"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."
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Second local shop loses licence
Quick Stop in Birdcage Walk is the second Harlow shop to lose its alcohol sales licence in as many weeks, reports Cllr Ian Jackson, who chaired the Harlow Council Licensing panel which made the decision. The shop was regularly selling alcohol to underage drinkers, so much so that young people were coming in from outside the area to buy. The case was brought by Trading Standards and Essex Police, after continual flouting of the law.
Lib Dems troubled over treatment of citizens as Tories court China
A continuing partnership with Jiangsu Province in China, proposed by the ruling Conservatives at Essex County Council, must be accompanied by a robust expectation of improved human rights for the Chinese people living in the province, maintains the County Council's Liberal Democrats group. Cllr Mike Mackrory, Liberal Democrats deputy group leader said:
"We accept that as China is the world's largest growing economy, it is in the financial interests of Essex to continue a business and education link with China. However, we have deep concerns about doing business with a nation that has such a poor history of human rights abuses against its own citizens.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
One Stop Shop loses licence
Harlow Council has revoked the licence for the One Stop Shop in the Stow to sell alcohol, reports Cllr Linda Pailing. The shop has been caught several times by Trading Standards selling drink to underage children and has had penalty fines imposed and received lots of warning visits.
The police also made representations about the number of thefts of alcohol from the premises and the number of complaints of anti-social behaviour.
The store has 21 days to appeal.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Andrew Duff blames Government for 'hopeless inertia' over east-west links
On the closing day for the receipt of bids for EU funding for improved rail links in the region, Liberal Democrat Euro MP Andrew Duff has criticised the British government for failing to act. Mr Duff said:
"20 July is the closing date for the European Commission to receive bids for the funding of improved transport links. The A14 and the Felixstowe-Nuneaton railway are officially designated as an important part of the EU's Trans-European Networks. As such, they are eligible to receive substantial subsidy from the EU budget.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
4p income tax cut would be great news for people of Harlow
Local Liberal Democrat leader Chris Millington has welcomed plans unveiled today to reduce the basic rate of income tax to 16p, and scrap the council tax, benefiting millions of people on low and middle incomes. The proposals will be debated and voted on at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton in September. Cllr Millington said:
"These proposals would mean lower tax bills for most households in Harlow, as well as tackling inequality and environmental damage."Proposals in the Liberal Democrat tax policy paper, Reducing the burden: Policies for tax reform, would
"The current system of taxation is not fair. The unacceptable reality is that in Britain today the poorest pay a higher proportion of their income in tax than the super-rich. Wealth inequality has actually risen since Labour came to power.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Youth Cafe gets green light
Councillors Lorna Spenceley and Linda Pailing were among those who voted overwhelmingly at a meeting of Harlow Council's planning committee to give permission for the new Youth Cafe in the town centre.
The cafe is a project initiated and developed by Harlow Youth Council. It is intended for 11 to 17 year olds, and will be at 21 Westgate, where the betting shop used to be. It is currently being fitted out and will be opening shortly.