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Demand Better Than Brexit

Get a full set for Southend!

Your chance to vote for a full set of Lib Dem Councillors in the Southend-on-Sea Borough Elections on the 2nd of May

Belfairs - Mike Grimwade. Blenheim Park - Charlie Grosvenor. Chalkwell - Jill Allen-King. Eastwood Park - Paul Collins. Kursaal - Howard Gibeon. Leigh - Ashley Thompson. Milton - Carol White. Prittlewell - Bob Howes. Shoeburyness - Granville Stride. Southchurch - John Batch. St Laurence - Karl Lansley. St Luke's - Jessie Skinner. Thorpe - James Clinkscales. Victoria - Pamela Austin. West Leigh - Beth Hooper. West Shoebury - David Barrett. Westborough - Billy Boulton.


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Recent updates

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019
    By Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

    Our education system is struggling to get by as minister after minister uses it as a political football. Layla Moran demands better.

    "I want to talk about something that we shouldn't have to talk about in 2019.

    It should be a given that our schools have the funding they need to give our children the best start in life.

  • Leigh Times article on policing 11 April 2019 ()
    Article: Apr 11, 2019
    In Leigh Times

    "Lib Dem councillor Carole Mulroney said "Whichever way the Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner dress this up, there has been a reduction of immense proportions in the police numbers in Essex. In Southend we have seen the worst of this and as a consequence we now have citizens in all areas worried about the potential for knife crime, concerned about increases in burglaries and thefts and scared of anti-social behaviour - on top of the hate crime, drugs issues and cybercrime. The need is desperate in all our areas."

  • Article: Apr 9, 2019
    By Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West

    It's clearer than ever that we need a People's Vote and a chance to remain in the EU.

    We know with each new poll that comes out, from a million people marching in Westminster, from six million people signing a parliamentary petition and from votes in Parliament that this is the only way to break the deadlock.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2019
    By Peter Wexham in Leigh Times

    It is election time again and going door to door, one issue comes up more than any other.

    Parking has always been a problem in Leigh but this year it seems to be worse than ever. In central Leigh, residents' tempers are rising as too often they have to drive around looking for a space and end up parking too far from their home.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2019


    The Liberal Democrats are the party of community and we pride ourselves on working to improve the well-being of all residents within Southend Borough by actively supporting them to achieve their aspirations and making this the best place to live, work, bring up a family or visit.

  • Kursaal intro April 2019 ()
    Article: Apr 3, 2019

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  • Article: Apr 3, 2019

    A joint statement was issued today by Ian Blackford, the SNP's Westminster leader, Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, Chuka Umunna, The Independent Group spokesperson, Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader, and the Green MP Caroline Lucas demanding a second referendum. They said:

  • Article: Apr 2, 2019

    Last week's damning report from the Chief Inspector of Probation makes it clear. We need a radically new approach to rehabilitation.

    The primary purpose of our penal system should be to prevent crime by rehabilitating offenders. Right now, it's failing.

    Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Violence, riots, drug use, self-harm and suicide are all far too common.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2019

    Commenting on a new letter from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, giving advice to health professionals on preparations for a no deal Brexit which warns of medicine shortages and the need to provide alternative treatments, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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