Posts Tagged ‘National Politics’

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.



Any Questions Live Broadcast – Buntingford

4th January 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Any Questions Live Broadcast – Buntingford

Edwinstree Middle School in Buntingford, Hertfordshire will be hosting BBC Any Questions on Friday the 24th of February 2017, with doors opening at 6.30pm. Panellists are yet to be confirmed. See  for more information. Local LibDem parties will be doing their best to ensure that our point of view is represented in the audience!

In any case, anyone interested in attending should contact the school office on 01763 271446 or email for tickets. Any requests for tickets should include the names of the individuals attending with contact details.


The EU Referendum Result

27th June 2016 by Phil Comments Off on The EU Referendum Result

Anyone reading this will doubtless know the result of lst week’s referendum on EU membership, which the LibDems can only regard as a terrible mistake by the British public. It appears to have been a self-destructive protest vote with huge consequences unexpected by many of the people who voted to leave.

One very small silver lining for Royston LibDems is that our North Hertfordshire District – not, we must acknowledge, always a hotbed of liberal-sympathetic political opinions – voted heavily to remain.

To add insult to injury, since the result was announced, the Conservative Party has fallen into disarray, with its Exit wing showing a complete lack of actual planning for victory and the Prime Minister who called the referendum in the first place walking away rather than cleaning up his own mess. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is falling apart even more badly, with a leader who showed scant signs of enthusiasm for the position he supposedly adopted unable to command the loyalty of his own MPs.

This leaves the LibDems as the only substantial national party not only retaining unity but firmly committed to reversing this disaster and affirming the importance of the European project. It is becoming clear that, whatever the EU’s problems and the dissatisfaction of the British people, membership is vastly better than the mess into which the country is now blundering. We are gaining members, nationally and locally, as people who can see this recognise the need to support our position.

Please, if you want to help the country return to its place in Europe, consider joining the LibDems. And if you want to help out locally in Royston, contact us.


Joe Jordan appointed Parliamentary Candidate for North East Herts

13th April 2015 by Royston Liberal Democrats Comments Off on Joe Jordan appointed Parliamentary Candidate for North East Herts

The Royston Liberal Democrats are happy to say that our parliamentary candidate for the upcoming general election is one of us. Joe Jordan, a scientist and software engineer who lives in Royston, has been appointed the candidate to fight the Tories for the North East Hertfordshire constituency.

Joe said:

I am proud to be standing for parliament for the Liberal Democrats. I stand for a fairer, greener economy, for privacy, and for a society in which people take responsibility for their actions. Nick Clegg and I need your help to fight against the Snooper’s Charter, to extend the £800 tax cut for everyone on low and middle incomes, and to ensure that everyone has a fair chance in life irrespective of their gender, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation.

Joe studied physics at Cambridge University and Imperial College London, and currently works for a technology company in Cambridge. You can contact Joe by email at, or follow him on twitter @geekofhearts.



The National LibDems – The Pre-Manifesto

31st August 2014 by Phil Comments Off on The National LibDems – The Pre-Manifesto

This week, on Wednesday 3 September, the national party will launch our pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party’s general election platform.

The party’s focus will be a ‘manifesto for the next generation’ with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.  Read Nick Clegg’s foreword to the pre-manifesto here. As Nick says, “This is a manifesto about the future: your future, your children’s future, and Britain’s future.”

For more news and announcements from the national party, including extensive discussions of what will go into our eventual full election manifesto, see here.


Why You Should Vote Lib Dem

2nd May 2014 by Phil Comments Off on Why You Should Vote Lib Dem

As the elections approach, we hope that people will be thinking ever more seriously about the question of which party to vote for. The following arguments for voting Lib Dem come from the party’s HQ.

The Liberal Democrats want Britain to stay in the EU because we are fighting for a stronger economy – fighting to defend millions of British jobs are linked to our trade with the EU, and being in Europe gives us more strength when negotiating trade deals with global players like the US, China, India and Brazil. We are the party of in – In Europe, In Work. Liberal Democrats are working to defend millions of British jobs, create millions more and put thousands of pounds back in your pocket by making it easier for British companies to export and slashing red tape for small businesses.

Crime doesn’t stop at borders and Liberal Democrats are fighting for safer communities by ensuring that law enforcement and civil liberties do not stop at borders either. Our police forces need access to key EU crime-fighting tools to combat criminal gangs, terrorists and paedophiles, and British citizens’ rights need to be upheld across the EU.

Liberal Democrats are fighting for a greener future. Climate change doesn’t stop at borders, and Liberal Democrats believe it is crucial to work with other European countries to fight cut carbon, promote green jobs, reduce pollution and protect biodiversity.

Why you shouldn’t vote for other parties:

The Conservatives are now openly flirting with exit, and the Labour Party don’t have the courage of their convictions on this – they won’t lift a finger to keep Britain in the EU.

The Tories and UKIP are putting millions of British jobs at risk and jeopardising billions of pounds of investment by undermining our membership of the EU through their eurosceptic obsession. Their anti-EU ideology has gone so far that they have gone soft on crime. Liberal Democrats in Government stopped them from pulling Britain out of key crime fighting tools such as the European Arrest Warrant that are crucial in combating criminal gangs, terrorists and paedophiles. UKIP MEPs are amongst the laziest in the EU and don’t stand up for Britain in Europe when it counts.

Labour can’t be trusted with the economy at home or abroad. Labour’s reckless spending and failure to regulate the banks crippled Britain’s economy and Liberal Democrats in Government have been cleaning up their mess ever since. Not content with causing economic chaos in Britain, Labour MEPs have supported measures that would impose huge burdens on British businesses such as to end the UK opt out to the 48-hour limit in the working time directive.


The LibDem National Policy on Onshore Wind Power

by Phil Comments Off on The LibDem National Policy on Onshore Wind Power

The Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto contains a commitment to end further support for onshore wind power generation. Commenting, Ed Davey said:

“This Government is green because the Liberal Democrats have fought every step of the way to protect our environment and lead the fight against climate change.

“That’s why we are creating thousands of green jobs, investing more in renewable energy than ever before and working with our European partners to lead the drive for the most ambitious emissions targets across the world.

“We have already fought the Conservatives over capping onshore wind in this Government – and won.

“Putting the brakes on onshore wind would be disastrous for business and jobs in our growing green economy. Onshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of green energy, so cutting it could lead to higher bills.

“You can’t trust the Conservatives on their own to build a fairer society. Only with Liberal Democrats in Government can we build a stronger economy and a fairer society.”



The Lib Dems, the Budget, and Taxes: We Did It!

20th March 2014 by Phil Comments Off on The Lib Dems, the Budget, and Taxes: We Did It!

Nick Clegg has thanked Lib Dem activists for their work, which has enabled us to influence national tax policy:

“Because thousands of people like you backed our campaign, millions of working people are going to get an £800 tax cut.  …  It´s really simple. This tax cut has only happened because the Liberal Democrats are in Government. And we´re only there because of your support.”