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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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  • Tornado
    Article: Jul 26, 2017

    Faced with a growing trade deficit, a government deficit that is increasing again, a weak pound and lamentable productivity the Tory government has had to start cutting infrastructure projects.

    Back in the happier days of 2012, when Brexit was just a boring rant from a man with a French name in a saloon bar in Essex, things were different. Then we had a relatively strong economy, improving economic statistics and a Liberal Democrat Transport Minister, Norman Baker, who was able to announce new track, new stations, new trains, new lines and, above all, more efficient, carbon-sparing electrification

  • BTC BE 2017 Result
    Article: Jul 23, 2017

    Greg Duffield, who did best out of the three Berkhamsted Liberal Democrat candidates in the recent local bout of local elections, has shown just how close the party is to taking back control of Berkhamsted Town Council.

    Greg has lived in Berkhamsted for over 20 years - both his children have been through the local school system - and his wife, Shellie has taught in Berkhamsted schools for 15 years. Greg is a keen environmentalist, appreciates and enjoys the world around us and stood because he wished to work for the good of the town, its surroundings and its people.

    In his first foray into town council politics Greg came within 20 votes of winning the vacant seat in the Town Council Ward of Berkhamsted West. Conservative complacency has been well and truly shaken up in Berkhamsted where they now can see that they are losing their grip on public affairs in the town.

    This result, coming as it does at the same time as two other near-defeats for the Tories - in the county council election and the Dacorum Borough Council by-election on the same day - shows that things are changing in Berkhamsted.

    For far too long the Conservatives have dominated Berkhamsted and taken the electors for granted and for far too long Conservative attitudes, policies and decisions have run roughshod over what is actually a very diverse and lively town.

    Six of the Berkhamsted Conservative Town Councillors also hold all six of Berkhamsted's DBC seats and a seventh is the town's county councillor.

    From town to borough, from borough to county and from county to Westminister, Tory views only prevail thanks to the UK's antiquated First-Past-the-Post voting system, which in no way represents the spread of views and opinions within the town.

    The Liberal Democrats are determined to redress the balance and to give people back control over the way their communities are governed.

  • Paper Recycling
    Article: Jul 23, 2017

    The UK must do better in separating paper grades and types of plastic. For many years now the Chinese government has been increasing quality standards for the recyclates it imports from the UK.

    Starting with their national quality campaign Green Fence, aimed at raising the quality of imported recyclates the Chinese government has now moved on to a tough industrial inpection regime called National Sword. Any paper mill or plastics recycler found with sub-standard recyclate on the premises is simply shut down - on the spot.

  • Frecklton solar farm
    Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Slowly but surely UK's railways are being electrified, but although switching from diesel to electricity increases energy efficiency considerably we still need to burn a lot of fossil fuel to make electricity. Reducing fossil fuel burn is becoming increasingly urgent and important and in some areas of the country through which trains run the grid can barely cope.

  • Berko West BE 2017
    Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Sally Symington, Chair of West Herts Liberal Democrats, has well and truly shaken up Conservative complacency in Berkhamsted where she nearly took a Dacorum Borough Council seat in the recent by-election.

    In her first serious foray into borough politics Sally swooped down from Potten End to come within 47 votes of winning the vacant seat in the DBC Ward of Berkhamsted West.

  • Croydon Tram
    Article: Jul 16, 2017

    An Automatic Vehicle Speed Monitor (AVSM) is to be fitted to the Transport for London trams which operate in Croydon. This follows a fatal accident in November when 7 people were killed and over 50 injured. That tram was later found to have been travelling three times faster than the speed limit set for a section of track that led into a curve. It toppled over on the curve at Sandilands Junction.

  • Phil Williams
    Article: Jul 14, 2017

    Thursday evening saw a landslide win in the Chorleywood South & Maple Cross Ward of Three Three Rivers Council, ensuring that the council remains in Liberal Democrat control

    In a hard fought campaign Phil Williams stormed to victory with a 64% share of the vote. The turnout was 38%. This is rather high for a council by-election and reflects both the interest of the electors and the quality of the Liberal Democrat campaign.

  • Berkhamsted HCC Result 2017
    Article: Jul 14, 2017

    O n Wednesday night Berkhamsted Liberal Democrats were celebrating a remarkable near miss in the recent County Council elections.

    The campaign had been fought by the Liberal Democrats on two main issues.

    The first was that the political representation was completely out of balance with opinion in the town.

  • Document: Jul 13, 2017
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    News and views about Berkhamsted, county and national issues - with a Lib Dem flavour

  • Nascot Lawn
    Article: Jul 12, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Herts County Councillor Mark Watkin, Opposition Spokesperson for Children's Services, has tabled the following motion about the proposed closure of Nascot Lawn Childrens Respite and Care Centre.

    It will be debated at the next meeting of the County Council in support of a petition which will be presented by parents and families. The high quality respite services provided by Nascot Lawn are a lifeline for those who are caring at home for a child or sibling with complex needs who are dependant on the services.

Nick Hollinghurst