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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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  • Housing Construction
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Why does the Housing Secretary think a zoning system from the Wild West will work in "England's green and pleasant land?" Or anywhere else in the UK come to mention it! And to make matters worse local planning authorities - in our case Dacorum Borough Council - appear to be completely in thrall to the Housing Secretary?

  • Flooding on Bullens Green Lane
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Hertfordshire County Council officers have today confirmed to Liberal Democrat county councillors that the Government has cut direct grant funding for the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), the body responsible for sorting out surface water flooding across the county.

    In Hertfordshire the role of Lead Local Flood Authority is filled by the County Council itself. A small team of professionals was set up within HCC 6 years ago with resources and funding to finance its activities. Since then funding has been continuously as the LLFA Grant. This has enabled the team to build up expertise and carried out minor improvements and small flood management works - though any large schemes would need specific grants to have them carried out.

  • Cumbrian Coal Mine
    Article: Feb 14, 2021

    By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Feb 10, 2021

    "The Liberal Democrats have long called for a rethink on plans on for a new coal mine in Cumbria and I am delighted that's exactly what has happened."

    Cumbria County Council now need to do the right thing and throw these plans out, or the Prime Minister must intervene to make sure the coal mine is scrapped.

    "It's astonishing that a new coal mine in Britain is even being considered - particularly the year we are hosting the vital COP26 conference."

    COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and will be attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994. The 2021 meeting will be the 26th meeting, which is why it's called COP26.

    Ed continued, "If Boris Johnson is serious about climate action he will call on Cumbria county council to scrap the mine.

    "The Government needs to transform its attitude to the climate emergency. That is why I have proposed a £150 billion green coronavirus recovery plan, reshaping our economy to protect the future of our country and our planet.

  • Mayne Avenue, St Albans
    Article: Feb 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrats at Herts County Council are delighted that at last a new root and branch review of how flooding issues are dealt with has been agreed.

    They had been pressing for urgent action on the growing flooding issues.

    In December Liberal Democrat county councillor Sandy Walkington tabled a motion calling for action. This has now resulted in a detailed report to council panels which highlighted the growing problems. As a result, the Conservative administration at County Hall has had to rethink how they deal with flooding and have agreed a root and branch review of the whole issue.

  • Ed Davey Police Station
    Article: Feb 6, 2021

    Ed Davey has responded to Johnson's refusal to lay out a timeline for a public inquiry into his Government's response to the coronavirus crisis
    Jan 28, 2021

    "Johnson says there will come a time to learn the lessons of the pandemic, but the public will rightly ask, if not now, then when?"

    "The best time to learn lessons and prevent the most deaths is today," claims Ed Davey. "Johnson can't tell us exactly when schools will return safely, can't tell us when most of the country will be offered a vaccine and can't tell us when the current lockdown will end."

    "The UK has suffered terrible COVID death rates. Despite promising an inquiry last year, Johnson has once again refused to commit to a timeline for an independent inquiry. The British people - especially the families of those who have been lost - deserve answers."

  • Planning Jenrick
    Article: Feb 2, 2021

    An Open Letter from Dacorum Liberal Democrats to Robert Jenrick.

    Rt Hon Robert Jenrick

    Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government

    2 Marsham Street


    SW1P 4DF

    31st January 2020

    Dear Minister

    Initially we welcomed your Ministry's publication on 16th December 2020 Government response to the local housing need proposals in "changes to the current planning system", which announced among other things:

  • Farming UK
    Article: Jan 31, 2021

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the goods they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    The Conservatives have continually failed to protect our farmers from these risks.

    These amendments would have ensured that our farmers are protected and can continue to produce high quality food for our tables. That's why Liberal Democrats supported them.

  • Police Officers
    Article: Jan 27, 2021

    The latest survey conducted by the Police Federation shows that Hertfordshire Police has the lowest morale of any force in the country.

    Recently selected Liberal Democrat Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Sam North is calling for urgent action to address this problem.

    Sam says, "As a former police officer, I know the strain that the police are currently under and the difficulties that both officers and staff face. This survey demonstrates with absolute clarity that change must come to Hertfordshire Police, and it must start at the very top. It is no longer good enough to overlook the needs of the officers and staff who work tirelessly, risking their lives daily to protect ours."

  • Claydon Station Today
    Article: Jan 24, 2021

    East West Rail which is a project aiming to restore rail links between Oxford and Cambridge and on to the East Coast towns of Norwich and Ipswich. It will form a much needed fast public transport link serving the economically important Oxford-Cambridge arc and beyond across the top of our East of England Region.

    The 1st phase of the Western Section from Oxford to Bicester Village is already operational. Through trains to London and connecting trains to Birmingham now run via a recently constructed new curve and junction between the existing Bicester North and Haddenham & Thame Parkway stations. This gives access to the Birmingham Moor Street - London Marylebone Main Line.

    It is the 2nd Phase of the Western Section that is more important for West Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and yesterday (23rd January, 2021) the government announced on £760m of funding for the delivery of this next phase of East-West Rail by relaying the track from Bicester to Bletchley, including the rebuilding of the rail flyover in Bletchley and new platforms at the mainline station. This is estimated to mean 1,500 skilled jobs during the phase. When complete, planned for 2025, it will reinstate direct rail services between Bicester and Bletchley for the first time since 1968.

  • Sam North
    Article: Jan 24, 2021

    Sam North has been announced by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

    Sam is a former police officer who is passionate about policing and crime prevention and has a deep understanding of the current limitations of the police service, of the difficulties that they face, and of the very real concerns that have been raised by the police time and time again.

Nick Hollinghurst