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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.

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  • Lib Dem MPs 2020
    Article: Sep 23, 2020

    Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey has announced a new team of spokespeople who will hold the Government to account and rebuild our party.

    Christine Jardine

    Spokesperson for Treasury, Brexit, Europe & Trade
    Liberal Democrat Leader, Ed Davey, announcing the Party's new Leadership Team on August 31st said,

    "The formidable Christine Jardine will be Treasury Spokesperson and put forward the case for a greener, fairer UK. Christine will show that now is the time to build back better.

    Christine will also speak for us and the country on the other key issues of Brexit, Europe and Trade. On these she will hold the Conservative government to account."

    In accepting this responsibility, Christine responded,

    "I am delighted to take on these important role in Ed's team for the Liberal Democrats and I am looking forward to getting to work on that greener, fairer UK."

  • Nick Hollinghurst's Nissan Leaf
    Article: Sep 20, 2020

    The Department for Transport recently ran a consultation exercise starting on 8th July and closing on 31st August, 2020. This was open to the public and we were asked to submit our ideas for and about the steps we should take to reduce emissions from transport. THis was to assist the government in creating a plan to ensure the UK transport is net zero in emissions by 2050.

    Cllr Nick Hollinghurst, who represents the Tring Division on Hertfordshire County Council and who was an early adopter of all-electric motoring, overcame any feelings of cynicism about government consultations and decided to make a full and positive response, uploading his completed questionnaire his responses in the final quarter of an hour!

    These are the answers he gave to the more specific and detailed questions.

  • Housing ()
    Article: Sep 17, 2020

    There has been widespread concern among Planning Authorities about several of the proposals in the Government's recently published White Paper, Planning for the Future. The matter was raised and discussed at a meeting of Dacorum Liberal Democrat Councillors and researched by Cllr Liz Uttley and Cllr Nick Hollinghurst. Cllr Uttley found that the Local Government Association, a government supported body which represents all councils and councillors, including of course those that are, like Dacorum Borough Council, Planning Authorities, had produced its own guidelines on this matter and drawn up suggested motions to be put to councils. She then used this as a model to produce a motion to be put to the Council Meeting held on 16th September, 2020.

    Following discussions between Councillor Ron Tindall, Leader of the Opposition on the Council and Cllr Andrew Williams, Leader of the Council an amendment was agreed upon which was acceptable to both and which would enable cross-party support for a demonstration of disquiet at some of the Government's proposals and the possible consequences.

    (Amended) Motion proposed by Councillor Ron Tindall and Seconded by Cllr Andrew Williams

  • Daisy Cooper MP Deputy Leader of Lib Dems
    Article: Sep 13, 2020

    Announcing this news, Daisy Cooper said,

    "I'm proud to have been elected, by my fellow MPs, as Deputy Leader of the

    Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons.

    Using my experience of winning St Albans, we can start now to become a lightning rod for those who share our values, to build a campaigning force and to stop Johnson's Tories."

    Liberal Democrat Members and Councillors throughout Hertfordshire, many of whom had helped in St Albans during the recent General Election, were delighted that Daisy had been elected to this post.
  • Lib Dem MPs 2020
    Article: Sep 12, 2020

    Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey has announced a new team of spokespeople who will hold the Government to account and rebuild our party.

    Layla Moran

    Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & International Development

    Liberal Democrat Leader, Ed Davey, announcing the Party's new Leadership Team on August 31st said,

    "I am delighted to announce the Liberal Democrat spokespeople for the great offices of state: My friend Layla Moran has agreed to take a role in my top team.

    As Foreign Affairs Spokesperson she will bring the energy and enthusiasm she brings to all her work & hold Dominic Raab to account."

    In accepting this responsibility, Layla responded,

    "I am very pleased to have accepted the role of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats.

    I look forward to speaking up for marginalised groups, human rights and Britain's place in the world - and to holding this Government to account at a time when we need to be building bridges."

  • Ellen All-Electric Ferry in Denmark
    Article: Sep 9, 2020

    Launched last August using a grants from E-Ferry, an EU-backed innovation fund, Ellen is Denmark's first electric ferry to dispense with diesel back-up generators.

    It was built in the Ridzon shipyard in Szczecin in Poland and power is provided from large-format lithium ion batteries specially developed by the Swiss compant, Leclanché. At €30 million it cost 40% more than a convention diesel-powered vessel, but the running costs are 75% less and the pollution is negligeable by comparison.

    The Ellen can carry 30 vehicles and 200 passengers and is being used on the Fynshav - Søby and the Fåborg - Søby routes, each a distance of about 10 nautical miles with a journey time of just under an hour. It is designed to make 7 trips a day during the summer season and can travel 22 nautical miles on a full charge. It is owned and operated by the local council.

  • Electric Bus Charging
    Article: Sep 5, 2020

    In July 2018, Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje, the public-transport provider in Aarhus, Jutland's largest town placed an order with Volvo for the supply, service and maintenance for four Volvo 7900 Electric buses. A year later in mid-August 2019 they entered traffic on the Aarhus Central Route 13 , covering 15 kilometres each way between the city centre and the suburb of Frydenlund. It is the very first time that all-electric buses operate in the city. Project Manager Gustav Friis stated, "This is a good first step towards a robust, emission-free mobility system in our town".

  • Freightliner Electric Locomotive (Genesee and Wyoming)
    Article: Sep 5, 2020

    Freightliner, a railfreight company that specialises in regular scheduled trains of a standard length between dedicated freight terminals, is now owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc, an American rail holding company operating on 116 owned or leased rail lines in the US and Canada and national rail networks in Europe and the UK. Freightliner UK has recently acquired 13 Class 90 locomotives from Porterbrook Leasing to complement its existing 10 locomotives and 90014 is the second such locomotive to be repainted in the G&W livery.

    Some of these will replace their ageing fleet of Class 86 electric locomotives which date from the 1960s. They will be retired from service until they can be overhauled and re-introduced as Freightliner continues expands its electrically hauled services.

    They operate using the 25kV overhead line supply, reducing the dependency on diesel traction, increasing efficiency and cutting costs and CO2 emissions. Rail freight is already produces 76% less carbon per gross tonne mile than road freight, and moving from diesel to electric traction will improve on that reduction even more.

    Freightliner is the already the largest user in the UK of electric locomotives to haul freight. In terms of kilometres moved, Freightliner and Freightliner Heavy Haul are the second largest railfreight operator in the UK , just after market leader, Deutsche Bahn.

  • 80k housing
    Article: Sep 3, 2020

    Draft Strategic Design Guide SPD

    Comment by Cllr Nick Hollinghurst (1250019)

    Comment ID DSDG39

    Response Date 16/08/20 23:50

    Question 1 - Part 1: Design Process

    Do you consider that the documents have identified the key characteristics of Dacorum and its wider Hertfordshire context?

    No

    If no, please explain your reasons along with any suggestions for changes or additions to the key characteristics.

    It is a thorough and impressive document and I note that it is written on the basis that
    "DBC has declared a Climate Emergency and is committed to fostering genuinely sustainable communities that support a zero-carbon future."

    This I agree with but feel this should have been more explicitly stated at appropriate points in Parts 2 and 3.

    The following sentence is
    "Sustainability needs to come in the form of technology"

    This is obviously true, but rather more important is the need for this to be firmly underpinned by changes in social, institutional and political attitudes that lead to fundamental changes both in perceptions of the global situation and in everybody's behaviour.

    Furthermore it refers to national-level planning policies and guidance without describing in any way what those might be and in particular not outlining the statistical and evidential basis of the quantities of housing with which we might be expected to have to deal.

    Question 2 - Part 2: Design Principles

  • Ed Davey Leader
    Article: Sep 1, 2020

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran. Layla, you fought a passionate campaign, full of energy.

    Since becoming an MP, you have inspired so many people, particularly young people. Your future is bright and I look forward to you playing a big role in my team.

    To members of the Liberal Democrats, thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the honour of leading a party I joined 30 years ago.

    And I want also to thank a whole host of people who've run this campaign - whether in party headquarters alongside the Returning Officer, or in my own amazing campaign team.

    The thousands of people who've volunteered time to campaign with me. Who've donated to my campaign. Who've championed our vision of a greener, fairer, more caring society.

    I'd particularly like to thank Claire Halliwell, my Campaign Manager. Claire, you've been fantastic.

    And of course Emily, my wife and our two beautiful children, John and Ellie. Thank you Emily for your amazing support, patience and love.

    I am sure I am speaking for many people when I say that - for all the stress and uncertainty of the last few months - one positive has been the chance to spend more time with our families. And so I'd like to thank Ellie in particular, for appearing as a surprise cameo in so many of my zoom calls and online hustings.

    I want to talk now about the future of the Liberal Democrats.

    I joined this party 30 years ago. I met Emily here. I have made so many good friends here.

    And with those friends, I have campaigned across our country, knocking on tens of thousands of doors, delivering hundreds of thousands of leaflets.

    The reason I have done all this is simple.
    I love our party. And I believe in it.

    I stand for all the things the Liberal Democrats stand for:

    Social justice, political reform, equality and protecting our environment.

    I stand for fairness and for fighting to protect the rights of ordinary people.

    I'm determined our Party backs a Britain that works with other countries across the world for peace and prosperity.

    But, it is my love of our party that makes me recognise that we have to change. We have to wake up and smell the coffee.

    Nationally, our party has lost touch with too many voters.

    Yes, we are powerful advocates locally.

    Our campaigners listen to local people, work hard for communities and deliver results.

    But at the national level, we have to face the facts of three disappointing general election results. The truth is...

    Voters don't believe that the Liberal Democrats want to help ordinary people get on in life.

    Voters don't believe we share their values.

    And voters don't believe we are on the side of people like them.

    Nationally, voters have been sending us a message.

    But we have not been listening. It is time for us to start listening.

    As leader I am telling you: I have got that message. I am listening now.

    Whether you're from the North, South, or somewhere in between

    Whether you voted for Brexit or Remain, or just wanted the whole thing settled

    Whether you voted Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, SNP or Plaid

    My message for you is this:

    I will travel up and down our country to meet you.

    To hear about the things that matter most to you.

    Your problems and fears, your hopes and dreams.

    I will face up to uncomfortable truths.

    And I will make your concerns my own.

    Our country is going through one of the most extraordinary and difficult periods for generations.

    The challenge of Covid will affect our country and the world for decades to come.

    Millions of people are suffering.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, I want to reach out to help you and your community get through this.

    Whether your concerns are your families' health, your children's education or your livelihood.

    I want to understand the new future you want after all this - and help to deliver it.

    So my job from today is to rebuild the Liberal Democrats to national relevance so we can deliver this future for you, for your family and for the people who need it the most.

    None of this is going to be easy.

    None of this is going to be straightforward.

    And none of it is going to be quick or simple to achieve.

    But I want the Liberal Democrats to represent the whole country, not just some people, and to stand for fairness and opportunity for all.

    That is my commitment to you as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The hard work starts today.

Nick Hollinghurst