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  • Street Lights
    Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Essex County Council yesterday rejected a bid to allocate funding for low-energy streetlights. At a meeting of the full council, the Liberal Democrat Group moved a motion calling on the council to allocate funds in next year's budget.

    Moving the motion, Cllr Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) pointed out that the Liberal Democrats in the coalition Government have created the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to help the UK economy become greener and stronger.

  • key_carer.jpg
    Article: Nov 30, 2014

    To mark Carers Rights Day, Liberal Democrats are urging people who care for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.

    Across the UK there are around 6.5m unpaid carers looking after family, friends and neighbours.

    These unsung heroes save the country an estimated £119bn a year, which is why Liberal Democrats want to give something back to those who dedicate their time to care for another person.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today unveiled the biggest single investment in cycling.

    The funding worth £214m is designed to make it easier and safer to get on your bike in the UK.

    In July Nick said he wanted to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Nick will today discuss how this will be made possible by the new funding when he hosts a cycling summit in Bristol.

  • Free School Meals Graphic
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Free school meals help boost learning, improve behaviour and save parents money.

    In Channel 4's Political Slot, Vikki Slade, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole visited Canford Heath Infant School to discuss how the new scheme is working.

    Many children are enjoying their school lunches and eating together with their friends, while parents have said they have noticed the difference it has saved them on their weekly shopping bills.Research in pilot areas shows that children who were given a free school meal were academically ahead of their peers elsewhere.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to Kim Adams who was elected Thursday to represent Epping Hemnall on Epping Forest District Council.

    Kim and the Epping team will continue to work hard to protect our Green Belt and highlight where the Conservative-controlled council are letting residents down.

    Many thanks to everyone who helped with the campaign: if you would be interested helping the team please get in touch - info@eflibdems.org.uk.

  • Martin Horwood in Parliament
    Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham Martin Horwood's bill to allow local authorities to restrict parking on pavements will be debated in Parliament this Friday 12 September.

    This is an important issue for families -- negotiating blocked pavements with a pushchair or small child can be challenging and dangerous -- and also for disabled people, particularly blind people and wheelchair users.

  • Sharon Bowles and Jean-Claude Trichet
    Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Congratulations to Dacorum resident and former Liberal Democrat MEP, Sharon Bowles, on her appointment on 15th August, 2014, as a non-executive director on the board of London Stock Exchange Group.

    The London Stock Exchange is a major component of the City of London, the world's most important financial centre. More euros are traded on the London currency market than in the rest of Europe combined and more US dollars are traded in London than in New York.

  • 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.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2014

    Two long-serving Lib Dems retired from the district council in May. Derek Jacobs served residents of Chipping Ongar, Greensted & Marden Ash for 26 years. Peter Spencer represented Grange Hill and then Buckhurst Hill East for 15 years.

    Fellow Lib Dem councillors and former colleagues made a presentation to Derek at the Thank You lunch for election helpers in August. Peter received his gift later.

  • 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.