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East of England Liberal Democrats

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Essex Liberal Democrats -

secretary@essexlibdems.org.uk

Local Parties around Essex

Basildon & Thurrock Braintree & Witham Brentwood Chelmsford Colchester

Epping Forest

Harlow Maldon North Essex & Clacton Rochford and Castle Point Saffron Walden/Uttlesford

Southend

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Recent News

  • Article: May 17, 2017
    By Mike Hibbs

    Like many people I was shocked and saddened by the announcement that the Friends School in Saffron Walden is to close. It has provided an excellent education for many pupils over the years, and has been an integral and important part of Saffron Walden.

    We have seen several iconic buildings lose their original purpose, most recently the Police Station. It is important to consider the future use of the Friends School. In my view it is essential that the school stays in educational use, and is not sold off for redevelopment.

  • Article: May 17, 2017
    By Mike Hibbs

    Tim Farron, Monday, confirmed that the Party would reinstate student bursaries, which benefit nursing, midwifery and allied health students, with immediate effect. We should be supporting more people into these vital professions - but instead this Government are putting up greater barriers.

    Brexit will bring significant challenges to the NHS in our region.

  • Stephen Robinson with Lib Dem team
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Stephen Robinson has a track record as a hard-working, Chelmsford campaigner and Councillor, and now wants to stand up for local residents at Westminster as our MP.

    On 4th May 2017 the Lib Dems won more votes than the Conservatives in the local elections across the Chelmsford constituency. So on 8th June it will either be: Stephen Robinson, or the Conservative outsider (parachuted in from Cambridge) who is elected as the MP.

  • Lucy V Salek
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Lib Dems will invest £38m to protect school funding in Southend on Sea

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will invest £38 million more in schools and colleges in Southend-on-Sea over the next parliament.

    The funding for Southend would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    21,610 pensioners living in the Maldon constituency will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

    Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.

    This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Zoe O'Connell said:

    "Protecting the triple lock will mean an extra £772 a year by 2021 for the 21,610 people receiving the state pension in this constituency.

    "The Liberal Democrats are making a clear commitment to older people in the Maldon area, unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give this guarantee.

    "The triple lock has succeeded in lifting thousands of pensioners out of poverty, but many are still struggling to get by.

    "An important test of a civilised society is the way in which it cares for the elderly. This commitment will ensure older people are able to meet their basic needs and that their living standards will be protected, especially with prices set to rise in the coming years."

  • Lucy V. Salek
    Article: May 6, 2017

    Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise extra £26m for Southend, Castle Point and Rochford

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

    The tax would raise an additional £130million for the NHS and £59million for social care in Essex, with £14m going to the NHS in Southend, £12m for Castle Point and Rochford and £6.2m for social care Southend each year.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell holds Brentwood North
    Article: May 5, 2017

    Our two county councillors held their seats last night with convincing majorities and clearly showed that the Lib Dem Fightback is alive and well in Essex!

    Cllr Barry Aspinell had a majority of almost 800 and Cllr David Kendall of almost 400 in Brentwood North and South respectively. In Brentwood Hutton and Brentwood Rural we moved up to second place from last year's disappointing third and fourth places with Dominic Naylor and Darryl Sankey flying the flag. The same happened in Ongar & Rural, with Brian Surtees.

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: May 5, 2017

    Essex County Council Results for Chelmsford

    Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are celebrating holding their three county council seats. In the Chelmsford parliamentary constituency, there are 3 Lib Dems and 2.5 Conservatives (half a seat outside the constituency).

    This confims the Lib Dems as the challengers at all levels to the Conservatives, in particular at the upcoming General Election.

  • Shoeburyness High School
    Article: Apr 30, 2017
    In Shoeburyness Focus: April/May 2017

    Local schools are facing a quadruple whammy of budget cuts

    • Government will cut funds to schools in towns like Southend and give the money instead
      to other towns.
    • Government is cutting the grant to Southend Council for supporting schools' ICT equipment, music etc.
    • Government is not giving grants to cover unavoidable higher costs such as increased National Insurance and a tax to pay for apprenticeships.
    • Government funding has not taken account of the increasing number of children going through our schools.
  • 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.