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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.

URGENT: EU NATIONALS

The deadline to obtain UK settled status as an EU national has passed, however applications are still being considered. Please use the link below to find out more.

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    Serving on a committee is one of many great ways you can support the Party, and we are always keen to encourage new talent. The Party website has lots of information in the internal-elections hub.

    We have upcoming Federal elections for:

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    With our Brighton conference approaching (agenda and registration here), I've recently written the latest report back to conference on the Board's work. Here is a slightly expanded and updated version of that report.

    The next general election

    With a new Conservative Party leader nearly upon us, the range of plausible dates for the general election is wide open. As it now may well be much sooner than seemed likely at the time of our last conference, the Federal Board has been reviewing our general election plans.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    We need bold and urgent action to help families pay their bills and heat their homes this winter. There is no other choice.

    Families and pensioners across the country are in the grip of a cost-of-living crisis. We have already seen energy bills rise by £700 this year. They simply cannot afford another, even bigger rise of £1,400 in October.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2022
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, August 2022

    Liberal Democrat Views by Mione Goldspink, August, 2022.

    There have been two important public Consultations running in East Herts recently, and I do hope that people have managed to take part. The one on the Supplementary Planning Document for the Old River Lane (ORL) site in Bishop's Stortford finished on August 2nd, and the one on proposed Car Parking charges will end on 5th August. The draft for the ORL site contains some very important statements and aspirations, and in my official response I have asked that these should definitely be retained. They included that the number of new homes should be "around 100". I will be watching closely to see that the number is not dramatically increased. Homes should be environmentally sustainable and should be sensitive to the general height of existing and adjacent buildings at 3- 4 stories. There should also be some new, high quality public spaces. How wonderful it would be if we could have a proper "Public Square". I will be watching very closely to see if this is provided.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2022

    General Election preparedness

    As is our key focus, in our last meeting we continued to discuss our General Election preparedness and planning.

    In summary, our plan builds on what worked in the 2019 general election (and previous plans), changes what didn't work, and looks to the future for new ideas and approaches.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2022
    At a meeting of Hertfordshire County Council on Tuesday 19 July the Conservative administration voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to fully fund Free School Meal food vouchers through the 2022 summer school holidays.
    Herts County Council has committed to providing supermarket vouchers to the value of £2.40 per day through the 2022 summer holidays, contrasting with £3 per day received by eligible pupils during term time. Nearly 27,000 children across the County receive benefit related free school meals, representing 14% of all pupils in Hertfordshire.
  • Article: Jul 20, 2022

    On the hottest day ever, Herts Conservatives have voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to require the lowest carbon emissions from new homes built on land that the council sells. Lib Dem County Councillors had proposed that, where government rules allow, the council should insist on new homes being built to the internationally recognised "Passivhaus" standard to cut carbon emissions in response to the climate emergency.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2022

    When will the next general election be?

    Sorry, I don't know. But I do know that the range of plausible dates is wide open - from only a couple of months away through to January 2025. And that whenever the date is, we also have a massive round of local elections in May.

    Which is why we need to step up our campaigning, capacity building and planning through the second half of this year. Even if this Parliament goes its full term, the benefits of extra canvassing, member recruitment and training this summer will still be considerable.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2022

    The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) met on Saturday, 9th July to start its work on the final agenda for Autumn 2022 Conference, which will be taking place in Brighton, with an option for online attendance.

    If you haven't yet registered for Conference, I would recommend doing so here.

    At the meeting we discussed several items in relation to future venues and the meeting and motions schedule for 2023 into 2024. As previously reported, we will be returning to York for Spring Conference 17 to 19 March 2023.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2022

    Hertfordshire County Council revealed that it is returning grant funding for decarbonisation projects as it had not spent the money on time. At the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel meeting on 7 July, it was disclosed that nearly £5m of Salix Decarbonisation grant funding will be handed back to the government as the deadline for spending the grant passed on 30 June. It was confirmed that only £18-£19m of the £23.5m Salix grant had been spent by the deadline due to delays and schemes not being carried forward.

Ed Davey intro


The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

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.

RIP Mike Wood

RIP - Mike Wood, 1945-2019


A Fresh Start for Hertford & Stortford

Chris LucasGoodbye 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

climate emergencyOn 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.


Membership Surge!

Libdem recruitment infographicLiberal Democrat membership is surging!

We're at 120,000 registered members and supporters. With Boris Johnson as PM and Jeremy Corbyn failing as the Opposition, the time to act is now.

Britain deserves better.
Demand better with the Lib Dems.

Join today: libdems.org.uk/join


Congratulations to the new Liberal Democrat Leader: Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson, just after her election

Read her acceptance speech

Click here to join the Liberal Democrats


Anti-Brexit March for Change, 22 July

East Herts for Europe, March for ChangeMembers 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