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  • Article: Nov 19, 2018
    By campaigncc.org edited Steve Bolter

    1.5 to Stay Alive

    November 19, 2018 6:04 PM
    By campaigmcc edited by Steve Bolter

    Protest: Together for Climate Justice

    Join The Green Liberal Democrats on 1st December 2018 in London
    We meet from 11:30 near Regents Park (Bakerloo) and Great Portland Street (Met & Circle) stations,
    exact place to be announced on our website and Facebok page by 30th of November.

    We move off in time to join main Rally at 12 noon, provisionally announced as meeting near the Polish Embassy in Portland Place.

    Click here to notify the main organisers that you are coming

    Please also notify GLD that you are coming, by going onto Events on the Green Liberal Democrats' Facebook Site.

    The recent IPCC report is a landmark for our planet, setting out just what is at stake if we breach 1.5C warming.

    For many years 2C was talked of as a 'safe' limit. It was only by the tireless work of those countries most at risk from climate change that 1.5C made it into the Paris agreement at all. But now it is clear that 2C is 'safe' for no one. It's also clear that we're on track to overshoot it. Nations' inadequate plans to tackle climate change would see us reaching 3C or 4C within the lifetime of today's children.

    Heatwaves and hurricanes make it clear: it's time to act on climate change. The Paris agreement was a starting point but we have a long way to go, and it's not just Trump who won't quit fossil fuels. From fracking to a Heathrow third runway, the UK is stalling on climate action.

    This December in Poland, countries will negotiate the crucial next steps to keep the Paris climate deal on the rails. It's urgent.

    But we know we can't depend on governments to represent us at UN talks infiltrated by fossil fuel interests. We need to hear the voices of those in the front line of climate change, those whose land and water is threatened by fossil fuel industry pollution, and those fighting for climate jobs. We need solidarity from all parts of society, as we saw in the unprecedented mobilisation against Trump's UK visit this summer. The government of Poland wants to suppress the voice of civil society, but we will speak out and send a clear message to our own government to act on climate now.

    Speakers (more to be announced soon)

    Clive Lewis MP, Labour Party

    Sian Berry, co-leader, Green Party

    Richard Roberts, fracking direct action campaigner whose recent prison sentence was overturned

    Paul Allen, Zero Carbon Britain

    Brazilian Women Against Fascism

    Nita Sanghera, Vice President, UCU


    Plan for the day (note changes sometimes need to be made for practical reasons nearer the time)

    Assemble from 12pm near the Polish Embassy on Portland Place.

    Rally with speeches 12.30-1.30.

    March to Downing Street, where the Frack Free United open letter / declaration against fracking will be handed in.

    Please sign the Frack Free United Declaration here

    At around 2.30 or 3 there will be two or three brief closing speeches, wrap up by 4pm

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 12:00 to 16:00
  • Gill Collings image
    Article: Aug 15, 2018
    By Kate Onions

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former Braintree and Witham, local party Chair, Gill Collings. Gill died suddenly at home on Sunday the 12th of August 2018.

    Gill joined the party after her retirement. She brought with her invaluable organisational skills and quickly earned herself the affectionate title of 'Clerical Queen'. She was an indispensable part of Sir Bob Russell's 2015 and 2017 election campaigns, chaired the Stanway Parish Council and acted as regional secretary for some years.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2018
    By Kate Onions

    It would appear that Essex Police are now involved in the ongoing saga of the 'temporary' traffic lights on the bridge accessing the A12 Southbound from Witham.

    Commuters have had to suffer this for the last two years with ongoing failures of the lights meaning they get locked on red or turn red despite no traffic in the opposite direction. This realist in long queues and a two minute drive taking anything up to fifteen minutes.

    Previous strategies used by frustrated drivers (turning the lights round) have been thwarted by the installation of CCTV but sadly Highways East did not see fit to actually fix the problem. Local Liberal Democrat campaigner, Helen Waring has taken regularly to Twitter to vent her frustration - once being assured that she would receive a response 'within 14 days' only to still be waiting over 2 months later. The Witham and Braintree Times have dedicated news inches to the problem and in the last week a Highways England van has been seen regularly on the bridge raising drivers' hopes of a solution. But sadly this Tuesday proved this was not the case as queues extended even further than normal. Twitter has informed us that Highways England are 'running a couple of logs' and 'awaiting further info from Essex Police'. All suitable fluffy with no certain end to commuter misery.

  • 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 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: May 13, 2017

    The drop in value of sterling since the EU referendum result last year is responsible for 5p of the recent increase in the cost per litre of petrol and diesel according to figures approved by an Oxford academic and endorsed by the former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. This rise will hit the pockets of people living in rural communities, such as on the Dengie Peninsula, particularly hard.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    21,610 pensioners living in the Maldon constituency will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

    Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.

    This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Zoe O'Connell said:

    "Protecting the triple lock will mean an extra £772 a year by 2021 for the 21,610 people receiving the state pension in this constituency.

    "The Liberal Democrats are making a clear commitment to older people in the Maldon area, unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give this guarantee.

    "The triple lock has succeeded in lifting thousands of pensioners out of poverty, but many are still struggling to get by.

    "An important test of a civilised society is the way in which it cares for the elderly. This commitment will ensure older people are able to meet their basic needs and that their living standards will be protected, especially with prices set to rise in the coming years."

  • Article: Apr 28, 2017

    Over three hundred 10 year olds in Maldon district are obese, according to government data released today. Despite the Conservative's publication last year of a Childhood Obesity Plan, over a third of 10 year olds in England are overweight, and one in five classed as obese. Public Health England regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges for the 21st century. Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems, and are also more likely to become obese adults.

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Maldon, Zoe O'Connell, commented:

    "The failure of Conservatives to properly tackle childhood obesity is carelessly risking the lives of 326 of children in Maldon district.

    "We cannot allow another five years to go by without proper steps being taken to address this problem. Liberal Democrats know it is time to get tough on advertisers and food manufacturers, to protect the future of kids in Maldon and across the Dengie peninsula.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the only real opposition to this hard right Conservative government."

    Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb MP, added:

    "This should be a wake-up call to the Government that their approach to public health has been nothing short of disastrous.

    "Councils' public health budgets have been cut and the Conservative's paltry Childhood Obesity Strategy lacked concrete measures to tackle advertising of junk food to children and reduce levels of sugar in food.

    "Without real action to tackle ill-health in children the Government are inexcusably letting down our young people, and harming their wellbeing and life chances".

    This article hosted by Z O'Connell, published and promoted by M Elsden on behalf of Z O'Connell (Liberal Democrats) both at 93 Main Road, St Lawrence Bay Southminster CM0 7NA

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: Apr 26, 2017

    Our Priorities for the 2017 Elections

    End the Tory cuts to public services

    Over the last four years Conservative run Essex County Council has been savagely cutting services

    • Children's Centres have closed
    • Meals on Wheels have ended
    • Community Transport has been cut
    • Bus services have been cut
    • Side roads and pavements have deteriorated
    • Care packages for the elderly have been delayed
    • Charges for Home Care has increased five fold
    • Youth Services have been dismantled
    • Recycling Centres restrict home DIY waste
    • Local Highways budgets have been halved
    • Charges for home to school transport in rural areas has rocketed
    • Traffic congestion has got worse

  • Jo Hayes
    Article: Apr 25, 2017

    About Jo Hayes, the Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Witham

    Jo was born in Colchester, grew up near the edge of Witham Constituency and was educated at local schools. She is a barrister with chambers in London and is very familiar with commuting by train on the Great Eastern Mainline.