Making Votes Matter

3rd January 2019 by Tom Comments Off on Making Votes Matter

Ian Stuart is one of our local Liberal Democrat members.  He recently visited Parliament to make the case for electoral reform to Sir Oliver Heald, our MP for North East Hertfordshire, and he’s written the following report for us:

It was a very interesting day organised by the group Make Votes Matter, who brought together representatives from around the country. After a briefing in a nearby church hall from national organisers and from two members of the House of Lords we made our way to Parliament in small groups for individually arranged meetings with MPs.

Security was very tight but we were relieved that the Brexit vote due to take place that same day had been postponed as otherwise MPs would understandably have potentially had to cancel at short notice.

I met Sir Oliver Heald in a Committee room (in fact next door to the room where the next day Prime Minister May held her party confidence vote!) and spent roughly 20 minutes discussing reform of the electoral system. He accepted that the current system is not ideal and needs reform although he has some reservations with regard to most PR systems, his primary concern being that it could lead to a weakening of the bond between MPs and the areas they represent. He accepted that Canada and the USA together with the UK are the only democratic countries that still use First Past the Post, but quite reasonably pointed out that the next 12 months will be extremely busy and that there is unlikely to be any movement towards reform in near future. A suggestion by myself that the current mess could perhaps have been avoided if we had a more representative House of Commons brought a wry smile!

It was an interesting and amiable conversation and to Sir Oliver’s credit he was very happy to engage with me, in contrast to many other MPs who I gathered had refused to meet with their constituents.

After the meeting, a group of 40 or 50 of us were addressed by Sir Vince Cable and Stephen Kinnock, both of whom took questions and encouraged us to keep up the pressure. Caroline Lucas of the Green Party also popped in.

I came away more than ever convinced that in order to achieve truly representative government in this country we need to reform our electoral system so that every vote matters.

 

Join us for our autumn quiz!

10th October 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Join us for our autumn quiz!

Date and time: Saturday 17th November at 19:00

Location: Market Hill Rooms, Royston

Tickets are £12 per person to enter and they include a choice of fish, chicken or veggie burger with chips for dinner.  We’re happy for people to come along in teams or alternatively to join a team when they come along.

Please let us know if you’d like to attend so we can estimate numbers in advance.

 

Councillor Paul Marment defects to the Lib Dems

17th August 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Councillor Paul Marment defects to the Lib Dems

Please welcome Councillor Paul Marment from Letchworth Grange to the party.

https://hitch-harp-libdems.org.uk/…/defection-letchworth-co…

 

Astounding results in Royston!

5th May 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Astounding results in Royston!

We’ve had a busy few days!

Ruth Brown was elected to North Herts District Council to represent Heath Ward, Royston and four local members were elected to the Royston Town Council: Ruth Brown and Emma Squire Smith in Royston Town West and Tom Perry and Carol Stanier in Royston Town South.

Thank you to all of the Liberal Democrat supporters and voters who made this possible.

 

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!

 

David Lambert for Meridian Ward

by Tom Comments Off on David Lambert for Meridian Ward

David Lambert has lived in Royston since 1986. He was a school teacher in Buntingford for seven years before embarking on a different career at the Institute of Education (now part of University College London). His children have been through Royston’s schools and he has in the past served on two school Governing Bodies. He is a passionate believer in open, lively representative democracy and the role of collaborative, inclusive action at all levels of political life. Always a liberal in outlook, he joined the Liberal Democrats following the EU Referendum in 2016.

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Peter Rice for Palace Ward

24th March 2018 by Tom Comments Off on Peter Rice for Palace Ward

Peter Rice is your Lib Dem candidate for district and town council elections in Palace ward on Thursday May 3rd. He is a professional open-source software developer for biology and medicine. He has been a church warden in Royston, Herts chess captain and represented Royston Bridge Club (winning twice). He took a lead locally campaigning for StrongerIn in 2016.

Peter is passionate about improving parking in town and about the high street.  He said, “I’m delighted to be chosen as your Lib Dem candidate. I will aim to be a good representative to all”.

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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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