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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • HMT Empire Windrush (By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 22, 2018

    Liberal Democrat conference has passed a motion demanding the restoration of rights to the Windrush Generation. The motion demands an end to the damaging hostile environment policy started under May's leadership of the Home Office.

    The motion calls for measures to ensure there is a fair process that would prevent future outrages, and for compensation for any victims of the Windrush scandal who have been affected by deportation, detention or the loss of their rights in the UK.

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Equalities spokesperson Christine McHugh said "The Windrush Generation has been horrendously mistreated and it is time to right the Conservative Government's wrongs. Theresa May's hostile environment policy directly led to Windrush and multiple injustices - yet no-one has properly been held to account - let alone the Prime Minister, who must have known about Windrush before the Guardian broke the story. The Liberal Democrats demand better. A proper system must be put in place to compensate all the victims of these horrendous failings at the heart of Government, and Theresa May must be held personally to account."

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    The more Theresa May tries to sound defiant, the more desperate she seems.

    After her weak and rattled statement in Salzburg yesterday, Number 10 had little choice but to send her out for a second take today. But this latest attempt to cast herself as a leader who brooks no compromise is utterly unconvincing.

  • Priory Country Park in Bedford
    Article: Sep 21, 2018

    Priory Country Park has entered the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame having received a Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

    This entry to the Hall of Fame recognises five consecutive years of consistency high rates from travellers.

    TripAdvisor is an online travel site where people can review places they have visited. These 'Certificates of Excellence' are based on the public views of the park, so this achievement is a real testament to how highly Priory Country Park is valued by local residents and visitors to Bedford Borough.

  • Andrew Turner (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Sep 21, 2018

    LIB DEMS retain second place with 40% of the vote in the WENHASTON & WESTLETON BY-election

    ANDREW TURNER misses out by 91

    Congratulations to Andrew Turner and his team of supporters for achieving a fine result in what was a very short election campaign conveniently timed to take place during the Lib Dem Party Conference at Brighton.

  • David Beavan speaks to Brighton Conference (East Suffolk Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Sep 20, 2018


    It was a busy week for new Lib Dem Councillor David Beavan. On Monday he summated an amendment to the Party's debate at the Brighton Conference on Affordable Homes and raised the issue for which he has campaigned long and hard -the closure of the tax loophole on second homes. On Tuesday he was back in the Waveney Council Chamber to speak up against the plans for the St Felix School site in Reydon, near Southwold and add his support to the Campaign Group RAGE who are attempting to stop the sale of school land to allow 69 houses to be built.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Norfolk's Lib Dem County Councillors urge a rethink and call on the County Council to stop their proposals to close 46 of 53 Children Services across Norfolk. Read their article and sign the petition here: https://norfolklibdemcountycouncillors.co.uk/en/petition/stop-the-closure-of-norfolk-children-centres

  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Bedford Borough Council's online admissions systems is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2019.

    Parents who live within the Borough who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in September 2019. The transfer to Secondary 2019 round and the transfer to Upper 2019 round is available from the 12th September 2018 via the Council website.

  • Beechwood Surgery, Pastoral Way, Brentwood - with Dominic Naylor
    Article: Sep 19, 2018
    By Karen Chilvers, Nigel Clarke, Mark Haigh, David Kendall, Dominic Naylor

    Dear Mr Hancock

    Re: Beechwood Surgery, Pastoral Way, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5FW

    The purpose of this letter is to highlight serious concerns we, as five elected councillors representing over 10,000 people in Brentwood, Essex, have regarding our borough's largest GP practice.

    We have, at this point, exhausted accepted complaints processes. The GP surgery has refused to engage with us, even when a request was made by NHS England, and with NHS England and the Health Ombudsman unable to help we feel that it is our duty and responsibility to raise this matter at the highest level and trust in your department to take the appropriate steps to investigate. Our aim is to make the surgery aware of the issues and help them to resolve them and that is why we are sad they will not engage.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Speaking after the Tenant Fees Bill progressed through the House of Commons last week, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Dean Crofts said "Tenant fees are often unreasonable, lack transparency and make the upfront costs of moving extortionate. People should not be punished for moving home. That is why Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a ban on tenant fees with Baroness Olly Grender having previously introduced a Renters Rights Bill.."

    Dean added "While Government amendments did attempt to close the loopholes in this Bill, the language remains ambiguous on what constitutes a "reasonable cost". Moreover, without sufficient funding, local authorities will struggle to enforce the ban. Progress can and must therefore be made on tenant rights."

  • Putnoe Medical Centre
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Bedfordshire NHS CCG has today announced that Putnoe Walk-In Centre will remain open, with a new two-year contract awarded to Putnoe Medical Centre to continue running the service.

    The news comes after the CCG brought a sudden halt to its consultation on the closure of the popular facility last month, in the face of overwhelming opposition to the plans. The new contract will see the walk-in centre operate with reduced hours on weekdays, from 8am-2pm, while weekend opening will remain as 8am to 5pm.