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Thank You!

2nd June 2019 by The Lib Dem Team Comments Off on Thank You!

A big thank you to local people who went out and voted in the local elections this May. Carol Stanier now joins Ruth Brown as your second Lib Dem District Councillor.

Thank you also to those who voted in the European elections. Liberal Democrats topped the poll in North Herts, helping to elect Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha as MEPs for the East of England.


Carol Stanier elected in Royston Heath!

3rd May 2019 by Tom Comments Off on Carol Stanier elected in Royston Heath!

Carol Stanier has been elected in Royston Heath ward by a sizeable margin.  The full results are as follows:

Labour Party 119
Conservative Party 538
Green Party 134
Carol Stanier – Liberal Democrats 963

The turnout was 40.34%.

A number of other Liberal Democrats were elected in other wards in North Hertfordshire, including Sean Prendergast who unseated the Conservative leader of the council, Tom Tyson in Arbury, Sam North in Cadwell, Keith Hoskins in Hitchin Highbury and Steve Jarvis who was reelected in Weston & Sandon.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the campaign — we couldn’t have done it without you.


Our District Council Candidates for Thursday 2nd May 2019

3rd April 2019 by Tom Comments Off on Our District Council Candidates for Thursday 2nd May 2019

The District Council elections are less than an month away!  Here’s some information on the candidates that are standing in Royston on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.

Royston Heath – Carol Stanier

Carol made her home in Royston nearly ten years ago and loves the area. She is an active Town Councillor for part of Heath ward and her young children attend a local school. This makes her passionate about children’s and family services, which are being cut back and back in the current climate. She is active in the community, running a local German conversation group and being involved in her school’s “Friends” group. She has campaigned on, amongst other things, the brown bin tax and on-street parking in Royston. As a scientist by training, she always tries to make decisions based on rational thought and evidence. Her experience of living abroad has taught her to be curious about and inclusive of other cultures and mindsets. She said “I have always been a Liberal Democrat supporter and voter, though I joined the party just after the referendum in 2016. Whether we are in or out of the EU, I want to make sure that the whole of the British people get the facilities and services that they require and deserve. I intend to be as approachable and open as possible to all those from my ward who come to me with ideas and questions, or asking for help.”

Royston Meridian – Peter Rice

Peter Rice is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the District Council elections in Meridian ward on Thursday 2nd May. A Royston resident himself, he is a professional open-source software developer for biology and medicine. He has been a church warden in Royston, and Hertfordshire chess captain. He has also represented Royston Bridge Club, winning twice. Peter took a lead locally campaigning for StrongerIn in 2016, helping to secure a victory for ‘Remain’ in North Hertfordshire, if not the wider country! Peter is passionate about improving parking in town and about protecting and enhancing Royston’s high street.

Royston Palace – Amy Di Capite

Amy relocated her young family from Cambridgeshire just over two years ago and now lives in the heart of Royston. Although currently a full-time mum, Amy has a degree in Chemical Engineering and previously worked on fluid flow for a Cambridge-based company. She is a frequent visitor and customer of Royston town centre and passionate about supporting the local businesses and regeneration of the High Street. Amy is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the District Council in Palace ward. She said, “I’m always out and about with my children using the public services and spaces Royston has to offer. As such, I want to help maintain and improve them for others to enjoy too.”

Ermine – Suzanne Anderton

Originally from the Peak District in Derbyshire, Suzie moved to the rural community of Barkway ten years ago. She is passionate about environmental issues, particularly the impact of single use plastics and the increase in the amount of plastic litter we see in our countryside and farmland. She commented “The volume of litter strewn across our country lanes and fields has grown at an alarming rate. It is worrying to see empty cans, bottles and plastic wrappers polluting the local farmland and ruining the beautiful countryside in which we live. More has to be done, on both a central and local government level, to ensure that litter and commercial waste is disposed of properly and where possible recycled.” Profoundly against Brexit Suzie believes that it is local businesses who are taking the brunt of the chaos currently being witnessing in Westminster. “The UK voting to leave the European Union saddens me greatly. I voted Remain and I still believe that as a nation we are stronger and more secure being in the EU rather than out. The Referendum was divisive and the result has split the nation. Regardless of what the future brings we now have to work together to unite our communities and regain trust with the people of this country who have lost faith in the political system. I believe that it is time to challenge the political status quo and that’s why Liberal Democrats supporters have to come together to challenge the Tories and Labour.”

Agent for all Royston and Ermine candidates: John Hully, 16 Betony Vale, Royston, SG8 9TS


Election candidates announced

12th April 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Election candidates announced

The candidates for all the Royston district and town elections have been announced.  Royston Lib Dems are putting forward candidates for every District seat:

We also have candidates standing in all areas for the town council:

  • West: Ruth Brown, Amy DiCapite, Emma Squire Smith
  • South: Carol Stanier, Tom Perry
  • Palace: Peter Rice, David May, Ian Stuart
  • Meridian: David Lambert

Please give them your support on 3rd May!


Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Hertfordshire District Council

6th February 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Ruth Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Hertfordshire District Council

Ruth has lived in Royston for nearly 30 years and her children attended local schools. She was parent governor of Tannery Drift First School and is active in many local clubs and community activities including currently being Vice-Chair of Royston & District Twinning Association with responsibility for the link with Groβalmerode. She was co-pastor of Trinity Life Church, Royston for 15 years and am still an active member. All of these roles have given her insight into the local community she wishes to serve.

She is passionate about fairness in society as well as public services and believe that everyone deserves to have an equal chance in life, starting in school with every child deserving to have a good/outstanding school place whatever their background or family income.

If elected to North Herts District Council Ruth would work constructively and collaboratively with officers and other representatives of the local community to promote a safe, open and inclusive environment in which all residents can participate.

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Nicky Shepard, Liberal Democrat Candidate for North East Herts

19th May 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Nicky Shepard, Liberal Democrat Candidate for North East Herts

With the General Election now approaching, let us introduce Nicky Shepard, the LibDem candidate for this constituency.

Nicky has a strong background as a community campaigner, fighting for the rights of the people of Abbey in Cambridge. In the 2017 County Council elections, she ran the most successful Liberal Democrat campaign in Abbey Division in its history.

She is a business woman, wife, and mother to two active boys. She currently works in PR and Marketing for a housing association in Cambridge and is the founder and director of Cambridge Style Week, director of The Marketing Boutique, an Ambassador for “Born to Be Beautiful” charity, and an Arbonne Consultant.

I believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to make the world a better place.  I am standing as parliamentary candidate for North East Hertfordshire because I believe that now, more than ever, our nation needs a strong, liberal voice in government.
– Nicky Shepard
For more about Nicky, visit her Web page at She is on Facebook at,  on Twitter at @Nicky4MP, and on Instagram at Nicky4MP.



Local Election Results

5th May 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Local Election Results

Results are now coming in for the local elections yesterday, and we are very happy to note that Liberal Democrat candidate Steve Jarvis has taken the Royston West and Rural Herts County Council seat from the Conservatives. In addition, Liberal Democrat Susan van de Ven held her Melbourn seat in the Cambridgeshire County Council elections. The Royston Crow has details.

In many other seats at different levels across the area, the Lib Dems candidate achieved solid second place positions, confirming our status as the only credible challengers to the Conservatives – something to bear in mind at the General Election next month.



Our Council Candidates

21st April 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Our Council Candidates