Here it's Lib Dem or Conservative

Lib Dems will...

Work hard all year round and listen to local residents

Cut congestion (better bus, pedestrian + cycle facilities)

Bring more jobs to Chelmsford and affordable homes

Conservatives...

Are closing up to 44 libraries across Essex

Don't build the vital infrastructure we need to
support Chelmsford's growth

Have gone £14m overbudget on Leisure Centre

  • Marie Goldman
    Article: Jan 10, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have kicked off 2019 raring to go and are the first political party in Chelmsford to announce their candidate for the next General Election, whenever it comes.

    Party members have chosen Marie Goldman, who lives and works in the centre of the constituency.

    Said Marie Goldman, "I'm thrilled and honoured to be selected by the Liberal Democrats in my home constituency of Chelmsford.

  • Event: Feb 2, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St Luke's Church, 26 Lewis Dr, Chelmsford CM2 9EF

    Freda will be at St Lukes Church, Moulsham Lodge on the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 - 12:00. Residents are welcome to drop in to discuss issues or just for a chat. If you can't make the surgery, Freda can be contacted by email at f.mountain@cmld.org.uk or on the telephone 01245 264688 or 07890 496330.

  • Chelmsford Army and Navy flyover showing chunks missing from the concrete
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillor Mike Mackrory (Springfield) has asked the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure about the Army and Navy interchange.

    Mike asked for details of the terms of reference for the Task Force which has been set up to investigate solutions for the problematic interchange, and also how many times the group has met and what, if any, progress has been made.

  • Judith Bunting reading with Finn Gardner (John Boyd)
    Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) has asked the Cabinet Member for Customer and Corporate about ECC's Library consultation.

    It has been said that the Libraries review isn't about saving money, so Stephen asked whether a saving is assumed in next year's budget or not, and If the projected £2 million saving could be identified in other ways, will the closures still be pursued?

  • mike mackrory
    Article: Dec 21, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillor Mike Mackrory (Springfield) has asked the Essex CC Cabinet Member for Infrastructure for an update on the proposed station at Beaulieu Park.

    Mike stated that residents who purchased their homes two years ago, on the understanding that the station was coming soon, are concerned about the lack of progress and wanted some answers.

  • Police bike
    Article: Dec 12, 2018

    At Essex County Council yesterday, attention was drawn to the cuts in Essex Police Officers and PCSOs, and rising crime. A motion from the Liberal Democrats to the Full Council meeting noted a cut in officers since 2010 of 650, rising drug and violence-related crimes, and that Essex Police is the second-lowest funded police force in the country.

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    Article: Dec 7, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are leading the fight for vital investment and reforms in schools to allow every child to reach their potential.

    Local Lib Dem, Marie Goldman, wrote on this subject in the Essex Chronicle on 13th December. Here is the full text of her article, which was cut short by the editor of the Chronicle:

    "Education is the silver bullet. It has the potential to fix almost everything else. A well-educated population can tackle poverty and inequality, cure diseases, feed itself, protect the planet, and invent new technologies to improve everyone's lives. Education allows us to reach for the stars.

    "Why, then, would we want to choose which area of education should receive the most support? If education is so important, shouldn't we be putting more resources into it, rather than picking which bit to pay more attention to, while leaving other areas behind?

    "Sadly, this is the genuine choice faced by schools up and down the country. With pupil numbers, staff and resource costs going up while real-terms school funding is being cut, schools have to work out where best to direct the limited resources they have.

    "So they have to decide. Should they ensure that all classes have fully qualified teachers in all settings and scrap so-called 'luxuries' like music, art and drama, or should they compromise and reduce the standards because it's cheaper? Should they provide computers to teach children the skills they will need in a competitive market, or should they fix the leaking roof? Should they buy new books, or should they provide quality meals at lunchtime - remembering that for far too many children, a school dinner is the only nutritious meal they will eat.

    "This is happening. Schools are asking parents for donations, letting go of teachers and even shortening the school day.

    "This is no choice at all. No school, no teacher, no education professional, should ever be forced to make these choices and yet that is what is happening in our country, on our watch. This is wrong. It must stop. We must demand better than this and put education at the heart of the agenda."

    The party is calling for an end to Conservative education cuts and would give schools an extra £7 billion a year to lift standards.

    Lib Dem Councillor and School Governor Mike Mackrory said: "Our schools are in desperate need of more investment. Children are being taught in run-down buildings by overworked teachers.

    "Children only get one chance at their education. There is no better investment than making sure every child gets the opportunity to do their very best. "

    Lib Dem Campaigner and School Governor Chris Davidson added, "The Conservatives aren't interested in making sure that they are doing all they can to give Schools and Children's education the investment it needs. Our Conservative MP recently suggested, responding to a question about this issue, that local schools do not have the money they need because teachers' pensions cost too much."

    Surely our Children and those who teach them deserve better than this? The Lib Dems want to see real and effective investment in Chelmsford Schools."

    The Lib Dem plan to improve education would also scrap Ofsted and replace mandatory SATS at key stage 1 and 2. Our Education spokesperson Layla Moran (herself a former teacher) gave a speech at conference this year where she reiterated her reason for getting into politics - to create an education system which truly gives every child the opportunity to make the most of this scary, challenging but ultimately marvellous world we live in. You can read the text of her speech here.

  • Judith Bunting reading with Finn Gardner (John Boyd)
    Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Five Chelmsford libraries have been proposed for closure by Essex County Council, with others at risk. Broomfield, Writtle, Galleywood, Danbury and Stock libraries are due to close and Springfield is at risk of closure, despite only opening a few years ago and being run by volunteers.

    Libraries are not just about books. They are a vital community resource.

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