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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • NHS Surgeons
    Article: May 28, 2017

    The Lib Dems will plug funding gaps for the NHS and Social Care by putting a penny on income tax.

    The penny tax would raise an additional £126.6m for Hertfordshire, with £82m for the NHS and £44.6m for social care each year.

    This is the party's flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election.

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a five-point recovery plan
    for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

    At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.

    Parliamentary Candidate for South West Hertfordshire, Christopher Townsend said:

    "Right now in Hertfordshire we are seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.

    "The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more."

    "A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.

    "This Conservative government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded - and while the crisis gets worse they just don't seem to care.

    "We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so."

    Lib Dem Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

    "The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be."

    A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view."

    But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that's why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term."

  • Bovingdon No Charge Point
    Article: May 26, 2017

    Mike Chapman, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Dacorun Bourough Council By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield Ward is anxious that we cut pollution, reduce traffic noise and improve respiratory health.

    So he was very interested when Lib Dem County Councillor Nick Hollinghurst drove over from Tring to help - in his all-electric car.

  • Document: May 23, 2017
    803.19 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Introduction of Candidate and information about the Dacorum BC By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden & Chipperfield Ward.

  • Christopher Townsend
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Christopher Townsend responded to the incoherence of the Conservatives' position on immigration.

    During BBC Radio 4's Any Questions on May 20th, David Gauke, the Conservative candidate, struggled to provide clear answers when facing questions on his party's immigration policy.

    Gauke floundered badly when responding to questioning on the Conservatives' implausible tens of thousands immigration target.

    He stated:
    "It is an aim, it doesn't have a timetable. We accept that."

    In response to Gauke's comments, Christopher Townsend, the Lib Dem candidate for South West Herts said:

    "The Conservatives are really tying themselves in knots. They are giving us their target for immigration, but not giving us any timetable."

    "So much for "strong and stable" - "wrong and wobbly", more like!"

    "This is yet another Conservative pledge that they will inevitably break. You cannot have a successful economy if you restrict immigration that much. It seems like the Conservatives are intent on harming our economy, first with a Hard Brexit that will yank us out of the Single Market and cost jobs, and now this!"

    "Liberal Democrat immigration policies, unlike those of the Conservatives, do not rely on unachievable political gimmicks."

    "The Lib Dem manifesto sets out a clear vision for a fairer and more efficient immigration system with strict control of borders, an annual debate in Parliament to establish immigration need and a new central fund to ease integration."

    Fellow panellist and Lib Dem member Rachel Johnson also made light of Gauke's position:

    "It's like saying 'I've got this target weight. It's ten stone.
    I may not ever reach my target weight.. but, hey, it's still my target... Right?'"

  • Teacher pay
    Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced their manifesto plans for education. Under their proposals they will invest £55.8 million more in schools and colleges in Hertfordshire during the next parliament.

    This extra funding for Hertfordshire would reverse cuts to school and college budgets, would protect per pupil funding in real terms and would ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

  • Christopher Townsend
    Article: May 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Dr Christopher Townsend, made a strong showing at a General Election Hustings last night.

    The Hustings held in the Great Hall of Berkhamsted Town Hall. They were organised by the Berkhamsted Citizens Association and were chaired by Mrs Lindy Foster-Weinreb.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has issued a challenge - "I've told Britain's property developers: if you won't build houses, the Lib Dems will"

    "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."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    This is the Liberal Democrats' first election manifesto commitment; to invest an extra £6bn a year in our NHS & Social Care system.

    This new funding will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax.

    This funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found.

  • BCA Hustings 2017
    Article: May 16, 2017

    As usual at General Elections the Berkhamsted Citizens Association has organised a Hustings.

    This is to enable all the Candidates for the Constituency of South West Hertfordshire to explain their political positions and debate some of the issues.

    It will be held in the Great Hall of Berkhamsted Town Hall.

  • Mike Chapman canvassing
    Article: May 15, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for the Dacorum Borough Council By-Election in the Bovingdon, Flaunden and Chipperfield Ward is the former barrister and Bovingdon resident, Mike Chapman.

    The cause of the By Election is the resignation of one of the three Conservative councillors for failure to attend meetings.