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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Mar 19, 2018

    The new rail timetable starting in May and just published has plenty of disadvantages for WGC and Hatfield travellers, says LibDem councillor Malcolm Cowan.

    "First, the so-called fast trains from Kings Cross will take a new record slow time of 35 minutes compared with 26 or 27 minutes at present; this is a massive slow down with no explanation. Ironically the poster in the cafe on platform 3 at WGC shows pre-war trains taking 23 minutes, so we will be 50% slower from May.

  • Suffolk Liberal Democrats
    Article: Mar 19, 2018

    Those of you on Facebook may be interested to know that Suffolk Liberal Democrats have a Facebook page. Go to https://www.facebook.com/SuffolksLibDems/ and like and follow to keep seeing their posts.

  • D Train Prototype ()
    Article: Mar 18, 2018

    "D-Trains for Bedford to Bletchley" was the headline that caught my eye.
    VivaRail has signed an agreement with West Midlands Rail Ltd to supply three new Class 230 'D-Trains' for use on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley. This is the first order for Class 230 trains, which are rebuilt London Underground District line stock. The trains should enter service in December 2018. D-Trains are designed to accept power modules that can be diesel, battery or, in the future, hydrogen fuel cells. The first battery vehicle will be ready this spring.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2018
    By Josie Ratcliffe

    The Conservative leader of Norfolk county council has launched an extraordinary attack on Norfolk's MPs. In a radio interview Cllr Jordan said that some local Conservative MPs need to work harder and to stop knocking Norfolk.

    As the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for South West Norfolk, I share some of his concerns.

  • Schools older
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    EDUCATION POLICY - Working Party reports to Spring Conference

    "Empowering each individual child to be the best they can and want to be."

    Liberal Democrats have announced plans that would abolish Ofsted and create widespread reform in how school and pupil performance is judged.
    Under proposals developed by the Party's Education Working party and debated at the Spring Conference at Southport, Regional Schools Commissioners would be abolished and local authorities with responsibility for education, would be given the task of promoting high standards across the state sector. Councils would also be able to open new community schools where there was a need.

  • Police
    Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Melvin Caton

    Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have welcomed a decision to fund additional Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the district council's budget for 2018/19. They consider it is a vindication of their campaign for more visible policing. Community Safety rated highly in the district council's public consultation for the budget year that begins in April. With rising crime rates, the Lib Dems say that the council's decision last year to budget for only two PCSOs was not enough.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Melvin Caton

    Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have accused Stansted Airport of ignoring the damage to the environment that their application to expand the use of the runway to accommodate 43m passengers per annum will cause.

    "The airport already has permission for a 50% increase in the number of flights. Local residents know that a further increase in capacity at the airport will lead to more pressure on our roads especially Junction 8 on the M11, poorer air quality and noise pollution. The application doesn't sort out the night flight problem. Expansion of Stansted Airport cannot be described as environmentally sustainable," Cllr Martin Foley from Thaxted said.

  • Event: Mar 25, 2018 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    This training session will equip you to make good use of leaflet templates and show you how to get them ready for print. As well as demonstrations, there'll be plenty of opportunity for you to try out the ideas yourself.

    Bring your laptop PC, equipped with PagePlus, in order to participate in the session. You're also advised to have good photos of your candidates, along with the local stories content that you expect to feature.

  • Council Tax increases
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have approved a 3.75% increase in Council Tax rates for Bedford Borough.

    The 3.75% increase - 2% of which is allocated to Adult Social Care - is the lowest % increase for council tax rises in 2018/19 in the area of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and neighbouring Cambridgeshire.