Springfield Campaigner Cllr. Mike Mackrory

Mike Mackrory

Mike has served the local community as an Essex County Councillor since 2005 and a Chelmsford councillor 1995-2003 and 2007-11. Mike is also:

  • a Governor at The Boswells School;
  • Chairman of Governors at Springfield Primary School;
  • a Chelmsford Magistrate; and
  • a fund raiser for Farleigh Hospice and Marie Curie Nurses.

Mike Mackrory

Email Mike: mike.mackrory@cmld.org.uk
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Recent News from Mike Mackrory

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    Article: Dec 7, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are leading the fight for vital investment and reforms in schools to allow every child to reach their potential.

    Local Lib Dem, Marie Goldman, wrote on this subject in the Essex Chronicle on 13th December. Here is the full text of her article, which was cut short by the editor of the Chronicle:

    "Education is the silver bullet. It has the potential to fix almost everything else. A well-educated population can tackle poverty and inequality, cure diseases, feed itself, protect the planet, and invent new technologies to improve everyone's lives. Education allows us to reach for the stars.

    "Why, then, would we want to choose which area of education should receive the most support? If education is so important, shouldn't we be putting more resources into it, rather than picking which bit to pay more attention to, while leaving other areas behind?

    "Sadly, this is the genuine choice faced by schools up and down the country. With pupil numbers, staff and resource costs going up while real-terms school funding is being cut, schools have to work out where best to direct the limited resources they have.

    "So they have to decide. Should they ensure that all classes have fully qualified teachers in all settings and scrap so-called 'luxuries' like music, art and drama, or should they compromise and reduce the standards because it's cheaper? Should they provide computers to teach children the skills they will need in a competitive market, or should they fix the leaking roof? Should they buy new books, or should they provide quality meals at lunchtime - remembering that for far too many children, a school dinner is the only nutritious meal they will eat.

    "This is happening. Schools are asking parents for donations, letting go of teachers and even shortening the school day.

    "This is no choice at all. No school, no teacher, no education professional, should ever be forced to make these choices and yet that is what is happening in our country, on our watch. This is wrong. It must stop. We must demand better than this and put education at the heart of the agenda."

    The party is calling for an end to Conservative education cuts and would give schools an extra £7 billion a year to lift standards.

    Lib Dem Councillor and School Governor Mike Mackrory said: "Our schools are in desperate need of more investment. Children are being taught in run-down buildings by overworked teachers.

    "Children only get one chance at their education. There is no better investment than making sure every child gets the opportunity to do their very best. "

    Lib Dem Campaigner and School Governor Chris Davidson added, "The Conservatives aren't interested in making sure that they are doing all they can to give Schools and Children's education the investment it needs. Our Conservative MP recently suggested, responding to a question about this issue, that local schools do not have the money they need because teachers' pensions cost too much."

    Surely our Children and those who teach them deserve better than this? The Lib Dems want to see real and effective investment in Chelmsford Schools."

    The Lib Dem plan to improve education would also scrap Ofsted and replace mandatory SATS at key stage 1 and 2. Our Education spokesperson Layla Moran (herself a former teacher) gave a speech at conference this year where she reiterated her reason for getting into politics - to create an education system which truly gives every child the opportunity to make the most of this scary, challenging but ultimately marvellous world we live in. You can read the text of her speech here.

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    Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Essex County Council has been challenged to ensure that careless motorists - not taxpayers - should pay for repairs when they damage Essex CC equipment.

    Cllr Mike Mackrory (Leader of the Lib Dem Opposition at Essex CC) asked the Cabinet Member for Highways about the council's policy for recovering costs of damage to highway items caused by road traffic collisions.

  • Cllr Mike Mackrory welcomes Cllr Andy Wood to the Liberal Democrats
    Article: Oct 5, 2018

    Essex Liberal Democrats have today welcomed Cllr Andy Wood to their ranks. Andy has represented the Clacton North Division since 2013.

    Andy said, ''I have spoken to lots of residents over the past weeks who are telling me they are unhappy with the way things are going in Clacton and the country as a whole, this is why today I have resigned from the Conservative Party. I no longer believe that they are listening to the ordinary person on the street, you only have to look at what is happening to Brexit to see this.''

  • Chelmsford Army and Navy flyover showing chunks missing from the concrete
    Article: Oct 3, 2018
    Essex County Council should take immediate action to address Chelmsford's traffic chaos, as well as preparing long-term solutions for the Army & Navy junction. That is the call from the city's Liberal Democrats, who played a key role in raising safety concerns along with other local campaigners.
  • Social care
    Article: Sep 7, 2018

    The Local Government Association has released a 'Green Paper' on Adult Social Care. We need urgent action to save the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.

    Cllr Mike Mackrory, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition at Essex County Council, welcomed the Green Paper. He said, "This nationwide consultation must kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care. These services are at breaking point, following years of cuts by councils and rising demand and rising costs for care and support."

  • No Parking logo
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    Parking is banned on Chelmer Valley Road as from tomorrow (30th March 2018). Lib Dem County Councillors Stephen Robinson and Mike Mackrory represent the area that it runs through and have been lobbying for a long time for action. Every day people take their life in their hands and brake sharply to go up the kerb onto the grass verges.

  • Shire Hall, Tindal Square, Chelmsford (Chelmsford Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Essex County Council (ECC) today rejected a call by the Liberal Democrats to require a set number of days per year in which the public could have access to Shire Hall.

    The plan had been that voluntary and community groups would be able to use the building's ballroom for a reasonable fee for up to 6 days per year, but even this minimal requirement was rejected by the Corporate Scrutiny Committee, in a secret session after they excluded the press and public.

  • Street lights
    Article: Jan 22, 2018

    Cuts to council funding risk plunging the County into darkness, and broken street lighting are "a gift to criminals", say Essex Liberal Democrats

    In the Essex County Council area, 25,234 street lights were reported as faulty in 2016/17 and currently 4,666 street lights are currently not working. The average time to fix streetlights is 7 days.

  • 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

  • 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.