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A Fresh Start for Hertford & Stortford

Chris LucasGoodbye to Mark Prisk and hello to Chris Lucas

Introducing our candidate. Read more here.

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.

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

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.

Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Event: Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 17, 2019
    Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

    The 2019 Liberal Democrat Conference takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre

    Click here for booking and details.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    There is nothing more important than education.

    Education opens up opportunities, shows us what we are capable of and challenges our preconceptions. When education is accessible it can be a great equaliser, however with cuts from 2010 then it is no longer fit for purpose.

    Our economy is changing. It is crucial that our education system evolves at the same rate.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Q: Do you forgive David Cameron for calling the 2016 referendum?

    A: No, I don't forgive him. Much of the problems we currently face come from David Cameron's shocking misjudgement and putting the interests of the Conservative party above the national interest. He did it when he announced the referendum in the first place, he did it when he won a majority. And this is clearly a pattern with Conservative prime ministers. The future of our country is at stake - people are losing jobs, feeling the impact of the falling pound and they're worried about our public services. Over 5000 of our nurses are from EU countries. There are 3 million EU citizens living now with uncertainty and a disturbing spike in hate crime. On so many grounds such as these, David Cameron cannot be forgiven.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Dignity and respect should be at the core of our criminal justice system.

    This is crucial if we are serious about reducing reoffending rates, supporting young people who have grown up in poverty and caring for people with poor mental health.

    No one is born wanting to break the law. And yet, our criminal justice system does far too little to help people build a life free from crime.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke article 50 and withdraw us from the Brexit process.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our health and social health services are at crisis point in the UK.

    They have been at crisis point for years now - and it is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

    It is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Sal Brinton

    Well, hello Conference and hasn't everything changed since we last met in March!

    Wow! Just wow! We asked you to all go on the Stop Brexit march on 20 March to make it clear we are the strongest Remain party.

    You did that.

    It was my privilege to help lead thousands and thousands of Liberal Democrats along with Vince Cable at that march that had over a million people on the streets of London.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Harry Samuels

    In our country right now, around 6.5million people are classified as carers. And an enormous 700,000 of those are young people. What they do often goes under the radar, but has a huge impact on the people they care for.

    Our new policy will unlock the potential of those young people with care responsibilities

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    What is it with Labour's fixation on delivering Brexit at any cost?

    Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck went on an ITV podcast last night. And when asked about potential coalition partners with Labour, she chose…

    Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Last week, I and twenty brave colleagues took the ultimate step of defying the Conservative whip to make crashing out on October 31st illegal. In an unprecedented move, Boris Johnson withdrew the whip from us all.

    I won't be seeking to get it back. It is with great sadness that I've come to realise the Conservative Party is no longer the party I joined more than twenty years ago.