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Cllr Liz Cohen elected in Shenfield - December 2012
Brentwood's Lib Dem Councillors
Lib Dem councillors raise money for Sport Relief
Sport Relief 7
Cllrs Barry Aspinell and David Kendall are re-elected to Essex County Council in May 2013
Cllrs Barry Aspinell and David Kendall re-elected to County 2013
Cllr Ross Carter, Cllr Karen Chilvers, Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Graeme Clark - two holds & two gains in May 2012
2012 Election night
Protesting against the Sunday Library Closure in 2010
Protesting against the Sunday Library Closure in 2010
Protesting against the William Hunter Way development in 2008
William Hunter Way
Tim Farron MP visits in March 2011 and supports the successful Save the Town Hall campaign
Tim Farron MP at Brentwood Town Hall with Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Karen Chilvers
The night the Conservatives lost control - Brentwood leaders celebrate
Election 2014: Tories lose control of the council (Brentwood Gazette)
Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Karen Chilvers supporting Warley traders
Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Karen Chilvers supporting local traders
Cross party opposition councillors deliver return of one hour parking charge - July 2013
Opposition councillors (Lib Dem, Labour, Brentwood First & Independent) celebrate their successful campaign (Back Row: Aspinell, Mynott, Davies, Le Surf, Morrissey & Lloyd. Front Row: Clark, Chilvers, Cohen, Keeble, Quirk, Sapwell & Clarke)
Cllr Barry Aspinell signs the Brentwood Accord (Cllr Karen Chilvers)
Opposition councillors - including Cllrs David Kendall, James Sapwell and Graeme Clark, cross the line together at a charity event
Over the line
Lollipop Man
Lib Dem Cllr Vicky Davies is Mayor of Brentwood for 2014-5
Cllr Vicky Davies with her consort, Alan Davies (Jane Spriggs)
  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Three years on since Government's move to outlaw enforced retirement, more than 1 million over-65s are now choosing to stay in work.

    The figures were released today in a new Department of Work and Pensions analysis to mark International Older People's Day. There are now 1,103,000 workers aged 65 and over in work compared to 874,000 at the end of 2011 - an increase of 229,000.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Speaking at the conservative Conference, David Cameron announced plans to increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500, something which the Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning on.

    Responding to this announcement and attempts to pass off this and other tax plans as Conservative ideas, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Equalities Policy Working Group, Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, looks forward to discussing their work at Conference:

    'In the present state of society it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground.' So wrote Mary Wollstencraft in 1792. More recently, party members in the Twitterverse have become accustomed to the phrase 'check your privilege'. For Liberal Democrats our constitution is clear enough about the simple truths upon which we agree: "The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community". As a result we challenge prejudice and entrenched privilege every step of the way and promote equality in a free society.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is preparing to launch a review into the lack of ethnic minority directors in British boardrooms.

    Through Lord Davies' report which Vince commissioned, Liberal Democrats in government have made progress in extending the diversity of our boardrooms, bringing us to a stage where there are now no all-male boardrooms left in the FTSE100.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Following a speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May referencing the Communications Data Bill, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert has sent the letter below to Theresa May.

    Dear Theresa,

    We disagree on the Communications Data Bill.

    The Liberal Democrat position is clear: we do not think that the proposal to store a record of every citizen's internet browsing for 12 months is compatible with our basic civil liberties. We also do not think it is right to force UK companies to keep track of everything people do on Google, Facebook or other websites. You appear determined to push ahead with the scheme at all costs, regardless of widespread public concern. I'm more than happy to continue to have that debate as we approach the general election.

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    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on Sunday as they want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to the Liberal Democrat team and newly elected councillor Kim Adams who took the Epping Hemnall seat from the Conservatives in yesterday's by-election.

    Liberal Democrats now hold every seat in the ward on Epping Forest District Council. It was a great win for Kim who took 43.3% of the vote.