the UK to remain in the EU.


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Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Sarah Olney and flags
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    One of the basic assumptions of the British political system is that the opposition is a government-in-waiting. It calls the government to account partly by being a credible alternative. One of the unavoidable conclusions of time since the referendum, and particularly of the Copeland and Stoke by-elections, is that the Labour Part is not fulfilling this role.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    The Lib Dem fight-back continued in the Potteries by-election, as UKIP failed to live up to its own hype in the Leave centre of Britain.

    Liberal Democrat president Sal Brinton, seeing the party's share of the vote more than double, said from Stoke:

    "The Potteries decided there was no need to have UKIP's official leader in parliament when UKIP's unofficial leader is already in Number 10, pursuing a hard Brexit."

  • Petition: Feb 24, 2017

    Support the Liberal Democrat campaign for a splash park next to Hartham swing park, to improve facilities for children.

  • Event: Mar 25, 2017 11:00 AM
    Park Lane, London, W1K 7AN

    Join people from all over the country in the national March for Europe to show support for continued EU membership.

    People are very welcome to come without booking, but to give an indication to the organisers, please either sign up on Facebook or Eventbrite

    The amount of lying and mis-information from the Leave campaign raise serious questions over the referendum result. It's inceasingly clear that the hard Brexit on offer is not what most people voting Leave thought they were voting for: this march is a chance to stand up for continued EU membership.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017
    • Peers debate Article 50 bill paving way for start of Brexit
    • Theresa May wants to invoke Article 50 - the formal two-year mechanism by which a state must leave the EU - by the end of March
    • Peers will seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Brexit process
    • Follow our live coverage of today's events
  • Mione Goldspink
    Article: Feb 18, 2017
    By Mione Goldspink

    February 2017

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    There seems to be no end to all the different plans, consultations and schemes for Bishop's Stortford's Town Centre. The District Council employed some consultants to look at the Town Centre Planning Framework, and then the Town Council paid for another group of consultants to look, and to suggest some ways of attracting more visitors to the Town. Some of the suggestions would cost more money: £12,000 to create a Town Brand, £10,000 to promote hotel development, and £10,000 to improve access to the Flitch Way. I wonder if these would be good value for money?

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and committed to continue to campaign for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, mod­ern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, com­passionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

If this sounds like you too, join us.

Winning across the country