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Article: Jan 26, 2022
Boris Johnson's failure to defend our children's education meant that his Government spent the same amount in one month on Eat Out To Help Out as in a whole year for our children's school catch-up.
Imagine a future where our children's education is a priority. Where schools raise their mental well-being and their maths grades. Where they can excel at English and find their talent for music or sport. Where they grow into happy, healthy, adults.
Article: Jan 19, 2022
The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) met on Saturday, 15th January to start its work on the final agenda for Spring 2022 Conference, which will be taking place virtually via the Hopin platform.
If you haven't yet registered for Conference, I would recommend doing so here.
We've had a few departures from the FCC in the last few months and welcomed two new members. Jennie Rigg ceased being the English Party's Representative to the FCC and Jenni Lang stepped down as the Scottish Party Representative after becoming the Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. I would like to place on record our thanks for their service to the FCC, they will be missed, and we would like to wish them all the very best for the future. We welcomed Matt McLaren as our new English Party Rep and Paul McGarry as our new Scottish Party Rep to the committee.
Article: Jan 18, 2022
The headline "two new MPs so far in this Parliament" is a welcome one. Winning, especially winning with record swings, is what we all want.
Underneath the headline is a lot of hard work, plenty of tough decisions, and a drive to improve. We should all be thankful to our activists, staff and supporters.
Article: Jan 18, 2022
Liberal Democrat Councillors in Hertford & Stortford call on Johnson to go and for Julie Marson MP to help him on his way
On behalf of Liberal Democrat Councillors in the Hertford & Stortford constituency, County Councillor Calvin Horner and the leader of the opposition on East Herts District Council, Mione Goldspink have released a joint statement:
Petition: Jan 17, 2022
This petition calls on our local MP, Julie Marson, to oppose publicly this Government's current proposals attacking the BBC.
As a public service broadcaster, the BBC has a vital and unique place in the UK's media and cultural landscape and should be supported rather than constantly attacked by this Government. It plays a vital role in informing, educating and entertaining the nation and it promotes the UK around the world.
Article: Jan 14, 2022By Duncan Brack
You may remember, last November, taking part in a survey on members' views on Brexit and the party's campaigning on the future of UK-EU relations. Thanks to everyone who participated - 6,500 members, more than any previous survey of this type - and thanks to Greg Foster and Dan Schmeising at party HQ who organised it on behalf of the Federal Policy Committee. This article gives you the results.
Article: Jan 13, 2022
After the disappointment and failure of the 2019 general election, an independent post-mortem was carried out into what went wrong. The findings of the Thornhill Review set a broad and challenging reform agenda for the party, which we've made good progress on implementing so far.
On the role of the Federal Board itself, the Thornhill Review found that:
Article: Jan 13, 2022By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, December 2021
Local Matters with Mione Goldspink December, 2021.
It is good news that Wrenbridge's new proposal for the site off Whittington way is for a Business and Employment Park. This would have the potential to create between 250-450 new jobs, with scope for science, research and technology to all be developed. It could bring great benefit to Bishop's Stortford, and I welcome it most warmly.
Article: Jan 13, 2022By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, November 2021
Local Matters with Mione Goldspink November, 2021.
I am pleased and relieved that the planning application for the large 24hour Distribution Centre on the new development south of Whittington Way has now been withdrawn. I had always objected to this application and there has been huge community opposition, with an excellent petition expressing people's views. It is a great pity that the Conservative Planning Committee did not insist on better and tighter wording when it granted the permission in 2018.
Article: Jan 12, 2022
FPC members started the year bright and early with our first meeting last week. We cancelled our December meeting so we could all focus on North Shropshire, so this was our first meeting since November.
Big areas of focus for FPC this year will be further work on our messages and key policies to support them, leading up eventually to the Manifesto for the next General Election; and our substantial programme of working groups developing policies in politically useful areas, to bring to autumn conference.
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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.
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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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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