• Nurse
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Yesterday, a document was released that lays out the details of talks involving UK and US officials.

    The documents are horrifying.

    They reveal what looks like a deal cooked up between the Tories and Donald Trump that puts our NHS on the table. This, despite Johnson's repeated insistence that the NHS is not for sale.

  • Ambulance
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    Only 77.4% of patients arriving at A&E in Chelmsford were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published by NHS England.

    This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

    Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn't been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelmsford Marie Goldman said:

    "It is shameful that patients in Chelmsford are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.

    "These figures reveal the Conservatives' dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years they have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

    "Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.

    "The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals."

  • Linda Mascot and Tom Willis campaigning GE2019
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    With the election campaign in full swing, the Lib Dems have teams out across Chelmsford. Linda Mascot and Tom Willis (Councillors for Goat Hall ward) were out on the campaign trail in south Chelmsford.

    Said Parliamentary Candidate Marie Goldman, "Thank you to everyone who has given us a lovely response on the doorstep - especially to those who have opened their doors to us in the dark and the cold!"

  • Save our Libraries Protesters
    Article: Nov 24, 2019
    By Marie Goldman

    Fewer than 3 weeks left and the General Election Campaign is getting busier and busier.

    On Saturday, I was out talking to voters on the doorstep for most of the day, but took a break at lunchtime to stop by the Save Our Libraries Essex - SOLE demonstration in Chelmsford High Street.

    On Sunday morning, I went up to Cambridge to take part in BBC Sunday Politics East. You can catch up with it here: Sunday Politics East, 24/11/2019:

  • BRIGHTER FUTURE
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    For too many people, things aren't working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

    Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

  • Meeting members of the Vison Youth Cafe in front of their legal graffiti wall
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats campaigned in the local elections to make Chelmsford Safer, Greener, Fairer and Better Connected. Below are some of the policy changes and actions that your Liberal Democrat-led City Council has undertaken in the first six months.

    A Better-Connected Chelmsford

    • Make it easier for the public to contact the Council by linking up Digital Services. New self-serve, online services will allow the public to report issues directly through the Council's website, rather than waiting in a telephone queue. This will bring the Council into the 21st Century and make it more efficient.

    • Working towards a more open Council - encouraging the public to attend more Council meetings and ask questions; allowing all Councillors to ask more questions at and before Cabinet meetings, and putting out more information via social media. The first speech of the new Lib Dem leadership of the council was broadcast on Facebook Live and we are looking at low-cost ways to do that for all meetings.

  • Alistair Carmichael MP
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    Alistair Carmichael may be the Lib Dem Chief Whip in the House of Commons, but he's also a brilliant MP (currently a candidate, of course) for Orkney and Shetland. He came to Chelmsford earlier this year to support the winning local election campaign and now he is backing Marie Goldman's campaign in Chelmsford. Check out the video here - the backdrop is great!

  • homeless hero
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats campaigned in the local elections to make Chelmsford Safer, Greener, Fairer and Better Connected. Below are some of the policy changes and actions that your Liberal Democrat-led City Council has undertaken in the first six months.

    Making Chelmsford Fairer

    • Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping a priority. With 15-25 people sleeping rough and 270 homeless families, there is a huge task ahead. The council convened the first ever round-table meeting of over 30 public sector and voluntary organisations dealing with rough sleeping. Under Lib Dem leadership, the council will pro-actively take responsibility for coordinating the way in which rough sleepers' needs are addressed, and not just comply with basic statutory responsibilities.

    • Address the shortage of more affordable homes and the best way of financing them via the new Affordable Housing Working group, which is driving the development of a housing strategy.

    • Agreed a suitable strategy for increasing investment returns.

    • Reviewed and made changes to the Council's property strategy, ensuring that it meets the needs of citizens.

    • Make it easier to apply for grants for local projects by integrating the grants and Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) processes into a single, coherent process.

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