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    • Ed at school
      Article: Jun 13, 2019

      The Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council has a new leader following the decision by Dan Roper to stand down after two years as Leader.

      Dan Roper said "After six years in the front line as a Cabinet Member, Deputy Leader of the Council and then as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group it was the right time for me to take a step back.

    • Priests Lane
      Article: Jun 13, 2019

      Cllr Andy Fryd (Shenfield) will table the following motion at full council on 26 June 2019:

      This Council resolves to remove the Authority's preferred site of 75 houses in Priests Lane from our submission of our Local Development Plan and allocate this number of dwellings to an alternative site within the borough such as the Dunton Hills development. The Priests Lane site would then be changed to a conservation and wildlife area. The benefit of this status would aid the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from an already over polluted and heavily traffic congested area.

    • Electric car charging
      Article: Jun 13, 2019

      Cllr Barry Aspinell will table the following at the ordinary council meeting on 26 June 2019:

      This Council resolves to investigate the possibility of installing electric charging stations for electric powered vehicles at various strategic positions within the Borough.

      We would suggest the ideal sites for these could be the major junctions with the M25 (A12 / A127).

    • Women in politics
      Article: Jun 13, 2019

      We are actively seeking women candidates for the 2020 council elections. Currently, four of our thirteen borough councillors are female (Karen Chilvers, Sarah Cloke, Vicky Davies and Alison Fulcher) and we aim to increase that to 50% next year when there are 12 seats up for election.

      To be a great councillor you need to have drive, enthusiasm, an interest in your local community and the confidence to speak up for others. We will, of course, offer training, mentoring and encouragement. You would be expected to take part in activity in your ward and attend evening council meetings.There is an allowance payment to cover expenses, if elected, of £6,000pa. This is subject to tax and national insurance but does not affect Universal Credit.

    • Article: Jun 13, 2019
      By Dan Schmeising

      We kicked off a series of leadership hustings in London this weekend. Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, contending to succeed Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats, were grilled on their vision for our party.

      You can read more about the candidates' plans here:

      Ed Davey Jo Swinson

      Or, you can get involved - find your nearest hustings here:

    • Article: Jun 13, 2019

      We are currently looking for members for three new policy working groups on the future of work, the natural environment and utilities.

      The working groups will take evidence and prepare policy proposals to submit to Autumn Conference 2020.

      Working group members are expected to attend meetings (in person or by dialling in), input their ideas for policy, and play a role in drafting the policy paper. The position is voluntary.

    • Silver Street in Bedford Town Centre on a Busy Shopping Day
      Article: Jun 12, 2019

      Thanks to the Town Centre Champions community group and 77 independent businesses who have signed up to take part, Bedford's first Fiver Fest is under way and runs through until Saturday 15th June.

      Fiver Fest is a celebration of small businesses and shops, with local traders putting on special £5 offers over 1 week to help promote and showcase the range and quality of retailers and attractions in the town centre, and to thank those who support them. It is running for a week, having kicked off on Saturday 8th June.

    • Article: Jun 12, 2019

      As a Party we depend on our volunteers - members like you - to run things. We are introducing the new Liberal Democrat Disciplinary Procedure this Summer and need members to volunteer to make it work.

      As part of the new disciplinary procedures we need teams of members to volunteer for the four roles that need filling. These are Adjudicator, Investigator, Independent Person (Mediator), and Party Mentor.

    • Ed Davey
      Article: Jun 12, 2019

      the election for the leader of the liberal Democrats party

      Liberal Democrat members, (and there are now over 105,000 since the beginning of May) now have the opportunity to elect a new Leader following the decision by Sir Vince Cable to step down.

      The two nominated candidates Ed Davey and Jo Swinson are engaged in a a series of campaign events and hustings meetings up and down the UK.