Chris Black writes: District Councillors had a training session today on sustainable drainage systems- the systems you need to cope with the run-off of water from new developments. I’m grateful for the County Council officer, Mr Simpson, from driving from the other end of Essex to talk to us – […]
From the Inside Housing website this week- an alarming figure: “Council taxpayers will spend £1bn covering local authorities’ costs of processing planning applications in the next five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Local authorities are unable to recover the full cost of handling applications through planning fees, […]
Tim Farron has resigned as Lib Dem party leader, and Jo Swinson is the bookies’s favourite to take over .. Jo was an MP at 25, a government minister in her early thirties but lost her seat to the SNP two years ago. Last week she triumphantly won it back […]
Then have a look at our manifesto here, there’s plenty worth voting for. And locally our candidate for Rayleigh and Wickford, Ron Tindall, is totally opposed to the downgrading of Southend A&E.
Chris Black writes: Last night’s hustings was a pretty boisterous affair. The chairman allowed some of the audience to make some brief comments during the debate , which sometimes got quite heated. But the event was fundamentally good-natured. The clear loser on the night was UKIP. Their candidate didn’t come […]
Ron Tindall, the Lib Dems parliamentary candidate for Rayleigh and Wickford, will be meeting voters again this weekend. On Saturday evening, he will be taking part in the Rayleigh General Election Hustings, at Holy Trinity Church, at the top of Rayleigh High Street. Doors open at 7.00pm and entry is […]
Colchester Lib Dem and all-round Renaissance man Nick Barlow blogs most days about the General Election. You find his latest piece here Here’s a taster: As everyone is fond of pointing out, election wobbles happen to every party in every campaign. Everything up to then has been smooth sailing and […]
Jonathan Calder has a good post here on the Lib Dem policy for a regulated market in cannabis. It’s worth repeating in full: The Liberal Democrat call for a regulated market in cannabis this week has attracted more media interest than out policies normally do. You can read the evidence […]
We are putting up an experienced campaigner to contest the Rayleigh and Wickford constituency . Ron Tindall has spent many years as a local and county councillor, is a former trade union organiser, and is an ardent campaigner against domestic abuse. Not content with all that, Ron at 60 dedicated […]
“If you are a Lib Dem councillor, then sooner or later the Conservatives will probably make you an offer to switch sides. Thankfully I’ve never been tempted, because if I had gone against my principles and turned blue I really would be regretting it now. Because it should be obvious […]
Have a look at this info from the Families Online website, estimating an average cut of £339 per year per Essex primary school pupil. And £477 per secondary school pupil. There’s a link here for estimates for each school from the NUT and ATL.