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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: James Davies; 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.

Recent Updates

  • Produce in August
    Article: Sep 8, 2018

    This afternoon we have The Flower and Produce Show in Wigginton in the Village Hall.

    And tomorrow the equivalent down in Aldbury

    My pic shows how well we were doing last month. Alas, we ate that lot - and we now have only very poor specimens to exhibit!

    In particular the potatoes have been a disaster, an unidentified pest has devoured the Pak Choi, an odd disease has produced strangely misshapen apples - and really nothing has done well this year.

    Still taking part is the thing and next year might be better!

    Apart from current troubles, however, do grow vegetables and plants and exhibit in your local show. If you're fortunate to have one, it's pleasant, healthy exercise to cultivate your garden (as Candide was prone to remark) and the flavour of your own home-grown produce is always better than anything else!

  • Document: Sep 2, 2018
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    News and views about Tring. Berkhamsted and beyond - from the Lib Dems.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Aug 31, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

  • Tring Brexitometer 250818
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
  • Rectory Lane Cemetery Restoration
    Article: Aug 30, 2018

    While up at Pheasant Close a couple of weeks ago I noticed two gazebos and a small crowd gathered in the cemetery that lies between Rectory Lane and Three Close Lane.

    Wandering in I found the crowd listening in rapt attention to the words of a man standing on one of the gravestones.

    But, no, it wasn't some re-enactment of the Sermon on the Mount - it was part of the events around the restoration of the Rectory Lane Cemetery. The orator was actually taking the audience through the complex lifestyle and habits of bees.

  • Sutton Close Parking Investigations
    Article: Aug 30, 2018

    Well, anything connected with highway work in Hertfordshire is amazingly slow. However, I am still chipping away at the traffic and parking problems in New Mill.

    So far I reckon the prize for the fastest and longest-lasting improvement (so far) was the replacement of those awful concrete paviours in the centre of the New Mill roundabout with heavy-duty tarmac. Unlike the paviours which were forever working loose they seem to be surviving pressure from the Heygates lorries very successfully.

  • EU Funded Electric Charging
    Article: Aug 28, 2018

    I think we can now be very clear that the future for cars and light vans could easily be electric. The following posting is based on a report published on the https://www.nextgreencar.com web site.

    The last four years have seen a "remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK" - new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 166,000 by August 2018. There has also been a huge increase in the number of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid models available in the UK, with many of the top manufacturers in the UK now offering a number of EVs as part of their model range.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Aug 24, 2018

    WATTON-AT-STONE (East Hertfordshire District Council) 23rd August, 2018 By-Election Result:

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: 67.0% (+67.0)
    CONSERVATIVES: 30.1% (-36.4)
    LABOUR: 2.9% (-8.3)

    LIB DEM GAIN from Conservatives.

    51.6% swing Con to Lib Dem

    Well done, Sophie Bell and her team!

    First time there has been a Lib Dem candidate since 1983.

  • Document: Aug 21, 2018
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  • Railfreight Locomotive
    Article: Aug 18, 2018

    Britain's roads are congested, noisy and polluting. Road transport by HGVs is expensive, unpopular and a major contributor to harmful climate change.

    Now Chris MacRae, a rail expert at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), in an article in Rail Technology Magazine last year, has claimed that shippers often overlook the advantages that rail freight can bring to the logistics mix. While admitting that rail freight has inherent limitations and can only rarely provide every link in the logistics chain, he argues that, depending on the nature of the goods, the distances involved and the locations of the end-users, rail freight for a high enough proportion of the journey can achieve surprising savings in both cost and time.

    His most spectacular example is the 50% saving compared to sea of rail transport between China and Western Europe. The typical 16-day transit time along the 7,500 route rail route, despite crossing nine countries and involving several guage changes is claimed to be suitable for valuable, non-perishable goods, such as car parts, clothing, luxury items and electrical and electronic consumer goods and bespoke equipment. Whilst there is no saving in terms of time compared to airfreight, the cost savings of rail transport are even greater.