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  • Article: May 20, 2022

    Following a motion from Liberal Democrat councillors, Herts County Council has revealed that it will cost somewhere between £275 million and £500 million to make the county's schools carbon neutral. This figure only includes schools that are the responsibility of the council. Costs for schools which are academies will be on top of this as will any carbon offsetting that may be required.

  • Article: May 20, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Richard Foord will be our Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election.

    I was proud to serve my country in the Armed Forces for ten years and now want to serve my community in Westminster.

    Richard Foord

    Richard lives in Uffculme with his wife and family. He grew up in the West Country and served for ten years in the army after graduating from Sandhurst, reaching the rank of Major and receiving three campaign medals for service in Iraq and the Balkans.

  • Article: May 17, 2022
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, May 2022

    Liberal Democrat Views by Mione Goldspink, May, 2022.

    The terrible news about the ongoing ghastly war in Ukraine continues to dominate our UK news and to overshadow all our lives as we try very hard to "Keep Calm and Carry On". Many people wish to do something to help. Thousands of UK citizens have offered to be Hosts, which is marvellous, but it is really frustrating that the Home Office is so slow in processing the Visa applications. I still cannot understand why Britain cannot do as other countries do, and issue emergency Visas to admit the Refugees quickly and then complete the full process once they are safely here.

  • Article: May 17, 2022

    Here we find ourselves again. It is now coming up on two years since the Conservatives' first threatened to break international law over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Then, this time last year, we heard the continued threats over Article 16 which threatened to overshadow the G7 summit in Cornwall. And now, we are awaiting a rumoured announcement from the Foreign Secretary regarding legislation which will, reportedly, unilaterally rip up the Protocol.

  • Article: May 16, 2022

    Since Spring Conference, most members will have been focused on the Local Elections which took place in many parts of the country - and rightly so: the hard work has paid off, with some truly fantastic gains made from both the Conservatives and Labour. Particular mention should go to our amazing Chief Steward at Conference, Mike Ross, who is now the Leader of Hull Council! Massive congratulations to Mike and the whole team.

  • Article: May 14, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats have selected Cllr Sarah Dyke as their candidate for the Somerton and Frome constituency.

    Sarah lives in the constituency and is from a Somerset farming family which can be traced back over 250 years to the local area. Sarah worked in the agricultural industry and is Portfolio Holder for the Environment on South Somerset District Council where she is spearheading rewilding programmes, investment in electric vehicle charging points and the council's zero-carbon targets.

  • Article: May 13, 2022

    Liberal Democrats won right across the country in May's local elections with successes from the Scottish Highlands to Somerset, from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Kingston-Upon-Hull, from Powys to St Albans.

    Liberal Democrats elected 868 Councillors, a net gain of 224!

    We are winning again because we are listening to people. Because we hear their concerns and their frustration. Because we are standing up for our values, standing up for our communities, and fighting for a fair deal.

  • Article: May 12, 2022

    We're winning

    What an amazing outcome from this May's local elections:

    • Three more Liberal Democrat majority councils, taking us back to where we were before going into Coalition in 2010;
    • A net gain of 224 councillors, making this the fourth set of net gains in a row, something we've not achieved since the Iraq war;
    • 19% vote share (the national equivalent vote share, i.e. what it would have been if there were elections everywhere); and
    • The lovely bonus of seeing our sister party in Northern Ireland, Alliance, gaining seats and votes to move up to such an impressive third place.
  • Article: May 9, 2022

    The Federal Board will be holding another surgery, a chance to come along and ask us your questions, on Monday 16th of May. You can register to join us here!

    Interested in our plans for Tiverton and Honiton? Want to know drove success in the Local Elections? Have an idea for how we can improve? This is an opportunity to talk to us.

  • Article: Apr 26, 2022
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, April 2022

    Liberal Democrat Views by Mione Goldspink April, 2022.

    I am writing this article on 19th March, just before the deadline for the April publication. So some of my words may be irrelevant by the time you read them. But, some will still be true and appropriate. The war in Ukraine is cruel and ghastly and our hearts bleed for the people in their unimaginable suffering. We all wish fervently to help. The Aid Organisations have appealed for cash rather than goods. The helpers on the ground in the border countries can then buy whatever items are needed and ensure that they reach the refugees.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022

    Thank you

    With nominations now closed for the May elections, many thanks to everyone who has put in so much work to getting candidates approved, selected and safely nominated. From a first look at the numbers, we've seen a good increase in our candidate totals in Scotland and Wales, with the numbers broadly the same in England compared with last time.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022

    We now have a criminal Prime Minister.

    Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both been fined for breaking Covid laws. Laws they wrote, and you followed.

    While we made countless sacrifices to protect each other, they were partying in Downing Street. They think they're above the law.

    Neither of them are fit to hold office. If Boris Johnson won't resign, Conservative MPs must sack the Prime Minister.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Life's been tough for lots of people over the past few years. And it's still tough. But with their trademark decency and strength, the British people are rising to the challenge. Raising families. Caring for others. And playing by the rules.

    Now more than ever, it's time for a fair deal.

    Yet with the rising cost of living, this Conservative Government is letting you down badly and taking you for granted.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2022

    Conservative County Councillors have once again voted against providing meal vouchers during the holidays for children who get free school meals during term time. In response to a Liberal Democrat motion calling for this to be done, the council's Resources Panel was told by council officers that the extension of the government's Household Support Fund would probably allow this to happen, subject to confirming the rules of the fund. Lib Dem County Councillor Steve Jarvis proposed that the panel should support this, assuming it was confirmed to be allowed.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2022

    Herts County Council has been awarded nearly £6 million pounds to introduce 27 electric buses in Stevenage - which is good news - but this is much less than some other councils who made more ambitious bids. In comparison Oxfordshire County Council successfully bid for £32 million for 159 electric buses from the same government fund.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2022

    Our focus this year has been squarely on understanding the party's overall political direction, our target voters, and the role our policies can play in helping us to persuade people and win votes. This was the main focus of our in-person awayday at LDHQ at the end of February, and has underlain all our other discussions, with the aim of informing both our current policy development work, and its direction for the future.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2022

    The Spring statement was a Sunak Swindle - hiking up people's taxes today while promising to cut them in future.

    Rishi Sunak is following Boris Johnson's lead by not being up front and honest with the country.

    Buried in the small print is a tax bombshell that will see the average family paying £1,600 more in taxes over the coming years.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2022
    By Alison Suttie

    Tim Farron and I are currently conducting a review into the Party's candidate selection processes.

    The review has been commissioned by the The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC), following conversations with the State Parties. Candidate approval and selection is a State Party function within our governance.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2022
    By Tim Farron

    Over the past month, as more than 3.5 million innocent Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country to escape Putin's war, people across the UK have responded with enormous compassion and generosity.

    More than 150,000 have offered to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.

    The Anti-Refugee Bill is an awful piece of legislation that flies in the face of the incredible spirit of the British people.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2022
    Not content with failing to centrally fund social care forcing local authorities to raise council tax again, a new report now identifies the Tories latest blunder which could put the survival of Care Homes into question. The all party County Council Network report has confirmed that the Government has seriously underestimated the costs of adult social care charging reforms.
  • Article: Mar 18, 2022

    Liberal Democrats have exposed a claim by Herts County Council about cutting the council's carbon emissions which is completely untrue. The council has delivered copies of its "Your Hertfordshire" magazine to every house in the county including the claim that by switching the fuel used by the Fire Service to a type known as GTL (Gas-To-Liquid) it will save 90% of previous carbon emissions. The council has now admitted that this is untrue.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2022

    On Wednesday, I returned from the Ukraine-Poland border. When I was there, I met refugees who have been forced to flee Putin's assault on their homes, including people who are desperate to come to the UK - often to join family members. I was proud to see many British aid workers and volunteers providing support and the generosity of the British public who are offering their homes.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2022

    Over the weekend, we unveiled a new Liberal Democrat Website.

    It's the Technology Blog, which you can see here: https://tech.libdems.org.uk

    This blog is hugely exciting - because it's been built on our brand new website platform, Fleet.

    Fleet is intended to replace both Nationbuilder and Prater Raines FOCI for the party.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2022

    My trip to Eastern Poland, where I spent time meeting refugees fleeing Ukraine and the charities supporting them, was harrowing.

    I witnessed firsthand the very human consequences of this war.

    Although I've watched the scenes of Ukrainians fleeing their homes from my television screen, it was a completely different experience speaking to these families in person. I witnessed firsthand the very human consequences of this war. Families with their belongings stuffed in plastic bags. Children clutching their teddy bears as they arrived at the train station. Exhausted cats and dogs being held by their families who couldn't bear to leave them behind in Ukraine.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2022

    Yesterday was a good day for all those who have argued that we should be clamping down on Putin's cronies.

    Liberal Democrats secured a significant win in emergency legislation being fast-tracked through Parliament to deal with dirty Russian money in the UK.

    Liberal Democrats have secured concession after concession from the Conservative Government when it comes to finally taking action on dirty Russian money in our country.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2022
    By Mione Goldspink in The Flyer, March 2022

    Liberal Democrat Views by Mione Goldspink, March, 2022

    The District Council is drawing up its proposals for its Budget and next year's Council Tax, which will be debated at Full Council on 1st March. Councillors have been informed that serious savings are required in order to balance the books. So, we are all considering the figures very carefully. Liberal Democrats think that every effort should be made to protect the residents as much as possible. We recognise that many people are being hit very hard by the rise in the cost of living and that an increase in Council Tax will add to their difficulties. For this reason, the Liberal Democrats will vote against the Conservatives' proposal of a £5 increase for a Band D property and will call for a smaller rise of only £2.50 instead.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2022

    Stopping criminals from reoffending is crucial for cutting crime and making our communities safer. The Conservative Government is failing badly on that score: rehabilitation is poor and reoffending rates are far too high.

    We know that stable employment is a key factor that reduces the risk of reoffending, helping people to build lives free from crime. But the current rules around criminal records can negatively affect people's job prospects, as well as their ability to travel, adopt, access domestic violence shelters, and many other parts of civil life.

  • Layla Moran outside in a park
    Article: Mar 13, 2022
    By Robert Harrison

    At the Liberal Democrat Conference, a roadmap was agreed to improve the UK's trading relationship with Europe, benefitting British families and businesses, helping counter the threat posed by Putin's Russia. The motion calls for closer ties in education through the Turing scheme and Erasmus Plus. The UK should seek cooperation agreements with EU agencies and work to reach a UK-EU agreement on asylum seekers. It should deep trade with Europe, including by negotiating greater access for UK food and animal products to the Single Market. Eventually, the UK should place its relationship with the EU on a more formal footing by seeking to join the Single Market.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    A robust and well-functioning justice system is a foundation stone of society.

    But in England and Wales we are facing a soaring backlog of court cases.

    The backlog of outstanding criminal cases in the Crown Court stood at 59,928 at the end of September. 13,202 cases in the backlog are more than a year old.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    Our Ambulance services are at breaking point. Record long ambulance waits are leaving vulnerable patients stuck in queues outside hospitals for hours without the treatment they need. People are being left scared, panicked and with worsening symptoms, and in extreme cases dying when they might have been saved.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    In the midst of a humanitarian crisis in Tigray, we urgently need to provide as much support as we possibly can. But thanks to the Government's aid cut, we are fighting with one arm tied behind our back.

    The ongoing civil war in Ethiopia, primarily between Ethiopian government forces and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands; the internal displacement of at least 4 million; and at least 9 million in need of desperate help.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Tim Farron

    England's rivers and lakes are in a terrible condition due to sewage discharges.

    Water companies are responsible for this mess, not consumers.

    Water companies discharged raw sewage into our rivers and lakes 400,000 times in 2020. That's the equivalent of 3 million hours of discharges.

    This is particularly worrying given the increases in the use of our waterways by wild swimmers, paddle-boarders, kayakers and canoeists.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Layla Moran

    At this dark moment, our security depends on urgently forging a relationship that works with our closest neighbours. Countering the grave threat posed by Putin means we must stand tall with our European allies instead of needlessly antagonising them, while working closely together on issues like energy security, trade and helping Ukrainian refugees.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Munira Wilson

    Teachers have been off for over 267,000 days due to Covid since the return of school in September, meaning children have lost out on the equivalent of 1.5 million teaching hours in just this school year.

    They have suffered enormous disruption to their education and spent months isolated from their peers.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    Air pollution is to blame for nearly 40,000 deaths each year in the UK.

    Everyone has the right to clean air, but it's a right many people in the UK are unable to realise. The Conservatives have repeatedly failed to take meaningful action to address this killer.

    1 in 4 pupils attend schools in areas over air pollution limits.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    This country is built on the simple mantra, that it doesn't matter how high and mighty you think you are, the rules are the rules. If you break the rules, you get punished. Yet Boris Johnson and many Conservative MPs think the rules don't apply to them.

    Conservatives' actions have created a sense of 'one rule for them, another rule for us', eroding the trust of the public they are meant to be acting in the best interest of.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    The UK has lost nearly half of its biodiversity since the Industrial Revolution. We're ranked in the bottom 10% in the world and the worst among G7 nations for biodiversity.

    The UK should be leading at COP15, but the lack of action at home undermines our credibility

    Conservative ministers claim to be close to the target of protecting 30% of the land and sea for nature, but are completely undermined by a lack of management measures and enforcement.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2022

    As a child I learned basic sign language.

    My parents' had a friend whose mother had been deaf since birth and just loved looking after and playing with me.

    Part of that was teaching me her language so we could chat about the TV we were watching, what I was doing at school or just whatever flitted through my happy little head.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2022

    Conference starts on Friday, and if you haven't yet registered you can do so HERE.

    The Federal Conference Committee met on Saturday, 5 March to review amendments, emergency motions, and questions to reports submitted for next week's Spring Conference.

    Spring Conference 2022 will again be held online via the Hopin platform, and we would like to thank the Conference Team and the wider team at HQ for making it happen.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2022

    I'm proud of the strides our country has made towards gender equality, and of the role Liberal Democrats have played in delivering that progress. Yet there is still so much more to do.

    Far too many women still face violence, sexism and discrimination - a reality that has been brought into sharp focus by the pandemic and Sarah Everard's murder last year.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2022

    In the House of Commons, nine of the Liberal Democrats' thirteen MPs are women. This year for International Women's Day, our MPs are proposing nine new Bills which embody the principles at the heart of our party.

    Our passion for gender equality will help drive business at the heart of our democracy this week, tackling problems affecting women and girls in the UK and beyond.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2022

    It was a shocking and sobering sight just a few days ago to wake up and see a photo of Kira Rudyk, the leader of a sister liberal party of ours in Ukraine holding a gun and preparing to fight.

    It was also a reminder of the importance of our liberal values - and the need for internationalism to support fellow humans, rather than to try to hide away within our own borders as if the rest of the world doesn't exist. Viruses, climate change and dictators don't stop at borders, and nor should our compassion for other people.

  • Ukraine vigil waltham cross
    Article: Mar 6, 2022
    Today we attended a vigil for Ukraine, organised by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain's Waltham Cross Branch. We thank the organisers and hope to do everything we can to help the people of Ukraine.
    If you can, please consider donating specific items via a drop off to the centre's home on Flamstead End Road. Please note that due to border restrictions, only certain items can accepted. Do please check in advance by visiting their page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUGBWalthamCross/?ref=share
    Otherwise, please donate whatever you can using the link below
    Slava Ukraini!
  • Article: Mar 3, 2022

    Around the world, populism and nationalism are on the rise. There is a battle for Liberal Britain and to win it, Liberal Democrats must offer a clear vision for the future of our country.

    But people constantly ask me: "what do the Liberal Democrats actually believe?" I don't think our party has answered that question - or in recent years, even asked it of ourselves.

    We have always been the innovators in British politics. From developing the NHS and the welfare state, to introducing the Human Rights Act and same-sex marriage legislation, it has long been liberals who take on the establishment, right wrongs and overturn antiquated conventions.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2022

    Hidden inside yesterday's announcement of Hertfordshire Secondary Transfer Allocation are some alarming figures which show that across the County 778 children were not allocated any of their four chosen schools and in Watford alone 174 children will be going to schools they did not want to attend. Hemel Hempstead children fared little better with 41 allocated a non-ranked school. For other areas parents may have to travel miles because their local school has a faith restricting admissions policy.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2022

    These are families desperately fleeing war with their children. Let them in.

    A terrible human tragedy is unfolding before our eyes, as a direct result of Putin's maniacal aggression.

    Coverage of the past week has seen scores of people desperate to get out of Ukraine before it's too late, including LGBT+ people, journalists and activists who fear persecution at the hands of Russian forces. We've seen parents with children seeking safety for their families from Putin's war machine.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2022

    Hardly a week goes by without some new evidence of the damage done by Brexit to the British economy. From rising food prices, to empty supermarket shelves, to shortages of HGV drivers and of staff in the healthcare, farming and hospitality sectors, to musicians being unable to perform abroad, to British firms, farmers and fishers facing such higher charges and bureaucracy that they give up exporting their products altogether, to scientists losing chances of collaborative projects, Brexit is affecting more and more parts of everyday life. The coronavirus pandemic has caused the biggest shock to the British economy since the war, but, as the independent Office for Budget Responsibility has predicted, the impact of Brexit will be twice as large - and, unlike the pandemic, it will not stop.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2022

    The Liberal Democrat alternative budget was proposed at the meeting of the Full Council at Hertfordshire County Council on 22 February 2022. Key proposals to address the cost-of-living crisis and rising inequality including £4.2m for extending Free School Meals to cover holidays; a £15 subsidy for school uniform per child eligible for Free School Meals; and an additional £6m to increase the number of qualified school nurses by 40 over the next four years, were voted down by the Conservative administration.