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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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  • GDP Increases - Oxford Economics (Oxford Economics)
    Article: Jun 7, 2017
    The Economist, the prestigious business affairs weekly with a global circulation and high reputation among businessmen in every country, has endorsed the Liberal Democrats in the UK General Election.
    They wrote,
    "No party passes with flying colours. But the closest is the Liberal Democrats. Brexit is the main task of the next government and they want membership of the Single Market and Free Movement .
    They are more honest than the Tories about the need to raise taxes for public services - and they are more sensible than Labour, spreading the burden rather than leaning only on high-earners. Unlike Labour they would reverse the Tories' most regressive welfare cuts. They are on the right side of other issues: devolution of power away from London, reform of the voting system and of the House of Lords."
    "Against a backward-looking Labour Party and an inward-looking Tory party about to compound its historic mistake over Brexit, They get our vote"
    Consider a vote for the Liberal Democrats as a down-payment for the future."
    The Liberal Democrats' costed policy proposals have been judged by the Institute of Fiscal Studies as fairer and more practical than either the Tory or the Labour Party plans.
    Oxford Economics have calculated that the Liberal Democrat policies produce a better increase in GDP by 2021 than the other parties' proposals.
    And Bob Geldof also backs the Liberal Democrats.
    Vote Liberal Democrat and you'll be in good company!
  • Document: Jun 4, 2017
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    Christopher Townsend is standing for Parliament for the Liberal Democrats in the South West Herts Constituency. Read what he has to say.

  • Bovingdon Chesham Rd/Green Lane Junction
    Article: Jun 4, 2017

    Mike Chapman discusses Bovingdon's roads with Lib Dem county councillor Nick Hollinghurst.

    Yes, we know road maintenance is expensive and difficult.

    However the situation has developed that there are now very few companies involved as main contractors.

    This means there is not much market competition.

    Herts County Council really must develop a more imaginative and robust approach to the contractor supervision and contract management.

  • Anne Shaw OBE
    Article: Jun 3, 2017

    Yesterday I attended Ann Shaw's Memorial Service which filled St Marys Church, Rickmansworth with many friends and colleagues. I had known Ann for 30 years. I valued her as a friend, appreciated her as a colleague and admired her as an effective community politician. I shall miss her very greatly.

    Ann will have many "memorials" both physically and in our memories but one which was mentioned three times during the service was her commitment to children and the first-class playgrounds that were installed across Three Rivers under her leadership.

    After the service I happened to drive past one of these, filled with happy, noisy, excited and lively children watched by caring parents.

    Who could ask for a better memorial than that?

    Goodbye, Ann. I was privileged to have known and worked with you.

    This is what her friends and colleagues colleagues on Three Rivers District Council wrote,

    "We are still recovering from the sudden loss of Cllr Ann Shaw OBE.

    Cllr Martin Trevett and Ann shared the Three Rivers District Council seat of Chorleywood South and Maple Cross.

    Cllr Trevett said Ann was a special kind of person,

    'I had known her for about 40 years and we had served together on Three Rivers for over 30 years, during which time she was leader of the Liberal Democrat group and Leader of the Council.

    Ann was the sort of person that would not take no for an answer. If she could not get something done she would do it herself, always the champion of old, young and disadvantaged.

    With Ann on your side you felt that nothing was impossible.

    The world will be a poorer place now she is not with us.'"

  • Zero out of Nine
    Article: May 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Bovingdon By-Election, Mike Chapman says, "Conservative complacency is letting us down"

    Yes, a Tory DBC councillor scored Zero out of Nine for attendance!

    That was the record of the Conservative Councillor who resigned to cause the By-Election in Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield. The By-Election is on June 8th, the same day as the General Election.

    From Jan 1st to May 11th, out of 9 possible attendances at council meetings and committees he did not attend even one!
    And it wasn't something new, either. Since 8th June last year there were 18 possible attendances and he showed up just 3 times.

    Now there can be many reasons for situations like this to arise - moving away or illness for example.

    However, there was plenty of time to put it right. And it was the Conservatives' responsibility to sort it out and ensure that the people of Bovingdon, Flaunden and Chipperfield had a full complement of councillors to represent them.

    The fact is that the Conservatives take you for granted. They just couldn't be bothered to do their duty until forced into it by the reality of the calendar and the risk of an automatic disqualification.

    Mike says, "Don't reward Conservative complacency by supporting them again."

    Vote for Mike Chapman and help the Liberal Democrats to make things better in our Borough!

  • NHS Surgeons
    Article: May 28, 2017

    The Lib Dems will plug funding gaps for the NHS and Social Care by putting a penny on income tax.

    The penny tax would raise an additional £126.6m for Hertfordshire, with £82m for the NHS and £44.6m for social care each year.

    This is the party's flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election.

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a five-point recovery plan
    for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

    At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.

    Parliamentary Candidate for South West Hertfordshire, Christopher Townsend said:

    "Right now in Hertfordshire we are seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.

    "The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more."

    "A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.

    "This Conservative government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded - and while the crisis gets worse they just don't seem to care.

    "We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so."

    Lib Dem Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

    "The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be."

    A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view."

    But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that's why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term."

  • Bovingdon No Charge Point
    Article: May 26, 2017

    Mike Chapman, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Dacorun Bourough Council By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield Ward is anxious that we cut pollution, reduce traffic noise and improve respiratory health.

    So he was very interested when Lib Dem County Councillor Nick Hollinghurst drove over from Tring to help - in his all-electric car.

  • Document: May 24, 2017
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    Introduction of Candidate and information about the Dacorum BC By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield Ward.

  • Christopher Townsend
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Christopher Townsend responded to the incoherence of the Conservatives' position on immigration.

    During BBC Radio 4's Any Questions on May 20th, David Gauke, the Conservative candidate, struggled to provide clear answers when facing questions on his party's immigration policy.

    Gauke floundered badly when responding to questioning on the Conservatives' implausible tens of thousands immigration target.

    He stated:
    "It is an aim, it doesn't have a timetable. We accept that."

    In response to Gauke's comments, Christopher Townsend, the Lib Dem candidate for South West Herts said:

    "The Conservatives are really tying themselves in knots. They are giving us their target for immigration, but not giving us any timetable."

    "So much for "strong and stable" - "wrong and wobbly", more like!"

    "This is yet another Conservative pledge that they will inevitably break. You cannot have a successful economy if you restrict immigration that much. It seems like the Conservatives are intent on harming our economy, first with a Hard Brexit that will yank us out of the Single Market and cost jobs, and now this!"

    "Liberal Democrat immigration policies, unlike those of the Conservatives, do not rely on unachievable political gimmicks."

    "The Lib Dem manifesto sets out a clear vision for a fairer and more efficient immigration system with strict control of borders, an annual debate in Parliament to establish immigration need and a new central fund to ease integration."

    Fellow panellist and Lib Dem member Rachel Johnson also made light of Gauke's position:

    "It's like saying 'I've got this target weight. It's ten stone.
    I may not ever reach my target weight.. but, hey, it's still my target... Right?'"

  • Teacher pay
    Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced their manifesto plans for education. Under their proposals they will invest £55.8 million more in schools and colleges in Hertfordshire during the next parliament.

    This extra funding for Hertfordshire would reverse cuts to school and college budgets, would protect per pupil funding in real terms and would ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

Nick Hollinghurst