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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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  • Northchurch Sign Flattened
    Article: Jun 20, 2018

    At the HCC Council Meeting of 27th March, Lara Pringle, the new DBC councillor for Northchurch presented a petition from the local Road Safety Pressure Group, "Go 20 Northchurch".
    Local residents have been calling for some time for a 20 mph speed limit to be imposed on the centre of the village.

  • 2018 Carnival
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th - Tring Summer Carnival - Four days of fun in Tring.

    Film and music events, Carnival Day on the Saturday , and the RAF Halton Voluntary Band and Castle Choir on the Sunday. Come and celebrate summer with your very own local carnival. All events take place in the Tring Carnival marquee on Pound Meadow, Tring. There is plenty of parking and the site is within a 5 minute walk of Tring town centre.

  • Grenfell Tower
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Police & Crime Commissioner's proposal would strip assets and close fire stations

    Hertfordshire County Council today renewed objections to a bid by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd to take over the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Council's Cabinet voted to continue to oppose the hostile takeover and to refute the PCC's latest claims.

  • Tring Sports Ctr Nick
    Article: Jun 18, 2018

    Cllr Nick Hollinghurst, Liberal Democrat Town and County Councillor for Tring, said "DBC has consistantly negllected our shared use sports facilities. These were originally built and provided at public expense for shared use both by the public and the school. Over the years, access by the public to these facilities has become more and more restricted.

  • Cllr Mark Watkin with concerned parents
    Article: May 27, 2018

    Lib Dem spokesperson for Children's Services, County Councillor Mark Watkin has expressed his dismay at the decision to severly cut funding for the provision of an ongoing services at Nascot Lawn beyond October. This decision was taken without any review ot the current needs of the families.

    He said, "During the meeting a number of the Board members expressed their sympathy for the plight of these children, yet when the moment came for them to support these words with action, they remained mute. It was shameful!"

    They have been warned by the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee that if they don't improve their engagement with parents, their decision will be referred to the Secretary of State." It looks like they have a long way to go."

  • Automatic Train Operation
    Article: May 26, 2018

    Thameslink passengers are now experiencing one of the first self-drive train journeys on a UK mainline - although they may not realise it! In combination with Network Rail's new digital signalling system, trains are being run every 2 - 3 minutes St Pancras and Blackfriars.

    The use of Siemens self-drive technologyis expected to boost capacity by 60,000 passengers across 80 stations on 12 different routes during 2019. The routes will pass as far north as Peterborough and Cambridge, and south down to Brighton and Maidstone.

  • Thameslink train
    Article: May 26, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have unanimously backed an all party motion condemning the problems caused to travellers in Hertfordshire by train companies, Network Rail and the Department of Transport. The County Council agreed to tell them all that they are failing to look after the interests of Hertfordshire residents and businesses.

  • Cluttered Junction Northchurch
    Article: May 25, 2018

    The DBC Development Control Committee, which newly elected Lib Dem Councillor Lara Pringle addressed last night as Ward Councillor, unanimously voted to refuse planning permission for a development at Dudswell that involved a long, narrow access road onto an already complex and cluttered junction on the busy A4251.

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: May 23, 2018

    Are you an EU citizen and did you need to get a Permanent Residency Card in November 2016?


    Ex-Mayor of Ipswich, Inga Lockington, a Lib Dem councillor for 19 yrs has been denied UK citizenship despite an English husband & permanent leave of residence in UK for 40 years.

    After paying £1,282 her application was rejected in January because she should have got a Permanent Residency Card in Nov 2016 and the Home Office says that because of that they can't be satisfied that she is actually permanently resident.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: May 23, 2018
    By Richard Newby

    A fortnight ago just a handful of votes stopped us from giving the British public the final say on the Brexit deal.

    If the Labour leadership had voted with us last night, the amendment would have passed. But they didn't.

    On this key issue, the Labour party has gone missing in action.

    At the outset of our campaign, few believed we would get this close. But the momentum is now with us.

Nick Hollinghurst