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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Coal Reduction Diagram Dong
    Article: Oct 16, 2017

    DONG Energy A/S, Denmark's largest supplier of electric power has decided that by 2023, coal will no longer be used as fuel at any of the company's power stations.

    The company, whose name is an acronym for "Danish Oil and Natural Gas", has already disposed of all its upstream fossil fuel assets. It has decided to make what it calls "the black to green transition" and to underline this transformation is changing its name to Ørsted after the nineteenth century Danish physicist, Hans Christian Ørsted. Better known as Oersted - after whom the unit of magnetic field strength is named - he was the first person to discover the link btween electricity and magnetism. He also identified aluminium as a chemical element.

  • Document: Oct 2, 2017
    21.74 KiB document

    On 6th September 2017, Vince Cable gave a speech at the Resolution Foundation on the subject of Inequality. The reduction of wealth and income inequality is a major policy issue for Vince Cable and the Liberal Democrats. The full text is here for you to read or download.

  • Train on Bacon Factory Chord New Bridge
    Article: Sep 29, 2017

    It's always goood to see a long-awaited project delivering benefits. In this case the so-called "Bacon Factory Chord" in the north of Ipswich.

    This is a combination of a new bridge over a river, a curve of relaid track and new points that will eliminate the need for reversing trains - always a slow and expensive procedure - destined for Nuneaton, the Midlands and the North West.

  • Steam Roller
    Article: Sep 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Opposition councillors at County Hall have been shocked and angered to hear that HCC are intending to extend the contracts of much-criticised highways contractors Ringway for a further 5 years.

    Councillors were told in a short email on Monday, that the final decision would be made in November.

  • A507 ()
    Article: Sep 23, 2017

    Huge volumes of traffic, sharp bends, low bridges have been causing problems for years on the A507, which, for an "A" road, is quite narrow in places. Villages are plagued with congestion and pollution and HGVs have difficulty in passing each other in several places. In addition, there have been numerous bridge strikes as larger HGVs, misled by inaccurate satvav, are too tall to get under the Baldock railway bridge.

  • Sheffield Tram Train 2 ()
    Article: Sep 19, 2017

    25 years behind the first successful link between a light rail and a normal rail network constructed in 1992 in Karlsruhe, the first trams designed to run on the first such link in the UK (dubbed "tram-train") have finally been introduced into passenger service.

    Paul Maynard, the Rail Minister, was present, together with councillors and transport managers from across Sheffield for the introduction of the new Stadler tram onto Sheffield's Supertram network.
  • Article: Sep 9, 2017

    Council By Election Win for Lib Dems as Tories drop by 20%

    ELY SOUTH (East Cambridgeshire) result:

    LDEM: 39.9% (+13.2)
    CON: 31.1% (-19.7)
    LAB: 29.0% (+6.5)

    Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative

  • Double Yellow Lines Station Road
    Article: Sep 9, 2017

    London Road, Hemel Hempstead - Waiting Restrictions
    Beggars Lane, Tring - Clearway, Verge Parking Places and Parking (just completed)
    Various Roads in Tring - 20 mph Speed Limit
    Lime Walk, Hemel Hempstead - Waiting Restrictions
    Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead - Experimental Waiting Restrictions
    A 4146 Leighton Buzzard Road, Hemel Hempstead - 7.5 tonne Weight Limit
    Nettleden Road etc, Little Gaddesden/Nettleden - 7.5 tonne Weight Limit
    Chapel Croft, Langley Road etc, Chipperfield - Waiting Restrictions, Parking Places

  • Croxley Rail Link
    Article: Sep 5, 2017

    Travellers at Bank Holidays have to be braced for difficult journeys as so often these are the only practical times to carry out essential repair and improvement work.

    This August Bank Holiday was no exception as the line was closed for the weekend to allow Network Rail to renew track between Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted stations and to carry out planned upgrades. Some drainage work was also done at the same time.

  • Siemens Rail ()
    Article: Sep 3, 2017

    The Tories' unexpected and disasterous cancellation of the electrification of the rail lines from Cardiff to Swansea, Oxenholme to Windermere and on the Midland Mainline North of Kettering is a huge setback for our railways, the regions, the travelling public and the environment. Electrification means faster journeys, extra capacity, greater efficiency and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Investment as planned that would have produced huge benefits later.

Nick Hollinghurst