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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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  • Barbara Gibson and Lucy Netsingha Tree
    Article: Jul 13, 2019
    Two of our newly elected Lib Dem East of England MEPs have been appointed to European Parliament Committees.

    On Wednesday, Lucy Nethsingha was elected as the Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs for a two and a half year term. She said:

    "I am determined the Committee will play a key role in providing legal certainty and stability for the European Union, while advancing rights for Europe's citizens and addressing the central issues of our time, such as environmental crime."

    In addition, fellow Lib Dem East of England MEP, Barbara Gibson, was confirmed as a member of the Committee on International Trade, as well as a substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
  • NLC Hustings for Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Jul 12, 2019

    Rosemarie and Nick Hollinghurst and Patrick Fisher from West Herts Local Party attended the hustings last night for the choice of the next Liberal Democrat Leader

    The Candidates for the post of Leader were Jo Swinson MP and Ed Davey MP.

    The event was held in the Lloyd George Room of the National Liberal Club and was presided over by Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted.

    The members present were very conscious that they were probably selecting the next-but-one Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • Flood Event Puttenham
    Article: Jul 11, 2019

    Six or seven years ago, the government passed much of the responsibility for flood mitigation onto Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) - in our case that is Hertfordshire County Council. Their role is to develop a strategy to monitor local flood risks within the county. They also draw up and maintain a record of structures, such as walls and embankments that might have a significant effeect on flood risk, recording their ownership and state of repair. This data is identified in the Hertfordshire Flood Risk Asset Register.

  • Lara canvaassing
    Article: Jul 7, 2019
    On 1st July, Cllr Lara Pringle, Vice-Chair of Northchurch Parish Council proposed and Cllr Mark Somervail seconded a Motion to the Parish Council on the Climate Change Emergency . It was passed unanimously.

    Congratulations to Lara Pringle, Mark Somervail and Peter Holditch for getting this important motion tabled and passed unanimously.

  • Little Tring Road Footway
    Article: Jul 7, 2019

    With better public health and improved quality of life in mind, Tring County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, has arranged a couple of simple improvements to the local road and footpath network between Dundale Road and Little Tring.

    The only difficulty is in crossing the Icknield Way at the cross roads with Dundale Road and Little Tring Road. Please take care here.

  • Cllr Wendy Conian
    Article: Jul 1, 2019

    Well done, Berkhamsted Town Council!

    On 10th June, 2019, Cllr Wendy Conian proposed and Cllr Rick Freedman seconded the following Motion on the Climate Change Emergency to Berkhamsted Town Council - which is now under Liberal Democrat control.

    This Council:

    a) Declares a Climate Emergency with the aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality in our community by 2030.

    b) Will undertake practical measures within our powers to reduce the impact of Council's activities on the environment.

    c) Will work with all sectors of our community to publicise this declaration and develop initiatives and practical measures that will help our community towards achieving carbon neutrality.

    d) Calls upon the Borough and Hertfordshire County Council systematically to review their services, planning regulations and Local Plans and implement measures to reduce their impact on the environment and climate breakdown.

    e) Calls upon the Government to provide regulations and resources that will enable communities to meet the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

  • 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.

Nick Hollinghurst