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Article: Oct 22, 2021
Conservative MP Philip Davies has started taking a surprising interest in the Liberal Democrats' commitment to an equal parliament, and our internal selection procedures.
Perhaps he has decided to turn his back on his sexist views, or perhaps he has a different motive.
Read Philip Davies' letter to Ed Davey, and Ed's reply:
Article: Oct 21, 2021
Liberal Democrat councillors were shocked and disappointed that their proposals to strengthen the Domestic Abuse motion were blocked by the Conservatives at the Full Council meeting of Hertfordshire County Council on 19 October.
The Liberal Democrat proposals include Hertfordshire Police recording crimes which are motivated by sex or gender following the example set successfully by Nottinghamshire Police in 2016 and followed since by 10 other police forces; that the Council seeks funding from the government to support survivors and victims through the Spending Review; and that the backlog of domestic abuse court cases be addressed with urgency.
Article: Oct 20, 2021
We did it!
The Vagrancy Bill is a blunt outdated instrument that makes criminals of rough sleepers. It hurts the people most in need in our society.
Liberal Democrats have been fighting to scrap it for years. And today, the Prime Minister has been dragged kicking and screaming to a point where even he admits it needs to go.
Article: Oct 14, 2021By Greg Foster
In collaboration with the Liberal Democrat European Group, the Federal Policy Committee are organising regional events giving members a chance to shape our policy on Europe. We want to hear your thoughts on what our priority areas should be, what solutions you might have to problems raised and how we can continue to promote a close relationship with Europe.
Article: Oct 13, 2021
The autumn party conferences traditionally mark the start of the new political season. They are a time to reflect on the past year and set out plans to succeed in the coming year.
Both politics and coronavirus have made it a tough time since the last round of conferences. But we can look forward to this new political season with confidence that if we continue to raise our game, we can prosper. We've seen signs of that already, including with Sarah Green's fantastic win in Chesham and Amersham and also with the latest net favourability leadership polling from Savanta ComRes:
Article: Oct 13, 2021
The Federal Conference Committee recently met to discuss the Conference format for 2022.
We considered a number of options for next year's conferences and took the difficult decision to hold Spring Conference as an online conference and only returning to an in-person event for Autumn Conference. The dates of Spring Conference will be 11-13 March 2022 and we will announce the dates and venue for Autumn Conference in due course.
Article: Oct 13, 2021By Mark Pack
On Monday 18th of October the Board will hosting a surgery for all Party members.
This is an open invitation to everyone, whether you have a burning question for us, would just like to get to know the Board a bit better, or have an issue you'd like to raise. We are all ears.
The session will run from 18:00-19:00, please feel free to drop in and out as best fits your day, and you can register here.
Article: Oct 8, 2021
As seats begin to elect new Parliamentary election candidates, now's the time to get your stationary stocked up.
After requests from a number of new candidates, we've worked with Election Workshop to put together a fantastic deal to ensure your candidate has a well stocked supply of letterheads for responding to casework.
Article: Oct 6, 2021
This Autumn, we say goodbye to Isabelle Parasram, our Vice President responsible for working with ethnic minority communities.
Isabelle has been a tremendous advocate, leader and example in the Party and she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best in her new role as Chief Executive of Social Value UK, which has led to her making the difficult decision to step back from the demands of the Vice Presidential role.
Article: Oct 5, 2021
The Federal Communications and Elections Committee met this week to discuss some key challenges and opportunities ahead for the Pary.
The Campaign Innovation Fund team, supported by ALDC and others, presented to us on the results of a set of experiments conducted to test what does, and doesn't, help us win campaigns.
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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