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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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  • Council results 0418
    Article: Apr 23, 2018

    Principal Council by-election results from 2017 to now.

    The Liberal Democrats winning seat across the country.

  • Libraries play a key part in the community
    Article: Apr 22, 2018
    By Mark Watkin

    At today's meeting of the Education, Libraries and Localism Cabinet Panel. The Liberal Democrat team voted against the County's plans to outsource their much loved and highly popular Library Service while the Labour Group leader abstained. In spite of this, the Conservative led Panel agreed to the County developing a detailed business case before finally deciding whether to go ahead with the scheme.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Apr 20, 2018

    In a satisfactory week's by-election results the Liberal Democrats have continued their winning streak by gaining another 2 council by-election seats from the Conservatives. One was in Berkshire and the second in Cheshire.

    Thatcham West Ward, West Berkshire UA, April 19, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Jeff Brooks 820 [48.4%; +9.7%]
    Conservatives 523 [30.9%; -16.9%]
    Labour 130 [7.7%; -5.9%]
    Green 130 [7.7%; +7.7%]
    UKIP 91 [5.4%; +5.4%]

    Lib Dem gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015

    Lymm South Ward in Warrington Borough, April 19th

    Liberal Democrats Anna Fradgely: 769; 42.8% (+10.4)
    Conservatives: 649: 36.2% (-2.3)
    Labour: 328; 18.3% (-1.1)
    UKIP: 25: 1.4% (-8.3)
    Green: 24; 1.3% (+1.3)

    LDem GAIN from Con.

  • Herts Chamber Orchestra Tring 0418
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year and recently welcomed back Paul Barritt as their Director.

    Paul conducted and played as a soloist at a delightful concert in support of Rennie Grove Hospice Care last Saturday 14th April, 2018 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Tring.

    The first item was the little-known Suite in D Op. 49 by Saint-Saëns. Paul who makes a point of explaining and commenting on each piece before it is played playfully emphasised its lack of fame, "Yes, it really is little known," he remarked. "In fact we don't know it either. Tonight will be the first time that any of us have ever played it!". Of course this quip rather belied the orchestra's preparation and rehearsal and it was, as usual, played faultlessly. A piece at times lyrical, and at others, romantic, constructed around dance rythms and yet containing delicate passages it is a happy and enjoyable piece and it is surprising that it is not played more often.

    And then for something completely different as Paul Barrit played as the soloist in that old favourite, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. "Not that," quoth Paul - who is quite knowlegeable about birdsong - "it really resembles the lark's song at all." But the melodies are indeed evocative of a bird singing and ascending. It's no accident that, among English audiences especially, it should be popular with its suggestion and feel of birdsong in a summer meadow. It was a seamless partnership between orchestra and soloist and Paul's playing could only be described as "exquisite".

    Also unfamiliar but very lively and great fun was a short piece by Bottesini (who he?) entitled Gran Duo Concertante. This was originally written for 2 double basses but we were treated to a sort of "sports model" version with just one double base soloist, the exuberant and flamboyant guest soloist Roberto Carrillo-Garcia. With its hints of Spanish or Latin Amercan cafés and dancefloors it was a rumbustious and rollicking piece and played with bravura.

    The final and longest piece was Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and despite it's familiarity was as enjoyable as ever, and of course the brilliance and mastery of the composer never ceases to amaze.

    The next concert to look out for will be by Tring Chamber Music and will be on Sunday 27th May at 7.30 p.m. in Hastoe Village Hall, beautifully restored 6 years ago. Roberto Carrillo-Garcia will be back with his double bass.

  • Rossway RDA (Rossway RDA)
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    ROSSWAY RDA invites you to join their 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Thursday afternoon 28th JUNE 2018.

    Whether you have been a part of their story over the last 50 years - or got to know them more recently - they hope you will be able to join them in their new surroundings at Shardeloes Equestrian Centre, Cherry Lane, Amersham, HP7 0QF

  • road works sign
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Herts County Council Integrated Works Plan is showing the following sites for highway repair work during the current financial year i.e. 2018/19 (year just started).

    1. Slip Road off A41 up to the Upper Icknield Way - south of the roundabout.
    Replacement of failed anti-skid surface with local resurfacing.

  • Three Rivers Candidates
    Article: Apr 16, 2018
    By Robert Johnston
  • Charge Point Expansion London (Pic from Chargemaster plc)
    Article: Apr 15, 2018

    Last year, in August 2017, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced a £4.5 million investment in electric car charging infrastructure across the capital. Each of the 25 London Boroughs will be able to bid for a share, which will finance 1,200 new charging points aimed at EV users without access to off-street parking. At the time there were fewer than 1,500 charging points within London, so this announced investment could result in nearly doubling the number of places where EV owners could recharge.

    A recent update has revealed that 650 charge points have been installed since the start of 2017 putting London on target to have a total of nearly 2,700 by the end of 2018/19.

  • Chichester Win
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    The previous councillor resigned as she is now the local Tory MP.

    It used to be the 6th safest Tory seat in the UK, but it probably isn't now!

    This is a really stunning result.

    But it didn't happen by magic. It was due to a lot of well organised hard work - and a great candidate!

    ROGATE WARD (Chichester) result:

    LIB DEM: 444, 55.8% (+55.8)
    CONSVS: 319, 40.1% (-27.3)
    LABOUR: 21, 2.6% (+2.6)
    GREEN: 12, 1.5% (-18.2)
    Lib Dem GAIN from Conservatives.
    No UKIP (-12.9) this time.

    Congratulations to Kate O'Kelly and the Team!

  • EBA
    Article: Apr 11, 2018

    Following the delivery of the Article 50 letter in which the UK government applied to take the UK out of the EU, both of the EU Agencies at present located in London, have to be re-located.

    The first agency was the European Medicines Agency and moves are already well underway to re-establish its operations in Amsterdam.

    At the moment a second agency, the European Banking Authority (EBA), the key institute of three EU-wide banking and financial services regulators, is located in London.

    Its main task is to contribute to the setting up of a European Single Rulebook in banking by adopting Binding Technical Standards (BTS) and Guidelines, The objective is to provide a single set of harmonised prudential rules for financial institutions throughout the EU. This will mean that depositors, investors and consumers will enjoy the same high level of protection.

    It is also promoting convergence of supervisory practice within the member states in order to harmonise the application of prudential rules across the EU. The EBA is also mandated to assess risks and vulnerabilities in EU banking through regular risk assessment reports and by applying the so-called pan-European stress tests.

    It is not appropriate for the EU's main banking regulation authority to be located in a third-country and now that the UK is to leave the EU, the EBA is having to be re-located.

    Paris, which is Europe's largest financial centre after London, has been selected as the location for the EBA, which will be housed in either the traditional business centre in the south east of the city or else in the new finance centre of La Défense.

Nick Hollinghurst