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: 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.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Between June to August 2016 and June to August 2017, in real terms regular pay for employees in Great Britain fell by 0.4%.

    Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, commented:

    "Wages have now been falling for over six months as a result of the Brexit squeeze.

    "We can't go on like this. This must be a wake-up call to the government to abandon its plans for an extreme Brexit that would damage living standards further.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Stephen Lloyd said:

    "This is a slow motion car crash. One and a half million people are in private rented accommodation and in receipt of housing benefit. Private landlords are not in a position, financially, to be as forgiving as councils and housing associations. With the delays in payment we have already seen, many vulnerable people will lose their homes. And many landlords will simply stop taking on Universal Credit tenants, so where are these hundreds of thousands of people supposed to live?

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    However, the Paris-based thinktank also said the economy would see a "significant boost" if there was another referendum leading to Brexit being reversed.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson commented:


    "This is a significant intervention the government cannot afford to ignore.

    "Brexit has already caused the UK to slip from top to bottom of the international growth league for major economies.

    "This will only get worse if the government succeeds in dragging us out of the single market and customs union, or we end up crashing out of Europe without a deal.

    "The case for protecting the economy by reversing Brexit is getting stronger by the day.

    "Once the facts are clear at the end of this process, the British people must have the final say with a chance to exit from Brexit."

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have always advocated democratic reform of the House of the Lords. But the brutal truth is that this Government simply has no appetite for the fundamental reform which the House of Lords desperately needs.

    "The Liberal Democrats fought hard for democratic reform of the Lords during the coalition period, but were thwarted by a conservative alliance of Tory and Labour MPs.

    "The Burns report makes interesting proposals for reducing the size of the Lords, which everyone agrees is necessary. But we should not be having to rely on a backbench committee to make any progress on the issue. We've had 1,000 years of unelected peers and we're still discussing the solutions in back rooms, rather than driving forward with democratic change