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  • Article: May 25, 2015

    Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

  • Jon Whitehouse ()
    Article: May 13, 2015

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Jon Whitehouse has thanked local residents who supported him and the Liberal Democrats in the recent elections.

    He said:

    "I am grateful to everyone who voted for me, voted for our council candidates, put up a poster, delivered leaflets, donated money, knocked on doors or took numbers at polling stations on election day. It means a lot. Obviously the results, nationally and locally, were not what we hoped for. Britain needs a strong Liberal voice and I will continue to work for these values over the next five years. I am very encouraged that 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats since election day.

  • The fightback starts now. Click here to join our team. ()
    Article: May 11, 2015

    UPDATE 13 May 2015: Over 10,000 new members have now joined the Liberal Democrats. See the latest figures.

    Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.

    Since polls closed on Thursday, 7,296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

  • Article: May 6, 2015

    On the penultimate day of the election campaign, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg told voters, "you face the biggest political decision of your life".

    With the polls neck-and-neck and no party likely to hold a majority in parliament, voters face the prospect of a new government lurching to the extreme left, the extreme right, or breaking up the country unless they vote Liberal Democrat to anchor Britain to the centre ground.

  • Article: May 3, 2015

    Whilst at a campaign rally in Southwark today Nick Clegg passionately described how only a vote for the Liberal Democrats will safeguard values of stability, decency and unity.

    Amid cheers and shouts from a crowd of energetic campaigners Nick Clegg emphasised how Britain is an open-minded, open-hearted and generous country. He urged the British people to find a sense of renewed optimism and cited how the Liberal Democrats manifesto symbolises hope.

  • Cheering (LD Facebook image)
    Article: May 3, 2015
    1. Show your support on Facebook by attending the 'I'm voting Lib Dem' Facebook event.
    2. Sign up to this Thunderclap to share a message about voting Lib Dem on the eve of poll.
    3. Join the fantastic Team 2015 group of volunteers here.

    For more great online campaigning information sign up to Mark Pack's Liberal Democrat Newswire.

  • Chris Greaves and Ann Haigh
    Article: Apr 22, 2015

    Chris Greaves and Ann Haigh are campaigning to get a better deal for Buckhurst Hill residents.

    Chris Greaves is the only district council candidate who lives in Buckhurst Hill West. He is an experienced campaigner and an active member of local organisations. He runs his own accountancy firm and thinks Buckhurst Hill deserves a better deal from its councillors that it is getting now.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2015

    To a full house in St Mary's Church, Loughton this evening, Jon Whitehouse defended the Liberal Democrats' record in government, and explained why his local knowledge and background as a councillor makes him the best choice for Epping Forest MP.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    The Conservatives are not being honest about the scale of the cuts they want to inflict on the country.

    They are not being honest about how they intend to pay for their major new spending commitments.

    During the TV debates and in the Conservative manifesto, David Cameron repeatedly said that Tory cuts would only amount to 'the equivalent of a normal household saving just £1 a year in every £100 it spends'.

  • Park and Ride sign (Crown copyright. Public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.)
    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Could a 'park and ride' car park at North Weald airfield help reduce the pressure on Epping's residential roads?

    Many parking problems are caused by commuters occupying parking spaces from early in the morning into the evening.

    "It's understandable why commuters from a wide area drive to Epping," said county councillor and parliamentary candidate Jon Whitehouse. "It's cheaper to travel into London by tube than on mainline services."

    Lib Dem councillors and other residents have argued the district council should investigate a park and ride as part of its review of North Weald airfield, which it owns. This is now underway.

    "There are practical issues to solve, such as cost and ensuring a regular reliable bus service between the airfield and station," said Jon. "However it could have a role to play."

    The poor quality of the Station Approach / Station Road junction means expanding Epping Station car park is difficult but we would like to see Transport for London explore options for improvement.

    £50m to tackle M11 junction congestion

    A £50m upgrade of the M11- A414 junction at Hastingwood is part of the Coalition Government's road improvements.

    The work will ensure extra capacity "through significant upgrades and more technology." Many Epping and Thornwood residents suffer long delays getting on and off the M11 at junction 7.