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  • 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".

  • Article: Mar 9, 2014

    Many Theydon Bois residents have called for Traffic Orders (yellow lines) to stop all-day parking in The Green.

    It has become a normal occurrence for cars to fully occupy the whole of one side of The Green (formerly Chapel Road) from Avenue Road to the junction at Loughton Lane.

    Parish councillor Annie Wood says, "All of the road approaching the junction is reduced to a single carriageway, and I have seen cars drive on the pavement to avoid a collision." Residents know that this is dangerous and obstructive as well as visually intrusive for the Village Green.

    Theydon Bois Parish Council has been told by highways officers that the problem scores only 20 out of 100 on their measure of priority BUT this score might be elevated with sufficient public support.

  • Petition: Mar 9, 2014
  • flood cornwall
    Article: Feb 16, 2014

    EU funds could help flooded areas but the Conservative Minister has not applied for them. The EU Solidarity Fund has a budget of up to £414 million in 2014 to help EU countries struck by major national disasters.

    The Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment Owen Patterson said he would not be applying for such funds.

  • youth
    Article: Feb 13, 2014

    Conservative-run Essex County Council is slashing the youth service; not fixing potholes and pavements; turning off the streetlights, and spending £millions on consultants in its budget agreed today.

    In contrast, Liberal Democrats backed plans for job creation, fairer tax, fixing roads and streetlights, and enabling everyone to get on in life.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2014

    Why do the Liberal Democrats want the UK to remain IN Europe? Because it helps make our economy stronger. 3 million British jobs are linked to the EU and thousands of businesses rely on exports to European countries.

    Put simply, IN Europe, IN Work.

    The complete list of Liberal Democrat candidates for our area in the forthcoming European elections is available here.

  • Lit gas hob on cooker.
    Article: Jan 29, 2014

    Essex residents could save up to £133 a year on their gas and electricity bills with a new scheme via Essex County Council. This follows a Lib Dem motion to the Council calling for the scheme in October 2012 and action by the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to encourage cheaper energy schemes.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2014

    The European Parliament has endorsed a deal to reduce CO2 emissions from new light commercial vehicles (Vans).

    The report by Euro Lib Dem MEP Holger Krahmer also aims to make vans more fuel-efficient.

    The report confirms the 147g target for 2020 as defined in legislation adopted in 2011 and defines the system for reaching this target and includes key issues such as emission limit values, phasing-in requirements, method for calculating a carmaker's average emissions, long-term targets, eco-innovations and implementation.