Posts Tagged ‘National’

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.


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.”



More from the LibDems Nationally

12th February 2014 by Phil Comments Off on More from the LibDems Nationally

31 January

Extracts from another recent e-mail to local LibDem branches from party chief executive Tim Gordon:

GDP figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show encouraging signs of economic recovery thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government. The figures show Britain’s economic growth of 0.7% in the fourth quarter in 2013. Growth was up 1.9% in 2013.

These figures are further evidence that the recovery is becoming established. 2013 was the first year since 2007 to see economic growth in all four quarters. Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society. To ensure the recovery is long term and sustainable, we need business to invest now.

General Economy

Our economy is growing because of the hard work of people and businesses throughout Britain. The Coalition’s economic plan is the rock on which our recovery is being built. Three and a half years in, and the Coalition’s priority is still the same: fixing the economy and cleaning up the mess Labour left behind.

That task has never been simply about balancing the books. We inherited an economy that had become profoundly unbalanced. Growth was driven almost entirely by one industry: financial services, and almost exclusively from one city: London. And behind the boom was a nation becoming less productive and less competitive. For years, governments had simply papered over the cracks.

The Liberal Democrats didn’t come into Government just to make cuts. For us, this has always been about setting in motion a much more fundamental overhaul of our economy so that Britain never finds itself here again. That is not something you can do overnight. There are no quick fixes. No shortcuts to prosperity. It is a slow and steady process.

We’re cutting your income tax bill by £700. Council tax freezes mean that, on average, households are £1,000 better off over the course of this Parliament. Because we’ve frozen fuel duty, you’re £7 better off every time you fill up your tank. Families with young children will save £1,200 per child through our tax free childcare. And, on top of that, if they’re in infants school, you’ll save over £400 per child, per year because we’re going to provide free school meals.

We’re helping people with the cost of living in other ways. On 2 December, we announced proposals to cut £50 a year from energy bills, while maintaining our support for vulnerable households and green commitments. Council tax freezes are, on average, saving households in England £1,000 over the course of this parliament. Our fuel duty freeze is saving people £7 every time they fill up their tank. Families with young children will save £1,200 per child through our tax free childcare and will also benefit from our free school meals policy for infants – worth more than £400 per year per child.

We have created more than a million new jobs since 2010 and now we’re working to create a million more. There are more people in work today than at any other time in our history. We’re helping young people find work. Since 2010 we’ve helped create more than 1.5m new apprenticeships, at twice the rate that Labour managed. Nick Clegg’s £1bn Youth Contract is supporting work experience, wage incentives and apprenticeships.

We still have a long way to go, but we are moving in the right direction. We have had three successive quarters of GDP growth. Under Labour, the economy shrunk for five consecutive quarters. Other economic indicators are also positive:

Key Facts

  •  Thanks to our changes, disposable income was higher last year than in any of the 13 years under Labour. And the amount of money people had in their pockets adjusted for inflation grew by 1.6% in 2012.
  • By fixing the economy we have helped keep interest rates at historic lows, saving £2,000 per year for a family taking out a standard fixed-rate mortgage of £100,000.
  •  GDP grew by 0.7% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2013, following growth of 0.8% in Q3.

Syrian Refugees

On Wednesday, Nick Clegg  confirmed that the UK will be providing refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. We will provide refuge for some of those most traumatised by the crisis, such as vulnerable women or children.

Nick said: “I am pleased to be able to announce today that the UK will be providing refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. The Coalition Government wants to play our part in helping to alleviate the immense suffering in Syria. The £600m we have provided makes us the second largest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid in the world.

“But as the conflict continues to force millions of Syrians from their homes, we need to make sure we are doing everything we can. We are one of the most open hearted countries in the world and I believe we have a moral responsibility to help.

“The UN High Commission for Refugees – which backs our new resettlement programme – has said the highest priority should go to women and girls who have experienced or are at risk of sexual violence; the elderly; survivors of torture and individuals with disabilities, so that’s who we’ll target.”

Key Facts

  • We have not set a quota for the number of refugees we will take. We are not focused on a target, we’re focused on helping the most vulnerable. For example, the UNHCR currently has a handful of very difficult cases that they need urgent help with. But the overall is likely to be in the hundreds.
  • We will work with UNHCR to look at the individuals involved on a case-by-case basis, for those most in need.
  • We expect them to be identified and come to this country over a steady period over the coming months and year.
  • The UK has already committed £600m in humanitarian aid to help alleviate the immense suffering in Syria – making us the second largest bilateral donor.
  • More than 11.5 million Syrians are now in need of help – either in Syria or neighbouring countries – and our priority has been providing food, shelter and medical treatment in the region.


When a referendum on the EU comes the Liberal Democrats will campaign unambiguously as the party of IN. As Nick Clegg said, leaving the EU would be ‘economic suicide’.

Nick Clegg has called on pro-Europeans, businesses and organisations to join a ‘coalition for the national interest’ to make the case publicly for the benefits of being in Europe. He launched the party’s #whyiamIN campaign, calling on people to declare why they are in favour of being in Europe, which received thousands of online responses including support from Richard Branson.

He said: “Whatever you do, just don’t let the isolationists speak for you or dominate this debate. And if you are for IN, don’t wait for others to say it; make yourselves heard.”

Liberal Democrats are fighting to defend millions of jobs, create millions more and put thousands of pounds back in your pocket by supporting EU membership, making it easier for British companies to trade with the EU and beyond, slashing red tape for small businesses and cutting the EU budget.

A Stronger Economy and a Fairer Society

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to anchor Britain in the centre ground by building a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

That’s why in Government we have:

Fixed the mess left by Labour. We have reduced the deficit by a third, kept interest rates down, and helped business create over a million jobs.


Eased the squeeze on household budgets by cutting income tax by £700 for 24m people, giving every 5, 6 and 7 year old a free school meal daily, giving 15 hours free child care to all 3 and 4 year olds and 40% of 2 year olds, freezing fuel duty, and delivering the biggest ever cash rise in the state pension

Voters face three choices in the coming election. A left-wing Labour party, a right-wing Tory party, or a liberal party of the centre ground. Neither Labour nor the Tories can be trusted to govern Britain from the centre ground.

Tim Gordon