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This is the official website for West Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats.

Chair: Sally Symington; Secretary: Rosemarie Hollinghurst; Membership Development Officer: Nick Hollinghurst Click name 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 Sea Island (Energinet Dk)
    Article: Aug 2, 2017

    Britain is on its way out of Europe - but as the Eurozone and other countries in EU27 continue make quiet progress, investment programmes are afoot right across the continent.

    One such infrastructure plan that is being explored is for a 6 sq km artificial island to be constructed on the Dutch sector of the Dogger Bank to act as a service hub for offshore wind, a site for AC/DC conversion between the wind turbines and transmission cables, an interconnector switching station and a solar farm.

  • D Train Prototype ()
    Article: Jul 31, 2017

    Actually not. There's a well developed second-hand trade in refurbished or adapted locomotives and occasionally multiple unit sets. For example, in 1966 six 4-car sets and six 3-car sets of London Underground stock built in 1923 were converted for use on the Isle of Wight Line and again in 1989 nine 2-car sets of 1938 London Underground vintage stock was modified, refurbished and also put to use on the Isle of Wight.

  • Beggars Lane June 2017
    Article: Jul 30, 2017

    After nearly six years of designs, redesigns, schemes introduced, schemes withdrawn, protests, objections, sabotage (at one point) and legal obstructions, the Beggars Lane Safety Improvements are nearly complete.

    There were several issues - parking for leisure use of the Ridgeway Path and the canal, parking when the station car park is full and to avoid the charges, safety for cyclists, safety for people walking down the outside of a line of cars from a parking spot higher up the lane, access for commercial vehicles, obstruction of drivers' views around a corner and sheer obstruction at the narrower part of the lane.

  • Charging Car in Canal Fields Berkhamsted
    Article: Jul 29, 2017

    Tring's Hertfordshire County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, remains very pleased with electric motoring and very satisfied with the performance of his 30 kWh Nissan Leaf.

    He says,
    "At an effective on-the-road purchase price of just under £21,000 for a 5-door hatchback I realise that I've made an expensive purchase - but after that you get clean pollution-free driving at around 3 pence a mile. The annual servicing is onloy a few hours work, comes in at just over £100 and includes a full valeting."

  • Vince Speaking in London June 2017
    Article: Jul 28, 2017

    Speaking at the Social & Liberal Forum Conference last week in the Resource for London Centre in the Holloway Road Vince Cable, now Leader of the Liberal Democrats, called for a national return to sensible economics and for the Liberal Democrats to focus more strongly on campaigning for improved and more effective health care delivery and a broader based education system.

  • Hemel Party June Potten End 2017
    Article: Jul 27, 2017

    A well-attended party for Liberal Democrat members and election helpers in Hemel Hempstead was held recently to thank people for their hard work, to review progress and success and to consider future activity and campaigning.

    Ron Tindall, Liberal Democrat candidate in the recent county elections, has been comfortably re-elected to Hemel Hempstead's St Pauls County Council Division.

    Ron Tindall, who is the Liberal Democrat Opposition Spokesperson for Adult Care, has already served 8 years on the County Council and was re-elected in May for a further 4-year term.

  • Tornado
    Article: Jul 26, 2017

    Faced with a growing trade deficit, a government deficit that is increasing again, a weak pound and lamentable productivity the Tory government has had to start cutting infrastructure projects.

    Back in the happier days of 2012, when Brexit was just a boring rant from a man with a French name in a saloon bar in Essex, things were different. Then we had a relatively strong economy, improving economic statistics and a Liberal Democrat Transport Minister, Norman Baker, who was able to announce new track, new stations, new trains, new lines and, above all, more efficient, carbon-sparing electrification

  • BTC BE 2017 Result
    Article: Jul 23, 2017

    Greg Duffield, who did best out of the three Berkhamsted Liberal Democrat candidates in the recent local bout of local elections, has shown just how close the party is to taking back control of Berkhamsted Town Council.

    Greg has lived in Berkhamsted for over 20 years - both his children have been through the local school system - and his wife, Shellie has taught in Berkhamsted schools for 15 years. Greg is a keen environmentalist, appreciates and enjoys the world around us and stood because he wished to work for the good of the town, its surroundings and its people.

    In his first foray into town council politics Greg came within 20 votes of winning the vacant seat in the Town Council Ward of Berkhamsted West. Conservative complacency has been well and truly shaken up in Berkhamsted where they now can see that they are losing their grip on public affairs in the town.

    This result, coming as it does at the same time as two other near-defeats for the Tories - in the county council election and the Dacorum Borough Council by-election on the same day - shows that things are changing in Berkhamsted.

    For far too long the Conservatives have dominated Berkhamsted and taken the electors for granted and for far too long Conservative attitudes, policies and decisions have run roughshod over what is actually a very diverse and lively town.

    Six of the Berkhamsted Conservative Town Councillors also hold all six of Berkhamsted's DBC seats and a seventh is the town's county councillor.

    From town to borough, from borough to county and from county to Westminister, Tory views only prevail thanks to the UK's antiquated First-Past-the-Post voting system, which in no way represents the spread of views and opinions within the town.

    The Liberal Democrats are determined to redress the balance and to give people back control over the way their communities are governed.

  • Paper Recycling
    Article: Jul 23, 2017

    The UK must do better in separating paper grades and types of plastic. For many years now the Chinese government has been increasing quality standards for the recyclates it imports from the UK.

    Starting with their national quality campaign Green Fence, aimed at raising the quality of imported recyclates the Chinese government has now moved on to a tough industrial inpection regime called National Sword. Any paper mill or plastics recycler found with sub-standard recyclate on the premises is simply shut down - on the spot.

  • Berko West BE 2017
    Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Sally Symington, Chair of West Herts Liberal Democrats, has well and truly shaken up Conservative complacency in Berkhamsted where she nearly took a Dacorum Borough Council seat in the recent by-election.

    In her first serious foray into borough politics Sally swooped down from Potten End to come within 47 votes of winning the vacant seat in the DBC Ward of Berkhamsted West.