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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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  • Halton Curve
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Despite the minority Conservative Government and its harsh austerity programme, there is still a trickle of infrastructure improvements reaching completion. However, these were originally commissioned under the Coalition Government by Liberal Democrat Transport and Environment Ministers.

    One of particular interest to North Wales and the North West is the 1.5 mile Halton Curve near Runcorn which was completed as planned during the Spring Bank Holiday. It will allow additional passenger services to run in the area from December 2018.

  • roadwork sign
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Please note that although very welcome, these could result in serious disruption in Tring.

    Note Nos 3, 4 & 5.

    1. A41 Tring By-pass; slip road off to Upper Icknield Way. Local re-surfacing to replace auto-skid surface; Dates to be Announced
    1. B488, Upper Icknield Way; De-restriction signs to No 134 before Northfield Road. Major Patching; August 2018
  • Lara Pringle Thank You Party
    Article: Jul 12, 2018

    Friends, colleagues and local electors gathered to celbrate Lara Pringle's election to Dacorum Borough Council and to Nothchurch Parish Council in March.

    It was a full house in the Northchurch Social Centre on the 29th June at a party in celebration organised by the local Liberal Democrats, as you can see from the picture!

    The last time there was an election in Northchurch the LIberal Democrat share of the vote was 19%, with the Conservatives on 60%.

    This time the Liberal Democrat vote share was 59%, with the Conservatives on 28%.

  • Ash3
    Article: Jul 11, 2018

    We all know Ashridge as a beautiful open space, freely accessed by the pubic.

    Most of us of course take advantage of the woods and hills and appreciate it greatly.

    But, did you know that the National Trust is also there to help if you wish to organise an event or activity in Ashridge for charity, community group or a family?

  • An EfW Plant on Teeside
    Article: Jul 9, 2018

    The oldest and the most famous Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in UK started operation in 1971 in Edmonton, North London, near the North Circular Road. An industrial accident in Seveso in Italy in 1976 led to the exposure aof a significant proportion of the surrounding population to polychlorinated dioxins. This led over the years to an investigation into dioxins in the environment, either naturally occurring or due to combustion. It became realised that these chemicals were present in small amounts in the environment but more was produced, and in significant quantities, when organic material was burned - especially if the combustion was at low temperatures and/or inefficient. This led to a flurry of chemical research to understand the ways in which dioxins are produced and destroyed during different stages of waste combustion.

  • ballot box
    Article: Jul 7, 2018

    Lichfield DC, Curborough - 5th July 2018

    Lab 309 [60.4%; +27.2%]
    Con 169 [33.0%; -8.4%]
    LD Lee Cadwallader-Allan 34 [6.6%; +6.6%]
    UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -25.4%]]
    Labour gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015

    Well done, Lib Dem candidate Lee Cadwallader-Allan standing for the first time. Labour beat the Tories, but notice where the votes came from. UKIP did not stand this time and it's clear that their votes went back to Labour - whence they had originally come from. Tells us something about Labour voters in Lichfield, I think.

    Bath & North East Somerset UA, Kingsmead - 5th July 2018

    LD Sue Craig 545 [41.1%; +10.0%]
    Lab 326 [24.6%; +11.6%]
    Con 282 [21.3%; -6.8%]
    Grn 172 [13.0%; -9.5%]
    UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -5.3%]]
    Lib Dem gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015

    Clearly a very good result for the Lib Dems and congratulations to candidate Sue Craig for this gain from the Tories. In Kingsmead UKIP again failed to stand, but this time had little to offer the other parties, not having got many votes in 2015 in the first place. However, the Greens and the Tories both fell back and these votes plus the UKIP votes seem to have been divided almost equally between Labour and Lib Dems. The electoral arithmetic then delivered yet another by election gain by the Lib Dems.

    Shropshire DC, Shifnal South and Cosford - 5th July 2018

    Con 362 [38.3%; -18.9%]
    Ind 210 [22.2%; -9.3%]
    Ind 207 [21.9%; +21.9%]
    LD Jolyon Hartin 167 [17.7%; +6.3%]
    Conservative hold
    Percentage changes from 2015

    A brave attempt by Lib Dem Jolyon Hartin in a difficult situations. However with two independents standing and splitting the their votes - that's independents for you - the Tories held the seat despite a 19% drop in their vote share this time.

  • Herts County Council
    Article: Jul 5, 2018

    Herts County Council, like other councils, reviews its performance against key indicators every quarter.

    Rather randomly some points are mentioned below:-

    Bed Blocking

    After a peak last year its good to see that there has been a reduction in Delayed Transfers of Care Attributal to Social Services. This means "bed blocking" where the county social services have not prepared a Care Package in time and so the patient has to remain in hospital.

    However in 44% of the cases West Herts Hospital Trust itself had contributed to the delay. Other reasons for the delays were:
    * lack of homecare availability (51%)
    * lack of nursing care (22%)
    * lack of residential care (17%)

  • brick laying
    Article: Jul 2, 2018

    When consultations and planning reviews take place with a view towards building more homes, people often worry that houses will be built without the necessary social support.

    While it is true that the County Council now has a much reduced role in education, it is also true that it continues to make plans for primary and secondary school expansions. County Council officers are always on the look out for sites suitable for schools and the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) still provides the capital for expansions.

  • HALS
    Article: Jun 30, 2018

    Are you studying A Level History and taking your exam next year or the year after?

    Do you hope to study History at a university?

    Perhaps you might want some additional experience to support your UCAS application?

    If so, exploring Hertfordshire's Archives might help.

    On Saturday 15th Septemberb 2018 there is a free tour for students of the Hertfordshire Archives from 1400 to 1515..

  • Parent Carers (Carers in Herts)
    Article: Jun 28, 2018

    Carers in Hertfordshire is the leading charity in Herts for unpaid carers looking after a loved one, friend, neighbour or relative due to their illness, frailty mental health needs, disability or substance misuse.

    Carers in Hertfordshire offers support to all careers, children or adults. whom either live or work in Hertfordshire.Carers do not have to live with the person they are looking after to be eligible to receive help and advice.

Nick Hollinghurst