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  • Article: Jun 8, 2019

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    Deadline for voting 3pm on 23rd July 2019

  • Article: Jun 4, 2019

    Residents, road users and businesses are being asked for their views on plans to transform Tindal Square and Chelmsford High Street.

    The ambitious plans would see a new public space created outside Shire Hall with paving, public seating, planting and a two-way cycle route.

    The proposed scheme, which would be delivered by Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council, will be on show at two public events at High Chelmer Shopping Centre between 10am - 2pm on Saturday 8 June and 3pm - 7pm on Friday 14 June.

    You can find out more information and share your views by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/tindalsquare between 4 June and 16 July.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2019

    MOVING TOWARDS A BETTER SOUTHEND

    The Labour, Independent and Liberal Democrat groups on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have reached an agreement to form a joint administration, and give the borough the stable leadership that it needs.

    Following the Appointments Council on 16 May, where the Conservative minority administration lost every contested position and it was made clear that Cllr Tony Cox cannot command a stable majority, and the Independent Group calling an extraordinary meeting of the Council, negotiations between the three groups continued. The result is an agreement to work together for the good of Southend, to provide the bold and radical change in direction that residents voted for at the local elections.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Wera Hobhouse, Lib Dem MP for Bath

    We can do more to protect the mental health of new mothers.

    This Global Day of Parents, let's make that happen.

    Wera Hobouse.

    Today is Global Day of Parents - a day proclaimed by the UN to honour parents throughout the world. The birth of a child is a life-changing event. For many mothers, this will be the happiest time of their lives, but this is never the whole story. New mothers can often experience mental health problems before and after birth, cope with the trauma of pregnancy and birth, and struggle with societal expectations of motherhood.

    On International Women's Day in March, I presented my second Private Members Bill to Parliament. This bill seeks to enshrine a mother's right to mental health checks into legislation - demanding that all mothers in the UK be given a six-week post-natal mental health check.

    Research from the National Childbirth Institute shows that 60% of new mothers feel unable to talk to a health professional about their emotional state.

    Research from the National Childbirth Institute shows that 60% of new mothers feel unable to talk to a health professional about their emotional state. Some said they were embarrassed, ashamed, or worried that medical staff would think they couldn't look after their own baby. And 22% of new mothers were never asked about their emotional wellbeing at all.

    Since 2004, the six-week baby check has been included as a mandatory requirement in the General Medical Services (GMS) contract. Yet the mother's mental health and wellbeing check was omitted from the contract - despite being advised by NICE guidelines. This has led to a postcode lottery, where some women receive a thorough mental health check while others can find check-ups rushed or even skipped.

    With around one in five women experiencing a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after birth, it is vital that we ensure mothers are supported. Not only is this important for the future health of the mother, but by ensuring appropriate and early mental health support is provided for mothers the impact of mental illness on babies and young children can be reduced or removed completely.

    The wider conversation around parity of esteem argues that without mental health, the physical health of a person suffers.

    The Conservative Government has said it is committed to supporting mental health services for people across the country. However, their lack of action calls this claim into doubt - mental health services cannot exist in a vacuum and support must be threaded through our health service.

    The Liberal Democrats have long championed improving mental health support. The wider conversation around parity of esteem argues that without mental health, the physical health of a person suffers. This is plainly obvious in the case of a mother and her new-born child.

    Motherhood and birth have too long been the remit of myth and common misconception. This Global Day of Parents we need honest conversations with mothers about what they should expect and how they may be feeling. To allow mental health to be side-lined is a dereliction of duty of care to new mothers and their babies.

  • Cllr Philip Mynott
    Article: May 31, 2019
    Now that the results have sunk in, we can see that Thursday 23rd May was another epoch making moment in British politics - with the Lib Dems, yet again, after the local election results at the beginning of May, teaching the other historically "major" parties a basic lesson in how to keep faith with voters.
  • Article: May 31, 2019

    We're in the middle of a huge surge in membership! Find out more now 🎉

    11,000. Yep, that's 5 digits.

    That's how many people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the start of May. 🤯

    To put that in perspective, that's enough people to fill:

    🔶 Almost 86 double-decker buses 🚌

    🔶 Blackpool Tower ballroom - 5 and a half times 💃🏻

    🔶 Wimbledon's No.1 Court 🎾

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    And in fact, by the time you're reading this, it could well be 12,000 - we'd had 600 new signups by lunchtime today alone!

    We've been fighting to give you the final say on Brexit for almost 3 years now - and we're winning. More and more people are becoming Lib Dem voters, supporters and members - many for the first time. We are the party of Remain.

    There's never been a better time to be a Liberal Democrat - so why not join us too?

    Our message is clear - we want to stop Brexit. Every vote, every new supporter, every new member is another step towards that. There's never been a better time to be a Liberal Democrat - so why not join us too?

    And if you do, you don't just become part of the biggest, most united Remain party, getting a say on our policy and direction. If you join by 7th June you'll get a vote on choosing who'll succeed Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. It's a really exciting time to get involved!

    Membership starts at just £1 a month and it only takes 5 minutes to get signed up. Become part of the biggest liberal, pro-EU family in the UK. Become a Liberal Democrat today.

  • East of England MEP candidates
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, electing 16 MEPs and winning second place in vote share across Britain.

    Having run an unambiguous campaign to stop Brexit, the party has made huge gains across the country, which follow the party's best ever gains in English local election results at the start of May.

    Responding to the result Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    "Our clear, honest, unambiguous message has won us our best ever European election result, and pushed Corbyn's Labour into third place.

    "We have shown ourselves to be the strongest Remain force in British politics.

    "We will always stand up for the people who have put their faith in us, taking this mandate forward to campaign harder than ever to stop Brexit.

    "There is a clear lesson for Labour in tonight's results: get off the fence. In trying to please everybody they have pleased nobody.

    "With a Tory leadership contest increasing the risk of a "No Deal" Brexit, Britain can no longer tolerate an Opposition which ducks and dives on the biggest issue of the day.

    "If you want to see an outward looking Britain, standing tall in the world with our European partners, and offering opportunity to everyone at home, there is no better moment to shape the future of our party and our politics, by joining the Liberal Democrats."

    The Liberal Democrats

    This is the best ever result in the European Elections for the Liberal Democrats and by securing second place in the national vote, it is the first time that the Liberal Democrats have beaten both the Conservative and Labour Parties in a UK-wide election. The Liberal Party last did this 101 years ago.

    We are on course to triple our 2014 vote share, and have secured our highest vote share since 2010 and are returning our largest ever group of MEPs.

    It is the first time we have topped the poll in London, which sends a clear message ahead of next year's mayoral elections that we will be a serious player.

    Conservatives

    This is the worst ever result for the Conservatives in a UK-wide election. Their previous worst performance in the European Elections was to return 26 MEPs. They have fallen far, far short.

    Labour

    Labour are on course for their worst ever performance in a UK-wide election. They have never returned fewer than 13 seats and are on course to fall short of that.


  • Lidl
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The application for a new store in Brentwood , along the Ongar Road, has been submitted and local people are asked for their views by the council and the developer. In response, newly-elected Cllr Mark Lewis has the following comments:

    "Many people will like Lidl but, of course, those most affected are the ones that live nearest to it in Brentwood North and in the wider town centre. It has the possibility to draw in a significant amount of traffic/people from outside the immediate area and the adverse implications are significant. In its current format, I do not find the proposal acceptable for a number of reasons:

  • Barbara Gibson
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Proudly introducing our new MEPs for the Eastern Region:

    BARBARA GIBSON MEP

    A relative newcomer to politics, Barbara is a businesswoman and academic who became a Hertfordshire County Councillor in 2016. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication, and has lectured on intercultural communication and global business for universities and business schools in the UK and across Europe.

  • East of England MEP candidates
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, returning 16 MEPs and taking second place in vote share.

    Having run an unambiguous campaign to stop Brexit the party has made huge gains across the country, which follow the party's best ever gains in English local election results at the start of May.

    Responding to the result Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    "Our clear, honest, unambiguous message has won us our best ever European election result, and pushed Corbyn's Labour into third place.

    "We have shown ourselves to be the strongest Remain force in British politics.

    "We will always stand up for the people who have put their faith in us, taking this mandate forward to campaign harder than ever to stop Brexit.

    "There is a clear lesson for Labour in tonight's results: get off the fence. In trying to please everybody they have pleased nobody.

    "With a Tory leadership contest increasing the risk of a "No Deal" Brexit, Britain can no longer tolerate an Opposition which ducks and dives on the biggest issue of the day.

    "If you want to see an outward looking Britain, standing tall in the world with our European partners, and offering opportunity to everyone at home, there is no better moment to shape the future of our party and our politics, by joining the Liberal Democrats."

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