Here it's Lib Dem or Conservative

Lib Dems will...

Protect the NHS including Broomfield's A&E

Cut congestion (better bus, pedestrian + cycle facilities)

Bring more jobs to Chelmsford and affordable homes

Involve the public more

Conservatives...

Raised your council tax but didn't spend the extra cash!

Stashed away £20 million in the council bank account

Delivered traffic chaos by giving in to developers

Made too many decisions behind closed doors

  • Overgrown Hedge
    Article: Jan 12, 2018
    By Jude Deakin

    Beeches Road residents have complained about the state of the hedge near Beeches Crescent.

    The developers of the site (Linden Homes) have been requested by the City Council to either replace the hedge with yew or cut back and maintain the existing hedge.

    Linden responded to confirm that they would not wish to change the approved plans by removing the hedge and planting yew. However, they did confirm that they would make arrangements to trim back the hedge to match approved plans submitted. This plan showed that the hedge would be pruned back from the footpath. Cllr Jude Deakin said, "This has been going on long enough, time Linden faced up to their responsibilities as set out in the planning permission they received to build here".

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Jan 5, 2018

    The NHS hospital group that covers over 60% of Essex is consulting on changes to its services. There is an online survey here and also a set of public meetings coming up, in every part of mid and south Essex. The meetings list is here.

  • NHS logo
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    The Mid Essex CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) today reported to Essex County Council on their plans for a 'Home First' service. More patients will be able to leave hospital earlier and then be supported at home.

    Lib Dem Stephen Robinson and many other Councillors asked them questions about how this will work.

  • elderly resident with care nurse
    Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Essex County Council today rejected a call to dedicate ALL of the new Business Rate income to social care. At the same meeting, the growing crisis in children's care was revealed, with a forecast overspend of £5 million this year.

    The Lib Dem group proposed an amendment to dedicate to care services ALL of the additional £6.25 billion nationally coming to local councils from Business Rates. The Conservatives voted this down.

  • 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.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    A Lib Dem amendment that would have forced the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal in Parliament has received cross-party support in a vote today.

    The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes to 301.

    Let this be a warning to the Conservatives: they are not going to get the easy ride they expect in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    This is more evidence that the opposition parties will work together to avert the Conservatives' disastrous path to Brexit. We just hope this is not a one-off by the Labour Party and we urge their leadership to join us in this fight.

    The fight now goes to the Lords where the Government isn't close to commanding a majority for it's hard and damaging Tory Brexit.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Judith Jolly

    Figures released today show 1 in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS every year. The number of nurses leaving the NHS now outnumbers those joining.

    Nurses are the backbone of our NHS. The vital service and quality of care they provide cannot continue to be undervalued.

    It is little wonder nurses are leaving in droves and that they far outnumber new nurses being recruited.

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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have gained strong cross-party support behind their bid to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill at Report Stage. The amendment will be debated in the house tomorrow.

    It's vital that MPs are fully briefed on the impact of Brexit on British jobs and families before any meaningful vote on the deal.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    Christmas and the New Year are already dim and distant memories. Parliament is back in full swing and Brexit Bills again dominate the parliamentary timetable.

    The customs and trade bills this week will be followed by the report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) bill next week.

    The Liberal Democrats opposed both these Bills.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    As GDPR Project Manager for the Liberal Democrats my job is ensure the entire party is in compliance the new Data Protection regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May.

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  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Patients are dying in hospital corridors because of NHS underfunding, a group of A&E doctors has warned in a letter to Theresa May.

    In their unprecedented warning, the doctors told the prime minister that more than 120 patients a day were being managed in corridors in some hospitals, with "some dying prematurely" because staff were so busy.