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  • Climate change poster
    Article: Jun 25, 2019
    By Geoff Duff in NO
  • Article: Jun 25, 2019
    By Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Exiting the European Union and International Trade. MP for Carshalton and Wallington

    It's been 3 years since the EU referendum - and we're closer than ever to stopping Brexit.

    The flags of EU countries flying.

    Three years on from the 2016 referendum and we are still in the EU.

    This in itself is a huge achievement. It is also a fact that I find myself reminding journalists and political figures of fairly frequently. In three years we have come a long way. On the devastating morning after the referendum, I was numb. It felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen, and our country would inevitably have to undergo the associated irreparable damage. Very quickly it became clear that wasn't the case.

    The day after that referendum, then Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron announced that our party would campaign to give the people the final say on whatever deal came out of the Brexit negotiations. This final say would ensure that people were happy with the deal and that if they weren't, we could stay in the EU. Since then we have campaigned tirelessly to secure that people's vote. Our growing number of members and supporters have been passionate and inspirational in their resolve. Our party is unapologetically pro-EU and we have fought tooth and nail for the last three years to keep the UK's place in Europe.

    It felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen. Very quickly it became clear that wasn't the case.

    We have knocked on doors, set up street stalls, taken part in local debates. We have had a huge presence at one of the largest marches the UK has ever seen. At every stage of the arduous Parliamentary process, we have tabled amendments for a people's vote. Liberal Democrat MPs have at times marched through the voting lobbies alone, defiant, knowing that we cannot bear to look back and feel we could have done more.

    Increasingly, our voices have been heard. More and more parliamentarians from all parties have joined us. The last people's vote amendment received more votes in favour of it than any other option ever had - including the Prime Minister's deal. This momentum is huge and it's growing all the time.

    It's become clear that Brexit is not what we were promised.

    It's become clear that Brexit is not what we were promised. The process has been messy, costly, and long. The deal we were presented with was shoddy. Now potential new Prime Ministers are suggesting that the best option is to crash out of the EU. Something no one was advocating in 2016. Liberal Democrats remain certain that the UK belongs at the heart of the EU.

    We have been unwavering in this belief for three years and longer. We have always been internationalist, open, democratic. We have always believed we should be tearing down walls, not building them. In the recent Local and European Elections, Liberal Democrats shouted this message loud and clear. Bollocks to Brexit was in bold across our EU manifesto. It paid off. We secured incredible results in both elections and now have a strong base of new members, Councillors, and MEPs ready to keep fighting the good fight.

    We are closer than ever to stopping Brexit and Liberal Democrats will not rest until we do.

    The immediate battle in Westminster is now focused on stopping Conservative efforts to crash the UK out of the EU without a deal. We know how catastrophic this would be for our NHS, jobs and the environment. We will block the dangerous antics of the likes of Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey and meanwhile the fight to give the people the final say continues.

    We are closer than ever to stopping Brexit and Liberal Democrats will not rest until we do. Three years on from that 2016 referendum, we are still in the EU and our voices are growing stronger and louder as each day passes. Liberal Democrats won't let up until we have won this battle for the heart and future of our country.

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  • Article: Jun 25, 2019
    By Stephen Robinson
    Marie Goldman and Stephen Robinson

    Leader of Chelmsford Council Stephen Robinson and Deputy Leader Marie Goldman

    The Lib Dems took control of Chelmsford Council on 22nd May. Stephen Robinson was elected Leader of the Council and Marie Goldman Deputy Leader. The Lib Dem Group made proposals to reform the Cabinet structure to reflect Lib Dem priorities, as set out in the election manifesto.

  • Shire Hall, Tindal Square, Chelmsford (Chelmsford Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Cllr Mike Mackrory has demanded answers as to why the ECC owned, historic, listed Shire Hall building remains empty after eight years.

    Mike described the interior as having been in a 'shocking state' the last time he visited a few years ago, and that 'it can only have deteriorated since then'.

    Mike also asked why a suggestion from an interested private individual that part of the building be used for an Art Gallery has been rejected. The "well placed individual" only approached ECC with a plans for an art gallery in the past two months.

  • Office block
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Cllr Mike Mackrory questioned the Leader of the Council concerning County Council building 'A-Block' which has been inspected and requires work following a recent incident where parts of the building were falling off into the below car park.

    Mike asked that given the extensive and costly recent external repairs to this building, what recompense is the Council seeking from the building contractors who carried out the same work at enormous cost in 2013.

  • Jude Deakin
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    It is recognised that primary school aged children are being groomed by gangs and often by the time they reach the age 13 it's too late.

    In light of this Cllr Jude Deakin has questioned whether Youth Services can reduce the age of awareness education and commission work for children from aged 10 to 19 rather than the current 13 to 19.

  • School children
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Last year Essex CC decided to sell Essex Education Services by auction.. At the recent council meeting, Cllr John Baker (Colchester) demanded clarity over the current situation, as there had been no updates on the matter.

    John says that this is a vital service for all types of schools across Essex and without knowing what is happening with the sale, how can schools plan for the future.

  • Stephen Robinson
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Cllr Stephen Robinson pressed the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer to agree to retain the inter-lending service between all libraries of all types.

    Stephen says that 'the inter-lending service it vital to support thriving library services and that if we cannot continue the service, then there will be an inevitable decline in book borrowing as there will be no books left to borrow.'

    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Cllr Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford) questioned the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure on his commitment to ensuring that Members are informed when highways projects are to be undertaken in their Division.

    Stephen says that there have been numerous incidents whereby roadworks have suddenly turned up in his Division without him having been informed and that local members need to be kept in the loop on these works, as they inconvenience residents.

  • Cllr David Kendall
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Surprise has been expressed by Cllr David Kendall (Brentwood) over the number of redundancies made in the Economic Development team without an external consultation taking place.

    David questioned why the matter was not bought before the relevant Scrutiny Committee before any final decisions are made.

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