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    • Article: Jul 10, 2020

      On Thursday 16th July, the two candidates for leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey and Layla Moran will be answering questions from a panel of experts in a new hustings format.

      So you want to be leader? Is styled like a job interview. Candidates will get to make their pitch to the panel on why they should be leader and that'll be followed up by questions from the panel on the skills they'll need to make being leader a success.

    • Article: Jul 10, 2020
      By Tim Lockington

      St Margarets and Westgate Councillor Inga Lockington and her fellow LibDem and Green county councillors spoke up at the County Council Meeting (8th June) and voted to halt Sizewell C construction, and its long-term toxic, unnecessary, and destructive impact on the Suffolk Coast.

      County Councillor, Caroline Page notes, "This motion was voted down 50 to 12, with 4 abstentions. What a shame that both Suffolk Conservatives and Suffolk Labour found spurious reasons to join together and vote this motion down. 'Mitigation' is not a concept you can realistically propose when looking at the deliberate destruction of our age-old countryside and all the businesses it supports."

    • Article: Jul 10, 2020
      By Cllr Barry Aspinell
      Yesterday (July 9th) in the House of Commons David Amess, MP for Southend West, supported by Mark Francois MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, spoke with great passion against the proposals to merge Essex Borough Councils.
      Amess said the proposal was "cooked up in secret by six council leaders and Chief executives without the knowledge of Essex MPs. He and Mark Francois certainly hadn't been informed nor had David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council.
    • Disabled badge
      Article: Jul 10, 2020
      By Cllr Karen Chilvers

      In 2018 I was successful in making Brentwood a 'no tolerance borough' as far as parking in disabled spaces was concerned. No ifs, no buts... if you were parked in a disabled bay without a valid blue badge you got a ticket. It was one of the highlights of my lengthy council career as this was agreed cross-party, unanimously and the result met with a round of applause - unusual for an opposition member! Having been rendered disabled by an accident in 2015, it meant a lot to me as I understood first-hand how vital these accessible and convenient spaces are.

    • Article: Jul 9, 2020

      Over the last 2 weeks, members have been nominating candidates to stand as the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

      This is the first time that the system has been run mostly online and also the first time we have published these totals.

      We decided to publish the totals as we felt it gave candidates a chance to demonstrate some of the key skills they'll need as leader.

    • Article: Jul 9, 2020

      Sizewell C Development Consent Order application hits the Planning Inspectorate's desk, but what now for its future?

      By Jon James

      This week householders in parts of East Suffolk coastal areas have received a summary of EDFs proposals for Sizewell nuclear plant as the planning application is accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

    • Cllr Tim Caswell
      Article: Jul 9, 2020

      Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Councillors have expressed dismay that care home and home care workers are facing a hostile environment from the government following the Prime Minister's remarks that care homes did not follow national guidelines at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak.

      At a meeting of the Adult Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee councillors unanimously decided to thank care workers at all levels after senior officials confirmed that no care home in Bedford Borough had failed to follow the guidelines.

    • Article: Jul 9, 2020

      What are Party Awards?

      Party Awards recognise publicly those who have given the party outstanding service and commitment in the past year. They are presented at Autumn Conference (national conditions allowing) and each winner receives a trophy to keep and a special mention.

      Candidates must themselves be party members, and be nominated and seconded by two party members.

    • Bedford's Embankment July 2020
      Article: Jul 9, 2020

      Bedford's Embankment is looking glorious this summer, with the Council planting over 20,000 plants along this stretch of river.

      These plants are now flowering, bringing a swath of brightness and colour to Bedford's Embankment and valuable nectar sources for Bedford's bugs and bees. Planting includes sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, salvias, geraniums, cosmos and verbena giving a beautiful variety of flowers over the summer period.

    • Containers and trade
      Article: Jul 9, 2020

      Yesterday's Business Insider scoop of a leaked letter from Trade Secretary Liz Truss to two Cabinet colleagues is a major crack in the Brexit edifice.

      The story reminds among other things that international law trumps domestic law, be it based on WTO, EU or any other treaty-based agreement, and that such commitments can land a country in trouble if they are not met. It also shows how replacing all the benefits of our EU membership by the end of this year continues to be a Tory fantasy.