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  • 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'.

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    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.

  • Mock Conservative Poster featuring David Cameron
    Article: Apr 14, 2015

    As the Conservatives announce yet another unfunded spending commitment in this election campaign, on thing has become crystal clear: the Tories are trying to pull the wool over people's eyes when it comes to funding public services.

    The latest so-called "commitment" to give extra funding to the NHS has been widely criticised as the Conservatives simply won't spell out how they are going to pay for it. As Nick Clegg said, "the NHS doesn't need warm words, it needs hard cash".

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    Article: Apr 6, 2015

    Long-standing local councillor Jon Whitehouse is the Lib Dem choice for the General Election on Thursday 7 May. He is campaigning to protect spending on education, improve mental health services and preserve our environment.

    The Liberal Democrat economic plan shows:

    • We will borrow £70bn less than Labour and cut £50bn less than the Tories.
    • Labour's mañana-mañana approach to deficit reduction would drag out austerity for the whole of the next parliament.
    • The Conservatives would slash Government spending on public services and roads, railways and housing to the lowest it has been in over half a century.
    • We will balance Britain's books fairly and then be able to turn the corner. With us, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Jon Whitehouse and supporters
    Article: Mar 28, 2015

    Epping resident Jon Whitehouse is the Liberal Democrat choice as parliamentary candidate for the Epping Forest constituency. Jon has been a district councillor in Epping since 1999. Residents subsequently elected him to Essex County Council representing Epping & Theydon Bois.

    "I am very proud to be running for election in the constituency where I have lived since I was six weeks old," said Jon. "As a councillor I have got to know all areas of Epping Forest. There are many vital issues that can only be decided in Parliament and I am campaigning to ensure that residents' voices are heard when Parliament makes decisions."

  • Clegg with pensioners
    Article: Mar 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Epping councillor Janet Whitehouse called for an Older People's Forum when the District Council's Corporate Plan was discussed at Cabinet on 9 March 2015.

    The plan says that the council will work with other agencies to understand the effects of an ageing population and to make appropriate plans and arrangements to respond to this need. Janet pointed out that there was no mention of involving older people in this. She asked for representatives of the many older people's organisations in the district to be invited to form an Older People's Forum.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2015

    Watch Nick Clegg's speech to Spring Conference here.

    Last autumn, the news was dominated by dark and grisly stories.

    Allegations of child abuse, ebola, ISIL, conflicts in Ukraine, Libya and Gaza.

    And then, one day in November, a different kind of story appeared on the new

    A small group of scientists and engineers had spent years tracking a comet the size of a city as it hurtled through space from the edge of the solar system.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2015

    Bold policies to protect the future of the environment were debated and accepted as a key plank of the Liberal Democrat General Election Manifesto at the party's Spring Conference.

    Building on the success of the party's environmental record in government including the launch of the Green Investment Bank and record investment in railways and renewable energy.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2015

    The Lib Dems will protect public spending on education to build a fairer society that offers opportunity to all.

    Lib Dem members have agreed to protect the education budget, in real terms, from cradle to college, including schools, early years and the Department for Education's 16-19 budget. The Party will also extend the free early years entitlement to all two year olds.

  • Street Lights
    Article: Feb 10, 2015

    A better youth service in Essex; more pavements fixed; helping adult learners; turning street lights back on at night and moving to low energy LEDs. That would be the result of adopting the Liberal Democrats proposals for the Essex County Council budget.

    The Lib Dem proposals are being moved as an amendment to the Conservative-drafted budget this (Tuesday) morning. In making the proposals, the Lib Dem Leader on Essex County Council, Mike Mackrory, will say: