Best wishes for 2011 from Royston Liberal Democrats!

2011 will be an important year for us all in terms of both local and national politics.

Locally, there will be Council Elections in May. The impact of the reduction in council spending has yet to be fully understood, and will inevitably lead to service reductions and closures of facilities in our area. Never before has there been a better time to get involved in local politics, and having a say over how your town and district are run.

Nationally, the short term effects of the government’s austerity measures will begin to show, and I’m sure we can look forward to more interesting (if not heated) debates, like those on sport in schools, early years learning and university tuition fees which we have seen in 2010.

It won’t all be bad though! Your local Liberal Democrat councillors, Rob Inwood and Elizabeth Freeman, will continue their work hard on your behalf, and welcome your views on local matters.

And in May we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the direction of politics in this country for the better, to move past our antiquated first past the post system into a fair and representational Alternative Vote system. This will be an opportunity not to be missed, and certainly an event to watch!

Wishing you all the best for 2011,

Tim Greatrex

Focus Editor, Royston Lib Dems

Tuition Fees and the Liberal Democrats

We have been pleased to see that twenty-one of our MPs, including Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, voted against the government’s proposals to increase university tuition fees for students from 2012.

Their opposition demonstrates the difference between our party views and the constraints imposed upon the Liberal Democrats in the coalition government.

While a coalition government will always require compromise, the Royston Liberal Democrats still support the aims and objectives of the Liberal Democrat Party, which remains a political organisation separate from any other party.

Lib Dem Councillors Oppose Pay Rise

Liberal Democrat Councillors have voted against a pay rise agreed by the Tory majority on North Hertfordshire County Council.
Our council group voted against the increase, which was carried by the votes of the Tory group who run the council.

Labour Lashes Out at Coalition

Labour leaders preferred to go into opposition rather than even talking about working with other parties.

Once again Labour has put old politics before the needs of the people.

Hugh Annand said, “It’s really sad that Labour chose to desert the people that voted for them.

“It was clear that people voted for politicians to work together ranther than squabble.

“But Labour made it clear that they wanted to go into opposition. They wouldn’t work with anyone. No wonder so many people turned their back on Labour in the election.”

Hugh Annand Says Thank You

Hugh Annand says, “I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome that you gave me and the Liberal Democrat team during the Campaign.

“While I increased the Liberal Democrat vote, sadly it wasn’t enough to win the seat.

“I am pleased that Liberal Democrat policies on investment in education, moving towards a fairer tax allowance of £10,000, reform of the bankng system and change in the political system are going to happen.

“Above all we have a government that is committeedd to sorting out the economy and reducing the massive deficit inherited from Labour.

“Locally the Liberal Democrats remain the main opposition on the District and County Councils.”

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