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Local News

This page contains all the local news stories we've published, showing the issues & causes we are campaigning on across North East Essex.

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: Apr 27, 2017

    Our Priorities for the 2017 Elections

    End the Tory cuts to public services

    Over the last four years Conservative run Essex County Council has been savagely cutting services

    • Children's Centres have closed
    • Meals on Wheels have ended
    • Community Transport has been cut
    • Bus services have been cut
    • Side roads and pavements have deteriorated
    • Care packages for the elderly have been delayed
    • Charges for Home Care has increased five fold
    • Youth Services have been dismantled
    • Recycling Centres restrict home DIY waste
    • Local Highways budgets have been halved
    • Charges for home to school transport in rural areas has rocketed
    • Traffic congestion has got worse

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Apr 5, 2017

    North East Essex Liberal Democrats welcomed Baroness Lynne Featherstone to Manningtree last Friday. Baroness Featherstone, a Liberal Democrat peer and the party's Spokesperson on Energy and Climate Change, spoke to a packed meeting about her time in Government and Brexit.

    Baroness Featherstone expressed her concerns over the Government's actions so far and its refusal to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living and working in the UK. She took questions from members who expressed serious concerns about Brexit and the impact it will have across the country. A member who works for the NHS expressed their concern for the health service, which has seen serious cost increases since the pound collapsed after the vote in June. Another said that she was worried about farmers losing their subsidies, which many local jobs depend upon.

  • Mick Bates AM with the University of Glamorgan's Tribrid Minibus
    Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Essex County Council's Conservative group has pushed through a cut of over 14% in the funding for community transport schemes across the county. Essex Liberal Democrats "called in" the cabinet member decision for review by the scrutiny committee last Thursday (23rd March), but the Conservative majority backed the decision.

  • Cash
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Essex County Council Conservatives have voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:

    • address the Essex NHS and social care crisis by increasing funding for partnership working with the NHS and care providers
    • put more of the Highways budget under local control, to speed up the repair of local roads and deliver important safety schemes
    • invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
    • address Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres
  • Huge potholes
    Article: Jan 20, 2017

    Essex County Council has spent £1,234,180 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
    Nationally a total of £12 million has been paid out over the last four years across the country, with an average payment per person of £650.
    The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.
    Liberal Democrat Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) said: "This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.
    "Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.
    "This is a symptom of the short-termism taken to infrastructure investment by our Conservative-run Council and Government.
    "Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place."

  • Matthew Bensilum and the Lib Dem team ()
    Article: Jan 19, 2017

    Introducing Matthew Bensilum

    Our candidate is Matthew Bensilum, who lives locally with his wife Hayley and three children. Matthew was educated at a local primary school and then at Clacton County High School, and has now lived in the Tendring district for over forty years. As a local employer and business owner, Matthew has a keen grasp of financial issues and if elected, this will certainly help him in representing us and promoting the interests of our community.

  • Tablets
    Article: Oct 15, 2016

    Essex Conservative councillors this week (Tuesday 11 October) rejected a Liberal Democrat move to protect community pharmacies and the vital role they play in the local NHS.

    Instructing his Conservative colleagues to vote in favour of £170m cuts to local pharmacies, the lead Conservative speaker claimed face-to-face consultations with a local pharmacist were an "old way of thinking" and drugs should be delivered digitally to patients.

  • 20,000 new members: Join the real voice of opposition today
    Article: Sep 29, 2016
    By Tom Stevenson

    North East Essex Lib Dems have seen our membership soar since the EU referendum, with new members supporting our call for an open, tolerant and united Britain.

    More than half of our members in North East Essex have joined since the General Election last year. Many have already become involved in campaigning for a more liberal future, both locally and nationally.

  • Cllr Mackrory on a bicycle
    Article: Jul 8, 2016

    A new Essex Cycling Strategy has been adopted by Essex County Council's Cabinet. It has been welcomed by Lib Dem Transport spokesman Cllr. Stephen Robinson, but he did query how they plan to achieve any of the fine objectives without allocating any extra money!

    ECC appear to pin their hopes on a Government stated intention to increase spending on cycling from £3 per head to at least £10 per head.

  • School Traffic Sign1
    Article: May 12, 2016

    Essex County Councillors from all parties have backed a Lib Dem proposal to oppose the forced conversion of Essex schools into academies and control by Whitehall.

    The Liberal Democrat motion opposed government plans to:

    • force all "coasting" schools to become academies, irrespective of each school's wishes
    • remove elected parent governors
    • leave local councils with responsibility for issues such as school places without the full powers needed to discharge them
    • expand the use of unqualified teachers.