"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and
open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values
of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall
be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."
Friday, March 25, 2005
Harlow Lib Dem spokesman champions solar power
Harlow's Liberal Democrat spokesman Lorna Spenceley has written to Labour's Energy Minister Mike O'Brien MP calling for the Government to reverse their decision to cut grants for new solar power schemes.
The cuts end a grant allocation scheme for solar power, which harnesses sunlight to generate electricity, officially planned to run until 2012.
Mrs Spenceley says:
"Climate change is the biggest issue facing us around the planet. This complete U-turn in Government policy will slow down progress on tackling that, and will be very damaging to the future of solar power industry.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
If you don't vote Conservative you "should seek psychiatric help" - says Lord Hanningfield
Lord Hanningfield, leader of Essex County Council and a prominent Conservative member of the House of Lords, has stated that anyone who votes Liberal Democrat or Labour "should seek psychiatric help".
Ken Jones, Liberal Democrats group leader said:
I am shocked and appalled at the contempt with which Lord Hanningfield has shown the people of Essex by this cheap and vulgar comment.
Small firms in Harlow to benefit from Lib Dem plans
Around a thousand businesses in the Harlow constituency would save more than £600 a year on their annual rates bill under proposals unveiled by the Liberal Democrats.
Welcoming the launch of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto for Business, Lorna Spenceley, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Harlow, said:
This is great news for local small firms, who are getting a raw deal from the Labour Government.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Harlow Health Study attracts massive response
A Study into the state of Harlow's health service is already attracting a massive response, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman Lorna Spenceley reports.
The Study, which is being distributed to over 10,000 local residents and is also available on the internet, asks about people's experiences of GP and hospital care, as well as their views on a range of issues from mixed sex wards to charges for eye tests and prescription charges.
Responses are already pouring in, and I'm looking forward to collecting some really valuable information on the condition of NHS services locally. I'm aiming to publish my report on the findings over the next couple of months, and believe it will make a real contribution to the debate on improving the health of local people.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Gordon Brown's "sticking plaster" budget
Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget, Harlow's Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman Lorna Spenceley said:
Gordon Brown's budget is a sticking plaster to patch things up in the run-up to the General Election. He's tinkered with council tax rebates, but hasn't tackled the fundamental unfairness of the local tax system, or got to grips with pensioner poverty.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Lib Dem pensions package launched
The Liberal Democrats have launched the most generous package for older people on offer from any major political party.
Among other proposals in the Liberal Democrat Manifesto for Older People, 4,848 pensioners in Harlow aged over 75 will get more than £100 a month extra on their pension, or more than £140 a month for a pensioner couple.
Harlow Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman Lorna Spenceley has warmly welcomed the plans, saying:
It's time that older people were treated with the respect they deserve by politicians.
Lib Dem Lorna calls on Blair to save food supplements
Harlow's Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman Lorna Spenceley has written directly to Prime Minister Tony Blair about the threat to over 5,000 vitamin and mineral supplement products used regularly by thousands of Harlow residents.
From July, the EU food supplements directive threatens to ban over 200 safe, popular and well-established food supplement ingredients.
Liberal Democrat MEPs voted against the food supplements directive in the European Parliament. And Liberal Democrat MPs at Westminster have challenged the Labour Government to justify its support for the directive, after it used its majority to whip the directive through parliament.
Mrs Spenceley told Mr Blair:
It is likely that many people who faithfully use food supplements that are to be banned or re-formulated will be forced to buy them from abroad over the internet, which puts them at risk from unregulated businesses. Indeed, these measures may endanger people's health, rather than protect them.She concluded:
My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will continue to campaign to protect perfectly safe food supplements.