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  • East West Rail Work Starts 2014
    Article: Aug 22, 2014

    With work to link Oxford and Bedford as part of the East-West Rail Scheme now underway, Lib Dem Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed a new report which identifies the huge economic benefit of extending the line to Cambridge. The report published this week by the East West Rail Consortium, of which Bedford Borough Council is a member along with other local authorities along the route, states that the it will deliver an economic benefit of up to around £750 million, and could see a direct train link enabling journey times between Cambridge and Bedford of just 24 minutes.

  • Herts Constab
    Article: Aug 14, 2014

    Motorists who risk the lives of other road users by speeding will be targeted throughout August.

    Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces will be increasing the amount of speed checks and enforcement across the three counties in a bid to tackle this continuing problem at speeding and collision hotspots.

  • Lib Dem logo, colour on transparent background
    Article: Jul 3, 2014

    Nick Clegg has set out how the Liberal Democrats will build more homes and invest in infrastructure, while making sure the government borrows responsibly.

    Put simply, future governments will have to live within their means and the money spent on public services will grow roughly in line with the growth of the economy as whole. But the Liberal Democrats will allow for one significant exception: government will be able to borrow in order to fix our creaking national infrastructure and build more homes.

  • Article: May 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Epping and in Ongar were elected as district councillors in Thursday's District Council elections.

    Congratulations to Janet Whitehouse who was elected to represent the Epping Hemnall ward, winning 847 votes and beating the Conservative candidate into third place.

    Meanwhile a close contest in the Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash ward saw Brian Surtees win by just 8 votes. Sometimes every vote really does make a difference!

  • School Crossing Patrol
    Article: May 20, 2014

    At today's Essex County Council Cabinet meeting, the Cabinet Member for Highways announced a major U-turn. School crossing patrols will continue where zebra crossings exist.

    The announcement follows campaigns across Essex by Liberal Democrats and others. Cllr Mike Mackrory, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition Group, said:

  • Article: May 13, 2014

    On 22 May, your choice is simple: do you think Britain is better off in Europe or do you want us out of it?

    The Liberal Democrats are now Britain's only party of IN. We want Britain to stay in Europe - because that is how we keep our country strong, prosperous, safe and green.

    We know the EU isn't perfect but we can only make Europe better if we stay in a position of influence at the centre.

    Our Manifesto sets out how we will:

    • Create more jobs from trade within Europe
    • Help fight crime across Europe
    • Protect the environment and create green jobs
    • Reform the EU to cut waste, protect the UK's influence in the Single Market and strengthen the role of the Westminster Parliament in scrutinising EU legislation

    You can read it below. And if you like what you see, if you want Britain to stand tall IN Europe, rather than pull up the drawbridge, on 22 May, vote for the Liberal Democrats.

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  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Stephen Williams MP with Dr Hazel Mottram and a female student in the lab in the Chemistry Department of Bristol University
    Article: Apr 11, 2014
    Essex County Council is holding a public consultation on local pharmaceutical services. The consultation will run until 30th April.

    Members of the public are asked to complete a short questionnaire on the services provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors and internet pharmacies in the Essex area. The results of the survey will help the County Council and the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board to understand how local people use the services, how they rate their experiences and what services they would like to see in the future.
  • Lib Dem MEPs vote to end roaming charges
    Article: Mar 22, 2014

    Mobile roaming charges across the EU are set to be abolished altogether by December 2015 following a vote in the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee today. These include costly charges for data roaming, which are currently capped at £376 per gigabyte in the EU.

    However, Conservatives voted for an amendment that would reject the proposals altogether. Meanwhile UKIP MEPs did not turn up for the vote but have made it clear in the past that they oppose efforts to cut the costly fees.

  • East of England candidates for the European Parliament elections 2014
    Article: Mar 15, 2014

    "We are fighting to stay in Europe for jobs and a stronger economy" said the Lib Dem Euro Candidates at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in York, to launch their campaign for the forthcoming elections.

    Eastern Region Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff was joined by the regional team of candidates: Belinda Brooks-Gordon (from Cambridge); Jo Hayes (a Colchester councillor); Stephen Robinson (a Chelmsford and Essex councillor); Linda Jack (Bedfordshire) and Hugh Anand (Hertfordshire).

    Belinda said: "We Liberal Democrats want Britain to stay in the EU because we are fighting for a stronger economy.
    "Millions of British jobs are linked to our trade in with the EU and being in Europe gives us more strength when making trade deals with global players like the US, China, India, and Brazil.

    "We are the party of IN - in Europe, in Work. We are keen to hear from businesses, and business people in the East of England. We want them to join us as we campaign to support Business for Europe.

    "We are running an energetic campaign on the positive things Europe brings. It is vital for jobs, growth and the economy. This puts millions of pounds back in your pocket by making it easier for British businesses to export and slashing red tape for small businesses".