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  • Burghart
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    In a poll he would prefer we didn't talk about, Alex Burghart has come third from bottom in an independent league of MPs.

    The 'People-Power Index' is a health check of how Parliament is working and how our MPs are listening to, and engaging with, their constituents.

    It seems to have found Mr Burghart falling short.

  • SW GE Focus December 2019 ()
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

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    Article: Dec 5, 2019

    What Boris Johnson would do to Britain

    There are just days to go until the UK goes to the polls in the 2019 general election. Now, more than ever, it's crucial that we stop Boris Johnson in his pursuit of a hard Brexit and a far-right Conservative government.

    If you weren't already convinced, here are just a few things Johnson would do to Britain if he manages to stay in No. 10 and why we must stop him.

    1. Crash us out of the EU

    We know that any form of Brexit would be damaging to our country, and so does Boris Johnson. But because he only cares about himself, he's continuing to push for a hard Brexit at any cost.

    In fact, it's been confirmed that the Conservatives would not extend the EU transition period beyond 2020, meaning that a catastrophic No Deal Brexit is still on the table and could happen in just over a year's time.

    The Liberal Democrats are clear: we want to stop Brexit, stay in the EU and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.


    2. Risk a border across the Irish Sea

    Despite saying that no Conservative Prime Minister would ever put a border down the Irish Sea, Boris has (unsurprisingly) gone back on his word.

    By even considering this border, he is compromising the Good Friday Agreement and risking our country's security - all for his bad Brexit deal.

    3. Increase child poverty

    In a report released by the Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank, it was revealed that child poverty risks reaching a record high under Johnson's Conservative plans - rising from 29.6% in 2017-18 to 34.4% in 2023-4. It's a damning indictment of the Tories' heartless welfare policy.

    Meanwhile, Liberal Democrats policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty by 2023-24, making it the most progressive of the three main parties.

    We would scrap the cruel two-child limit, benefit cap and bedroom tax, and invest in free school meals and childcare for millions of families.

    4. Damage our NHS

    If Boris Johnson wins a majority, he'll be desperate for a trade deal with Donald Trump, and Trump has repeatedly made clear in the past that everything, including the NHS, will be on the table in future negotiations.

    We need to protect our NHS, and that starts with stopping Brexit and protecting free movement for the thousands of people who come to work in our services from across the EU.

    But instead of battling this staffing crisis, Boris Johnson wants to make it worse. His Nurse Tax will seriously affect the NHS's ability to recruit the nurses from the EU that we desperately need to address current shortfalls.

    Liberal Democrats would stop Brexit and save free movement for the 65,000 EU citizens working in our health service.


    5. Ruin our economy with Brexit

    The Conservatives' spending plans have been blasted as not credible by the Institute for Financial Studies, and it's clear that no party's economic plan is even remotely plausible while it includes pursuing Brexit.

    By failing to come clean with the electorate and ignoring the Brexit black hole his policies would leave in the public finances, Boris Johnson is once again misleading the country on the damage that Brexit could do.

    Liberal Democrats will work to build fairer economy by stopping Brexit and providing free childcare from 9 months and giving every adult £10,000 to spend on skills & training throughout their lives.

    6. Stop the UK from leading on climate action

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

    Young people have taken to the streets because they're so worried that the Conservatives are failing to act, yet with Boris skipping the recent Channel 4 climate debate, it's clear that he doesn't take the topic seriously.

    Only the Liberal Democrats can build a brighter future for our planet, with our bold plans to achieve net-zero by 2045, generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030, insulate every home, plant 60 million trees a year and more.

    7. Ignore the needs of working families

    Parents struggle to find childcare to look after their kids until they get home from work, both in term-time and in the school holidays. But Boris Johnson's childcare offer through the Conservative manifesto is an insult to these families.

    Boris Johnson's additional childcare provisions work out to just £1 a week for every primary school child in England.

    Despite promising £250 million a year on expanding childcare provisions for primary school children after school and in the school holidays, this works out to just £1 a week for every primary school child in England. This is equivalent to just 16 minutes additional childcare a week.

    Liberal Democrats have a plan to build a brighter future for every child. We will give parents 35 hours a week of high-quality free childcare from the day they go back to work to the day their child starts school, including the school holidays.

    We will also give every child the best start in life by recruiting 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

    But we can stop him.

    Britain deserves a brighter future than the one on offer by Boris Johnson. We can take seats off the Tories up and down the country. So on 12 December, vote Liberal Democrat to stop Boris and stop Brexit.

  • ARU Students' Union
    Article: Dec 5, 2019
    By Marie Goldman

    A big thank you to Anglia Ruskin University and CTiC for hosting and moderating this evening's Chelmsford hustings.

    Thank you to everyone who came along. Some lively debate and great questions from the audience (I must find out more about what's going on with the 42 bus!).

    The event was streamed live, but if you missed it, you can catch up here:

  • Freepost front cover 2019
    Article: Dec 4, 2019

    Mike Hibbs, your Lib Dem candidate, will be at the Saffron Walden General Election Hustings on Thursday 5th December. Along with candidates from the other parties he will be answering questions from members of the public on issues and policies at this election.

    The Hustings are in the Saffron Walden Baptist Church at the top of the High Street, CB11 3HD (near the War Memorial). Doors open at 7:00 pm; the Hustings start at 7:30 pm and the evening's discussions end at 9:30 pm. Questions for consideration are invited in advance by email to or on the door by 7:20 pm.

  • Anxiety (Photo by Ben White on Unsplash)
    Article: Dec 2, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have made an £11 billion funding commitment to transform mental health services. David Kendall, parliamentary candidate for Brentwood ad Ongar said:

    "This will make a major impact in our area.

    "Free prescriptions on the NHS for people with chronic mental health conditions will make a real difference to their lives by saving them money and giving them one thing less to worry about. I also welcome the training of all teaching staff to identify mental health issues as it will help to ensure that issues are identified much earlier and and pupils given the support they need".

  • Article: Dec 1, 2019

    Lib Dems: 2.7% rail fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for commuters using Benfleet station

    The Liberal Democrats have said the news that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in 2020 is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers using Benfleet Station The increase will leave commuters using Benfleet paying £96 more for an annual season ticket to London.

    Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 2.8% increase in 2020 would be cancelled and commuter rail fares would be frozen for the next five years. This would save season ticket holders from Castle Point to London several hundred pounds over the next five years .

    The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, creating season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares. The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply delay repay compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Castle Point commented:

    "This fare hike is a kick in the teeth for rail commuters using Benfleet who are already paying over the odds for an often shoddy service. People waking up this week to travel to work on overcrowded, delayed or cancelled trains will be angered to find out they will be shelling out even more on travel next year.

    "For too long the Conservatives have neglected our rail infrastructure and allowed commuters to be treated like cash cows.

    "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by freezing rail fares, saving local commuters hundreds of pounds over the next five years. We will also make sure our creaking rail network receives the investment it needs, to improve capacity, increase the number of seats at peak times and reduce overcrowding."

  • Article: Dec 1, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats want to draw a line under Brexit and start talking about the things that really matter to our community. See this video.

    On 12th December, vote for Lib Dem Marie Goldman - vote for a brighter future for Chelmsford.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2019

    Brexit Means Criminals Evade Justice

    Two police officers on patrol.

    New analysis has revealed how much UK police rely on vital EU crime-fighting measures.
    Yet Boris Johnson's reckless Brexit plans threaten to cut the UK off.

    Over the past five years, UK police forces and prosecutors have used the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) to arrest over 6,600 criminal fugitives.

    This includes:

    • 140 for murder or manslaughter
    • 136 for child sex offences
    • 152 for rape
    • 12 for terrorism

    The research also shows that UK police accessed a crucial EU-wide crime database 603 million times in 2018. This database gives real-time access to records on wanted criminals, missing persons and lost or stolen items. This includes firearms and passports.

    In short, if Johnson's Brexit goes ahead:

    • Up to 6,000 criminals could evade justice
    • Our police would be locked out of EU crime database used 1.6 million times a day
    • Brexit would undermine the UK's ability to tackle terrorism and organised crime

    Brexit would be a disaster for our safety.

    Thousands of dangerous criminals could escape justice. Not only that, the UK's ability to tackle terrorism and organised crime would be seriously undermined.

    The only way to ensure vital police cooperation with Europe is by stopping Brexit.

    We intend to do just that. Then, we will build a brighter future and keep our communities safe.

  • Mike talking about housing
    Article: Nov 30, 2019

    Increasing the number of social and affordable homes we build was one of the topics discussed at a lively General Election Hustings in Stansted on Friday.

    "We now have a crazy situation where to get one social/affordable housing unit, you have to accept four unaffordable, luxury homes", said Mike. "We have to find another way to fund this. Lib Dems will build thousands of new homes for social rent to give our young people hope of a home of their own. The homes will be built to zero carbon standards reducing energy consumption and making the running costs affordable for young families."

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