The Conservatives have for too long taken the people of Braintree and Witham for granted, whilst letting us down continuously at both Parliamentary and council levels. Under the Tory administration, we have seen:

  • Police stations closed
  • School funding cut
  • Not enough doctor's surgeries or doctors recruited
  • Large-scale housing developments approved without ensuring there is infrastructure to support them

Only the Liberal Democrats will put the needs of our communities first with proper plans to:

Priti Patel has recently shown herself to be purely self-serving and not to be trusted - making deals alongside Iraeli lobbyists without even the support of the Foreign Office, whilst neglecting the urgent needs of her own constituents.

Only the Liberal Democrats can hold the Conservatives to account, in Braintree and Witham, whilst Corbyn's Labour continues to make false promises.


  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 20, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Currently, local parties are either invoiced or debited for Connect and Salesforce. Processing all this and then chasing it up involves significant staff time and pointless bureaucracy.

    Worse still, there are grotesque and unjustifiable anomalies in the sums that local parties, both large and small, are paying for these digital tools. Some are even getting them free.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

  • Police
    Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Melvin Caton

    Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have welcomed a decision to fund additional Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the district council's budget for 2018/19. They consider it is a vindication of their campaign for more visible policing. Community Safety rated highly in the district council's public consultation for the budget year that begins in April. With rising crime rates, the Lib Dems say that the council's decision last year to budget for only two PCSOs was not enough.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Melvin Caton

    Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have accused Stansted Airport of ignoring the damage to the environment that their application to expand the use of the runway to accommodate 43m passengers per annum will cause.

    "The airport already has permission for a 50% increase in the number of flights. Local residents know that a further increase in capacity at the airport will lead to more pressure on our roads especially Junction 8 on the M11, poorer air quality and noise pollution. The application doesn't sort out the night flight problem. Expansion of Stansted Airport cannot be described as environmentally sustainable," Cllr Martin Foley from Thaxted said.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Putin is attempting to be the puppet master of the world, it is time we cut his strings.

    The UK must build a coalition of the willing, able to put an end to Putin's murderous adventurism, and show murder condoned or directed comes at a very heavy price.

    Putin is a bully who will not be put back in his box by entreaties from the Leader of the Opposition to have a chinwag over beer and sandwiches.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    The Spring Statement was a non-event.

    The OECD gave us the clearer picture - that the economy is bumping along the bottom of the G20, well behind the likes of Australia, Canada and the Euro area.

    The OBR's fresh forecasts are still a long way behind the figures estimated in March 2016 before the EU referendum.

  • Stephen Lloyd.
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Ahead of the Chancellor's Spring Statement, I'm calling on the government to reverse cuts to the Universal Credit Work Allowance.

    The Treasury reduced the programme's funding by £3 billion annually after the Liberal Democrats left government in 2015, reducing the amount people can earn while on Universal Credit.

  • An older man with his hand on his head, being conforted by an older woman.
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    As the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill returns to the House of Commons today, the Liberal Democrats have secured a significant victory following the government's acceptance of crucial amendments tabled by Liberal Democrats peers in the House of Lords.

    Led by Lord Sharkey, the Liberal Democrats campaigned in the House of Lords to end the scourge of cold-calling in relation to pensions, claims management and other financial services.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2018