The County Council Elections took place on Thursday, 4th May, 2017. In Braintree and Witham, Liberal Democrat candidates succeeeded in doubling our vote share in almost every division, and the Liberal Democrats remain the main opposition party on the County Council.

We will continue to fight to keep the Tories accountable, against continued cuts to essential services while money is stockpiled in Council coffers.

Read more about the Lib Dem priorities for Essex.

Below are our candidates for each division in the County Council. Whether or not were elected as councillors, we will continue to listen to local residents and champion their concerns, so do not hestitate to get in touch with us.

  • Bocking - Barry Foskett
  • Braintree Eastern - Geoff Keig
    • Geoff Keig
      Article: Apr 24, 2017

      Geoff Keig lays out his priorities at the Lib Dem candidate for Braintree East, for the County Council Elections:

      I have always believed that that the United Kingdom is at its strongest when it is Open, Tolerant and United. It is this society that others seek to emulate or indeed target; it is this society that is the greatest threat to totalitarianism everywhere and empowers and offers and offers the greatest hope to all its citizens. It is this empowerment and hope that I want for the people of Essex. It is these beliefs that I take to the County council, if elected, and the positive belief that we can make the positive change we need.

      Specifically, delivery will start with openness about the business of council and my key priorities for Braintree East such as; -

      • Housing Development - I will ensure that as well as exercising our duty to new residents and other buyers seeking property in Essex we exercise our duty to existing residents too. That means not blindly supporting vast sprawling developments that will change forever the nature of the locality where smaller developments will meet targets and preserve the character of our county too. It means holding developers to account and ensuring requirements for infrastructure are in place prior to development approval.
      • Social Care - I support the proposal to create a to create an ear-marked fund of £2.5m for 'Social Care Pressures' and to partner with our NHS to speed the discharge of patients from hospital and increase the supply of urgently needed care outside hospital. This will help provide the Elderly with the appropriate care and free up precious NHS resource to concentrate on the emergency and acute medical requirements of our community.
      • Promotion and Support of local Jobs and Business is something that starts at a local level. I will campaign for the softest Brexit possible to ensure all businesses have the best chance of not only surviving but prospering in the changed business landscape of the years to come. I am also aware of the need to support our businesses in terms of their technology requirements - starting with access to fast broadband - and with assistance in providing a work force with the right skills. I will work with employers and our further education centres to ensure access to the right training and reskilling for employees too to meet this need.
      • Creating a greener Essex. The Rivenhall waste facility application has again put the focus on how we deal with the waste we create within Essex. The problem with large facilities such as the one proposed is that they do nothing to encourage residents to recycle waste and then add to a reduction in air quality by the increased traffic flow and by their own process incineration. I am against waste being imported into Essex for processing and believe in the need to find local solutions, where possible, for dealing with our waste.

      Being Open is the way to a more transparent, democratic Essex County Council - one that really works for the people of Braintree East.

      It's time to challenge the status quo at Essex County Hall, where Conservatives have taken for granted the people of Essex. Creating a cash hoard while cutting services and putting up your council tax is not working for Essex - and is all the Conservatives have managed to do. If you want to see real change and real progress then vote for me on May the 4th as your representative to put the needs of Braintree East first.

  • Braintree Town - Laura Davies
    • Laura Davies Thurimella
      Article: Apr 20, 2017

      I believe in a United Kingdom that is at its best when it is Open, Tolerant and United. I want the same for the wonderful county of Essex. But the Conservatives running our council - as well as the Hard Brexit Tory Government - are intent on creating a nation that is divided, closed-minded and closed for business. These local elections are a vital opportunity for us to change direction both here in Essex, and the country as a whole.

  • Halstead - Mark Jarman-Howe
    • Mark Jarman-Howe
      Article: Apr 18, 2017


      Mark Jarman-Howe, Candidate for Halstead Division in the County Council Elections, lays out his priorities:

      I believe in the Liberal Democrat vision of an open, tolerant and united Britain. These local elections are a great opportunity to voice your concerns at the worrying direction this Conservative Government is taking our country and for you to be part of the Lib Dem Fightback.

  • Hedingham - Steve Bolter
    • Steve Bolter
      Article: Apr 23, 2017

      Steve Bolter, Lib Dem candidate for Hedingham in the County Council Elections, lays out his priorities:

      I am a Liberal Democrat because I want to see a greener world, a stronger economy, and a fairer society.

      .I believe that only a green, environmentally sustainable economy can be a strong economy in the long term, and thus be fair to following generations. I think that only in a world at peace can economic strength be used harness to maximise human happiness; and that the European Union is vital to combating rapid climate-change, conserving resources and maintaining peace and stability in Europe and the wider world.

  • Mersea & Tiptree - Jo Hayes
    • Jo Hayes
      Article: Apr 23, 2017

      Jo Hayes lays out her priorities for Mersea and Tiptree, for the County Council Elections:

      I believe that after many years of Conservative rule at County Hall in Chelmsford, it is high time for change.

      The poor state of our roads is plain to see. Conservative-run Essex County Council signed away the maintenance of Essex's roads to a commercial firm. I strongly oppose the failed Conservative policies of contracting-out public services for undisclosed profit.

  • Stanway & Pyefleet - Jessica Scott-Boutell
  • Three Fields with Great Notley - Graham Sheppard
  • Witham Northern - Mark Scott
  • Witham Southern - Barry Fleet
    • Barry Fleet Headshot
      Article: Apr 24, 2017

      Barry Fleet sets out his priorities as Lib Dem candidate for Witham Southern in the County Council Elections:

      I have always believed that the Liberal Democrats are by far the most green of the mainstream parties and that is why I am a member, and in addition, I want to see a stronger economy and fairer society in Britain.

More information about each candidate is can be found by clicking on their names. If you would like to get in touch with any of the candidates you can also email info@braintreeandwithamlibdems.org and your query will be passed along.