Essex County Councillors from all parties have backed a Lib Dem proposal to oppose the forced conversion of Essex schools into academies and control by Whitehall.
The Liberal Democrat motion opposed government plans to:
Epping councillor Jon Whitehouse has thanked local residents for their support after winning re-election to Epping Forest District Council. He successfully defended his Epping Hemnall seat with a majority of 407 votes. The full result, announced at Debden Park School yesterday, was:
The politics of envy helps no-one, but trust in politics does.
I have no desire to poke around in the Prime Minister's private wealth, and definitely have no desire to force him to relive the pain of losing his father, having to confront that time all over again through the pages of national newspapers.
It is absolutely essential that British people have full confidence in our leaders, and that when decisions are made and Budgets are written there is not even a slightest hint of a conflict of interest or personal gain. But we are now in a position where people no longer have complete faith in this Government's decisions.
Would you like an electric vehicle but don't have anywhere to charge it? Janet Whitehouse, Liberal Democrat district councillor for Epping Hemnall, has asked Epping Forest district council to look into ways to provide on-street charge points and to bring forward a strategy to promote the use of electric vehicles in the district. An officer working group is investigating this and proposals will come to the Neighbourhood and Community Select Committee.
Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:
"The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.
An experienced, local campaigner is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner. Kevin McNamara, from Grays in south Essex, says he plans to tackle the many areas where the Conservatives have let residents down over policing.
You can sign Kevin's petition against Police cuts here.
The Liberal Democrats are providing robust opposition to this government:
Commenting on Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has called on George Osborne to follow his example. Tim Farron said:
Changes hidden in the Budget will mean the NHS has £650m less to spend on front line services, Liberal Democrat research can reveal.
The research on the budget, based on analysis from the House of Commons Library, reveals hidden changes to public sector pensions, passing the cost directly to the health service and other public sector bodies.
Tim Farron has been talking to the online Disclaimer magazine, saying that it's time to reclaim not just the Beveridge consensus but also the free market from the right, saying that the Tories are the champions not of a free market but one which is controlled by powerful corporations. He said:
I fully count myself as a Beveridge liberal. Mostly because he believed in ambitious government that could improve the lives of its citizens.
So I want us to say that we should reclaim Beveridge's ambition, his sense of mission of looking beyond what might be deemed possible towards what we believe is necessary. I want to reflect on the Beveridge consensus which was of course superseded 35 years ago by the Thatcherite consensus.
We should shoulder Labour out of the way and fully reclaim the Beveridge consensus as being Liberal by its birth, but we should then also seek to reclaim the free market from the Thatcherites.
Liberals of every shade should support the free market - but the Thatcherite consensus that has had its hold to an extent on all of Britain's parties, is fundamentally anti free market. Laissez faire and the absence of regulation, the privatisation culture in the broadest sense, is a betrayal of the free market. It is the triumph of the oligarch and the monopoly, it is the defeat of the little guy, it is the roadblock to innovation, it has led to the economic disaster that in government we are trying to fix.
So a new consensus will rest in large part on this party being the party of freedom in every sense, including freedom in the market place.
A new consensus must adopt the spirit of Beveridge and Keynes, and to my mind that spirit is one of ambition, an inspired and inspiring confidence that government can make a difference; that in the face of huge challenges, politics and economics can provide positive solutions to make things better, that government should roll up its sleeves, not wring its hands.
Proposals for extra support for young people, and to undertake more road and pavement repairs were tabled at Essex County Council, by the Liberal Democrats in the budget debate this week. However, these were rejected by the Conservatives, who approved a budget containing £75 million of cuts, which will hit vulnerable youngsters and older people.