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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

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    This week Labour pledged an additional £37 billion of NHS funding, which sounds to me, as Shadow Health Secretary, like poorly-thought-out, pie in the sky policy.

    You can't solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air.

  • Article: May 14, 2017

    As part of the coalition, the Lib Dems managed to secure 0.7% of Britain's gross national income for international development. It was one of our final acts in government, and it's one we're most proud of.

    Since then, 0.7% has been a legal requirement, which has prevented the Conservatives and UKIP from stopping these vital funds getting to the world's most vulnerable people.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    The drop in value of sterling since the EU referendum result last year is responsible for 5p of the recent increase in the cost per litre of petrol and diesel according to figures approved by an Oxford academic and endorsed by the former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. This rise will hit the pockets of people living in rural communities, such as on the Dengie Peninsula, particularly hard.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    As part of the coalition, I was proud to introduce the original Shared Parental Leave programme.

    The Lib Dems campaigned hard for this transformational policy, that allows parents - instead of the Government - to choose how they share their childcare.

    Parents across the UK have already benefitted from greater flexibility and freedom, marking a massive step towards equal parenting.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    The Conservative government has given developers a carte blanche to play the property market at the expense of our citizens. And now the country's in crisis.

    Not enough homes. Properties sitting empty. Exorbitant prices. The market is closed and exclusive: a fat cats' game. That's not good for people and it's not good for business.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats plan to break the grip of criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.

    Why are we doing this?

    Because the current approach to cannabis has been a catastrophic failure.

    Unregulated cannabis is freely available and widely used, generating significant mental and psychical health problems - especially for young people - who are being harmed by increasingly potent products.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave especially for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.

    The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave in order to ensure that new parents can make the decisions which work best for their family.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    I passionately believe that the British people are open, tolerant and progressive. That's what I love about us. But lately I've felt the country slide into a Britain I don't recognise - a Britain that's closed, insular and suspicious.

    The Conservatives are largely to blame.

    Their treatment of refugees - especially child refugees - is despicable and shameful. Faced with the biggest global trauma since the Second World War, Theresa May has torn up her promises and turned her back on the most vulnerable people in the world.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    Excellent healthcare is at the heart of our vision for Britain. As a leading liberal democracy, our public services should - and can be - the envy of the world. The Lib Dems are committed to making this vision a reality.

    Last weekend, Tim Farron and I announced our five point NHS and care recovery plan, which laid out our health strategy for the next parliament - generating an extra £6bn funding boost.