We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Welcome to our website!

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.

Recent updates

  • Track Replacement Network Rail (Network Rail)
    Article: Apr 9, 2020
    Working with social distancing requirements and with some operatives ill or self-isolating will obviously reduce efficiency and slow work down, but with timetable reductions and fewer trains running important work can still proceed - and of course fewer passengers are suffering disrupted journeys.

    Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2020

    A sad milestone. Yesterday evening I heard of the first death due to Covid-19 among my circle of friends and acquaintances.

  • HCC(1)
    Article: Mar 31, 2020
    In line with Government advice, all of the county's HWRCs closed on Tuesday, 24th March 2020.
    HWRCs are still experiencing attempted visits by residents. Please DO NOT VISIT any HWRCs until further notice.
    Keep the items you were planning to take until the centres reopen.
    Bin collections are a district and borough council service. Please DO NOT put things like DIY waste or recycling into your kerbside general rubbish collection.
  • roadworks
    Article: Mar 31, 2020
    I am grateful for the following bulletin from my colleague, County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, Leader of the Lib Dem group on Herts County Council.
    HCC Highways are continuing to monitor and adapt to the current situation and are keeping the highway safe and operational while working to government safe working guidelines, including those relating to construction works.
  • Spinach Regrowth
    Article: Mar 30, 2020
    After some time of being neglected I was pleased to discover last week that the greenhouse has all the time been living up to its name, unnoticed.
    These are the remains of the self-sown spinach after rest was picked and cooked last week. That produced 8 portions to go with our home cooking - and what you can see will provide at least another 2.
  • Two Buzzards Circling
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    We've always had buzzards up in the Chilterns where we live. But as when larger, elegant kites arrived, our plumper friends, the buzzards, seemed to gradually get fewer in numbers.

    Then, after 10 years or so, just as gradually, we seemed to be noticing them more frequently - sometimes catching a glimpse of one sitting on a branch, or hearing their mewing calls in the woods.

  • Tring Farmers Market Fruit and Veg 2
    Article: Mar 24, 2020

    Tring Farmers Market has been in need of a regular vegetable stall for some time - which is a pity since vegetables are an important attraction is any market. In the case of Tring Farmers Market would provide a good complement to goods offered at the other stalls.

    Caroline Hendry-Smith, one of the market organisers said,

    "We are very excited to announce that Dunsley Farm Shop will be joining us selling a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Dunsley Farm Shop has recently been taken over by 'Fruity Tooty' who also run a vegetable shop in Aylesbury.
    Ashton Smith from 'Fruity Tooty' plans to bring as much local vegetables as possible when available."

  • Rosemarie's Birthday 2020
    Article: Mar 17, 2020

    Went for a nice meal at Lussmanns in Tring, just the two of us.

    Delicious food, though a bit rich to our now usually modest tastes.

    Rosemarie had Linguini with Rabbit (may contain shot!) followed by Tuscan (allegedly) Chicken with Winter Vegetables.

    Nick had Aubergine Broschetta followed by Ox Cheeks (beautifully tender) with Spinach and Creamed Nutmeg Sauce.

    Everything absolutely delicious and the house red was just right and good value for money.

    Tables for two, well spaced out (more than 6 feet apart!), warm and friendly, staff aware and careful to the epidemic situation.

    It was altogether a very nice evening.

    However, we did discover on the morrow that elderly livers are not *quite* as good as they used to be in coping with a full-bodied Gascon wine!

  • Nick with Stewart in Northhampton
    Article: Mar 16, 2020

    Northamptonshire County Council was controlled by the Conservatives from 2005 to 2018.

    Their disastrous administration resulted in early 2018 in the council having to declare that it "was effectively insolvent".

    Commissioners had to be brought in by the government to run it.

    In March 2018 inspectors concluded that the problems at the council were so deep-rooted that it was impossible to rescue it in its current form.

    To do so, they said, would have been "a reward for failure".

  • Stevenage Platform 5 Testing (Steve White)
    Article: Mar 15, 2020

    Two rail replacement bus service has been operation Mondays - Fridays on the Hertford Loop while Network Rail complete a major upgrade to Stevenage Station.

    • Between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone - served by a people carrier
    • Between Stevenage and Hertford North - served by a double decker bus

    This involves not only Stevenage Station but also the track that connects Stevenage with Watton-at-Stone and destinations further south on the Hertford Loop. A major element in the upgrade is the construction of a new fifth platform at Stevenage. However, extensive work to the track, signalling and other infrastructure is required to connect services to the Watton-at-Stone line.

Nick Hollinghurst