• Boris Johnson demeans the office he holds
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    If Boris Johnson wins on Thursday, you lose.

    His destructive Brexit plan will damage our country and must be stopped. Boris Johnson cares more about himself than the future of our country and he cannot be trusted. He has lied to parliament, he has lied to HM The Queen and he is lying to you.

    Every extra Liberal Democrat MP will give Jo Swinson a stronger hand to stop the Conservatives. I can win here and oust Alex Burghart but I need your vote.

  • David Kendall campaigning in Brentwood and Ongar November 2019
    Article: Dec 8, 2019

    David Kendall has today challenged the Conservative candidate to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020.

    The challenge from the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Brentwood & Ongar, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a no-deal exit from the EU.

    Under the Conservative Party's plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU. However, the plans also say Boris Johnson will not seek any extension despite overwhelming evidence showing that time-frame is near impossible.

    This means that the Tories are signing up to crash the UK out of the EU without a deal, the Liberal Democrats claim.

    This is why David has today written to Alex Burghart, the Conservative candidate, to ask him to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020 which would cause severe economic damage and put jobs at risk in Brentwood & Ongar.

    Kendall said:

    "It is clear that the Conservatives are now effectively the party of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. They are content to see the UK crash out of the EU without a deal.

    "Boris Johnson's Brexit plan is already a disaster, but he has now made things even worse by putting the UK on a collision course with a no-deal Brexit in December 2020. That means more harm to our NHS, more uncertainty for businesses, more jobs lost.

    "People in Brentwood & Ongar have a right to know if Mr Burghart supports the reckless and dangerous plan Boris Johnson is proposing. That is why I have written to him today by email to urge him to rule out supporting any deal that risks a no deal cliff edge in December 2020.

    "The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to stop Brexit. We are the strongest party for Remainers and we know that there is no deal as good as the one we have in the EU."

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  • Burghart
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    In a poll he would prefer we didn't talk about, Alex Burghart has come third from bottom in an independent league of MPs.

    The Change.org 'People-Power Index' is a health check of how Parliament is working and how our MPs are listening to, and engaging with, their constituents.

    It seems to have found Mr Burghart falling short.

  • Anxiety (Photo by Ben White on Unsplash)
    Article: Dec 2, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have made an £11 billion funding commitment to transform mental health services. David Kendall, parliamentary candidate for Brentwood ad Ongar said:

    "This will make a major impact in our area.

    "Free prescriptions on the NHS for people with chronic mental health conditions will make a real difference to their lives by saving them money and giving them one thing less to worry about. I also welcome the training of all teaching staff to identify mental health issues as it will help to ensure that issues are identified much earlier and and pupils given the support they need".

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    Article: Nov 29, 2019

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  • Cllr Andy Fryd
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    Update from Cllr Andy Fryd

    PARKING

    Since my election in May I have received many requests from residents to try to do something about the dangerous car parking situation from the traffic lights down towards the Rose, both sides of the road. As I drive around Shenfield I constantly see accidents waiting to happen with irresponsible and dangerous parking by, I can only assume, commuters who have found a space not enforced to leave their vehicles all day.

  • Shirley Howe (Brentwood Borough Council)
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    Former Brentwood West councillor and past Mayor Shirley Howe passed away in the summer after a long and fulfilling life.

    Former ward colleague Cllr David Kendall attended her funeral along with the current Mayor, councillors past and present, dignitaries and her family & friends.

    David said:


    "I served alongside Shirley as a ward colleague during her time as a Brentwood West councillor (1996-2004) and it was a pleasure to do so. She was a lovely lady who gave a lot of time and energy to making sure her residents' views were always properly represented. She was a very fair minded and tolerant person who really cared about the local community and did an excellent job as Mayor. I know that many residents will remember her fondly and that she will be missed".

    If you knew Shirley and would like to donate to her chosen charities in her memory (Wallace Kennels and The British Heart Foundation), you can do so here, on Bennett's website.

  • Weald road signs 1
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    Cllr Karen Chilvers is in 'lively' dialogue with Essex Council over these signs in Weald Road that cause friction and could cause a head on collision.

    Less 10 metres apart, they directly conflict with each other over priority on the single lane at Weald House, endangering drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and those in the homes in close proximity.

  • Cllr Mark Haigh
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    A dispute between residents and Brentwood Council that has been going on for over six years will now be decided by a legal counsel, thanks to ward councillor Mark Haigh who has been working with residents on this since he was elected in May 2018.

    Residents of the Brackenwood estate say that the council are responsible for maintaining the greenswards and have a letter from 2005 stating exactly that but, in 2013, the council stopped doing so saying it was nothing to do with them. It is quite standard practice for a developer to give a sum to the council for maintenance and residents believe this is what happened when the estate was completed 30 years ago.

  • Cllr Sarah Cloke
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    A planning application in Fairfield Road, Brentwood West, will go ahead despite a local councillor asking for the matter to be heard at by the Planning Committee - a request denied by the ruling Conservatives.

    The application for an extra floor on the building to house four flats was recommended to be approved by officers but, not for the first time, the oppotunity for residents to speak on the mattter was ruled out. Every week, councillors are given a list of recommendations and have the option to ask for further debate but it is rare these days that this is agreed to. It's not always about overturning the decision, sometimes it is to attach conditions so as not to impinge on neighbours.