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Latest News & Events

  • Tim Farron and Remain campaigners
    Article: Aug 31, 2016

    Earlier today, I gave a speech at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Manchester.

    Since the referendum, I have been absolutely horrified to see the forces of racism, intolerance and hate claim the EU referendum result as their own - and to see them use it as an excuse for violent abuse.

  • park seat - broken ()
    Article: Aug 30, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Tell us about a 'Grot Spot' in your part of Chelmsford.

    It could be a broken bench, like the one shown here, a rubbish bin that has been damaged, a missing street sign or any number of other things.

    Cllr Jude Deakin, who took the photo of the benches said, "This is just one small example of something that looks grotty, these benches are in a sorry state. I hope to have them repaired or replaced in the very near future. I'm sure there are lots of little 'Grot Spots' across Chelmsford that could be improved. It helps raise the spirits of an area and thats what this is all about"

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • sport
    Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Active Baddow, a day-long event especially for the Great Baddow community, is being held by Chelmsford City Council on Wednesday 17 August, 1pm-4pm, at Great Baddow Recreation Ground.

    Village residents aged over 11 are invited to come along and try out a free taster session in boxing, free running, tennis, street dancing or DJing.

    As well as activities and sports, there will be plenty of information available for all residents. Chelmsford YMCA and the Children's Society will be available to provide support and advice on substance misuse and drinking. The City Council will hand out information to help improve recycling, while residents can also find out how to report antisocial behaviour and what can be done about it.

    Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Councillor Ian Grundy, said: "This is a great opportunity for the community in Great Baddow to come together, try a range of different activities and find out about the services available in their area. If you're over 11, give the sessions a try - there is no charge and you might just find something you love doing!"

    For more information about the event, please email communitysafety@chelmsford.gov.uk or call 01245 606291.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

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  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.