Moulsham and Central

In the local election on Thursday May 7th, you have three strong Liberal Democrat candidates, Matt Bellard, Matt Klesel and Lois Speller. "Our aim as Lib Dems is to win back this seat, so you will have the sort of active City Councillors you deserve."


Matt grew up in Billericay and lives in Chelmsford with his wife (a local Headteacher) and their two young sons.

He is a key member of the Lib Dem Focus team, that works hard for local residents all year round, not just at election time.

Matt thinks that Chelmsford council should spend its vast cash reserves of over £13 million on improving local services and not put up the council tax, as they did the last three years.

With current house prices still out of the reach of many, Matt thinks the council should deliver more affordable housing in Chelmsford, WITH the essential roads and support services.

Matt Bellard


Matt was born and brought up in Chelmsford. He attended local schools before studying history at the University of Kent.

He spent five years working at the Broomfield NHS hospital, gaining first-hand experience of how this vital service operates. He now works at the Advertising Association, having spent 2 years in Parliament, in the office of highly respected Sir Alan Beith MP.

Matt says, "I knew from a young age the Liberal Democrats were the party for me - thanks to their values, emphasis on social mobility and the environment, and focus on local voices."

Matt Klesel


Lois moved to the area in 1971 , to teach History and English at what has become Great Baddow High School and later taught in the school's Resource Base for Hearing -Impaired Students. She served as a Teacher-Governor and Head of History, and was respected as a conscientious and hard worker.

Lois was a volunteer for the Samaritans for several years. On leaving Baddow High in 2001, she was asked to join a team of teachers working with deaf and hearing-impaired students at Further Education colleges across central and south Essex.

In 2009 Lois successfully challenged Essex County Council when it wanted to close this service, suggesting alternative solutions. This has enabled the team to continue giving support to its students.

Lois commented, "People love living in Moulsham, but there is much that has been neglected and needs improvement and attention". Among many priorities she highlights

  • addressing residents' concerns over parking, speeding and 'rat-running'
  • Traffic congestion in the town centre, especially at junctions like those of New Writtle Street / New London Road and Navigation Road/Springfield Road.
  • Late-night anti-social behaviour that causes distress to residents on routes out of town.
Lois Speller