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  • Article: May 28, 2020

    Although there are 235 deaths listing COVID 19 registered in Hertfordshire between 10th April and 15th May according the Office of National Statistics, Herts Liberal Democrats have calculated that as many as 500 deaths are likely to have occurred according to figures that the County Council has collected from care homes. The Liberal Democrats have also raised concerns that a far higher number of deaths have occurred in care homes in Watford and Hertsmere than in other districts.

  • Article: May 28, 2020

    The evidence is clear. Because of the failure to provide adequate testing arrangements, the Government has no scientific basis on which to tell Primary Schools that they should reopen on 1st June. Each and every school has been forced to carry out its own risk assessment in deciding when it will be appropriate to reopen. This must be based on the physical limitations of the school buildings, the number of staff who are able and prepared to come back to their classrooms, and most importantly the number of parents willing to send their children to school.

    The County Council has to make it clearer to every school that it should feel under no pressure to open unless all these conditions are met. County Councillor Mark Watkin, Lib Dem Opposition spokesperson for Education comments: "There has never been a more important time for the County Council to give strong and clear guidance to schools and support them in whatever decision they take. Every day that our schools stay closed, our children's education suffers. It is imperative that the Government introduces reliable testing systems as soon as possible so that Heads and Boards of Governors have reliable information on which to base their decision. We also want to see more evidence that the County Council is actively helping schools to ensure that as much as possible is done to provide education for the pupils, and especially for those in danger of slipping behind due to prolonged absence from school."

  • Article: May 28, 2020

    "Must do better and be more pro-active" was the message from opposition Liberal Democrat councillors at County Hall to the four pilot schemes announced by the County Council that they brought in last weekend to encourage active travel and support for social distancing as more retail premises open.

    Levels of walking and cycling have increased dramatically across the UK during the lock down. The Government recently announced a package of £250m of support to councils for changes as more people begin travelling to work again and there is an easing of restrictions, while capacity on public transport is still significantly reduced due to the ongoing need for social distancing.

  • Article: May 2, 2020

    Hertsmere Liberal Democrats have strongly condemned the smear campaign by Hertsmere Conservatives which led to anti-Semitic abuse against Labour candidate Dan Ozarow during February's Hertsmere borough by-election in Kenilworth ward

    The harassment, which appeared to be orchestrated, led to Dr Ozarow being labelled across social media as a 'Jew-hating Jew' a 'Nazi,' and 'lacking a Jewish soul', plus calls for him to 'go to the gas chambers' and be 'sent to Tehran'. Several comments of this nature were even posted by sitting Conservative councillors. Hertsmere Conservatives sent a letter from their candidate to Kenilworth voters' homes implying that Dr Ozarow supported Hamas and Hezbollah, and the Independent reported that councillor Paul Morris displayed a similar claim on an electronic billboard outside Elstree and Borehamwood railway station.

  • Article: May 1, 2020

    The second of Callum Robertson's interviews is with Dr Julian Huppert, Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College Cambridge and Visiting Professor at King's College, London. He was MP for Cambridge from 2010 until 2015. Julian is a former research scientist and has a particular interest in science and technology policy.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020

    East of England Liberal Democrats launch a series of podcasts about the wider party to engage members during the covid-19 crisis

    During the Covid-19 crisis, East of England Liberal Democrats are working to provide more information about the Liberal Democrats and how we work to our members and supporters. Presented by Regional Policy Chair Callum Robertson, the new series features a number of discussions, interviews and round tables with Council Leaders, MPs and other party figures.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2020

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats decry the decision by Conservative members to close three short break respite homes across the county, significantly reducing capacity.

    The three sites slated for closure are at Tewin Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hixberry Lane, St Albans and Apton Road, Bishops Stortford.

    At the Adult Care and Health Panel today, a petition was presented by the Carers organisation, Carers in Herts, making very valid points and seeking a cooperative process with Adult Care Services to build the right respite strategy service before closures are considered, and Cllr Ron Tindall as LibDem spokesperson put this forward as an alternative recommendation to the panel. Sadly this vote was lost with all Conservative members voting against, despite several of them having echoed the concerns of the petitioners and opposition members during the debate. Instead the proposal to authorise closure was voted through; all opposition members voted against. One Conservative Member who had suggested that the recommendation should be amended to consider the plans further before committing to closures at least abstained (much to his credit).

  • Lib Dem Flag
    Article: Feb 1, 2020
    By Andy Lewis

    Dear Kenilworth Neighbours,

    Borehamwood is a vibrant and lively place to live and I am proud to be a part of such a fantastic community. That's why I am so excited to be standing for the Liberal Democrats in Borehamwood Kenilworth in the upcoming by-election.

    I'm asking for the opportunity to represent you as your local borough councillor on Thursday 13th February.

  • Andy Lewis
    Article: Feb 1, 2020
    By Andy Lewis

    Andy Lewis: A Plan for Kenilworth

    1. A long-term solution to the parking nightmare on our residential streets, especially parking on pavements. We need a joined up approach that includes enforcement and creation of more parking spaces for residents (CPZ).
    2. Protect our green spaces. Our council could have resisted the threats of over-development, but chose not to. We are slowly losing our green spaces, trees and parklands.
    3. Better use of developers' contributions (s106). Our Council currently have £3.5 million from the housing developments in Borehamwood, which could be used to improve our current facilities or build a new youth centre. Instead our councillors have wasted some of this money by relocating a community asset - Borehamwood Bowls Club and replacing it with yet another a cafe.
    4. More and suitable affordable/social housing. Local residents are struggling to get onto the property ladder and are being priced out by the over-inflated prices set by developers. All new development must be built with environmental sustainability in mind.
  • Stephen Barrett's Plan for Hertsmere
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Hertsmere, Stephen Barrett, has a positive plan to build a brighter future for Hertsmere. Stephen offers Hertsmere voters a credible alternative to the divisive policies of Conservatives and Labour:

    1. Stop Brexit

    Electing a Liberal Democrat government is the only way to get the Brexit process over. The national humiliation of Brexit puts so much at risk - the NHS, public services, jobs across the country, scientific collaboration, peace in Northern Ireland, the unity of the UK, our ability to tackle global crises such as climate change and our global reputation as a country that is confident and outward-facing. By keeping the UK in the EU, we can get on with tackling the real issues facing our country, using the Remain Bonus of £50 billion to invest in public services and tackle inequality.