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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

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    I am delighted to announce that Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I'm delighted to welcome Heidi to the party. She has been a tireless campaigner for a people's vote and has time and time again put the country's interests ahead of her own.

    I'm absolutely thrilled for Heidi to join our fantastic and ever-growing team and I know that her skills, experience and passion will be a real asset to our party.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    When I became an MP in 2015, I could never have imagined we would find ourselves in this position. Through the prudent and practical decisions taken during the coalition years, the economy was recovering and our country was on the up.

    Coming from business, joining the Conservative Party seemed the logical thing to do. But two general elections and an EU referendum later, the landscape has shifted beyond all recognition.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019
    By Robert Heslop

    Antony Hook discussed with Irish MEP Billy Kelleher, from Fianna Fáil, the intricacies and the importance of the 'backstop' in the Withdrawal Agreement signed between Theresa May's government and the EU 27 and why Boris Johnson's latest proposals to the EU threaten the peace in Northern Ireland.

    Mr Kelleher was damming about Johnson's proposals made on 3 October: "Well I'd think they'd be very damaging being truthful. The Good Friday Agreement is about peace on the island of Ireland, it's not just about trade and commerce it's about how people live on a daily basis in the border areas"

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    Introduction

    The Liberal Democrats are a Federal Party comprising England, Scotland and Wales with all their powers defined by the Party's Constitution. This principle embodies one of our most deeply held core values, which is our belief in the devolution of power to the most appropriate level.

    Consequently, the separation of power between the Federal and State parties is enshrined in the Constitution, and can only be varied with the agreement of Federal Conference and the Conferences and Conventions of all three state parties.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    This has undoubtedly been a great start to the year. Thanks go to all the local campaigners who over the years never gave up and continued to deliver Focuses, campaign and push the Lib Dem message in their communities. When the opportunity came following Tory mismanagement of Brexit, we were ready and prepared to secure gains in the local elections. Over seven hundred local council seats gained - fantastic!

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    It was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who said, "Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way."

    That describes, somewhat, where the Chair of The English Party (EP), Tahir Maher, and I are at in relation to co-ordinating my efforts, as Party Vice President, with the EP in working with BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Claire Halliwell

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  • Article: Oct 4, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    We havea fantastic slate of candidates who have received enough nominations to stand for one of our party committees. Find out who is standing here, and our commisserations to everyone who didn't make it.

    President

    • Christine Jardine
    • Mark Pack

    Federal Board

    • Alistair Bigos
    • Anita Lower
    • April Preston
    • Belinda Brooks-Gordon
    • Ben Nutland
    • Candy Piercy
    • Caron Lindsay
    • Christine Cheng
    • David Buxton
    • David Craddock
    • David Simpson
    • Elaine Bagshaw
    • Garth Shephard
    • Gerald Vernon-Jackson
    • Graham Neale
    • Humaira Sanders
    • James Gurling
    • Johnny Corbett
    • Josephine Hayes
    • Joyce Onstad
    • Kishan Devani
    • Lisa-Maria Bornemann
    • Luke Cawley-Harrison
    • Neil Fawcett
    • Prue Bray
    • Rachelle Shepherd Dubey
    • Rebecca Forest
    • Roisin Miller
    • Ross Pepper
    • Ross Stalker
    • Ruby Chow
    • Simon Clarke
    • Simon McGrath
    • Theo Butt Philip
  • Article: Oct 1, 2019

    This morning, the Office for National Statistics published a shocking set of figures. They show that 726 homeless people died in 2018 - a 22% increase since 2017.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives, and the Conservative Government is completely failing to get to grips with it.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Black History Month is a time to focus our national attention on the history and legacy of black British communities. Each year it is an opportunity to acknowledge the central role that black people have played in transforming the social, political and economic landscape of our country.

    Let us empower the next generation of activists and trailblazers and do all we can to ensure that their achievements will never be absent from the history books.