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  • Article: May 23, 2019

    The opinion polls all tell the same story: the Liberal Democrats are the biggest and strongest Remain party in the East of England. Use your vote today to support the Lib Dems and stop the Brexit Party gaining a further seat.

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    Remember how it felt watching the Lib Dem gains roll in after the local elections on Thursday 2nd May? Let's make another night to remember by electing Liberal Democrat MEPs to the European Parliament today. Visit www.libdems.org.uk/events to find out where you can help, or contact your local team.

  • Article: May 22, 2019

    Over the last three weeks our fantastic team of Liberal Democrat candidates have been out and about across the East of England, talking to voters. Marie Goldman was up early one morning to speak to voters at Chelmsford station. She found many former Labour voters say they will back the Liberal Democrats this time.

  • One More MEP
    Article: May 21, 2019

    Based on recent polling, LibDems are best placed to gain an extra MEP at the expense of the Brexit party.

    If you're a remainer, give your vote to us in the East England to deprive Farage's party of a seat.

    Change UK cannot win a MEP seat based on polling in the East England and Labour do not currently have a strong Remain position

  • Barbara Gibson, Eastern region candidate, Welwyn Hatfield PPC
    Article: May 15, 2019

    Our lead candidate Cllr Dr Barbara Gibson gave the following speech at the Euro Election Harpenden Hustings event on 14th May.

    Harpenden Hustings

    I don't know about you, but I'm fed up.

    Fed up with the mess that is Brexit.

    I hear the same thing again and again from the people I speak with across the region.

  • Eastern Region European election campaign team
    Article: Apr 26, 2019

    Today, the Liberal Democrats launch their campaign to elect MEPs for the East of England. Seven candidates, elected by Liberal Democrat members, will give a voice to people who believe in a forward-looking, tolerant society with strong health and environmental protection.

    Lead candidate Barbara Gibson said:

  • Barbara Gibson, Eastern region candidate, Welwyn Hatfield PPC
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are the first party to announce their list of candidates for the European elections in the East of England. The candidates were elected by Liberal Democrat members, who each had an equal vote in the selection.

    The list is led by Barbara Gibson from Hertfordshire (pictured), who said:

  • Article: Nov 15, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Leader in Herts County Council, Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has hit out a County Council press release that claimed County Council tax would have gone up £650 or 34%.

    In a stinging attack on the official press release he called it "Trump-like fake news."

    "It simply isn't true. The County part of the Council Tax couldn't possibly have gone up by that much, as the council tax increases have been capped. The savings (or in many cases cuts) are largely due to the necessity forced on all councils by Government." said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Liberal Democrats today opposed the recommendation to approve the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

    Barbara Gibson, Opposition Spokesperson for Community Safety, explained: "Whilst we are highly supportive of the Fire Service and have strong confidence that the appropriate risk analysis has been done, the draft IRMP document itself is lacking key information. Without that information it is not possible to assess the proposals in the IRMP.

    "Missing information includes community risk profiles based on current and projected demographics and growth, analysis of gaps in the service's capability to deal with the risks, station profiles, details of current staff and equipment levels, and risks of reductions. We were particularly concerned at the lack of information on the current workforce levels and how the service is impacted by its ageing workforce".

    "We were disappointed that the Conservatives on the Community Safety and Waste Management Cabinet Panel voted to approve the draft plan as presented, without recommending the missing components be included. This is an Inadequate Risk Management Plan, and the consultation will be less than effective as a result. We urge the Cabinet and Council to go back to the drawing board and present an IRMP that is fit for purpose."

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018


    At Thursday's meeting of the County Council's Education, Localism and Libraries Panel, Liberal Democrats voted against the Conservative Group's proposals to set up an independent charitable organisation to run its Library Service. This new service should be viable only because it will not have to pay £1/2 million business rates, which would otherwise have in part provided income to all the District Councils in the County.
    Using a competitive tendering process, any organisation will be able to bid to run the service as a Public Service Mutual organisation, which unlike the present Library Service, will obtain charitable status. The risk is that while one bid will be spun off the existing service, the others will come from outside organisations. This could result in an organisation like Carillon, which recently collapsed, being trusted to run the service. Even if the provider remains solvent, and in spite of assurances to the contrary, there is a real risk that smaller or unprofitable libraries might be closed or services cut.