"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."
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Lorna steps down as local Liberal Democrat leader
Harlow councillor Lorna Spenceley has announced that she will be stepping down as leader of the council's Liberal Democrat group later this month.
The move paves the way for the Liberal Democrats to elect a new leader at their group's Annual General Meeting on Monday 23 May.
Mrs Spenceley said:
"I became leader of the Liberal Democrats on Harlow Council in 1991, on my first day as a councillor, and I've led the group for fourteen continuous years, which must be some kind of record.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Statement on appointment of Bill Rammell to DfES
Bill Rammell's Liberal Democrat opponent in last week's General Election has congratulated him on his move from the Foreign Office to the Department for Education & Skills, as Higher Education Minister - but with a clear warning.
Lorna Spenceley said:
"I'd like to extend my congratulations to Bill on his appointment in this week's re-shuffle. However, he will now be responsible for the introduction of top-up fees for Harlow students applying to university this September - the top-up fees that Labour's 2001 General Election manifesto specifically said would not happen, and which I forced him to admit in the local press some months ago were 'a mistake'.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Harlow election count: Lib Dem candidate calls for review
Harlow's Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Lorna Spenceley has called on the town's Returning Officer, Malcolm Morley, to review the management of last week's election count in Harlow.
Harlow was the last constituency in the country to declare a result, after Thursday night's election count was suspended at 6 o'clock the following morning, to resume the day after. The result - a win by a mere 97 votes for Labour - was not declared until almost lunchtime on Saturday.
Mrs Spenceley said in her letter to the Returning Officer:
"Harlow is a compact, urban district, with a few nearby villages within easy reach of the town centre. When remote constituencies such as Orkney & Shetland or the Western Isles can still declare before us, there must be something wrong."She has strongly urged Mr Morley to arrange for a thorough review of the management of the election count to take place to ensure that lessons are learned and that the issues at the root of Thursday's events are resolved satisfactorily before the next election count.
General Election result: Liberal Democrat comment
Commenting on the result of Thursday's General Election, Harlow's Liberal Democrat candidate Lorna Spenceley said:
"The Liberal Democrats now have more MPs than at any time in the party's history. We fought a positive campaign, and benefited from our clear and consistent stance on issues ranging from the war in Iraq to ID cards and tuition fees.