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Snap General Election 2017

Our Liberal Democrat candidate for the 2017 General Election on Thursday 8th June is Karen Chilvers.

Karen Chilvers Lib Dem Snap election 2017 (V J Kavanagh)

Karen Chilvers

Karen has lived in Brentwood for 25 years and has served as councillor for Brentwood West since 2007. She is a children's author and marketing consultant with a reputation for standing up for residents in her council ward, especially the most vulnerable. She has also been a disability rights campaigner since becoming disabled herself in recent years and strongly believes in equal rights.

Find out more here.

Contact Karen by email Karen4Westminster@gmail.com or on twitter @LDKatz71.


Welcome to Brentwood Liberal Democrats

Brentwood councillors at 21 april 17
Your Lib Dem councillors in Brentwood

We work tirelessly on behalf of our Borough's residents representing their views and striving to improve the communities of Brentwood. We believe by working together we can be build an open, tolerant and united community.


We believe in Opportunity. That everyone, no matter what your background, should have the same chance in life. We want to fight injustice, reduce inequality and break down the barriers that hold people back, whether it is in schools, the workplace or anywhere people are denied a fair chance.


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National News from The Liberal Democrats

  • Under Theresa May's proposals, many would end up paying far more for their care. Families deserve to know now what the Dementia Tax will mean for their homes, finances and relatives. The Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning to scrap the Dementia Tax and ensure no-one has to worry about catastrophic costs to pay for their care.

    Article / May 28, 2017
  • Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a national movement calling on people, irrespective of their party affiliation, to stop the Conservatives' planned Dementia Tax.

    It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

    Article / May 26, 2017
  • An announcement by the Labour Party that it would invest £45bn in the NHS and social care over five years as well as protect pensions could be rendered meaningless by Brexit, Liberal Democrats have said.

    Treasury analysis from 2016 estimated that the form of Brexit supported by the Labour and Conservative parties - a negotiated bilateral agreement as opposed to membership of the single market - would rob public services of £36bn EACH YEAR. A botched Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £45 billion a year. The government has neither formally rejected this analysis nor commissioned new figures since the referendum.

    Article / May 26, 2017
  • A new survey for The Independent has found the majority of the public is now in favour of banning the most-polluting vehicles from city centres.

    Some 51 per cent of respondents agreed with this suggestion, with only 15 per cent against and the remainder not expressing a view, pollsters ORB said.

    Commenting on the reports which shows the public back the Liberal Democrat policy of banning the most-polluting cars from city centres, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said: "The air we allow our children to breathe is toxic and is leading to a national health crisis.

    Article / May 26, 2017
  • The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.

    In the emotive and deeply personal message, recorded yesterday, he reflects on his experience of visiting Manchester for the vigil in Albert Square on Tuesday night.

    Article / May 25, 2017
  • Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

    Article / May 23, 2017
  • The Liberal Democrats recently distributed a letter signed by Dr Clare Gerada setting out her view on the challenges facing the NHS.


    Clare absolutely stands by those comments however the letter did contain incorrect details regarding Clare's time at the Royal College of General Practitioners. We thank Clare for publicising her concerns about our NHS and apologise for the drafting error. Here is the correct version of Clare's letter:

    Article / May 19, 2017
  • school sign

    Chelmsford schools face two worrying developments - across the board cuts in funding and a possible shortage of school places. Chelmsford schools face losing £8 million in total over the next two years. That amounts to anything between £400 and £800 per pupil, which means cuts in teacher numbers. See http://schoolcuts.org.uk

    Article / May 19, 2017
  • With the announcement of the Conservative manifesto today, Theresa May has shown her true colours. I've scarcely seen a colder, more mean-spirited agenda in my entire career.

    There's no doubt about it: the Nasty party is back. The Tories are hitting families from cradle to grave by snatching school lunches from children and homes from the elderly.

    Article / May 18, 2017
  • A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me.

    You might have seen it on the news. Or the internet.

    In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.

    Article / May 17, 2017