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

  • Article: Nov 17, 2017

    Tantamount to admitting that her priority has been on her career, in a recent article in the Braintree and Witham Times, Priti Patel offered to turn her focus to her constituency. After her embarrassing departure from the Government, her statement has been met by skepticism and mistrust from many of its readers online.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, today set out the Liberal Democrat approach to the Budget. The full text is below.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it is one of my responsibilities to give a serious Lib Dem analysis of the economics around the Budget, and to present an alternative.

    I have recently been returned to Parliament from exile.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have agreed to cross party proposals which will see an independent grievance process, improved HR support, and the establishment of a cross-party working group to implement these changes.

    Following the meeting Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

    "These are the right first cross-party steps to address harassment and abuse in Westminster. There needs to be a robust, independent complaints system across Parliament that offers victims a safe, non-partisan procedure."

  • Article: Nov 3, 2017

    The BBC report on DFID Minister Priti Patel's undisclosed meetings in Israel without informing the Foreign Office http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41853561 reports that without the knowledge of the British Foreign Office or British diplomats in Israel:

    • She met the leader of one of Israel's main political parties.
    • She made visits to several organisations where official departmental business was reportedly discussed.
    • Shewas accompanied by a powerful pro-Israeli Conservative lobbyist, Lord Polak, honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), an influential lobbying organisation.
    • She was unaccompanied by her office staff.
  • Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Communities and Local Government Spokesperson, commented:

    "I very much welcome the ban on lettings fees and the cap on deposits, which Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning for.
    "The detail of this legislation must now be looked at closely to ensure that there are no loopholes which unscrupulous letting agents could exploit.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    Comments made today on Twitter by Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein highlight very real concerns about the threat of Brexit to our financial sector.

    The UK financial services industry generates over £65 billion in tax revenue each year. That is vital funding for our schools and hospitals that would be lost if companies move jobs and operations abroad.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.

    As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.

    Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The Conservatives have savaged our police force - inflicting deep cuts that have left officers struggling to respond to crime and weakening their ability to protect our communities.

    Reports today show just how deep Conservative cuts have savaged the police - with reports suggesting that the Police need at least £1.3bn a year more to fight terrorism and crime.

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    Article: Oct 20, 2017

    Responding to Theresa May's comments in Brussels, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "The Prime Minister cannot say one thing in Brussels and another in Britain. She needs to face down the right-wing Brexiteers in her party in order to guarantee the talks actually move forward. Above all she still needs to protect citizens' rights to ensure they are not a casualty of a no-deal Brexit, and the European Union must also do more to make this happen.