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  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Speaking at the conservative Conference, David Cameron announced plans to increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500, something which the Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning on.

    Responding to this announcement and attempts to pass off this and other tax plans as Conservative ideas, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Equalities Policy Working Group, Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, looks forward to discussing their work at Conference:

    'In the present state of society it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground.' So wrote Mary Wollstencraft in 1792. More recently, party members in the Twitterverse have become accustomed to the phrase 'check your privilege'. For Liberal Democrats our constitution is clear enough about the simple truths upon which we agree: "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". As a result we challenge prejudice and entrenched privilege every step of the way and promote equality in a free society.

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    Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Conservative run Hertfordshire County Council is cancelling 142 highways repairs, originally planned for this year that would have cost them £3m, after it was revealed it was on course to overspend its budget.

    Of the 142 schemes, 104 of them are micro-resurfacing for roads, 4 are resurfacing of footways and a further 34 more major road rebuilding schemes.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is preparing to launch a review into the lack of ethnic minority directors in British boardrooms.

    Through Lord Davies' report which Vince commissioned, Liberal Democrats in government have made progress in extending the diversity of our boardrooms, bringing us to a stage where there are now no all-male boardrooms left in the FTSE100.

  • The new Bedford Bus Station taking shape during development
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Progress continues apace on the regeneration of the bus station area in Bedford, with the new facility itself now taking shape in front of both visitors' and webcam-viewers' eyes. Images from the camera trained on the development, which update every few minutes during daylight hours, can be found via the link on the Council's bus station webpage, and show the now-installed steel frame and emerging shape of the brand new bus station.

  • South Lakes MP Tim Farron has been named as a ‘Campaign Champion’ by a national charity for his work on road safety and sustainable transport.
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Widening Colchester Road near Sainsbury; improvements to Arbour Lane footway and Lordship Road, Writtle; road safety schemes in Old Moulsham and Westway. These were all approved at the recent meeting of the Chelmsford Local Highways Panel.

    The panel also considered a number of improvements to the cycle network in Chelmsford. The number of cyclepaths is due to increase by 60% under plans recently approved.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Following a speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May referencing the Communications Data Bill, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert has sent the letter below to Theresa May.

    Dear Theresa,

    We disagree on the Communications Data Bill.

    The Liberal Democrat position is clear: we do not think that the proposal to store a record of every citizen's internet browsing for 12 months is compatible with our basic civil liberties. We also do not think it is right to force UK companies to keep track of everything people do on Google, Facebook or other websites. You appear determined to push ahead with the scheme at all costs, regardless of widespread public concern. I'm more than happy to continue to have that debate as we approach the general election.

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    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

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    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Police & Crime Commissioners would be scrapped under Liberal Democrat manifesto proposals.

    The party has revealed plans to replace controversial commissioners which will be debated at conference in Glasgow next month.

    It comes amid calls for South Yorkshire Police Commissioner, Shaun Wright, to resign following the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Nick Clegg said (on LBC's Call Clegg radio interview) "You cannot have people who are supposed to be serving the public, and are accountable to the public, ignoring those basic principles of responsibility and accountability."

  • Article: Sep 28, 2014

    Epping Forest - Hemnall Ward: Kim Adams

    LD 607 43% +1

    CON 386 28% +7

    UKIP 339 24% -2

    GRN 69 5% +1

    LAB not stood 0% -6

    All in all, the Liberal Democrats did well in Thursday's (25/914) council by-elections. Though losing Frome North in Somerset to the Tories, the Lib Dems were cheered, not only by the Epping Forest result but also a remarkable win in Guildford's Lovelace Ward, with a swing of 47% where their candidate leapt from 3rd to 1st place.

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