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The Hemel Lib Dem Team

Hemel Hempstead Liberal Democrats - campaigning in Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Markyate, Flamstead, Potten End & The Gaddesdens.

"We joined the coalition because there was a national economic emergency. We worked with the Tories because voters chose them as the largest party, not because we like them." Vince Cable MP

Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

    Norman warns that "schizo-patient" Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses.

    Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.

  • Arriva Coach in Dartford
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey), has lambasted the ruling Conservatives at County Hall for proposing bus cuts when council papers just released now show the savings have already been made.

    On 16th July the County Council put forward a public consultation saying that "the county council is committed to saving at least £700k from the annual bus budget of £3.8m by April 2015". In order to achieve this the Conservatives proposed in the consultation to cease bus routes after 6.30pm and on a Sunday, affecting as many as 809,000 trips a year.

    Now in papers made available to councillors officers have told them that "efficiencies in excess of £700,000 have been achieved in the current financial year and in 2015/16 and 2016/17 through a mixture of underspends and contributions." No cuts to routes have been made so far this year.

  • war on drugs isn't working
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

    Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

    The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    You can read Malcolm's letter below.

    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' Bob Neill's European Union (Referendum) Bill.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons.

    Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying.

    The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country.

    Liberal Democrats want to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying once and for all. You can show your support for this too by backing our campaign here.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Reacting to the news that the UK has fallen to 26th in the 'World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report', Liberal Democrat Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson said:

    "Today's report shows that we need to take further action to tackle the inequality that still exists between men and women. That is why Liberal Democrats would introduce laws requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Mental health charity Mind has said that the amount of public budgets spent on mental health prevention is too low.

    In a report published by Mind today (October 28), figures reveal that £40m of council funds will go on mental health compared to £900m for physical health.

    Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb Tweeted:

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    Article: Oct 28, 2014

    High paid executives who take a redundancy payment from the public sector and then to return to work in the same part of the public sector within a year will need to repay the taxpayer Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced today.

    Under proposals published by the government, individuals earning over £100,000 who take a new job in the same part of the public sector within 12 months of being made redundant will have to repay all or some of their redundancy payment.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone recently visited Somalia. Here she writes about breaking the silence of violence against women and girls in Somali and beyond.

    When you think of Somalia, you probably think of Black Hawk Down, Al Shabaab terrorism and piracy. But if you're born a girl in Somalia, you face so many other risks, both severe and everyday.