NewS from Uttlesford Lib Dems

  • R4U
    Article: Apr 30, 2021

    Locally in Uttlesford we face a consistent line of attack from Residents for Uttlesford and from independent councillors against 'Westminster parties'.

    We are saddened that this has culminated in a post on the R4U facebook page in which Dan Starr (in an interview with The London Economic) seems to attribute the cause of the death of an MP, presumably Jo Cox, to Westminster party activists. (link to article here)

  • Dame Shirley Williams of Crosby in Stansted
    Article: Apr 12, 2021
    By Melvin Caton
    Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby was a great supporter of the Uttlesford Liberal Democrats. This photo was taken in 2017 when she last visited us to launch our last County Council election campaign. She gave one of her "off the cuff" speeches of great coherence and eloquence.RIP Shirley we will miss you
  • Aub Khan
    Article: Apr 12, 2021

    This May 6th, Liberal Democrats will be standing candidates in Essex County Council elections as well as in two by-elections for Uttlesford District Council.

    Introducing your Essex County Council Candidates

    Our local communities need a strong local voice at Essex County Council. Having neglected town and rural services for years, the Conservatives are now intent on cutting a further £46 million from the budget.Our stretched local public services, like the libraries, mental health and youth services are going to be under threat again. Liberal Democrats are the main opposition to Conservatives at Essex County Council. We are best placed to work Essex-wide to make real progress:

  • Article: Mar 15, 2021
    By Alan Dean

    Uttlesford Liberal Democrats fear that the decision on the appeal against further expansion at Stansted Airport could result in an environmental and financial disaster for the Uttlesford district and its residents.

    At the conclusion of the public examination into the appeal against the District Council's refusal to grant permission for the airport to expand to 43million passengers per annum(mppa), the local Liberal Democrats have expressed dismay and doubts about the strategy that the council adopted during the appeal hearing.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2021

    Liberal Democrats in the East of England have called on the Government to reinstate the EnAble Fund for disabled candidates running for public office.

    With political campaigning made more difficult because of Covid-19, disabled candidates are unfairly disadvantaged. The current Conservative Government should fulfil the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which states disabled people have the right to 'participate effectively and fully in political life on an equal basis with others.'

    Adam Robertson, Diversity Lead for East of England Liberal Democrats, said:

  • Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By UDC Liberal Democrat Group
    Uttlesford Liberal Democrats were deeply disappointed by the failure of a cross party motion to re-affirm a commitment at Uttlesford District Council to the well-established Seven Principles of Public Life, also known as the "Nolan Principles". These principles outline the ethical standards that those working in the public sector are expected to adhere to. They are found in Codes of Conduct all across public life.
    In light of recent allegations of misconduct and the related refusal of Uttlesford District Council's auditors to sign off the Council's accounts (see this report in the local press: https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/news/police-investigating-possible-criminal-offences-at-uttlesford-district-council-9144824/), Liberal Democrat District Councillor Melvin Caton, with cross-party support, proposed a motion which asked the Council to reaffirm its commitment to the seven Nolan Principles of Public Life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership- and to the highest level of Governance in its dealings with officers, members and the public.
    The motion:
    (1) called on the Executive and/or the Chief Executive to clarify the cause and implications of the Auditors' refusal (if necessary in a confidential private briefing of all members);
    (2) asked any relevant member(s) to step down from any position appointed by Council or Cabinet until such time as residents and members can be assured that the situation has been satisfactorily resolved; and
    (3) reminded all members of their responsibility to abide by the Councillors' Code of Conduct.
    RFU Councillors voted together to not only ensure that debate was curtailed (before all Councillors had been given the chance to speak) but also to defeat the motion. Former Chairman of Uttlesford District Council and current Liberal Democrat Councillor, Geoffrey Sell, said, "The debate and resulting decision was a dismal day for democracy in Uttlesford."
    Subsequent to the vote and in protest at the outcome, Liberal Democrat Councillors Alan Dean and Janice Loughlin have resigned from the Councils Standards Committee.
  • Uttlesford District Council
    Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Geoffrey Sell

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SAY NO TO R4U U-TURN ON CABINET REVIEW

    The Residents for Uttlesford election manifesto in 2019 promised: "We will review
    and improve or replace the current Cabinet system to make the District Council fairer
    and to ensure all that all voices are heard."
    "Fine words, which we agree with. But what is the reality", says Stansted Lib Dem
    councillor, Geoffrey Sell? "The recommendation at last week's meeting of the
    Governance Review Working Group was to stop work until Spring of 2021 on
    reviewing the current Cabinet system. A reason given for this was that the Corporate
    Plan had allocated no resources for the review."
    Lib Dem councillors Ayub Khan and Geoffrey Sell both expressed their opposition
    and labelled it "a failure of political will".
    Said Cllr Khan, (Lib Dem, Stansted South & Birchanger): "If you think something is
    important the necessary resources will be found".
    The two Liberal Democrat councillors fortunately managed to secure the support of
    colleagues from other parties. They are now recommending the continuance of the work of
    the Governance Review Group.
    Cllr Khan added "Now is not the time for R4U to put this on hold. We have to look at
    how we can do better as a Council in communicating with and being accountable to
    local residents."
    Cllr Sell called upon the R4U administration to honour its manifesto pledge and to
    commit the necessary resources so that the review can go ahead.

  • Uttlesford District Council
    Article: Aug 24, 2020
    By Melvin Caton

    Uttlesford Liberal Democrats have responded to reports that the Government is expected to publish plans next month to reorganise councils in Essex. The leader of Uttlesford Lib Dem councillors, Cllr Alan Dean said that "the time is not right for such an upheaval whilst local councils are still dealing the
    consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging economic recession.
    "Reorganisation would be extremely resource intensive and an unwelcome distraction at a
    time when we should be completely focused on responding to the recovery our communities
    in Uttlesford need", Cllr Dean said.

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