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

  • 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.

  • Traffic Rainsford Road
    Article: Mar 10, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Essex County Council leader Mike Mackrory contacted the Essex Chronicle in response to an article about Chelmsford traffic. You can read it below;

    Dear Sirs,

    Gridlock in four years

    Your front page and extensive report of the traffic congestion facing Chelmsford (Essex Chronicle 2nd March) highlighted many of the concerns I and my colleagues at both Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council have been raising for several years. The huge increase in housing developments both in the centre and on the outskirts without the necessary transport infrastructure was always going to cause even more congestion on our crowded roads.

  • 3PR Logo
    Article: Mar 2, 2017

    A new initiative to reduce traffic congestion and parking problems outside the Tyrell's School in Chelmsford was launched this week. Concerns about the safety of the pupils arriving in the morning and leaving in the afternoon prompted the need for a radical solution.

    Local Essex County Councillor Mike Mackrory, who was pleased to be invited to the launch, met with the former Deputy Head a year ago to share his concerns over the traffic and parking problems in Tavistock Road and the roads around the school. His campaign for a pedestrian crossing at Springfield Green and for a 20mph speed limit in the surrounding roads fitted in well with the school's plans too. He was able to get the Local Highways Panel to recommend the scheme to Chelmsford City Council who wanted a school to be a pilot scheme for other schools in Chelmsford to follow.

  • Building
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    A call was made this week for Chelmsford council to act urgently on emergency and affordable housing, and to take big steps forward on essential infrastructure (such as roads, schools and health services) that England's newest city needs, given that the road network is at 96% capacity.

    Four years ago Chelmsford had 69 households in temporary accommodation; it is now 310. The council's response was going to be buy 36 prefabricated homes but has cut that back to 18.

  • Dentist
    Article: Feb 22, 2017

    The City's only Community Dental Practice at Parkside, Melbourne Avenue - used by our most vulnerable residents - is set to close after being taken over by Community Dental Services CIC on 1st October. They have decided to meet the needs of the population of Essex from centralised 'hubs' in the larger population areas.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Government has released a new rail strategy.

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Investment is to be welcomed at a time when the railways are struggling to cope with their greatest passenger numbers in nearly a century, but there is scant detail on the financial figures.

    "This government has continually let down passengers, be it the electrification plans that vanished, poor and inconsistent services, or high fares.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Brexit divorce bill will just be the down-payment on an economically disastrous extreme Brexit that would take us out of the single market and customs union.

    Around £45 billion would appear to be the price Johnson and Gove et al are willing to pay for a deluded vision of an imperial Britain post-Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    President Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos originally posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.

    The mask has yet again slipped, revealing the atrocious views of President Trump.

    It is incredibly dangerous for someone in his position of responsibility to sow such division and hatred at every turn.

    Trump needs to do the world a favour and delete his account.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    A report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England for its handling of the huge loss of clinical correspondence that put thousands of patients at risk.

    The report finds NHS England has not done enough to check that all of the estimated 100,000 patients affected were not harmed.

    It also criticises the Department for Health's lack of oversight of NHS Shared Business Services, the private company responsible for mislaying the documents.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    Britain is in a "spiral of ever-growing division" with a stark postcode lottery in social mobility, according to a damning report by the Social Mobility Commission today.

    The report uncovers a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while many other parts of the country are being left behind.

    This report talks of the UK 'being in the grip of a self-reinforcing spiral of ever growing division.'

    The government urgently needs to improve social mobility for young people in rural areas, coastal towns and former industrial heartlands.

    Ministers must reverse welfare cuts that are set to push millions more families into poverty, and boost school funding for disadvantaged children through the pupil premium.

    Reducing regional inequality is crucial if we are to address the underlying alienation that led to the Brexit vote, and build a stronger economy.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The government's refusal to publish its Brexit impact assessments is "completely untenable". Speaker John Bercow said he will respond promptly to any allegations of contempt of Parliament.

    This whole farce has descended into a scene straight out of Yes Minister.

    After David Davis repeatedly stated there were 57 detailed impact assessments, ministers now claim these reports never even existed in this form.

    Editing these reports is a breach of the agreement reached with MPs, meaning action over contempt of Parliament now looms.

    If the government really believes in its own Brexit plans, why are they so scared of publishing these reports in full?

    The public deserve to know what Brexit means for their jobs, incomes and communities. They must then be offered a vote on the deal with a chance to exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The OECD's latest economic forecast shows the UK bucking the trend, and not in a good way.

    While the global economy is expected to gain momentum next year, growth in the UK will slow further because of Brexit-related uncertainty, which will drive investment down and businesses abroad.

    The OECD is particularly worried about the 'major financial stability risk' of high household debt, which is approaching pre-crisis levels.

    These economic forecasts are even less flattering than those published by the OBR last week, which saw the UK's future growth downgraded by tens of billions of pounds.

    These figures assume that the UK will agree to a transition period with the EU, an outcome that is looking far from certain due to the government's disastrous negotiating strategy.

    As the Bank of England points out, a no-deal Brexit would mean a severe recession and a doubling of unemployment, rather than just a slowdown in growth.

    To boost growth, the OECD recommends that the UK and the EU maintain the 'closest possible economic relationship'.

    As the government just isn't really pushing for that, the public should be offered an exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    David Davis has written to the Brexit Committee admitting the impact assessments they are being provided with, won't contain anything that might be commercially sensitive.

    Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who sits on the Brexit Committee, commented:

    "The government is still trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Parliament and the British people.

    "Ministers were ordered by MPs three weeks ago to publish these reports, but are still trying to hide the full impact of Brexit from the public.

    "There is a fine line between what is commercially sensitive and what is simply politically embarrassing for the government.

    "It should be up to MPs on the Brexit Committee, not David Davis, to make that call."

    Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

    "It is right that the government has given these Brexit studies to MPs, but I am deeply concerned by reports they may not be complete and leave out key information on the damage Brexit will do to our economy and services. Not giving the full facts could be contempt of parliament.

    "The Liberal Democrats want people to be given the facts, so they can decide what they think of the Conservatives' Brexit deal, with the public having the right to exit from Brexit if it is a bad deal. The government shouldn't be allowed to keep secret the damage their plans may do."