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  • Article: Mar 30, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have revealed a list of ten of Britain's most-wanted criminals who have been arrested or sentenced since the beginning of this year thanks to the European Arrest Warrant.

    This follows David Davis this morning confirming that the UK won't have access to the European Arrest Warrant unless the Government strikes a parallel deal on trade and security.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2017

    Years of under-investment and a complex planning system have led to a national housing shortage. The country has built very little social housing and too few private rented or owned houses. The shortage is made worse by a growing population and social change. People are living longer and often live in one-parent families. We must attract new people to staff our vital industries.

    There is an urgent need for more homes for local people, and young people must be able to obtain their first home at a price they can afford.

    There is a need for private and social rented housing for those who don't wish to purchase.

    Liberal Democrats will:

    • Use the planning system, working with district councils, to encourage development that meets local needs especially for those having difficulty finding a suitable place to live, but also recognising the need to keep Suffolk a special place to live and work.
    • Establish a Suffolk Housing Task Force to identify the critical infrastructure needs, like schools, roads and utilities, to unlock the housing potential of the county.
    • Set up an investment fund, from the Tory reserves stockpile, to ensure that housing developments include plans for school places, roads, parking, green spaces, cycle routes, employment and protect the environment.
  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    As the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the Liberal Democrats have emphasised that it is still possible for people to stop a Hard Brexit and that the by-election in Manchester Gorton will be a chance to force Labour and the Government to "change course."

    The date for the Manchester Gorton by-election has been set for the 4th May. The Liberal Democrats are mounting a strong campaign as the only challengers to Labour in the seat.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Theresa May has delivered a "blatant threat" to the EU 27 by threatening to withdraw security co-operation if we do not receive a favourable trade deal, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    The letter comes as a European Parliament text outlining the EU's position has warned the UK not to seek a trade-off between security and trade in the Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    MEPs will tell the UK that it can change its mind about leaving the EU even after Theresa May triggers Article 50 tomorrow.

    The European Parliament resolution, set to be voted on next week, will stress the Government could still halt the process during the next two years of Brexit talks.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake commented:

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    So, Article 50 has been triggered. Mayday. But the Liberal Democrats' fight goes on. Read what the party thinks will happen next, from Nick Clegg, our European Union Spokesperson, at http://www.libdems.org.uk/deal-or-no-deal.

  • Panorama pre-march
    Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Southend Lib Dems were out in force for the Unite for Europe March in London at the weekend. This may be a surprise to some as there was a definite silence in some areas of the press, most noticeably the BBC.

    With estimates of between 25-100,000 attendees, not one arrest was made as the march passed peacefully, joyously and above all respectably. Respect much needed after the events that preceded the march - an attack on the UK's democracy, what better way to answer this attack than a march?!

    Southend Liberal Democrats followed up their attendance at September's March with numbers into double figures.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Conservative County Council has cut bus services, including Park and Ride, with little regard to the effect that this has on people's lives. Older people now find that their leisure activities are curtailed; those visiting friends or relations in hospital find that this is much more difficult or impossible. Young people in work find their travel times extended or unreliable and those in education find their choices severely curtailed. Everyone suffers from congestion and the environment is damaged if roads are crammed with cars.

    On the matter of Community Transport and Concessionary Fares, Liberal Democrats will:

    • Ensure community transport provides the journeys people need in areas with little if any scheduled public transport. We will make sure that concessionary bus passes can be used on these services.
    • Allow people with concessionary passes to get on a bus at any time, using all the concessionary fares grant from government.
    • Extend free transport for 16 to 19 years old to allow them to get to colleges, apprenticeships and their first place of work.

    For Park and Ride services, Liberal Democrats will:

    • Maintain an effective Ipswich Park and Ride system, reducing congestion and pollution, and benefiting town centre shops and businesses.
    • Protect the through ticket to the hospital and rail station.
    • Subsidise the existing service to make it more frequent during peak hours and re-examine the Bury Road Park and Ride closure.
  • Rickmansworth
    Article: Mar 28, 2017

    Welcome to this edition of 'Rickmansworth This Week e-news'.

    Your Parish need you! Elections for the first Parish Councillors for the new Batchworth Parish Council will take place on 4 May. Four councillors are needed for each of the two wards of Moor Park & Eastbury and Rickmansworth Town. If you are interested in having a say in how the parish is run, why not consider standing?
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    Forms of nomination for Parish Elections may be obtained from the Interim Clerk to the Parish Council at Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1RL or from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1RL on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.………………………………………………………
    The spring edition of Three Rivers Times delivery was scheduled from 17 to 23 March 2017. If you have not received your copy, please let TRDC know. You can also view Three Rivers Times here
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    Chiltern Open Air Museum - on 1st April all entry charges are to be waived.There is a special multicultural event including West Indian story telling, S.Bucks Jewish Community Watch, craft demonstration, traditional weaving, Iron Age cooking, basketry and thatching. Culture, Crafts and Communities. Back in 2012 I took this video https://youtu.be/rC7jZg4K-bo
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    Your vote matters, make sure you are registered - visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your Nat.Ins.number.……………………………………………………….
    Door stop callers crime prevention reminder from Hertfordshire Police.
    Distraction burglary means quite literally that a criminal will gain access to your property under false pretences and attempt to distract you while they or a colleague carry out a burglary. Police advise never letting anyone you are not expecting into your home, whatever excuse they may give. If you are not sure, don't open the door and call police if you feel the caller is suspicious. You can help prevent your neighbours from becoming victims.
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