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Here in Chelmsford it's Lib Dem or Conservative

Liberal Democrats will...

Spend council cash on community services, not hoard it away

Cut congestion e.g. with better bus, pedestrian and cycle facilities

Bring more jobs to Chelmsford and affordable homes

Involve the public more

Conservatives have...

Raised your council tax three times and didn't spend the extra cash!

Stashed away £20 million in the council bank account

Delivered congestion and traffic chaos by giving in to developers

Made too many decisions behind closed doors

  • Cash
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Essex County Council Conservatives have voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:

    • address the Essex NHS and social care crisis by increasing funding for partnership working with the NHS and care providers
    • put more of the Highways budget under local control, to speed up the repair of local roads and deliver important safety schemes
    • invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
    • address Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres
  • Mike Mackrory Parking Permit
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    After a parking scheme is implemented there is the inevitable knock on effect of those cars displaced finding somewhere else to park where there are no restrictions in place. Church Lane is the latest to be affected. County Councillor Mike Mackrory has taken this up with the South Essex Parking Partnership, who are the body responsible for implementing new schemes.

  • 47 Bus
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Saturday service will continue

    Residents who use the No 47 bus have complained to Cllr Mike Mackrory about the unreliability of this service. The bus can be late arriving or doesn't come at all. As the bus is now subsidised by Essex County Council, Mike met the Director responsible at County Hall.

    The Director will take up his concerns with First Bus who we know are having difficulty recruiting and retaining drivers because of the higher pay for doing the same job in London. He also asked that timetables be displayed at stops which don't have them.

  • Mike Mackrory Pothole Before
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Essex County Councillor Mike Mackrory and the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall have consistently campaigned for
    repairs to the crumbling and dangerous footpaths in Chelmsford's urban areas. Mike has complained about the roads
    and footpaths all over Springfield but especially in the Springfield Allied Estate,

  • Mike Mackrory at Broomfield
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Lib Dem call to oppose ignored

    Proposals that could downgrade Accident and Emergency at Broomfield Hospital have been backed by Chelmsford's Conservatives on Essex County Council.

    At the December meeting of Essex County Council the Liberal Democrat Opposition asked the Council to oppose these plans but the Tories voted the move down. Under the NHS proposals trauma patients from Chelmsford and Mid Essex could be taken all the way to Basildon hospital instead of Broomfield.

  • Huge potholes
    Article: Jan 11, 2017

    Essex County Council has spent £1,234,180 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
    Nationally a total of £12 million has been paid out over the last four years across the country, with an average payment per person of £650.
    The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.
    Liberal Democrat Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) said: "This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.
    "Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.
    "This is a symptom of the short-termism taken to infrastructure investment by our Conservative-run Council and Government.
    "Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place."

  • Drop down posts bollards
    Article: Dec 17, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Drop down safety bollards replaced in Cramphorn Walk, Chelmsford.

    After many months of Cllr. Jude Deakin requesting that the broken bollards be repaired, they have recently been replaced.

    "This is a pedestrianised area where residents should not have to worry about vehicles driving on the pathways, but this is exactly what was happening on a regular basis" saidCllr. Jude Deakin, "I've had parents and grandparents asking me to do something so the children and elderly can feel safe walking out of their front doors. Im so pleased to eventually be able to report the work has been completed".

  • parking now
    Article: Dec 8, 2016

    At a meeting of Chelmsford City Council last night (7th December 2016) the Conservative group voted en bloc to reject a Lib Dem calling for better parking enforcement.

    Lib Dem Jude Deakin told that the Council that illegal parking (on double and single yellow lines) poses a significant problem. It:

    • endangers pedestrians (in particular children at school-times), cyclists, and those with limited mobility
    • impedes the flow of transport; and
    • causes expensive damage to footways.
  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a fight to guarantee the rights of EU citizens to continue to live and work in the UK following the triggering of Article 50.

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

    They will be fighting to ensure the terms of the final deal goes to the British people. The amendment has been signed by Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords as well as Labour and Conservative peers.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    • 38 Trusts facing serious pressure
    • More beds closed due to Norovirus
    • Cancelled operations up 15%
    • 9 hospitals had no available beds on some days in February

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of the Weekly Situation Report for the week ending 5 February 2017 reveals that:

    • 38 trusts are facing major pressure that could lead to poorer care. The NHS themselves describe this as leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care. There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.
    • Bed occupancy rates were 95% or 96% every day between 1st February and 5th February - significantly higher than the official 'safe' threshold of 85%.From the 1st-5th February 3,517 beds were closed due to Norovirus.
    • 21,249 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. This is 15% up on the previous year. 1551 of those cancellations still had not been treated within 28 days.