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  • Article: Mar 28, 2017

    The Conservative County Council has recently renewed the private contract that has handed over control of our highways to a private company that has reduced spending but failed to deliver. The contract has proved to be intensely bureaucratic.

    Liberal Democrats will:

    • Take back control of the Highways contract unless it delivers an effective road maintenance programme.
    • Use £2million from the Tory reserves stockpile to improve our roads. We will fix potholes, maintain pavements and cut the grass verges more quickly.
    • Lobby the government for further improvements to the Copdock interchange to eliminate queuing delays and the drag on Suffolk's economy.
    • Support the building of the third crossing in Lowestoft and the new wet dock link in Ipswich.
  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Southend and Chelmsford Lib Dems at Spring Conference 2017
    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Southend Liberal Democrats attend Spring National Conference in York

    Some of our members, Katherine and Ben Loades, Adam Hutchins and John Batch have just returned from the National Spring Conference in York.

    Adam and John are pictured here with some of our colleagues from Chelmsford Liberal Democrats (L-R: Edward Longford, Andrew Sosin, Marie Goldman, Giovanni Sechi, Adam and John).

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The people on whom our nation's future depends need social skills, education and training that will help them be emotionally secure and prosperous. School performance in Suffolk remains poor but is gradually improving. The move to academies and the removal of responsibilities from the County will create many challenges in the future.

    Liberal Democrats will:

    • Invest in early years' education, children's centres, schools and colleges to deliver opportunity for all and the quality of education that Suffolk people deserve.
    • Resist attempts by the current government to reintroduce selection at the age of 11.
    • Work in partnership with the NHS and voluntary sector and fund a county-wide programme of education in emotional health and mental wellbeing in all schools, including primary schools.
  • Article: Mar 26, 2017

    Leading Liberal Democrats are asking whether our Council was lost in action during the negotiations of the "deal" to develop the Shredded Wheat site.

    Shockingly, despite a projected £86M profit, developers Spenhill are being told they only have to provide 35 units of affordable housing - just 4% of the total 850 being built. It is the stated policy of the Council that 30% of all new homes should be affordable. And the profits could well be much higher as the Council has failed to scrutinise the cost estimates.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2017

    In Suffolk, we have an ageing population and a growing number of people with complex needs who have survived trauma or inherited disabilities. They all deserve equality of opportunity and a good quality of life.

    The many who are disadvantaged by the lack of education, skills and opportunities that lead to jobs, housing and a reasonable quality of life, deserve help to learn, to become an asset to society and to have a good life.

    Obesity, through lack of activity and the cost of a healthy diet, is a massive and growing issue. Improved, targeted help for individuals and communities is vital to lead to better, longer lives, with fewer challenges at a lower cost to society.

    Far too many people remain in hospital ready to return home but waiting for social services to provide for their needs. These occupied beds are needed for others impact on waiting times and are costly to the NHS.

    Liberal Democrats will:

    • Ensure actions to encourage lifestyles that promote physical and mental health are effective and are adequately funded.
    • Develop effective partnership teams, to deliver better multi-disciplinary services. Instead of paying lip service to co-operation, work with the NHS, schools, and providers of care for children and people with disabilities.
    • Ensure proper investment in preventative mental health services, while working with the NHS and local charities to promote mental wellbeing.
    • Campaign for adequate funding, from government, for social care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
    • Ensure providers of residential and home-based care are able to provide a good quality of care to the people who use their services.
    • Invest money from reserves in Suffolk Libraries, helping them to provide a wider range of services for local people e.g. mobile children's centres.
  • Article: Mar 25, 2017

    To improve the quality of life of people in Suffolk and ensure we have the resources we need to run better schools, fair social services and improved highways, we need a thriving economy supporting successful, innovative, efficient and profitable businesses. This is crucial to attract highly skilled workers earning good salaries.

    Liberal Democrats will:

    • Work together with our communities to give back power and resources to allow them to help solve their problems.
    • Encourage expansion of home based businesses through small capital grants to fund new initiatives.
    • Work with providers to roll out excellent fibre based broadband connections across Suffolk and help mobile phone companies install a countywide 4G superfast mobile data network.
    • Keep tax rises down by using money from government grants and reserves, investing in infrastructure that boosts business and services that help local people. We will not continue to stockpile reserves "for a rainy day".
    • Set up a "Service Gaps Task Force" with the district councils, the police, the NHS and the voluntary sector to identify where services are falling short and spend taxpayers' money efficiently to fill the gaps.
  • Principal Authority LD By Election Gains
    Article: Mar 25, 2017

    Starting from the day after the General Election i.e. 6th May, 2016, the Liberal Democrats have now gained 35 council seats in principal local authority by elections.

    They have lost only three.

    This means the Liberal Democrats have achieved a net gain of 32 seats.

    In contrast the Conservatives lost 38 seats and gained only 15 - a net loss of 23.

  • Mick Bates AM with the University of Glamorgan's Tribrid Minibus
    Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Essex County Council's Conservative group has pushed through a cut of over 14% in the funding for community transport schemes across the county. Essex Liberal Democrats "called in" the cabinet member decision for review by the scrutiny committee last Thursday (23rd March), but the Conservative majority backed the decision.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat European Group and its members look forward to joining other Liberal Democrats for the Unite for Europe march tomorrow at 1000 at Marble Arch.

    The Liberal Democrat European Group regrets the decision of the European Movement not to participate fully in this march.