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  • 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:

  • Cllr Wendy Rider and Cllr Charles Royden, with Local Resident at a Bus Stop in Brickhill
    Article: Feb 7, 2015

    Essex County Council are consulting citizens about a their new Bus Strategy.

    They are proposing to introduce a Bus Strategy Commissioning Board: for the first time since deregulation in the 1980's, the council have a real opportunity to help plan and modernise the service.

    You can read the strategy and respond to the questionnaire online at www.essex.gov.uk/busreview.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2015

    Labour's stance on apprenticeships once again prove they cannot be trusted to build a stronger economy.

    Today (Friday 6 February) they criticised the coalition's record on creating apprenticeships, even though there are now more apprentices than ever before.

    In fact there are more than 85 per cent more apprentices in schemes in England than there were under Labour.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2015

    Today Danny Alexander and I outlined the Liberal Democrats' plans for taxes, spending and borrowing for the next Parliament.

    When the Liberal Democrats joined the Coalition in 2010 we had a clear priority: to rescue, repair and renew the economy. Sometimes this has meant taking difficult and unpalatable decisions. We didn't relish the prospect of austerity, but we knew it would be a means to an end - and the end is now in sight.

  • NHS
    Article: Feb 1, 2015

    West Essex CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are responsible for buying NHS services in our area. Their managers have to decide which treatments and services will save most lives and improve health in Epping Forest and surrounds.

    If you want to know what they are up to, and have a chance to ask questions of local health and care leaders, you may want to attend one of the upcoming "My Health, My Future, My Say" events.