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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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  • Werrington tunnel (The Railway Magazine)
    Article: Oct 10, 2018
    In The Railway Magazine

    Despite the present minority Conservative Government and its harsh austerity programme, there is still a trickle of infrastructure improvements reaching completion. However, these were originally commissioned under the Coalition Government by Liberal Democrat Transport and Environment Ministers. One of particular interest to the East of England is the construction of a new junction, which will pass under the East Coast Main Line (ECML) at Werrington, just north of Peterborough. Work has just started and it should be completed by 2021.

    It will allow freight trains going to Felixstowe to cross the ECML without interfering with traffic on the fast lines. In addition, upgrades elsewhere on the route between Peterborough and Felixstowe are planned including a third track between Peterborough and Huntingdon.

  • ballot box
    Article: Oct 6, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats' week started well with Jennie Brent, the Independent councillor for the Eastney & Craneswater Ward of Portsmouth City Council joining the Liberal Democrats and the Portsmouth City LD Group. Jennie had left the Conservatives early in the Summer when she became an Independent.

    Then over in Essex, Cllr Andy Wood who represented the North Clacton Division of Essex County Council has also joined the Liberal Democrats

    Meanwhile we continue to make progress in Cambs - in East Cambridgeshire District this time - as Liberal Democrat Victoria Charlesworth got a good result on 4th October and made a dent in the Tory majority with a 12.5% increase in vote share.

    Soham North & Isleham (East Cambs District) result:

    CONSERVATIVES: 48.8% (-17.4)
    LIB DEMOCRATS : 30.0% (+12.5)
    LABOUR: 10.9% (-5.5)
    IND: 10.4% (+10.4)

    Conservative HOLD.

  • Vince Cable in Brighton 2018
    Article: Sep 28, 2018

    Like many delegates Nick and Rosemarie from Tring combined participation in the Liberal Democrat Conference with visits to rellies and a short holiday. They went down by train - taking a car to Brighton is a crazy thing to do - stayed in a convenient sea front hotel and had some excellent meals.

    The trains behaved themselves well - Brighton to Berkhamsted in 1 hour 59 minutes with one change at Clapham Junction - and the weather warm with fresh winds.
  • DacorumRecycling
    Article: Sep 28, 2018
    At Dacorum Full Council on 26th September, Conservatives were keen to talk about improving household recycling until Lib Dem Councillor Adrian England pointed "over the fence" at how much more next door councils are already achieving.
    In questions to Cllr Janice Marshall, Cllr England asked:
    "Does the Portfolio-holder agree with me that, as good as it is to see incremental progress on recycling there is still low-hanging fruit to be picked?
  • Cllr Brenda Link & Local Activist Sammy Barry
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    The news of the closure of the Bellgate Post Office will be a serious blow to the Highfield Community. Many local residents have relied on its services to avoid going into town. Older residents, and those not on the internet, will be hard hit as they rely on the local post office to pay bills, transfer money and perform numerous other transactions that others take for granted.

  • Produce in August
    Article: Sep 8, 2018

    This afternoon we have The Flower and Produce Show in Wigginton in the Village Hall.


    And tomorrow the equivalent down in Aldbury

    My pic shows how well we were doing last month. Alas, we ate that lot - and we now have only very poor specimens to exhibit!

    In particular the potatoes have been a disaster, an unidentified pest has devoured the Pak Choi, an odd disease has produced strangely misshapen apples - and really nothing has done well this year.

    Still taking part is the thing and next year might be better!

    Apart from current troubles, however, do grow vegetables and plants and exhibit in your local show. If you're fortunate to have one, it's pleasant, healthy exercise to cultivate your garden (as Candide was prone to remark) and the flavour of your own home-grown produce is always better than anything else!

  • Document: Aug 31, 2018
    577.31 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    News and views about Tring and beyond from the Liberal Democrats

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Aug 31, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

  • Tring Brexitometer 250818
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
  • Rectory Lane Cemetery Restoration
    Article: Aug 30, 2018

    While up at Pheasant Close a couple of weeks ago I noticed two gazebos and a small crowd gathered in the cemetery that lies between Rectory Lane and Three Close Lane.

    Wandering in I found the crowd listening in rapt attention to the words of a man standing on one of the gravestones.

    But, no, it wasn't some re-enactment of the Sermon on the Mount - it was part of the events around the restoration of the Rectory Lane Cemetery. The orator was actually taking the audience through the complex lifestyle and habits of bees.

Nick Hollinghurst