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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.

Vote for Change, Vote for Proper Representation, Vote for Terence Beckett for Meads

Terence BeckettOn Thursday, 6 December, the people of the Meads Ward, Bishop's Stortford get the chance to vote in a new town councillor following the resignation of Gillian Campbell. It is a chance to break the monopoly of the Conservative Party, and bring in a new voice with a new perspective. The man for the job is Terence Beckett.

Terence has lived in Bishop's Stortford for 20 years, is a qualified sustainable construction professional and is passionate about giving the people of Meads Ward a voice for their concerns. He can and will break through the complacency of the town council, concentrating on Safer Streets, Cleaner Air and appropriate building developments in the town, with infrastructure to match. You can learn more about Terence and his campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/meadselection/

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: Dec 12, 2018

    Yesterday I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use.

    The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

    The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure, leaving young people vulnerable to dangerous strains of cannabis sold by dealers who have absolutely no interest in their welfare.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    The Government is in absolute chaos. We are closer than ever to securing a People's Vote on Brexit, thanks to your hard work and support.

    Today Theresa May was forced into an embarrassing delay of her Brexit vote. She knew she was going lose by a huge margin. She is running scared.

    It's a huge moment, and it has been driven by Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    On 10th December 1948, history was made. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    In the shadow of the Second World War, the nations of the world came together to declare that everyone - no matter who they are and where they live - has the same fundamental rights.

    With one voice, we pledged to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    For two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit.

    Tuesday's vote is the best chance yet to secure a People's Vote and the Liberal Democrats will be using every opportunity to demand better than Brexit.

    The Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit, aided and abetted by the Labour leadership.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    To try and sell a plan that would rob us of many vital cross-border crime-fighting tools on the basis of national security takes quite the brass neck.

    Consider the European Arrest Warrant. It enables us to bring criminals who've fled our shores back to justice in the UK, as well as to extradite thousands of others to face justice in other European countries.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice

    Yesterday, Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice.

    So they are publishing the full advice this morning - and our team of experts are ready to pour over the detail and find out what they were trying to hide.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Rhys Taylor

    At our 2018 Spring Conference the Welsh Liberal Democrats followed in the footsteps of our Scottish friends and passed policy calling on Welsh Government to overhaul its guidance on school uniforms to make then more inclusive for trans and non-binary young people.

    I am proud to be in a party where members' shape our policy - and can directly make a real difference in peoples' lives.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2018

    Today as we mark the international day for persons with disabilities, I am very aware that one billion people around the world live with a disability - that's roughly 15% of the global population. I am one of them, mainly using a wheelchair and sometimes walking with sticks. I could have written something smooth and supportive, but I am angry at having to be an afterthought in our society today.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2018
    By Liberal Democrat European Group

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has myopically decided to support May's miserable Brexit Agreement with the European Union (EU). In so doing they have opted to sacrifice longer-term certainty for the seeming short-term certainty of a deal which at best delays a regulatory cliff-edge for just two years, and holds out the promise of trade deals inferior to what we enjoy now as a member of the EU.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson in Worthing Herald

    Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) Chair, Nick Hopkinson, wrote again to his local newspaper arguing Theresa May's deal is bad for Britain and demanding a People's Vote.

    If you haven't already done so, please write to your MP. If you are pressed for time, it takes only a minute by clicking on https://www.notbuyingit.uk It's even more powerful if you can refer your MP to a letter you have had published recently in the local media.

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.