THe LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WILL PUT OUR COMMUNITIES FIRST

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.

LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Jan 18, 2018

    More than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding.

    Those figures are absolutely shocking.

    They provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking point.

    The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard-working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

    The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    If Brexit wasn't happening, taxpayers wouldn't be paying yet another huge bill.

    The French President is able to demand £45 million because he also has the option of withdrawing co-operation over the special border control in Calais, as the UK withdraws from the EU.

    Parliament needs to be told when this money was budgeted for, and what guarantees the UK has secured in return, if any, for future co-operation on our border security.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    A Lib Dem amendment that would have forced the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal in Parliament has received cross-party support in a vote today.

    The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes to 301.

    Let this be a warning to the Conservatives: they are not going to get the easy ride they expect in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    This is more evidence that the opposition parties will work together to avert the Conservatives' disastrous path to Brexit. We just hope this is not a one-off by the Labour Party and we urge their leadership to join us in this fight.

    The fight now goes to the Lords where the Government isn't close to commanding a majority for it's hard and damaging Tory Brexit.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Judith Jolly

    Figures released today show 1 in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS every year. The number of nurses leaving the NHS now outnumbers those joining.

    Nurses are the backbone of our NHS. The vital service and quality of care they provide cannot continue to be undervalued.

    It is little wonder nurses are leaving in droves and that they far outnumber new nurses being recruited.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2018

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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have gained strong cross-party support behind their bid to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill at Report Stage. The amendment will be debated in the house tomorrow.

    It's vital that MPs are fully briefed on the impact of Brexit on British jobs and families before any meaningful vote on the deal.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    Christmas and the New Year are already dim and distant memories. Parliament is back in full swing and Brexit Bills again dominate the parliamentary timetable.

    The customs and trade bills this week will be followed by the report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) bill next week.

    The Liberal Democrats opposed both these Bills.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    As GDPR Project Manager for the Liberal Democrats my job is ensure the entire party is in compliance the new Data Protection regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May.

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  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Patients are dying in hospital corridors because of NHS underfunding, a group of A&E doctors has warned in a letter to Theresa May.

    In their unprecedented warning, the doctors told the prime minister that more than 120 patients a day were being managed in corridors in some hospitals, with "some dying prematurely" because staff were so busy.