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  • Article: Jul 1, 2016

    Tim Farron and Caroline Pidgeon visited the Polish centre in London today to show solidarity with the Polish community and to make clear that xenophobic attacks it suffered recently will not be tolerated.



    The attack on the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith was just one of numerous racist and xenophobic incidents reported in the week since the Brexit vote. The Liberal Democrat leader and London Assembly member were given a tour and met numerous people from the London Polish community, as well as staff from the Polish embassy.



    Tim Farron said: "We must send the message that racist thugs cannot get away with intimidating any of the diverse communities of the UK. One of Britain's great strengths is its mix of cultures, and despite the referendum result we must ensure that all citizens are made to feel safe.



    "Some of the racist campaign posters and disgusting claims by Nigel Farage and co in the referendum campaign have unleashed something very dangerous, as I warned at the time. This has led to some thinking that racist behaviour is acceptable. It isn't, and Nigel Farage shares the blame for making our streets less safe."



    The Polish centre has been inundated with flowers, cards and messages of goodwill since the attack.



    "The excellent people who staff this centre have taken great comfort from the support they have received from Britons up and down the country. The centre is a hugely impressive space and welcomes other communities into its heart. On my visit a local primary school was using its theatre to practice for a play. It is multi-cultural Britain at its best and must be protected."

  • Article: Jul 1, 2016

    Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement that George Osborne is to abandon his fiscal rule and called on the Government to move Government spending to a 'war footing' to combat the impact of a Brexit Recession.

    The Liberal Democrat shave long said the fiscal rule would restrict growth, but it's impacts would be even more severe given the impact of a Brexit vote. They said that now is the time to dramatically increase spending on infrastructure to boost the economy.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has committed to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.



    Since Britain voted for Brexit on Thursday thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats.



    Tim Farron has now said that in any upcoming national election he will promise to rejoin the European Union.



    The economic uncertainty will affect jobs, people's homes and livelihoods.



    The Liberal Democrats accept the result of the referendum but plan to make the case for us to rejoin the heart of Europe.



    Tim Farron said:



    "For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe. It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt they were out of touch and had let them down.



    "The British people deserve the chance not to be stuck with the appalling consequences of a Leave campaign that stoked that anger with the lies of Farage, Johnson and Gove.



    "The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the UK in the European Union, not out.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2016

    A petition has been launched in response to increasing reports of physical and verbal attacks on minority groups in communities across Britain.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on Chelmsford City Council at the meeting on 13 July to send a very clear message to all EU citizens living in Chelmsford: you are welcome here, and to all minority ethnic British citizens that you are an equal part of our community. This community belongs to all of its residents equally.

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    Article: Jun 30, 2016

    Looking for something to do in Chelmsford? Feeling crafty? Then come along to the museum for a special family activity day on Saturday 16 July, 10am-4pm, Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street.

    Have you ever fancied shaping clay into something useful or watched The Great Pottery Throw Down on television and wanted to have a go? Come and Make It At The Museum. After watching potter Shaun Hall demonstrating how to throw a clay pot on a wheel, you may feel inspired to have a go yourself. Shaun is an established Essex potter who has his own workshop in Halstead and works at Chelmsford College. You can see one of his fantastic pots in the Museum.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.



    Since Britain voted for Brexit on Thursday thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats.



    Tim Farron has now said that in any upcoming national election he will promise to rejoin the European Union.



    The economic uncertainty will affect jobs, people's homes and livelihoods.



    The Liberal Democrats accept the result of the referendum but plan to make the case for us to rejoin the heart of Europe.



    Tim Farron said:



    "For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe. It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt they were out of touch and had let them down.



    "The British people deserve the chance not to be stuck with the appalling consequences of a Leave campaign that stoked that anger with the lies of Farage, Johnson and Gove.



    "The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the UK in the European Union, not out.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    I am devastated and I am angry. Today we woke to a deeply divided country.



    Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept.



    An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain's future.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    Speaking following the referendum result, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "I'm devastated and I am angry. Today we wake to a deeply divided country.

    "Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I share.

    "Young people voted to remain by a considerable margin, but were out voted. They were voting for their future, yet it has been taken from them.

  • Household Waste Recycling Centre
    Article: Jun 21, 2016

    Chelmsford residents are invited to an Open Day at the council's recycling depot, to see what happens to the 25,000 tonnes of materials that is recycled each year. Freighter House will be holding this year's Recycling Open Day on Saturday 25th June from 10.00am - 2.00pm. It is near the Boreham interchange services, at Drovers Way, Boreham, CM2 5PH.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2016

    Dear Friend,

    This morning with my kids all I could think about was the family who've woken up with their lives changed forever.

    Yesterday a mum, who left home to do her job to serve her constituents, was cruelly and brutally taken from them. Her husband and their children are in my thoughts and prayers.