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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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  • Cracked Tarmac Road Surface
    Article: Jul 21, 2022
    "Let's not grind Suffolk's roads to powder! We must use rail as much as possible for construction material delivery and waste disposal." says East of England Liberal Democrat Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst.
    "OK... so if we're going to build a new 'Sizewell C' reactor, then one of the first things to do is to construct a spur off the Aldeburgh Branch Line near Leiston, to enable deliveries, servicing and waste removal by rail for units A, B and C," he said.

  • Bus in Tring Arriva 500
    Article: Jul 11, 2022
    Liberal Democrat Councillor Nick Hollinghurst who represents the Tring West & Rural Ward on Dacorum Borough Council says,

    "It's good to have air travel accessible to the many - unlike 40 years ago when it was really only for the wealthy few."

    "But now we are more aware of the dangers of uncontrolled climate change."

  • Forest Fire pic NYT (New York Times)
    Article: Jul 9, 2022

    An update of Hertfordshire County Council's Sustainable Herts Strategy presented to this week's Environment Cabinet Panel reveals that this crucial strategy almost completely ignores the negative effect that the council's growth proposals will have on carbon emissions and biodiversity across Hertfordshire.

  • Tiverton & Honiton Detailed Results
    Article: Jul 8, 2022

    Tiverton & Honiton Detailed Results

  • Mongolian English Language Student (EBRD)
    Article: Jul 3, 2022
    When the UK Government announced last year that it was closing 20 British Council offices across the globe, North East Fife Lib Dem MP Wendy Chamberlain moved a "Westminister Hall" debate on Wednesday 8th September.
    The office that are closing are in Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Kosovo, Malta, Montenegro, Namibia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Sudan, Switzerland, United States of America, and Uruguay.

  • Tiverton and Honiton Result (BBC)
    Article: Jul 3, 2022

    Well, you can't take risks with something as important as this!

    So Rosemarie and I made a second trip out and joined the tired but confident Election Day Team, helping out with a couple of 4-hour telling sessions near Axminster.

    In the event it was an outstanding success which reflected Tory scandals, Tory neglect of the farming community, Lib Dem organisation and Lib Dem dedication.

    Congratulations to Richard Foord and the Team!

    Several voters mentioned that they were Labour Party members but voting tactically because they very much preferred a Lib Dem MP to another Tory.

    I duly expressed by appreciation - this must have helped. However a large number of normally Tory voters must have actually votred Lib Dem too, rather than just staying at home.

    The Polling Station I was sent to had a wonderful view, the weather was warm and dry, the birds were siniging and, ther being no Tory teller, the polling officers provided me with biscuits and tea.

    The time just sped by and the news of success in the morning made the long journeys worthwhile.

  • Honiton HQ
    Article: Jun 5, 2022

    Can you come and help in the Honiton & Tiverton By Election?

    Nick and Rosemarie Hollinghurst took some time out before the Jubilee Celebrations got started to get down to Devon to help out in this crucial By Election.

    They were very impressed with the HQ staff, the campaign literature, the beautiful countryside, the friendly people - and of course our candidate, Richard Foord.

    This is what the Liberal Democrat Press said about him:

  • Electric Bus UK
    Article: Jun 5, 2022
    "Clearer Air, a Quieter Environment, less Pollution and less Carbon Dioxide emitted - just some of the benefits from converting to electric buses."

    It was recently announced that Bristol's transport network is to be 'decarbonised', partly by introducing 250 electric buses and 1,000 cycle racks as the City Council aims to get the city to net zero carbon emissions by 2030 to tackle climate change. "Good for them!" says Nick Hollinghurst, a Liberal Democrat councillor on Dacorum Borough Council.

  • Sajid David
    Article: May 8, 2022
    Non-Dom Status Part 1

    "Non-Doms" are people who are classified as "not being 'domiciled' in the UK" for tax purposes.

    The Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) is a research centre based in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. It conducts independent policy-driven research informed by history, culture and behaviour focussing on explaining comparative long-run economic growth performance.

    CAGE Warwick and the LSE International Inequalities Institute have recently published a short study entitled "The UK's 'non-doms': Who are they,
    what do they do, and where do they live?"

    Your 'domicile' is where you say is your permanent home but if that's UK, you can't be 'non-dom'
    Everyone is considered to start with a 'domicile of origin' - your father's domicile when you were born - unless you are illegitimate, in which case it's your mother's domicile when you where born. You can choose to change to another domicile later.

    If you are a wealthy person and are accepted as a non-dom for tax purposes this can bring very significant financial benefits.

    Here are some highlights from their study.

    * Non-Doms are globally connected, either by birth or from time spent living abroad.

    Over 93% of those classified as Non-Doms in 2018 were born abroad.
    An additional 4% have lived abroad for a substantial period.
    * The share of people claiming non-dom status rises rapidly with income.

    30% of individuals who earned £5 million or more claimed non-dom status in 2018, and a further 10% had claimed non-dom status at
    some point in the past - as Sajid Javid recently revealed he had done. However, only 0.3% among those earning less than £100,000 had ever claimed non-dom status.
  • Johnson Putin (Byline Times)
    Article: Mar 20, 2022

    (Hint: it wasn't football)

    We call for a Public Enquiry into Russian Interference in British Politics!

    Don't be afraid to be seen as being critical of Russia.

    Please sign this petition if you haven't yet done so.

    Or is it that you're afraid to find out what it is they might have been up to?

Nick Hollinghurst