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Hertford and Stortford Liberal Democrats

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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.

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.

More LibDem success: taking back control of Three Rivers District Council

The count at Three Rivers by election

The count at Three Rivers by election

"Liberal Democrats celebrate stunning council wins in both north and south" The Independent, 13 January

At Sandhill in Sunderland our vote share went up 41.5 percentage points as Labour's vote fell, showing that we can win even in an area that voted heavily for Brexit in June.

Closer to home, at Gade Valley in Three Rivers, Herts, our share of the vote leapt to 60.9%, delivering by-election victory for Cllr Alex Michaels, and control of Three Rivers District Council.

Coming on the back of consistent substantial swings and by-election wins, including gaining an MP in Richmond Park and a near-trebling of our vote in the Puckeridge by-election, this clearly shows that the Liberal Democrats are back, and gaining round. We're also the one party pushing for the UK to remain in the EU.

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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.

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