Hi! We're the North Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats.

In the recent May 2016 local elections the Liberal Democrats made some important strides forward. Nationally, the Lib Dems emerged with more new Councillors than any other party (45!) and we were the only party to take control of an additional Council (Watford). Within North Hertfordshire we won two seats - Hitchin Highbury and Chesfield, with swings of 14% and 27% respectively. In short, the 'Lib Dem fightback' is well underway.

Why are we so keen to see our party recover? Because we think that liberal values need to be defended now more than ever. Locally, we want to hold North Hertfordshire's complacent Conservative Council to account. Nationally, we want to build a fairer society, but also keep the economy strong and secure. Internationally we want the UK to remain part of Europe, and to lead the response to global challenges like climate change.

If you share our values and objectives, then please give us your support.

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Recent Publications

We believe it's important to communicate with local residents all year round, not just at election times. That's why our local campaigners work harder than any of the other parties to produce and deliver publications like the ones below. To browse through some recent examples, simply visit our Issuu page or click on the image:

Local Communications

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Recent News Artciles

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

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  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.

  • Brenda Bus stop
    Article: Aug 2, 2016

    Time for Hertfordshire to benefit from London-style bus operating

    Sandy Walkington, Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson on the county council, gained unanimous all-party support when he proposed a motion that the county council seize the bus franchising opportunities offered by the Bus Services Bill.

  • Southern train
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has welcomed the county council's letter to new Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP calling on him to get a grip on the appalling rail services offered to Hertfordshire commuters by Govia Thameslink on the St Albans and Welwyn-Stevenage routes.

    "This letter was prompted by LibDem questions at County Hall," Stephen said. "Enough must be enough for our hard-pressed commuters. And the same company's disastrous performance on its Southern franchise leading to huge cuts in scheduled services has had a knock-on effect for Watford through to Tring as well."

    LibDem transport spokesperson Sandy Walkington added, "Govia needs to go figure what running a passenger railway is about, or it's time for the Government to step in and remove the franchise."

  • Tom call for a charge on single use plastic bags
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    Plastic bag usage has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.