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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: Dec 17, 2014

    Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment has fallen again.

    In the three months to October, unemployment fell by 63,000.

    The rate of unemployment stands at 6 per cent, its lowest level in 6 years.

    There are 30.8m people in work and 1.7m new jobs have been created since Liberal Democrats entered government.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Nick Clegg has said that all 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel.

    Appearing on Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live, which can be viewed on Youtube, Nick Clegg set out the proposal which would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person's Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg chaired his first Mental Health Taskforce meeting this afternoon with Ministers from across the coalition.

    The Mental Health Taskforce was set up by Nick Clegg in order to combine Government's efforts and pool its resources to help the millions of people whose mental health condition is preventing them from getting on in life.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced a signing of a new deal with Post Office Limited to ensure the Post Office Account, previously due to be withdrawn next year, remains available until at least 2022.

    The new £250m seven-year contract will protect services for vulnerable pensioners and benefit claimants, as well as safeguard the future of the Post Office network.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    In the wake of the Scottish Referendum result and the Smith Commission process it is right that Government and all political parties should consider the implications for England, and indeed the rest of the United Kingdom.

    The Liberal Democrats believe it is now time to set out a reform programme to devolve more powers within England and to address the so called "West Lothian Question."

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has written to the Conservative and Labour LGA heads - Cllr Gary Porter and Cllr Jim McMahon on the issue of council tax.

    Dear Gary/Jim,

    As you may be aware, there have been some discussions in the past few weeks regarding the level at which the Council Tax referendum threshold should be set.

    While some Conservative colleagues in the Coalition Government favour leaving the cap at the level that it is, other Conservative colleagues have argued in favour of lowering the threshold to 1%. In practice, this would mean that even the smallest rise in Council Tax would result in Local Authorities having to hold a referendum.

    As I am sure you know, only one Liberal Democrat authority raised Council Tax at all last year and this level of discipline and protection for Council Tax payers has been a consistent trait of Liberal Democrat councils throughout this Parliament. Many more Labour and Conservative controlled councils chose to increase Council Tax last year.

    The Liberal Democrats have long believed in devolving power to the most local level, on the principle that the best decisions tend to be made by those closest to the people those decisions effect. It is for this reason, that the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government will not support proposals to lower the referendum threshold.

    Because of the state of the public finances, we are having to ask a lot of Local Authorities, who, by and large, are rising to the challenge of cutting expenditure while protecting important public services. Lowering the threshold will put unnecessary further pressure on local authorities and the much needed services they provide.

    Lowering the threshold is a change of policy that puts an unnecessary further constraint on local authorities. While I would strongly argue for local authorities to protect taxpayers from rises in Council Tax, nevertheless this is a choice that should rightly be made by Local Authorities and not be imposed centrally.

    While Conservative and Labour Councils have been quick to increase Council Tax, Lib Dems have not. In the end, these councils should be accountable to their electorates. It is not for central government to impose such constraints.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Danny Alexander MP

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Like all 13 or 14 year olds of my generation in the UK I had my BCG vaccination while I was at High School. I remember that we all compared our scars for months afterwards. We believed at that time that TB - like smallpox - could be eradicated from our society.

    TB, or consumption, was supposed to be an illness of poverty of times gone by. In Victorian Britain it was known as 'the silent killer' and as many as one in four deaths was attributable to TB. So high was the TB death rate, in fact, that TB has been estimated to have killed more people than any other infectious disease in human history.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    A Conservative majority Government would cut the education budget by more than a quarter - or £13.3bn a year - by 2020, Liberal Democrat analysis has found.

    The analysis is based on the spending, tax and borrowing commitments made by David Cameron and George Osborne.

    Unlike the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives have not committed to protecting funding for schools, nurseries and colleges in the next parliament.