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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.

Recent Updates

  • Farming UK
    Article: Jan 31, 2021

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the goods they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    The Conservatives have continually failed to protect our farmers from these risks.

    These amendments would have ensured that our farmers are protected and can continue to produce high quality food for our tables. That's why Liberal Democrats supported them.

  • Police Officers
    Article: Jan 27, 2021

    The latest survey conducted by the Police Federation shows that Hertfordshire Police has the lowest morale of any force in the country.

    Recently selected Liberal Democrat Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Sam North is calling for urgent action to address this problem.

    Sam says, "As a former police officer, I know the strain that the police are currently under and the difficulties that both officers and staff face. This survey demonstrates with absolute clarity that change must come to Hertfordshire Police, and it must start at the very top. It is no longer good enough to overlook the needs of the officers and staff who work tirelessly, risking their lives daily to protect ours."

  • Claydon Station Today
    Article: Jan 24, 2021

    East West Rail which is a project aiming to restore rail links between Oxford and Cambridge and on to the East Coast towns of Norwich and Ipswich. It will form a much needed fast public transport link serving the economically important Oxford-Cambridge arc and beyond across the top of our East of England Region.

    The 1st phase of the Western Section from Oxford to Bicester Village is already operational. Through trains to London and connecting trains to Birmingham now run via a recently constructed new curve and junction between the existing Bicester North and Haddenham & Thame Parkway stations. This gives access to the Birmingham Moor Street - London Marylebone Main Line.

    It is the 2nd Phase of the Western Section that is more important for West Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and yesterday (23rd January, 2021) the government announced on £760m of funding for the delivery of this next phase of East-West Rail by relaying the track from Bicester to Bletchley, including the rebuilding of the rail flyover in Bletchley and new platforms at the mainline station. This is estimated to mean 1,500 skilled jobs during the phase. When complete, planned for 2025, it will reinstate direct rail services between Bicester and Bletchley for the first time since 1968.

  • Sam North
    Article: Jan 24, 2021

    Sam North has been announced by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

    Sam is a former police officer who is passionate about policing and crime prevention and has a deep understanding of the current limitations of the police service, of the difficulties that they face, and of the very real concerns that have been raised by the police time and time again.

  • EU flags, building, brexit
    Article: Jan 23, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are the most pro-European party in British Politics

    I've always believed Britain is best when it is at the heart of Europe. And that belief doesn't stop now we have left the EU.

    By Ed Davey, Jan 20, 2021 6:01

    The Liberal Democrats are the most pro-European party in British politics. We truly believe that we are stronger together, and internationalism will always be one of our core values.

  • Houses being built
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    As with many other Dacorum Borough councillors, Cllr Nick Hollinghurst, one of the Liberal Democrat councillors representing the Tring West & Rural Ward, has received nearly 100 e-mails concerning the Dacorum Borough Council's Development Plan which is currently available for a preliminary public consultation.

  • EU NHS Workers
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    The Government must take on my Bill to give NHS heroes the right to live in the UK

    We will continue fighting for healthcare workers' rights after my Bill to give them the indefinite leave to remain was effectively axed by the Tory government.

    By Christine Jardine, Jan 14, 2021 1:01

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

  • Ebury Way
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    Ebury Way is a quiet and much appreciated 3½ mile (5.6 km) traffic-free route through lakes and fields, linking Rickmansworth and Watford.

    It follows the route of an old railway line and crosses the Grand Union Canal and the three rivers - the Colne, the Chess and the Gade - which give Three Rivers District Council its name.

  • Capitol Hill
    Article: Jan 10, 2021

    Democracy and freedom can never be taken for granted

    Lib Dem Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran responds to the Trump-inspired attacks on the US Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

    By Layla Moran MP, Jan 08, 2021

    Like you, I watched domestic terrorists and insurrectionists storm the US Capitol last night with a sense of horror and shock.

  • Low Emission Zone (FoE)
    Article: Jan 3, 2021

    With some highly selective reporting based on a recent paper prepared for the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), an article in the 'Times' dated of Dec 7th 2020 turned out to be no more than a blatant and misleading attempt to discredit Electric Motoring by alleging that tyre and brake particles were worse than in the case of internal combustion engine vehicles.

    They wrote, "While switching to electric cars will remove pollutants from exhausts, models with large batteries capable of travelling 300 miles between charges emit up to 8% more fine particles from tyres and road wear than petrol and diesel cars." and called for Electric Vehicles no longer to be exempt from "tolls and congestion charges aimed at reducing road traffic emissions".

    However the electic vehicles (EVs) emitting "up to 8% more fine particles" were light commercial vehicles and SUVs with battery capacity enabling 300 km travel before recharging. The 300 km range private cars (themselves top-of the range vehicles) only produce an additional 3.6% more of the 2.5 micron particles and the figure given for the 10 micron particles is a reduction of 6.5%. In fact, when these larger (but still damaging) particles are considered - all other cases in the study's comparison with petrol powered vehicles shows reductions in particles from EVs.

    The OECD Report is detailed but perhaps a little ahead (or behind?) its time since it is quite open that there is a need for more practical work to be carried out on tyres, the wearing of road surfaces and the role of dust thrown up from the road by passing vehicles. They are also quite clear that they have estimated tyre wear based on assumptions about vehicle weight, rather than making any measurements.

    This is one problem about the study. It is known that tyre wear and particles increase as the vehicles get heavier - and at the moment the batteries make EVs heavier than their petrol driven equivalents. However the authors have made estimates about the battery weights which are out of date. They have used a figure of 10 kg/kWh of capacity, when in reality it's already below half of that. So it makes the electric vehicles in their study much too heavy and consequently over-estimates the tyre wear particles that will be generated. Not only that, but they don't take into account that new developments mean that by 2030 EVs will be much lighter still. So that makes their future predictions of the numbers of particles over-estimates as well.

    The second problem is that the survey also includes road dust - which hasn't got much to do with how the car is powered anyway - and much of the data relates to California, where the air is drier and battery powered SUVs exist in far greater numbers than in Europe, where they are almost unknown.

    Sorry, 'Times' - if you want to continue your crusade against the Congestion and Low Emission Charging Zones in London, you'll have to your homework more thoroughly. Better still, though, if you were to campaign positively for cleaner air in all our major cities!

    Thanks to Auke Hoekstra of Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant for pointing out the problem with the battery weight assumption. Pic from FoE.