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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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  • RennieGroveFundraiserCeliaBrackenridge
    Article: Jul 1, 2019
    On 23rd June, Diana Woodward held a fundraising lunch at her home in Tinkers Lane in memory of her partner and our friend and neighbour, Prof Celia Brackenridge OBE, who died on 23rd May 2018.

    Celia was an international sportswoman, a campaigner for women's causes and gender equality and a world authority on child protection in sport. Indeed she was one of the very first professionals to raise concerns about child protection in sport and suffered opposition and obstruction when she first sought to raise awareness.
  • Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha MEPs
    Article: Jun 16, 2019

    Why are MEPs like buses?
    You wait 5 years for one to come along - then 2 arrive together! Ba-boom!
    The photograph shows a party in Harston near Cambridge this afternoon (Sat 15/06/2019) celebrating the Liberal Democrat success in having 2 MEPs elected in the E of England Region.
    The Liberal Democrats now have 16 MEPs in Great Britain plus 1 Alliance MEP in Northern Ireland.
    Barbara Gibson MEP is on the left and Lucy Nethsingha MEP is on the right.

  • Youth Support for Lib Dems
    Article: Jun 14, 2019

    . It's official.

    . According to YouGov

    . the Lib Dems are the most popular party

    . with 18-24 year olds.

    .We are pro-EU,

    . liberal,

    . progressive,

    . and pro-environment.

    If our values are your values, why not join in and fight for a liberal Britain?

  • Cambridge North at Night
    Article: Jun 12, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats in Coalition worked hard to mitigate the Tories' excessive enthusiasm for what they called "austerity" - just the usual Tory cuts under another name of course.

    The Liberal Democrats, especially Vince Cable and Ed Davey, apart from pushing forward massive investment in green energy, were also quietly supporting smaller but useful investment in infrastructure where it mattered most to people and business.

    Rail improvements in the East of England were some of these and one in particular - the railfreight route enhancement from the coast to the Midlands - was implement partly with EU grants.

    One major component was the opening of the new station of Cambridge North eighteen months ago - where passenger journeys have now reached 550,000 - and with the Hitchin flyover cutting out a junction bottleneck, rail passengers to both cities and the towns in between have increased in number.

    35,000 additional journeys were made in 2018 and the total between Norwich and Cambridge has now topped a million a year.

    More journeys but with fewer cars and containers on the roads.

    Every little helps.

  • Euro Votes in Dacorum 2019
    Article: Jun 10, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are strong in Dacorum, strong in the East of England and, with their partner parties in the ALDE Group, strong in Europe.

    Votes in the European Election were counted district by district and then added up centrally.

    So we know how many votes were cast for each party in Dacorum Borough.

  • Real Wage Growth in Europe 2008 - 2016
    Article: Jun 9, 2019

    Three years is a long time in politics, and 10 years is longer still. Actually both are pretty long periods of time anyway. Ten years ago, back in the aftermath of the financial crisis - that self-inflicted near-catastrophy resulting from a lack of oversight and regulation in the US and UK - things looked good in Britain when viewed from Riga, or Plovdiv, or Craiova or from Bydgoszcz. Prompt action in the UK had saved its banks, liquidity pumped into the financial sytem had saved its economy. Britain was back on its feet, the pound gave you €1.30 and wages were anyway far more than you could earn at home.

    Small wonder then that energetic people trapped in rural economies with few opportunities and low wages flocked to the UK - and the British government made no attempt to use EU mechanisms to control this. With the second wave of eastern countries joining the EU, Britain did apply for a 5-year delay as it could have done ealier, to enable a controlled adjustment to take place.

    However, vacancies were filled, pipes were fixed, nurses, doctors and dentists looked after patients, construction boomed, the UK was doing very well indeed and most people were happy with the outcome.

    Then along came the nativists for whom where you were born was the big thing ("We're British and we don't need Europeans!") and the populists for whom what they personally wanted was the biggest thing of all ("We're the voice of the people and what we want we get!").

    And of course three years ago we had the Referendum and a small majority of people in a not particularly high turnout poll, voted to leave the EU. Some were influenced by Boris Johnson's untruthful statements, others by UKIP's downright lies about tens of millions of Bulgarians, Romanians and Turks all poised to arrive, it was implied, the very near future.

  • Boxmoor DBC 2nd May Votes Cast
    Article: Jun 8, 2019

    Dacorum Borough Council Election Results May 2019 - BOXMOOR

    Thank you to the people of Boxmoor for their support of the Liberal Democrats.


    WILLIAM ALLEN: Liberal Democrats; 1285; ELECTED

    Cameron Brady-Turner: Labour; 427

    Neil Harden: Conservative; 898

    Sherief Hassan: Green; 367

    CLAIRE HOBSON: Liberal Democrats; 1232; ELECTED

    Bernard Hurley: Green; 281

    Janice Marshall: Conservative; 968

    Barbara Pesch: Labour; 326

    Michael Pesch: Labour; 260

    Robert Theophile: Green; 255

    LIZ UTTLEY: Liberal Democrat; 1117; ELECTED

    William Wyatt-Lowe: Conservative; 848

  • Meridian Water Station
    Article: Jun 8, 2019

    A £170 million rail improvement project which had its origins in the infrastructure investment plans of the Coalition Government is on the point of completion. It will include the addition of a third track to the line between Stratford and Meridian Water, a new housing and employment area in the Lee Valley centred on the old Angel Road station just south of Ponders End by the River Lee.

    The new track will be 5.5 kilometers long and additional platforms will be provided at Tottenham Hale and Northumberland Park. It will significantly increase capacity on the West Anglia Main Line

    These improvements will enable an extra two trains per hour to be run in each direction over the line from Autumn 2019 onwards.

    When the 10,000 new homes are completed and the 6,700 job vacancies are filled it is estimated that as many as 4 milluion passeng3ers per year will be using the new Meridian Water Station.

    These improvements will result in better rail connections between Cambridge and Stansted and Stratford and Liverpool Street and will boost regeneration in southeast Hertfordshire and northeast London.

  • HighfieldDBCElection0519VC
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    Dacorum Borough Council Election Results May 2019 - HIGHFIELD

    Thank you to the people of Highfield for their support of the Liberal Democrats.


    SAMMY BARRY; Liberal Democrats; 504; ELECTED

    Louise Douris; Conservative; 230

    James Froggatt; UKIP; 194

    Luke Jordan: Labour; 337

    BRENDA LINK; Liberal Democrats; 541; ELECTED

    Vanessa Mitchell; Labour; 311

    Charlotte Palmer; Conservative; 185

  • Stevenage Station
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    From 20 May 2019 buses will replace trains from Monday-Friday between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone while Network Rail completes a major upgrade to Stevenage Station.

    Two direct rail replacement bus routes will be in operation: between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone and between Stevenage and Hertford North. Buses are timed to connect with train services.

Nick Hollinghurst