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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.
Mike Wood and Terence Beckett Thank you

Mike Wood (centre) seated with Terence Beckett and Mione Goldspink

On 8 December we gathered to thank Mike Wood, standing down as President, and people who had helped in Terence Beckett's recent campaign.

Mike's distinguished service has seen him as Mayor of Bishop's Stortford, serving for extended periods as a County, District and Town councillor and hold all the main offices in the local party.

Terence recently stood in the Meads ward by election on 6 December 2018, where he was came a very good second.

Mark ArgentRead Mark Argent's speech to the East Herts and Broxbourne Liberal Democrats AGM, picking up on progress locally - particularly Sophie Bell's success in the Watton-at-Stone by election, and the fast-moving national situation around Brexit.

When Mione, Chris, Stephen and Terence met Mark... and asked for a People's Vote...

LibDem activists prepare to meet Mark Prisk with a petitionOn Friday, 19th October, one day before the People's Vote March in London, 4 local LibDem campaigners met Hertford and Stortford MP, Mark Prisk.

Mione Goldspink, Chris Wilson, Stephen Skinner and Terence Beckett presented Mr Prisk with a petition of more than 300 local names, all wanting a say in what happens next, and all demanding a People's Vote on Brexit.

Then these 4 joined over 30 others from Stortford, Hertford and nearby in marching on London in one of the biggest displays of democracy ever seen! We want a People's Vote and we are not going away!

Sign the Liberal Democrat's Brexit petition

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The Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit, and the Labour Leadership continue to support them. The people should have the final say on the Brexit deal.

If it's not the right deal for Britain's future, then you should be able to reject it and remain in the European Union.

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Winning Here! Sophie Bell wins landslide in Watton-at-Stone...

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: Feb 20, 2019

    Today I'm supporting a Private Members' bill to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

    For me this is about the pride of we can all get from work - it's not just what we do, often it can define who we are.

    As it stands, people seeking asylum who make it to Britain are only allowed to work after twelve months after submitting their claim for asylum and only if they can fill a job on the government's very narrow shortage occupation list (like ballet dancer, or nuclear waste decomissioner).

  • Article: Feb 19, 2019

    The numbers don't lie. 2019 presents the biggest set of local elections for the Lib Dems in several years. Many of those candidates will be under the age of 26. That's where we come in.

    I'm Charlie, campaigns officer for the Young Liberals - the party's youth and student wing. We want to see more young people getting elected - and that's why today we launched Young and Winning 2019.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2019

    Do you want to get our Brexit message to voters in your area? Check out our new bulk buy deals to find out how.

    The deadline to order is Monday 25 February.

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  • Article: Feb 18, 2019

    Today, 7 MPs left Labour to form an independent group. I felt they were brave and said I hoped we'd be able to work together.

    What I didn't say is I felt the answer to many of their reasons for leaving are addressed right here, with the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    Today 7 Labour MPs have left their party to become Independents.

    It's not unexpected, or unwelcome. In part, they've been pushed to this by Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to respect his party's policy on Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2019

    Every May, there are local elections in the UK, to elect the councillors that local after our local communities.

    In the Liberal Democrats, we're committed to making sure this year's local elections produce the biggest gains ever, returning hard-working Liberal Democrat councillors to town halls right across England.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2019
    By Sal Brinton

    It is less than a month now to Spring Conference in York. I'm sure many of you will by now have booked your trains and your accommodation to join us for all the interest that two days packed full of motions, training, fringes and meeting up with others from across the country. If you haven't booked yet, you can do so here: libdems.org.uk/spring-conference

  • Article: Feb 15, 2019
    By Claire Halliwell

    We all know the power of a good story.

    Storytelling is the oldest way of passing along information, in which facts can be shared but we also know it is also one of the most powerful for sharing our messages.

    That's why we want yours.

    We want to share your story to help us win the fight for an Exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2019

    Tonight in Parliament, the Conservatives kicked the can down the road yet again.

    As the Brexit deadline looms ever larger, Parliament is still gridlocked - and there's no sign of anything changing soon.

    For two years, Theresa May's Conservatives have made an absolute mess of Brexit - and Corbyn's Labour have been right there with them - letting them off the hook.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting, day in and day out, to stop this catastrophe.

    We still have time to stop Brexit - and we need to make our campaign even stronger in the next few weeks.

    Together, we've defeated the Government in Parliament 24 times; we've built public support for a People's Vote and we've led the campaign against Brexit on doorsteps across Britain.

    We are making a difference - and it's still all to play for. Will you donate to help us keep fighting to stop Brexit?

  • Article: Feb 14, 2019

    In Hull last May we confounded expectations and swelled our councillor numbers on the Guildhall benches from 17 to 24 - winning seats off Labour heavy-weights right across our City.

    Forlorn looking faces of Labour councillors and candidates stood looking shell-shocked around the count tables as ballot papers tipped out of the boxes - their Council majority has been slashed to just five. They could not comprehend what had happened.

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.