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This is the official website for West Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats Local Party.
The West Herts Liberal Democrats campaign in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Hemel Hempstead and South West Herts - from Long Marston and Tring in the North West to Rickmansworth and South Oxhey in the South East.

Chair: Nick Hollinghurst; Vice-Chair: James Davies; Secretary: Anne Wellington; Membership Development Officer: Dominic Sokalski Click names to contact.

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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  • North Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat group photo
    Article: Feb 27, 2021

    Liberal Democrat plans for free school meals for vulnerable children, investment in roads and footways, action on flooding, tree planting and mental health support in schools have all been voted down by the Conservatives at Hertfordshire County Council.

    The Conservatives rejected a fully costed and deliverable plan from the opposition Liberal Democrats that would have delivered free school meals, for children in need, for the next year - while seeking government support for future years.

  • Sam North
    Article: Feb 27, 2021

    Under plans released by Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, Sam North, roads are to be made safer.

    "I have unveiled plans today for a coherent roads policing strategy that sets out the basis for how our roads can be made safer. After it was revealed that only 3% of Hertfordshire Police's budget is spent on policing our roads, it is no wonder that on average 78% of people see a traffic offence on a daily or weekly basis.

  • Steam Roller
    Article: Feb 26, 2021
    Opposition Liberal Democrats on Hertfordshire County Council have protested at a massive cut that the Conservatives voted through to highways schemes in the coming year (2021/22).

    The ruling Conservatives have cut 61 road improvement schemes across Hertfordshire and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m in the next year and each of the following three years - cutting £8m in total.

    Originally the Conservatives had agreed to spend an extra £37m up to 2025. They have now reduced this by £8m to £29m - a cut of 22%.

    County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, the Liberal Democrat Group Leader & Highways Spokesperson said:

    "The Conservatives claim that our side roads have improved over recent years. There may have been some improvements but if so, it was from a very low base. For residents living on the roads that have now been cut and for others waiting for their roads to be considered, the situation is far from satisfactory."

  • Lib Dem HQ - School Meals
    Article: Feb 26, 2021

    At the Hertfordshire County Council Budget Council Meeting on 23rd February, 2021, the Conservative Administration refused to support Liberal Democrat proposals to fund free school meals for 22,000 children during school holidays, once current funding runs out at the end of the Summer Half-Term. But the £3.5m cost of this could have come from a £5.5m Inequality Reserve created from council tax surpluses.

  • Housing Construction
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Why does the Housing Secretary think a zoning system from the Wild West will work in "England's green and pleasant land?" Or anywhere else in the UK come to mention it! And to make matters worse local planning authorities - in our case Dacorum Borough Council - appear to be completely in thrall to the Housing Secretary?

  • Flooding on Bullens Green Lane
    Article: Feb 21, 2021

    Hertfordshire County Council officers have today confirmed to Liberal Democrat county councillors that the Government has cut direct grant funding for the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), the body responsible for sorting out surface water flooding across the county.

    In Hertfordshire the role of Lead Local Flood Authority is filled by the County Council itself. A small team of professionals was set up within HCC 6 years ago with resources and funding to finance its activities. Since then funding has been continuously as the LLFA Grant. This has enabled the team to build up expertise and carried out minor improvements and small flood management works - though any large schemes would need specific grants to have them carried out.

  • Cumbrian Coal Mine
    Article: Feb 14, 2021

    By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Feb 10, 2021

    "The Liberal Democrats have long called for a rethink on plans on for a new coal mine in Cumbria and I am delighted that's exactly what has happened."

    Cumbria County Council now need to do the right thing and throw these plans out, or the Prime Minister must intervene to make sure the coal mine is scrapped.

    "It's astonishing that a new coal mine in Britain is even being considered - particularly the year we are hosting the vital COP26 conference."

    COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and will be attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994. The 2021 meeting will be the 26th meeting, which is why it's called COP26.

    Ed continued, "If Boris Johnson is serious about climate action he will call on Cumbria county council to scrap the mine.

    "The Government needs to transform its attitude to the climate emergency. That is why I have proposed a £150 billion green coronavirus recovery plan, reshaping our economy to protect the future of our country and our planet.

  • Mayne Avenue, St Albans
    Article: Feb 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrats at Herts County Council are delighted that at last a new root and branch review of how flooding issues are dealt with has been agreed.

    They had been pressing for urgent action on the growing flooding issues.

    In December Liberal Democrat county councillor Sandy Walkington tabled a motion calling for action. This has now resulted in a detailed report to council panels which highlighted the growing problems. As a result, the Conservative administration at County Hall has had to rethink how they deal with flooding and have agreed a root and branch review of the whole issue.

  • Ed Davey Police Station
    Article: Feb 6, 2021

    Ed Davey has responded to Johnson's refusal to lay out a timeline for a public inquiry into his Government's response to the coronavirus crisis
    Jan 28, 2021

    "Johnson says there will come a time to learn the lessons of the pandemic, but the public will rightly ask, if not now, then when?"

    "The best time to learn lessons and prevent the most deaths is today," claims Ed Davey. "Johnson can't tell us exactly when schools will return safely, can't tell us when most of the country will be offered a vaccine and can't tell us when the current lockdown will end."

    "The UK has suffered terrible COVID death rates. Despite promising an inquiry last year, Johnson has once again refused to commit to a timeline for an independent inquiry. The British people - especially the families of those who have been lost - deserve answers."

  • Planning Jenrick
    Article: Feb 2, 2021

    An Open Letter from Dacorum Liberal Democrats to Robert Jenrick.

    Rt Hon Robert Jenrick

    Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government

    2 Marsham Street

    London

    SW1P 4DF

    31st January 2020

    Dear Minister

    Initially we welcomed your Ministry's publication on 16th December 2020 Government response to the local housing need proposals in "changes to the current planning system", which announced among other things: