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

  • school sign
    Article: May 19, 2017

    Chelmsford schools face two worrying developments - across the board cuts in funding and a possible shortage of school places. Chelmsford schools face losing £8 million in total over the next two years. That amounts to anything between £400 and £800 per pupil, which means cuts in teacher numbers. See http://schoolcuts.org.uk

  • Stephen Robinson with Lib Dem team
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Stephen Robinson has a track record as a hard-working, Chelmsford campaigner and Councillor, and now wants to stand up for local residents at Westminster as our MP.

    On 4th May 2017 the Lib Dems won more votes than the Conservatives in the local elections across the Chelmsford constituency. So on 8th June it will either be: Stephen Robinson, or the Conservative outsider (parachuted in from Cambridge) who is elected as the MP.

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: May 5, 2017

    Essex County Council Results for Chelmsford

    Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are celebrating holding their three county council seats. In the Chelmsford parliamentary constituency, there are 3 Lib Dems and 2.5 Conservatives (half a seat outside the constituency).

    This confims the Lib Dems as the challengers at all levels to the Conservatives, in particular at the upcoming General Election.

  • Young Professionals
    Page: Apr 26, 2017

    Since 2010 the Conservatives have been waging a war on young people. But now Theresa May has given you the chance to fight back!

    A recent report by the Intergenerational Fairness Index found there had been a drop of 10% in prospects for young people in a range of areas [1]. As we will demonstrate below, that is due to the policies of the Conservative party. This can be contrasted to the fortunes of their grandparents. The triple lock pension has resulted in a significant hike in income, pensioner property wealth now totals £861 billion and the ONS says that retirees saw their incomes increase by 5.1 per cent between 2007/08 and 2011/12. This trend has continued.

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: Apr 26, 2017

    Our Priorities for the 2017 Elections

    End the Tory cuts to public services

    Over the last four years Conservative run Essex County Council has been savagely cutting services

    • Children's Centres have closed
    • Meals on Wheels have ended
    • Community Transport has been cut
    • Bus services have been cut
    • Side roads and pavements have deteriorated
    • Care packages for the elderly have been delayed
    • Charges for Home Care has increased five fold
    • Youth Services have been dismantled
    • Recycling Centres restrict home DIY waste
    • Local Highways budgets have been halved
    • Charges for home to school transport in rural areas has rocketed
    • Traffic congestion has got worse

  • Vote Liberal Democrat
    Page: Apr 24, 2017

    General Election - June 8th 2017

    On 18th April, Theresa May announced that there would be a General Election on June 8th, 2017. The Liberal Democrats believe in an open, tolerant and united Britain completely at odds with Theresa May's hard Brexit. Therefore we see this as an opportunity to provide an effective opposition to the Conservative Government. Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "This shows it's not too late to prevent a divisive, hard Brexit. On 8th June, together we can change the direction of this country. The Liberal Democrats will be the real voice of opposition to this Conservative Brexit government."

  • Mick Bates AM with the University of Glamorgan's Tribrid Minibus
    Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Essex County Council's Conservative group has pushed through a cut of over 14% in the funding for community transport schemes across the county. Essex Liberal Democrats "called in" the cabinet member decision for review by the scrutiny committee last Thursday (23rd March), but the Conservative majority backed the decision.

  • Stephen Robinson and Norman Lamb MP out canvassing
    Page: Mar 14, 2017

    Essex County Council Election 2017

    After the excitement of last year's EU referendum, 2017 sees a return to local elections, more specifically the Essex County Council election. At present, the Liberal Democrats are the official opposition to the Conservative council. With the Labour party's fortunes, seemingly in decline and UKIP's leader failing to make an impression in the heavy "Leave" territory of Stoke, now more than ever it is important that Essex Liberal Democrats put together a strong campaign and increase our presence on Essex County Council. You can be sure that we will doing everything possible to overturn the Conservative majority and strive to provide real opposition to this Government.

    Across the UK, by-election results provide reason to be optimistic. Traditional Liberal Democrat areas such as Devon and Cornwall are returning their Lib Dem councillors despite many voting Leave in the referendum. There have been stunning victories in in traditionally strong Labour areas such as Sunderland and Rotherham. And all capped off by unseating Zac Goldsmith in the parliamentary seat of Richmond Park.

    We believe that current investment in Public Services is critically low. Whether that's our hospitals and care homes, our roads, our schools, police and fire services, refuse collection and DIY waste disposal, the emphasis has been on cutting costs with little regard to the effect on residents. At the same time, the council seem to be intent on a fire sale of council assets to developers who are allowed to build more homes whilst bypassing their commitments to build the infrastructure to support them. Businesses are attracted to already gridlocked town centres.

    Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Chelmsford. That is why Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are basing our campaign on helping those public services. We do not deny that the finances available to councils have been reduced, but believe the money available would be better spent on providing the infrastructure that a growing city so vitally needs as opposed to vanity projects like a hugely costly leisure centre.

    You can read more about our vision for Chelmsford, our candidate and our record as councillors in this section.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats recently distributed a letter signed by Dr Clare Gerada setting out her view on the challenges facing the NHS.


    Clare absolutely stands by those comments however the letter did contain incorrect details regarding Clare's time at the Royal College of General Practitioners. We thank Clare for publicising her concerns about our NHS and apologise for the drafting error. Here is the correct version of Clare's letter:

  • Article: May 18, 2017

    With the announcement of the Conservative manifesto today, Theresa May has shown her true colours. I've scarcely seen a colder, more mean-spirited agenda in my entire career.

    There's no doubt about it: the Nasty party is back. The Tories are hitting families from cradle to grave by snatching school lunches from children and homes from the elderly.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me.

    You might have seen it on the news. Or the internet.

    In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    This week Labour pledged an additional £37 billion of NHS funding, which sounds to me, as Shadow Health Secretary, like poorly-thought-out, pie in the sky policy.

    You can't solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air.

  • Article: May 14, 2017

    As part of the coalition, the Lib Dems managed to secure 0.7% of Britain's gross national income for international development. It was one of our final acts in government, and it's one we're most proud of.

    Since then, 0.7% has been a legal requirement, which has prevented the Conservatives and UKIP from stopping these vital funds getting to the world's most vulnerable people.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    The drop in value of sterling since the EU referendum result last year is responsible for 5p of the recent increase in the cost per litre of petrol and diesel according to figures approved by an Oxford academic and endorsed by the former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. This rise will hit the pockets of people living in rural communities, such as on the Dengie Peninsula, particularly hard.