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  • Nigel Quinton - Candidate for Welwyn Hatfield
    Article: Apr 23, 2017

    As previously announced last September, Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats have local campaigner Nigel Quinton as the Liberal Democrat candidate for a snap general election. Now that Mrs May has announced her intention to hold an election on 8th June, and it looks as if Labour's turkeys will vote for Christmas, Nigel has this to say:

  • Article: Apr 23, 2017

    Voters in Welwyn Hatfield should vote for the Liberal Democrats to change the direction of the country and ensure Britain has a decent alternative to the Conservatives' Hard Brexit, the party's local candidate Nigel Quinton has said today.

    The Prime Minister has called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June, which was approved by Parliament yesterday.

  • Nigel Quinton ()
    Article: Apr 23, 2017

    Labour has failed to select a candidate in Welwyn Hatfield with the general election just weeks away. The news is revealed on Labour's own website, and has been called out by the Liberal Democrats, who say that it shows Labour has "given up", even in some of its former strongholds.

    There are over 340 constituencies Labour has still not selected for in England, whereas in contrast the Liberal Democrats have selected 92% of their candidates in England. Labour has not selected a single candidate in any of the eleven Hertfordshire constituencies. They have even resorted as recently as last Friday to advertising via Twitter.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2017

    So, in the end, Theresa May's decision to break her word on a snap election was as disingenuous as it was inevitable: with the Brexit press braying in support, Jeremy Corbyn as inept as ever, Parliament reduced to a supine whimper, what did she have to lose? So she confected some paper-thin excuses about the dastardly habit of opposition parties opposing the Government, took a bow from the sycophants in the Right-wing press and now hopes to sail effortlessly towards a world free of all meaningful opposition after June 8.

  • Suffolk EU Alliance ~ Café Continental, Framlingham, 22 April 2017
    Article: Apr 23, 2017

    Congratulations (and thanks) to the Suffolk EU Alliance, on their very successful "Café Continental" event, held in Framlingham on Saturday 22 April. There was a splendid turnout and an excellent atmosphere, with friends old and new from across the political spectrum, from all parties and none. The audience was drawn together by a wide range of stimulating and engaging speeches which covered many aspects of Brexit, exploring our shared "Remain" stance in last year's Referendum, and looking ahead to the future. We hope that there will be more events like this.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017

    Tim Farron has ruled out doing any coalition deals with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn after the election.

    Every Liberal Democrat vote and every Liberal Democrat MP elected is a challenge to Theresa May's Hard Brexit agenda. In the next parliament we will fight to stop a disastrous Hard Brexit, keep Britain in the Single Market and make sure people have their say on the final Brexit deal in a referendum with remain as an option.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017
    By * Antony Hook was #2 on the South East European list in 2014, is the English Party's representative on the Federal Executive in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In 2 weeks most of the UK has a chance to vote in an election.

    The 2017 elections are a national opportunity to push back against hard Brexit. Unlike so much else that supporters and opponents of Brexit can cite as evidence of public support for their side, the success or failure of each side is measurable, public and real.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2017

    At the recent Council meeting Cllr Adrian England asked a question about the Hemel Hempstead Urgent Care Centre (UCC) night-time closure, which, far from being sorted in the new year, has in fact continued now for four months.

    The Conservative Leader of the Council, Andrew Williams, agreed that it was unacceptable that the reassurances made prior to Christmas - that West Herts NHS Trust had "seen sense and realised how valuable it is for the people of Hemel Hempstead that there is 24-hour urgent care available in the town" - has not been followed through.

    So, Dacorum is agreed that action is now needed to make progress with the UCC, yet clearly the matter had not been followed up since December.

    Sally Symington, Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats, said:
    "More bluff and bravado and no action from Mike Penning MP. In December 2016 Penning claimed that he had succeeded in getting the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust to 'see sense' and keep the Urgent Care Centre open 24 hours a day. Four months later it is still closed at night-time. It's a disgrace that he is doing nothing about it and, in his words, 'putting my constituents in real danger.' If I was Hemel Hempstead's MP I would meet with the NHS managers and continue to insist that they match their words with action."

  • Article: Apr 21, 2017

    The President of the European Parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June.

    This directly contradicts Theresa May's claim that 'there is no turning back' after Article 50.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "This shows it's not too late to prevent a divisive, hard Brexit.

  • Karen Chilvers
    Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Cllr Karen Chilvers will be our candidate to fight the Snap General Election in Brentwood & Ongar on 8th June.

    Karen, 46, has lived in Brentwood for 25 years and has served as councillor for Brentwood West since 2007. She is a children's author and marketing consultant with a reputation for standing up for residents in her council ward, especially the most vulnerable. She has also been a disability rights campaigner since becoming disabled herself in recent years and strongly believes in equal rights.