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Your Liberal Democrat Councillors hold regular Surgeries locally. Please check the Events Calendar to find the next date. However if the matter is urgent, you can always contact them direct by phone or email - see the Lib Dem Councillor Contact List.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Jul 22, 2019
    By Jo Swinson in

    I am a candidate for Prime MinisterMessenger

    Thank you all so much.

    I am delighted, honoured, absolutely over the moon to stand before you as the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    And as the first woman to lead our party.


  • Article: Jul 22, 2019
    By Vince Cable in

    The Brexit Crisis and stepping down on a high note

    A decade ago we all knew that there was an economic crisis. Banks were collapsing. Credit was drying up. Bankruptcies. Job losses. Escalating budget deficits. A big drop in the currency. You didn't need a Nobel Prize in economics to realise that something was terribly amiss. It was the biggest financial crisis in over a century, and the biggest drop in production and incomes since the interwar period.

  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus Summer 2019 ()
    Article: Jul 22, 2019

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  • Event: Sep 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1SP

    Meet your Lib Dem Councillors on the second Saturday of the month at Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

  • Event: Sep 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Kent Elms Library, 1 Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 5UU

    Every second Saturday morning (except August) Councilor Paul Collins will be here to meet you. Come and share a coffee.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2019
    By Tom Brake, MP in

    It's time to stop Brexit

    Join us on Saturday 20th of July, as we march for our place in the EU - and tell the new Prime Minister to put a halt to this Brexit mess.

    When we think of great moments of political upheaval, social change and protests for justice, the images which often come to mind are marches. There is something acutely powerful about seeing so many come together to create, for one moment in time, a community of like-minded people. A crowd which passionately believes in a common cause will have its cause noticed. Marches become beacons of free speech and spawn mass movements which captivate people's attention.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2019
    By Jonathon Read in

    The petition to revoke Article 50 has broken records again - by becoming the largest in history to be presented to parliament - with still a month to go.

    The petition was already the biggest petition on the official parliament e-petition website.

    It has almost 6.1 million signatures - nearly 13% of the electorate - with still a month to go until the official deadline.

  • Image result for lib dem meps bollocks to brexit t shirts
    Article: Jul 16, 2019
    By Irina von Wiese, Liberal Democrat MEP in

    After a time-warp 6 week campaign, an 18 hour polling day marathon and an incredible win on 26 May, the sixteen of us went to Brussels in June to take up our new positions as MEPs. You might have heard about the furore we caused!

    The Liberal Democrat cohort are sworn in as MEPs.

    Between setting up offices in Brussels, Strasbourg and home constituencies, hiring staff, filling in forms and receiving hundreds of messages, we ran from meeting to meeting and started to home in on key policy targets.

  • John Leech and Adrian Trett campaigning for a Turing pardon
    Article: Jul 15, 2019
    By John Leech in

    Liberal Democrats have celebrated the announcement that computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note.

    It was the campaign by the Liberal Democrats, led by John Leech, the former MP for Manchester Withington, which eventually led to Alan Turing's posthumous pardon.

    Following the announcement, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

    "Alan Turing made an immeasurable contribution to our country.

    "Not only is he the father of modern computing, but the work that was done at Bletchley Park in cracking the German Enigma Machine saved countless lives in bringing the war to an end.

    "He was for an important period of time also a resident in my Twickenham constituency when he worked at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington.

    "Today's announcement is monumental in recognising the invaluable work he did. It is also an important reminder of a part of our history where prejudice and blatant bigotry were enshrined in law.

    "In honouring him today, we must also remember that bigotry and discrimination leads to a terrible waste of talent for society as a whole."

    Welcoming today's news, Turing pardon architect John Leech said:

    "It is almost impossible to put into words the difference that Alan Turing made to society, but perhaps the most poignant example is that his work is estimated to have shortened the war by four years and saved up to 21 million lives.

    "I'm absolutely delighted that Turing will be the face of the new £50 note and I hope it will go some way to acknowledging his unprecedented contribution to society and science.

    "But more importantly I hope it will serve as a stark and rightfully painful reminder of what we lost in Turing, and what we risk when we allow that kind of hateful ideology to win."

  • Article: Jul 13, 2019
    When Theresa May became Prime Minister, she stood on the steps of Downing Street and told us all of the injustices she would overturn.
    Click here to see how she did...