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Welcome!

This is the official website for the Hertford & Stortford Liberal Democrats Local Party.

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.

Ed Davey intro

RIP Mike Wood

RIP Mike Wood

1945-2019

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.

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

Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Apr 9, 2021

    "Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country. We will always be grateful for his amazing service, not least the powerful legacy he leaves to millions of young people who have taken part in his unique Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

    "His quiet and steadfast counsel and support of The Queen, is perhaps his greatest if unquantifiable contribution to our nation's history.

    "At this sad time for millions, we should never forget Prince Philip was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. So our thoughts must be with the whole Royal Family, but in particular with The Queen at this difficult time."

  • Article: Apr 8, 2021

    No such thing as Superheroes? Meet our Councillors and Activists!

    This May the Liberal Democrats have one mission - make Britain a fairer, greener, more caring country. And we've been doing an amazing job!

    Watch our new video to find out more about the achievements of our superhero Lib Dem Councillors and activists!

  • Article: Apr 6, 2021

    Today the Liberal Democrats have launched our campaign for the local elections in England on 6 May.

    Vote Liberal Democrat on 6 May and you'll get a local champion who will get things done in your community. You'll get a cleaner, greener neighbourhood where recovery comes first and local people are listened to.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2021
    By Wera Hobhouse

    As the Black Lives Matter protests highlighted so powerfully, too many people's lives both in the UK and across the world are blighted by discrimination, inequality and injustice. It is unacceptable.

    There is still so much to do to tackle racial injustice in our country.

    Black and Asian children are more than twice as likely to grow up in persistent poverty as White children. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, Black Caribbean and mixed-race children are significantly more likely to be excluded from school than other pupils.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2021
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, March 2021

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink March, 2021.

    Town, District and County Councils have been busy setting their Budgets and the size of Council Tax for the next financial year. Central Government has given financial support for some of the Covid-related expenses, but funding for some other services has been reduced, so District and County Councillors have faced difficult choices. As a Liberal Democrat, I question the wisdom of the Conservative administration at East Herts in saddling the District Council with so much borrowing repayment in order to fund its enormous capital programme. Was it not risky to have a £122Million programme for Old River Lane, Grange Paddocks, Hertford Theatre and Hartham Leisure all at the same time? I realise that no one could have predicted the Corona Virus pandemic and its detrimental effect on the Council's finances. Nor could anyone have anticipated Central Government's very sudden changes in the rules about public sector borrowing. These changes instantly disqualified part of the East Herts programme. However, there was one negative effect which could have been predicted, and that was the extra expense caused by Brexit, causing increase in costs.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2021
    By Katharine Macy, Young Liberals Accessiblity and Diversity Officer

    This motion called not just for support, but for acceptance for autistic people.

    This Autism Acceptance Month comes soon after a Young Liberals motion, Autism Support, was passed at Liberal Democrat conference.

    This motion called not just for support, but for acceptance for autistic people.

    Autistic people are more likely than the general population to have other learning difficulties, mental health illnesses and even physical disabilities.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2021

    FCEC met last week, immediately after conference and for the final time before the run-in to May elections.

    In short, from now to Thursday 8th April, the nominations of thousands of Liberal Democrat candidates are being collected and submitted to local councils across the UK in the biggest round of elections in recent years.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2021

    New members of the team

    Our most recent meeting saw two new members join the committee. Shelley Snelson takes up a new position as Deputy to the Registered Party Treasurer.

    In this role Shelley will provide support to the Chair in committee work in particular managing communication to sub-committees, special projects, and communications with the Parliamentary Office of the Liberal Democrats (POLD).

  • Article: Mar 27, 2021

    At sundown tonight, Jewish communities in the UK and around the world will mark the beginning of Passover, the eight-day festival commemorating the liberation of the Israelites after 400 years of slavery in ancient Egypt.

    The story of the Exodus has inspired generations; it's a story of hope and triumph. It shows us what's possible when we hold tight to faith in the midst of darkness and uncertainty. This is a message that's relevant, even today.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2021

    The killing of Sarah Everard shocked the nation. She was described by family and friends as "bright and beautiful", "kind and thoughtful" and caring and dependable". My thoughts have been with Sarah's family ever since we heard she was missing, and my heart still goes out to them.

    Sarah's death has jolted our society into finally taking violence against women seriously. At the Spring Conference, I delivered a statement reaffirming the Liberal Democrat's commitment to ending violence perpetrated by men and the misogynistic culture allowing it to manifest. While the killing of a woman by a stranger is particularly awful and relatively rare - violence against women and girls is not. On average a woman is killed in the UK every three days. Most of them are killed by their partner or their ex. Male violence has become a normal part of life in the UK. No longer.