"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."
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Harlow Liberal Democrats were out and about at the Town Show, with a bouncy castle for the children which proved very popular.
The team also handed out surveys to adults about the council's proposals for fortnightly rubbish collection, including practical questions about how residents thought they would cope with fortnightly collections and wheelie bins.
Even the occasional rain showers - and the decision of the bouncy castle to start deflating when it ran out of power! - didn't deter the team, and a great day was had by all.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Liberal Democrats in Harlow back calls for UK energy independence
Liberal Democrats in Harlow have given their strong backing to ambitious calls by Nick Clegg MP for Britain to become self-sufficient in energy.
The Liberal Democrat leader has called for a major programme to build up Britain's own energy supplies through wind, tidal, wave and biomass technologies. Mr Clegg said:
"We have an enormous opportunity to create real energy independence for the UK, freeing ourselves from the shackles of foreign oil, coal and gas. This will require the kind of ambition and political will that succeeded in putting man on the moon."Local Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Chris Millington said:
"I am delighted that Nick Clegg is calling for a green revolution in the way we produce power. The recent Russian invasion of Georgia and the ongoing troubles in Iraq and Iran show just how dangerously reliant Britain is on energy from unstable parts of the world.
Liberal Democrats prepare to go to conference
Liberal Democrats in Harlow are making their final preparations to attend the party's conference in Bournemouth in September. Four members from Harlow will be heading for the conference which will be held from Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 September.
Debates taking place will include pensions, crime, eco-towns, the housing and mortgage crisis, transport and health. Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Chris Millington says:
"We are looking forward to a good conference and some lively debates. We are also looking forward to speeches from leading figures in the Liberal Democrats, particularly Nick Clegg's Leader’s speech on the final day.The members attending from Harlow are Cllr Chris Millington, Cllr Robert Thurston, local party chairman David Wright, and Cllr Lorna Spenceley.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Essex councils missing recycling trick
Your rubbish is worth money and councils in Essex are failing to reap the financial rewards, according to Liberal Democrats in the county. Cllr Ian Gale, spokesman for waste and recycling, explained:
"Recycled rubbish, such as paper and plastic, is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity and one that councils should be taking advantage of. We would urge the ruling Conservative party at Essex County Council to take a far more proactive role in helping local councils to identify what is not being recycled and why.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Welcome for plans to tackle youth crime
Liberal Democrats in Harlow have welcomed proposals made by the party's Shadow Home Secretary Chris Huhne MP to tackle youth crime.
The plans aim to deter crime and get young people involved in positive activities that benefit local communities. They include:
"These proposals could potentially go a long way to reduce youth crime. By having more police and by focusing on crime hotspots, we will be able to deter crime more effectively from happening.