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Sophie Bell, Julian Huppert etc at start of Watton campaign

Sophie Bell, on the first day of campaigning in Watton-at-Stone by election

Congratulations to Sophie Bell, the newly-elected member of East Hertfordshire District Council for Watton-at-Stone.

Sophie won in a by-election on 23 August 2018 with 67% of the vote, beating the Tories on 30% and Labour on 2.8%

Watton-at-Stone is in the part of East Hertfordshire which is in North East Hertfordshire constituency.

[23 August 2018]


Lib Dems offer to work with Labour to secure final say

Tom Brake, from national party web siteLiberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has written to Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer, offering to work with his party to secure a final say on Brexit.

The intervention comes as the Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary yesterday confirmed that Labour was keeping the option of a final say on Brexit "on the table." John McDonnell, Labour Shadow Chancellor, has today backed Mr Starmer's position.

Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

"Just last week we had a Labour MP using the spectre of social unrest to dismiss the idea of granting the public a say on the deal, but now there appears to be a change of heart from some at Labour's top table.

"If that is the case, the Labour party should come out and say it. They should be straight with the public and use their upcoming conference to back a final say on Brexit. But will Jeremy Corbyn allow it?

"Brexit will be a disaster for jobs, the NHS and our environment. That is why Liberal Democrats across the country are fighting for an Exit from Brexit. That is why we are offering to work with Labour, and any other party, to secure a final say on the deal."

[23 August 2018]


Annelise Berendt Furnace

Annelise Berendt Furnace, Liberal Democrat member of Sawbridgeworth Town Council writes on Life as a Town Councillor:

"It is remarkable how much work our local councillors do for their residents and communities, and how readily citizens can engage with them. Five fascinating months as a Town Councillor in Sawbridgeworth have given me a real insight into the contribution councillors make to the life of the community."

Click here to read the complete article



Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Oct 20, 2018

    On Saturday, during the People's Vote march in London, activists will be given a piece of Labour's Brexit fudge - reminding them that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is fudging its position on giving the people a final say on Brexit.

    Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership have defied us all with their 'Brexit fudge'. Inspired by Willy Wonka himself, the Labour's opposition to Brexit is just 'pure imagination'.

    This 'Brexit fudge' will stick in the throat of most Labour voters. Given the damage Brexit will cause, Labour's failure to oppose this Tory mess will be difficult to stomach.

    But for Brexiters, Chef Corbyn's 'Brexit fudge' will have them salivating. It will make their Brexit dreams that much sweeter. Indeed, it will go well with a glass of Raab's confusing concoction and the Eton mess being served up by Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Like the Liberal Democrats, D66 is a progressive liberal party that holds its roots in the free-spirited leftist liberal party.

    On a strong Europe, Mr. Jetten said:

    "We find ourselves in an unprecedented, chaotic and ever-worsening political situation. The situation is so alarming that it not only requires the frank truth-speaking that is possible among friends, but also calls for all the moral support and consolation that friends can give."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    Today Theresa May announced that she was open to extending the transition period - a clear admittance that her Brexit deal is unworkable.

    The Prime Minister is now left to defend a policy she doesn't really believe in, which her cabinet are still squabbling over - and which is it increasingly clear she can't deliver.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    What's been happening?

    The Liberal Democrats have been dedicated more money, and more time and more of our key campaigners to stopping Brexit.

    We've still got time to stop Brexit and we're ramping up our campaign. Big time.

    And it's working. So far we have:

    • Sent 355,000 target letters to voters
    • Reached 2,200,000 voters online
    • Recruited 150,000 campaign supporters
    • Recruited 60,000 new members because of our Brexit campaigning
    • Held 2 million conversations on Brexit with voters
    • Defeated the government 17 times in parliament on Brexit
    • Been a part of 5 national anti-Brexit marches, with the 6th happening this weekend
  • Article: Oct 17, 2018

    Businesses with 500+ staff should be forced to reveal how they help employees with mental health issues if they fail to disclose the information voluntarily.

    The Companies Act should be amended so employers have to report on workplace mental health.

    Firms must become far more transparent about how they support staff with mental health issues, as well as better measure key mental health indicators such as absences.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Once again we've seen us winning a fantastic by-election victory, this time up in Chesterfield on 4 October, with Tony Rogers increasing our vote share to 47% and gaining the seat off Labour, proving that once again where we work hard and find strong local champions, we win. Tony and his team did everything needed to get our message out, find out where our supporters were, and then getting them out to vote on polling day. Congratulations to him and his team, and also to our other winners in local government by elections.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    Brexit is bad for Britain. Join Liberal Democrats at 1200 noon Saturday 20 October near Hyde Park Corner to march for a Peoples' Vote and an Exit from Brexit.

    Brexiteers want to take the country back - we want to take our country forward!

    Further details can be found here:

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/20-oct-march

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson in Worthing Herald

    In a letter published last week (11 October) in the Worthing Herald, Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) Chair, Nick Hopkinson, argues the chances of a People's Vote and an Exit from Brexit have grown substantially:

    People are changing their minds about Brexit as our political and economic mess worsens. Recent polls show solid leads in favour of a Peoples Vote on any Brexit deal and a slowly growing, but slim, majority for staying in the European Union (EU).

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

    Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018
    By Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors

    Kickstart is the name of the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors (ALDC) residential campaign training weekend. It runs twice a year - in the summer and autumn.

    Attendees get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring from experienced and successful Liberal Democrat campaigners and councillors.

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, modĀ­ern, 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, comĀ­passionate 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.