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  • 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.

  • 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: