Here in Chelmsford it's Lib Dem or Conservative

Liberal Democrats will...

Protect the NHS including Broomfield's A&E

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 but 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

  • Folkestone Triennial 2017 exhit [house]
    Article: Oct 4, 2017

    Chelmsford is suffering a worsening housing crisis. Figures out recently show that people on lower incomes, especially younger people, are unable to find anywhere affordable to live.

    Over 1000 people in 380 households are now homeless in Chelmsford. That 380 was just 53 in 2013. It costs the council vast sums of money to put people up in very expensive bed and breakfast accommodation.

  • General Election 8th June 2017
    Article: Jun 9, 2017

    Chelmsford Lib Dems buck trend and increase vote share.

    After a winning more votes than any other party in the County Council elections in May, Chelmsford Liberal Democrats went into the General Election relatively optimistic. However, as both the Conservatives and Labour shifted the focus of the campaign to a "Presidential" battle between their leaders, the Lib Dems were squeezed.

  • Mike Mackrory at Broomfield
    Article: Jun 6, 2017

    The NHS service in Mid Essex, including Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, could lose 173 staff as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

    42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in Mid Essex, an estimated 173 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 32 doctors and 97 nurses.

  • Nurse and patient social care
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    The Conservative party's so-called "Dementia Tax" would cost £173,282 to the family of someone who had received ten years of care living in an average-priced home in Chelmsford, according to research by the Liberal Democrats.

    The Conservative policy would take the money from the sale of family homes, to pay back the costs of caring for elderly and vulnerable relatives. The Lib Dems have estimated that, across Chelmsford, 62% of the value of the average home would be taken to pay for the Dementia Tax.

  • 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.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael last week secured an emergency debate in the Commons over whether the government is abusing the parliamentary process by ignoring opposition day motions.

    Alistair Carmichael MP commented:

    "This is another outrageous attempt to subvert our democracy and undermine Parliament's ability to hold the government to account.

    "The Conservatives should remember that contempt for Parliament is contempt for the people that elect it.

    "To simply ignore today's debate would be an insult to the millions of voters deeply worried about the disastrous roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "It is a sign of just how weak and divided this government has become that it is reduced to using every trick in the book to avoid scrutiny and debate."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Vince Cable said:

    "One in six of the population could not cope with even a modest rise in mortgage payments. Consumer credit is running at 10% a year. With the Bank of England predicted to increase interest rates, a recession could lead to repossessions and people defaulting on their debts. The danger is that this becomes a negative spiral.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Lorely Burt said:

    "The whole system of business rates is not working and is not fair. The government has tried tinkering but this is no longer enough. We need to look at land tax valuations.

    "With an economic downturn as a result of Brexit and the threat of online competition, the outlook for retailers is not going to get better any time soon. In calling for a freeze on business rates, the British Retail Consortium is highlighting just what a crisis this has become. Unless ministers address this, they will have presided over the destruction of the high street as we know it."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    "I welcome the government's change of heart, but it is no compensation to the those on the breadline who have already been fleeced. Given the mess of Universal Credit, this is likely to become the hotest hotline in Britain.

    "To even think about charging our most vulnerable citizens before they received their benefit shows just how out of touch the Conservatives are over Universal Credit.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    The comments from the Secretary of State regarding the current state of the talks process in Northern Ireland is deeply troubling. There are very real consequences for the people of Northern Ireland with the continuing stalemate - budgetary decisions are waiting to be taken, NHS targets are being missed and waiting lists are getting longer, and there is uncertainty for economic investment. Northern Ireland is also lacking a voice in the crucial Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Footage covertly filmed by BBC Panorama allegedly showed staff at Brook House, near Gatwick airport, "mocking, abusing and assaulting" detainees held there.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to Amber Rudd calling on the Home Office to launch an independent inquiry, and said there may also be a wider problem extending to other immigration removal centres in the UK.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Nationally England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three key targets for 18 months.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "Growing demand has stretched the NHS beyond its limits.

    "Even our extraordinarily hard-working doctors and nurses can only do so much when the Conservatives are unwilling to address chronic funding shortages.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    The delays to this Bill make Southern Rail look punctual.

    "It's crystal clear there is no majority in Parliament or the country for the extreme form of Brexit this government is pursuing.

    "Amending this Bill gives us a chance to stop that extreme Brexit in its tracks and take back control from power-hungry ministers.