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  • David Kendall campaigning in Brentwood for better transport
    Article: Nov 13, 2019

    Parliamentary Candidate David Kendall said: I am delighted to supprt the Campaign for Better Transport (@CBTransport) and Confederation of Passenger Transport (@CPT_UK) as they campaign for all communities to have access to high quality sustainable transport.

    They say:

    "Buses are the backbone of public transport networks across the country. They account for 60% of public transport journeys and improve the connectivity of communities, tackling social and economic exclusion, as well as reducing air pollution and cutting carbon emissions. The industry also supports 250,000 jobs.

  • Lib Dems in Brentwood November 2019
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Help us win in Brentwood and Ongar

    Help by delivering leaflets and knocking on doors.

    Contact David Kendall to volunteer.

  • David Kendall campaigning in Brentwood and Ongar November 2019
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Responding to the news that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will not be standing a candidate in Brentwood and Ongar, Liberal Democrat candidate David Kendall said:

    "Nigel Farage's comments show he is running scared of the Liberal Democrats as the strongest Remain party in areas like Brentwood and Ongar. He knows that we are the only party at this election that can take seats like this from the Conservatives and stop Brexit.

    "Boris Johnson's Conservatives and the Brexit party are now one and the same. Both want to see an extreme Brexit that will damage our local economy, public services and limit opportunities for our children and grandchildren.

    "Voters in Brentwood and Ongar have a historic opportunity at this election to elect a Liberal Democrat MP, stop Brexit and build a brighter future for our country."

  • Smita Rajesh and Chelmsford LD colleagues
    Article: Nov 10, 2019

    Smita Rajesh has won the byelection in Marconi ward, Chelmsford, held on 7th November. Smita joins Jude Deakin as the two Liberal Democrat Councillors for the area.

    The result saw an increased vote share for the LibDems, with a fall in the Conservative vote and a collapse in the Labour share of the vote.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2019
    The Liberal Democrats will introduce free childcare from 9 months, transforming the lives of parents and children across the UK.

    Today's high cost of childcare means that too many parents are unable to return to work without risking real financial hardship. With the average cost of 25 hours nursery care for a child under two running to more than £6500 per year, many parents are effectively excluded from work due to the burden of childcare costs.

    A Liberal Democrat government will build a fairer economy by providing free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four, for 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year. The offer is extended to children aged between 9 and 24 months where their parents are in work.

    "The choice for parents now is simply not good enough. That is why Liberal Democrats are proposing a transformational change to our economy, by providing working parents with free childcare from when their child is 9 months old."

    The Liberal Democrats will make sure that childcare providers are adequately funded, increasing the rates paid by government to match the actual cost of nursery provision. This will be funded by fair tax changes, ensuring that big businesses pay their share, and aligning the tax treatment of income from wealth with income from work.

    We recognise that laws need to change so that parents have the chance to work with greater flexibility. As part of these proposals, employers will be required to advertise jobs flexibly, unless there are clear business reasons why they cannot.

    The Liberal Democrat plans to transform the provision of early years support are at the heart of the our commitment to build a brighter future for the next generation.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

  • Save the Children 100 (Save the Children)
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Parliamentary Candidate David Kendall said: I'm proud to #StandForChildren at this election, and support @savechildrenuk's manifesto for the next government to fight for children in the UK and around the world:

    Save the Children was founded 100 years ago to fight for children trapped behind the blockade in post-war Europe. Today, we work in 120 countries including the UK, to ensure that all children have the chance to thrive. We provide life-saving support when disaster strikes, and work with governments and other partners to help ensure that children in the world's poorest countries have the support they need to survive, learn and be protected. In the UK our focus is on ensuring that children growing up in poverty get the best possible start in life. We are lucky to have the support of 13,000 volunteers and a network of 127 shops all over the UK, as well as to work in partnership with organisations like Arsenal FC, IKEA and Pearson to amplify our impact for children.

  • John on a mini roundabout
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    John Howson, the new Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Castle Point, swept into the borough on 20th October and joined many local Lib Dem campaigners on a tour of the constituency.

    He starting with a visit to our least known innovation, the mini roundabout, between the Anchor pub and and St Mary's church in Benfleet, the first mini roundabout in the world. John commented "We need to look at new ways in which we can innovate to cope with our traffic problems".

    After a brief visit to Canvey's famous 'Dutch Cottage' that John remembers from childhood holidays on the island, he visited the 'road to nowhere', the Northwick Road, that could be part of a new vital way on and off the island, avoiding the A130 roundabout that links all current road links. John commented that an access road along Northwick Road to Pitsea, Basildon and the west could make the island safer and more accessible.

    John Howson and the Lib Dems visited the sea wall wonderfully decorated by the local community. Many discussions were had about the Canvey seafront and the risks of global climate change might make to the low-lieing island. The team also witnessed the significant housing developments on the island and heard about new buiding pressures in the pipeline.

    A pleasant lunch break was taken at the Hoy and Helmet Pub in old Benfleet, the ancient pub being visited by many politicians including one Nigel Farage (whatever happened to him?).

    John met Henry Prankerd a keen cyclist and discussed the innovations needed for cycling in the Borough, the home of Olympic off road cycling.

    John and the team visited Tarpots and saw how heavy traffic can be be tamed to allow pedestrians to get around and shop safely. They visited the Aldi store, so popular 7 days a week.

    The Lib Dem team visited Hadleigh's cycling memorial close to Morrissons. They also saw the dilapidated town centre with its Library clinging on by its fingertips despite Tory County austerity measures that tried to shut it down recently. John Howson said "I am in despair that so many town centres, like Hadleigh's are still suffering under Tory cuts, so much promise but local people are let down".

    John and the team moved to more positive aspects of Hadleigh Castle with its estuary views.

    John Howson visited King John School in Hadleigh which recently got a clean bill of health from Offsted.

    And finally back to Benfleet and the station and on to Oxford

    John Howson offers Lib Dem voters in Castle Point, a real chance for a change, we must grasp the opportunity and vote for John Howson Liberal Democrat at the next election!

    See you again soon!

    John Howson offers Lib Dem voters in Castle Point, a real chance for a change, we must grasp the opportunity and vote for John Howson Liberal Democrat at the next election!

  • Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Labour's vote share fell by almost half

    Click here to read all about it in EssexLive

  • Mike in the rain in SW
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    Local campaigner Mike Hibbs, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Saffron Walden Constituency, pictured here in a rainy Saffron Walden Market last Saturday, has welcomed the decision to hold a General Election on Thursday 12th December. The Lib Dems are campaigning to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2019
    The Liberal Democrats will tackle the climate emergency and deliver a bold green plan to build a brighter future.

    The UK should be leading the world on tackling the environment crisis. Our planet is on the brink of being irreparably damaged and we are responsible for that damage.

    The climate emergency is real and our planet is heating to unsustainable levels. Young people have taken to the streets because they're so worried that the Conservatives are failing to act.

    This climate catastrophe will create huge global inequalities and we have a moral duty to protect the future; that's why, as part of our Plan for the Future, the Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

    "Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Prime Minister that will deliver a bold green plan and a brighter future."

    As one of the party's key priorities, a Liberal Democrat government will raise the energy efficiency standards for new homes, as well as investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills.

    We are the only party dedicated to building a brighter future by tackling the environmental crises with urgent actions. We are the only party with a bold, credible and detailed plan to tackle the climate emergency as soon as possible, to put climate action at the heart of our government, and to reverse the damage we're doing to our planet.

    The Liberal Democrats will take bold action to tackle the climate emergency and build a brighter future.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

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