• Article: Feb 13, 2020

    When a person puts their empty plastic bottle in a recycling bin, they understandably assume it gets recycled.

    When I was the Cabinet member for the environment on Rochdale council, and when we sent our paper and cardboard to be recycled, we knew it had new lives as cardboard inserts to kitchen roll.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2020

    The tiniest of silver linings in that of the Tory majority and the near enough certainty that this Parliament will sit for at least the next four years, is that we now have time to be strategic. We have time to plan.

    The fact that our leadership race will not take place until the summer also allows us time to pause, reflect, and consider what we need going forward.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2020

    When my dad died, my mum was left with three boys under the age of ten. At age four, I remember her going to pick up her widow's pension every other week. It was a lifeline for her and for us. It helped her adjust, and to take good care of my brothers and I.

    For any family, losing a parent can be devastating not just emotionally, but financially too. My family weren't particularly poor, but I still don't know what we'd have done without that support.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2020

    Earlier this year, I came out as pansexual, becoming the first openly pan MP. This February is of particular significance for me. It is the first LGBT History Month I have openly celebrated as part of the community.

    I did not come out to be heralded as a trailblazer. But upon coming out, I realised that my public visibility meant a lot to a lot of people. Many people in the LGBT+ community, especially those who fall under the 'B', 'T' or '+', don't feel visible to or accepted by the rest of society. These identities are often treated with suspicion or cynicism because people simply don't know what they are.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2020

    Week in, week out, either at my constituency surgery or in my inbox or just through conversations with friends and acquaintances, I hear yet another tragic story of a child or young person struggling with their mental health, having to battle to get any sort of help.

    Inadequate funding under the Conservatives has left Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) close to breaking point

  • Martin Cuthbert
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Martin Cuthbert has been selected as our candidate for the Warley borough council seat in May 2020.

    He is a director for a local IT company and has lived in Warley for over 35 years. He lives with his partner and 4-year-old son on the Brackenwood estate.

    Martin said:

    "I am delighted to have been selected to stand in Warley. Having lived here most of my life, I know the area well. I have already been involved with a number of issues in Warley, including a consultation I undertook on local parking schemes.

  • Cllr Karen Chilvers welcomes the new signage (Brentwood Borough Council)
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Action by Lib Dem councillor Karen Chilvers has seen Brentwood Council offer a genuine warm welcome to assistance dogs and their handlers.

    Last year, Karen noticed that the signs were not compliant with the law and only offered a welcome to Guide Dogs. Over the last decade, however, the spectrum of asssistance dogs now encompasses everything from hearing dogs to emotional support dogs and all are allowed access.

  • Darryl Sankey, Ingatestone
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Darryl Sankey, parish councillor, community stalwart and retired accountant, has been selected to fight the Ingatestone, Fryerning & Mountnessing borough council seat in May 2020.

    Darryl stood last year and increased his vote by 20% compared with the previous year, coming within just 73 votes of winning.

    A resident of Ingatestone for 23 years with his wife and family, Darryl is actively involved in the local community and church.

    Cllr David Kendall said:

    "Darryl is a popular and familiar face in Ingatestone, Fryerning & Mountnessing and residents would be fortunate to have him representing them. He has worked hard to get in to a winning position and, in my view and clearly in the view of the 752 people that voted for him last year, he would be an excellent representative. It really is time to put political party aside in this ward and elect the best candidate for the job".

    Local elections for one third of Brentwood's council seats takes place from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 7 May 2020. You can register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote here. You will also find information on where to vote.

    If you have any questions or want to let us know you are supporting us please email Candidates@brentwoodlibdems.org.uk.

  • Brenner Munden
    Article: Jan 25, 2020
    Brenner Munden has been selected as our candidate for the Brentwood South borough council seat in May 2020.

    He has spent all his 21 years in Brentwood and is currently in his final year studying Politics & International Relations.

    Brenner stated: "I am so excited to be standing in Brentwood South once again. If elected, I would cherish the amazing opportunity to work with the growing Liberal Democrat team in Brentwood and help improve and tackle issues across the borough. I already have great experiences through working with the party in past elections and through my studies, and will use them if elected as councillor.".

  • Moden library (Photo by Kyle Ryan on Unsplash)
    Article: Jan 18, 2020

    Shock revelations that will have a serious impact on libraries in Essex have come to light and county councillors Barry Aspinell and David Kendall have challenged the Conservatives at Essex County Council (ECC) to come clean.

    These revelations suggest that extensive cuts in staffing are being proposed along with a major cull of books.