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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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  • Frecklton solar farm
    Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Slowly but surely UK's railways are being electrified, but although switching from diesel to electricity increases energy efficiency considerably we still need to burn a lot of fossil fuel to make electricity. Reducing fossil fuel burn is becoming increasingly urgent and important and in some areas of the country through which trains run the grid can barely cope.

  • Berko West BE 2017
    Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Sally Symington, Chair of West Herts Liberal Democrats, has well and truly shaken up Conservative complacency in Berkhamsted where she nearly took a Dacorum Borough Council seat in the recent by-election.

    In her first serious foray into borough politics Sally swooped down from Potten End to come within 47 votes of winning the vacant seat in the DBC Ward of Berkhamsted West.

  • Croydon Tram
    Article: Jul 16, 2017

    An Automatic Vehicle Speed Monitor (AVSM) is to be fitted to the Transport for London trams which operate in Croydon. This follows a fatal accident in November when 7 people were killed and over 50 injured. That tram was later found to have been travelling three times faster than the speed limit set for a section of track that led into a curve. It toppled over on the curve at Sandilands Junction.

  • Phil Williams
    Article: Jul 14, 2017

    Thursday evening saw a landslide win in the Chorleywood South & Maple Cross Ward of Three Three Rivers Council, ensuring that the council remains in Liberal Democrat control

    In a hard fought campaign Phil Williams stormed to victory with a 64% share of the vote. The turnout was 38%. This is rather high for a council by-election and reflects both the interest of the electors and the quality of the Liberal Democrat campaign.

  • Berkhamsted HCC Result 2017
    Article: Jul 14, 2017

    O n Wednesday night Berkhamsted Liberal Democrats were celebrating a remarkable near miss in the recent County Council elections.

    The campaign had been fought by the Liberal Democrats on two main issues.

    The first was that the political representation was completely out of balance with opinion in the town.

  • Document: Jul 13, 2017
    452.63 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    News and views about Berkhamsted, county and national issues - with a Lib Dem flavour

  • Nascot Lawn
    Article: Jul 12, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Herts County Councillor Mark Watkin, Opposition Spokesperson for Children's Services, has tabled the following motion about the proposed closure of Nascot Lawn Childrens Respite and Care Centre.

    It will be debated at the next meeting of the County Council in support of a petition which will be presented by parents and families. The high quality respite services provided by Nascot Lawn are a lifeline for those who are caring at home for a child or sibling with complex needs who are dependant on the services.

  • Hemel Hempstead GE 2017
    Article: Jul 9, 2017

    In the General Election on June 8th, in which the Liberal Democrats saw their parliamentary representation go up from 8 seats to 12 - a 50% increase - Sally Symington and the Hemel Hempstead Lib Dem team achieved a respectable result.

    The vote share increased by 1.3% as, against expectations, the Liberal Democrats saved their deposit and gained ground across the constituency.

  • Money
    Article: Jul 9, 2017

    Figures released at the end of June showed that household borrowing continues to grow as hard pressed families try to maintain their spending. Unsecured consumer credit increased by £1.7 billion during the month of May 2017.

    The rough total of UK personal debt is now £1.6 trillion - a staggering £57,000 per household.

  • Elizabeth Line Train (RTM magazine)
    Article: Jul 7, 2017

    Crossrail, which will run from Reading in the west and across London to Shenfield in the east - with a branch to Abbey Wood in North Kent - is to be officially named the Elizabeth Line.

    The first trains were introduced into service last month on the line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield and are first instalment of the 66-strong fleet of Class 345s to operate in the capital.

    By autumn 2017, 11 trains will be running on the route.

Nick Hollinghurst