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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.

Petitioning for Road Safety for Bishop's Stortford Residents

London Rd petition

Local LibDem campaigner, Mione Goldspink has launched a petition to cut the speed limit to 20mph in a dangerous stretch of the London Road, in Bishop's Stortford. A recent tragic fatal accident on this thoroughfare has served to remind everyone of just how hazardous this route can be for pedestrians. To sign online, click here.

Hertford Castle by Election

Freja Waterhouse (Freja Waterhouse)

Freja Waterhouse

Congratulations to Freja Waterhouse, who received more than double the proportion of votes Liberal Democrats gained in this constituency in the General Election

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.


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Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • 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: Mar 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat European Group and its members look forward to joining other Liberal Democrats for the Unite for Europe march tomorrow at 1000 at Marble Arch.

    The Liberal Democrat European Group regrets the decision of the European Movement not to participate fully in this march.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Commenting on today's attack in Westminster, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These were horrific and deeply tragic events and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives today and the many more who are injured.

    "The bravery and professionalism of the police and emergency services has been truly humbling."

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK's creative industries.

    The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    George Galloway's decision to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election could boost the chances of a Liberal Democrat win.

    Mr Galloway once acted like a cat during a stint on reality show Big Brother but his politics are perhaps even more alarming.

    George Galloway cat

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "While George Galloway won't pick up enough votes to win, he clearly will take a number of votes from Labour. That increases our chances of winning as the only party that can beat Labour in Manchester Gorton.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017

    Tim Farron's speech to the 2017 Liberal Democrat Spring Conference

    Whether you support Brexit or not, Britain needs a decent opposition

    A few weeks ago I was in Doncaster, filming for a Laura Kuenssberg documentary. They took me to a pub to meet a group of people who had voted Leave, and I got talking to one of the guys there - a Scottish businessman who'd lived in Yorkshire for many years, a bit older than me, pro-union, anti-Europe.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the government re-open the Dubs child refugee scheme, at the party's Conference in York.

    The party has slammed the Government reasons for closing the scheme as 'lies'.

    The Government has been condemned for closing down a scheme to accept lone refugee children marooned in Europe after allowing just 350 displaced youngsters, not thousands as expected.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017
  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat members have today voted for proposals to maintain a credible minimum nuclear deterrent, keeping the Trident Successor Programme but ending continuous at-sea deterrence

    The proposals would mean the UK's submarines would patrol at irregular intervals, meaning the UK's adversaries would not know when our submarines were at sea so the deterrent is maintained.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an "NHS Passport" to secure the rights of the 59,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, as figures have revealed a sharp rise in nurses from the EU quitting the health service.

    Over 2,700 EU nurses left the NHS in 2016, a 68% increase compared to two years ago. Separate figures from the Royal College of Nursing have shown the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England has dropped by 92%, while there are 24,000 nurse jobs unfilled in the NHS.

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.

Lib Dem by-election wins 2016-17