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  • Article: Jul 30, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has responded to the Prime Minister's remarks on the Calais migrant crisis. David Cameron said today that the UK will not become a "safe haven" for a "swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean".

    Tim Farron said,

    By blaming 'migrant swarms' for the current crisis in Calais David Cameron risks dehumanising some of the world's most desperate people. We are talking about human beings here, not insects.

    Of course, we need to improve security at the tunnel to protect our borders and stop migrants from dying on the tracks but we also need to address the wider humanitarian issue too.

    This means as a country we should accept our fair share of refugees by signing up to the EU asylum policy, rather than expecting others to do it for us. If Ireland can sign up to the scheme why can't we?

    By using the Prime Minister's language we lose sight of how desperate someone has to be to cling to the bottom of a lorry or train for the chance of a better life.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2015

    A crowd of nearly 100 swimming pool users gathered outside Chelmsford's Riverside Leisure centre, to protest about the diving pool and outdoor pool being excluded from the draft plans for a replacement Riverside.

    Conservative-run Chelmsford council says it would too expensive

  • Rickmansworth
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    Following recent press coverage Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) is receiving a large volume of calls about suspected giant hogweed. Most calls refer to non-toxic cow parsley. Information is going to be put on the TRDC website which will explain the difference between the toxic giant hogweed ( purple stem with spikes, spotted leaves etc.) and cow parsley. TRDC will of course work to remove any of the toxic variety found anywhere in our parks and open spaces.
  • Andrew Murray (British Tennis)
    Article: Jul 29, 2015

    Tennis try-out sessions have been arranged for the summer holidays in Melbourne Park by local Lib Dem councillor Lee Ashley, starting this Sunday and then on Thursdays.

    Cllr. Ashley is a keen tennis fan and wanted youngsters to be able to try it. So she arranged a meeting with the Lawn Tennis Association, Active Essex and the City Council's Sports team to set it up. The dates are:-

  • Article: Jul 29, 2015

    Tim Farron has set about ending the Liberal Democrats' lack diversity at the top of the party - by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party's history to lead the party's fightback.

    The new Lib Dem leader announced a spokesperson team including 12 women and 10 men to lead the fight back against the Tory government.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2015

    Politicians from across the political spectrum should seize the opportunity to overhaul the House of Lords once and for all, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said.

    It comes amid the fallout of Lord Sewel's resignation from the House of Lords, which has sparked calls for a shake-up of the second chamber.

    Tim has written to party leaders in the Commons and Lords - as well as crossbench peers - urging them to back the case for reform.

  • Nissan Leaf
    Article: Jul 28, 2015

    Well, the Nissan Leaf electric car demo at the Tring Eco Fair, held in April, seems to have caught the interest of one of the Lib Dem Hertfordshire County Councillors. Nick Hollinghurst, who represents the Tring & Villages Division, and his wife, Rosemarie Hollinghurst, finally got around to booking a test drive at Aylesbury Nissan in a Leaf Tekna.

  • James Wright at Norwich Pride 2015
    Article: Jul 28, 2015

    On Saturday 25th July, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Eaton City Councillor James Wright, officially launched this year's Pride parade through Norwich city centre.

    James said: "It's brilliant that as a city we celebrate diversity through the annual Pride event. This year's parade was one of the best supported so far, despite the poor weather! I'm already looking forward to next year's event."

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Jul 25, 2015

    What a change 11 weeks makes! Special congratulations to Isabelle Murray who was still 17 on May 7th and unable to vote in the General Election.

    Also shown are some interesting changes in a by Election in North East Lincolnshire. Labour held the seat as expected, but the changes since the General Election are interesting. All the main parties lost to the Liberal Democrats, but UKIP lost most.

  • Nissan Leaf
    Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Following a look at a Nissan Leaf electric car shown at the Tring Eco Fair, held in April, Lib Dem Hertfordshire County Councillor Nick Hollinghurst has decided to investigate electric motoring seriously.

    But although you can get charging units fitted to an external wall of your house, it makes more sense to fit one inside your garage. So the big downside for Nick is that, if he decides to go ahead, he will have to clear his garage. Of course this is not really a bad thing. If we all started to use our garages once again, then there'd be more parking space on the roads - not to mention fewer blocked pavements for wheelchairs and mums with buggies.

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