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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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  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Dec 2, 2016
    In an unusual Parliamentary by-election
    • where the sitting Tory MP resigned to fight as an independent,
    • where the Tories (wisely) did not dare to stand against their rebel,
    • where UKIP failed to stand at all but the man who bankrolls them supported the maverick ex-Tory candidate,
    • where the Labour Party was eclipsed and lost its deposit,
    • where the Greens strategically supported the Liberal Democrats,
    the result was a classic barnstorming victory for the Liberal Democrats.
  • Massive Pothole
    Article: Nov 30, 2016

    If there's one thing that all 77 of Hertfordshire's county councillors all agree on, it's this - that they spend to much time coping with highway problems.

    County Councillors have many other responsibilities:- Social Services, Public Health,Childrens Services, Special Educational Needs Support, Adult Care, Waste Disposal, Libraries and the Fire & Rescue Service. They also have a number of specialised planning responsibilities in connections for such things as:- Transport, Flood Management, Environment Issues, Health & Wellbeing and Disaster Recovery.

  • Gulleys
    Article: Nov 30, 2016

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat county councillors have challenged the Conservative administration at County Hall about its repeated failings over highways gulley cleansing.

    At the recent County Council meeting, LD County Councillor Chris White (St Albans Central) highlighted the fact that he had already flagged up 20 entirely blocked gulleys in his division and was working on a further ten.

  • Clegg2016
    Article: Nov 29, 2016

    Nick Clegg explores possible approaches that the Government could take towards EU negotiations.

    Nick Clegg MP, Lib Dem Spokesman on Brexit A powerful and consistent precedent has been set by successive UK governments whereby they lay out an approach to Parliament in advance of EU treaty negotiations. For an overview of the White Papers and motions published in advance of EU Intergovernmental Conferences (IGCs), which are the forums used to discuss and agree EU treaty changes, please click here www.libdems.org.uk/brexit-challenge-eu-negotiations.

  • HofP-TF
    Article: Nov 28, 2016

    From LibDem Leader, Tim Farron ... This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out of our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it's no wonder the Chancellor doesn't want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

  • Steam Roller
    Article: Nov 27, 2016

    European research shows that CO2 emissions from vehicles can de reduced by around five per cent by improved maintenance and design to make the surfaces smoother. The research was carried out by members of FEHRL (Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories).

    The findings show that the condition of the road surface directly affects vehicle fuel consumption. If the surface is in poor repair, fuel energy will be wasted. This is because the so-called 'Rolling Losses' are higher. Energy is absorbed by suspensions systems in smoothing out the shocks from uneveness, joints, rutting and potholes. In addition energy is absorbed by the tyres in the increased flexing that will occur at the tyre/road interface.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    There were 9 council by elections this week, but only one change - a Conservative gain from Labour in Pendle's Reedley Ward high in the Pennines near Nelson. With Labour and the Conservatives fairly evenly matched it only needed a small swing for the seat to change hands. The election was hard fought with a high turnout and with UKIP failing to stand once again it was not surprising that the Conservatives got the modest boost they needed.

  • Ron
    Article: Nov 24, 2016

    The Cabinet of Hertfordshire's County Council has decided to end its contracts for the provision of Housing Related Support in schemes established to help single homeless persons.
    HCC's funding will cease at the end of March 2017 unless the providers of housing for the single homeless accept a 15% cut in support payments
  • Rickmansworth
    Article: Nov 23, 2016

    Welcome to this edition of 'Rickmansworth This Week e-news'

    Local Area Forum The next Rickmansworth Local Area Forum is on November 23rd , at Three Rivers House, starting at 7.30pm. Rickmansworth residents are all welcome. Most of your elected councillors will be there and you will have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, give your views on local matters. There will be a report from the Police on community safety.


    Fancy a guest for a month ? It is almost pantomime time and some of the Watersmeet panto performers are seeking local accommodation from 27th November to 31st December. Apart from this potentially being fun, you would also be paid between £80-£120 per week (depending on the food offered. breakfast, evening meal). If you have a spare room and might be interested in helping the venue and its guests, please email watersmeet@threerivers.gov.uk and details will be provided.

  • norman lambLDV
    Article: Nov 23, 2016
    It may well be true that mental illness causes a greater amount of disruption and misery than physical illness. Not only are the unfortunate patients deeply unhappy - to the extent that some are driven to suicide - but so are their family and friends.
    Then there can often be wider effects affecting society, particularly if substance abuse is involved. All too often patients can fall prey to criminals who exploit and profit from their predicament.

Nick Hollinghurst