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  • Event: December 18, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Melbourne Road, Chelmsford

    Open to anyone who wants to improve or practice their Connect skills. Training will focus on tools that can save us all time and effort on the campaign trail. Computers provided. Please bring your smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android) if you have one. Free time following session to practice skills or address individual issues.

    Sessions are free as part of the work the regional party is doing to help local parties and activists prepare for the General Election. However booking is essential for space reasons. Please email jon.whitehouse@eastlibdems.org.uk for further information and to book places.

  • Event: November 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Magdalen Hall, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DE

    Open to anyone who wants to improve or practice their Connect skills. Training will focus on tools that can save us all time and effort on the campaign trail. Please bring own laptop if possible and your smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android) if you have one.

    Sessions are free as part of the work the regional party is doing to help local parties and activists prepare for the General Election. However booking is essential for space reasons. Please email jon.whitehouse@eastlibdems.org.uk for further information and to book places.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    We are please to announce the election results for the Party Committee Elections 2014. The elected candidates (subject to any appeals) are as follows:

    Federal Executive

    Dawn Barnes
    Ramesh Dewan
    Josh Dixon
    Sue Doughty
    Neil Fawcett
    Jonathan Fryer
    James Gurling
    Evan Harris
    Keith House
    Kavya Kaushik
    Caron Lindsay
    Gordon Lishman
  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have scooped two Green Ribbon Political Awards recognising their outstanding environmental achievements.

    At Tuesday's awards ceremony Baroness Parminter was named Parliamentarian of the Year (House of Lords), recogniding the work she has done in consistently challenging for the environment both inside and outside the House.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Baroness Northover will today announce that Britain has joined global action and pledged £31m to help prevent millions of people dying from illnesses linked to cooking over coal, wood, dung or biomass stoves.

    Figures from the World Health Organisation show that every year year 4.3m people die from illnesses caused by exposure to household air pollution.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    In April, the difference in pay between men and women stood at 9.4 per cent, compared with 10 per cent the previous year.

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the gender pay gap was 17.4 per cent when records began in 1997.

    Liberal Democrats welcome the fall in the pay gap but recognise more still needs to be done to close the gap.

    We are leading the campaign to close the gender pay gap. Our manifesto includes a commitment to make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers.

    By doing so this would create pressure from staff and customers to account for and close any pay gap that exists between men and women.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Minister for Equalities Jo Swinson said:

    "It's good news to see a significant reduction in the pay gap over the last year. We should value the contribution of women and men in the workplace equally, so our vision has to be eliminating the pay gap completely.

    "The Government will continue to tackle the causes of gender pay inequality. Shared Parental Leave will help to tackle the unequal split of caring responsibilities, and we are promoting pay transparency by making free pay analysis software available to employers."

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has today (20 November) announced that the UK government will invest up to £720m in the Green Climate fund to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and go low-carbon.

    The UK joins other major economies including Japan, Germany, America and France in pledging financial support to help developing countries adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Horne Lane Town Centre Car Parks
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Bedford Borough Council is freezing all of its parking charges for the coming year, meaning 2015 will be the fifth straight year of Mayor Dave Hodgson's town centre car park charge freeze.

    The freeze approved by Mayor Dave's Cabinet applies to all Council car parks and all on-street parking. The ongoing fall in the real cost of parking is in stark contrast to the situation in towns elsewhere nearby and across the country, with charges rising with inflation or more in some cases, as massive government cuts to local authority funding continue. Here in Bedford, Mayor Dave's drive to support a thriving town centre is instead delivering this further boost for local shoppers and traders, in defiance of inflation and parking running costs.

  • Building of Bedford Bus Station, November 2014
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    The next stages of the multi-million pound project to create a new Bus Station for Bedford are now underway with works commencing on 14-28 Allhallows, the parade of shops which back on to the bus station building.

    The improvement works include: re-roofing, new shop fronts, windows and cladding panels and external improvements including a refurbishment of the canopy, all of which will help to integrate the shop parade with the new bus station buildings.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed he will be taking part in Bite The Ballot's Leaders' Live debate next month.

    Nick said:

    "Leaders Live is a fantastic initiative from Bite the Ballot to get young people involved in the political debate. This project will take the leaders of the main political parties to where young people are already active - through exciting new ways of communicating."

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