NewS from Uttlesford Lib Dems

  • Stop Brexit flow chart
    Article: Sep 29, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    Local Lib Dems were in Saffron Walden Market on Saturday talking about the latest Lib Dem position on Brexit. Actually, it's not really news to anyone that the Lib Dems want to stop Brexit - and now Jo Swinson has made it absolutely clear. Lib Dems will campaign in the next General Election to Stop Brexit by revoking Article 50. And if Lib Dems are the outright winners and form a majority government, with Jo Swinson as Prime Minister, the nation's voters will have given us a mandate to do exactly that, Stop Brexit.
    If we win more seats in Parliament but not an outright majority, we will continue to push for a People's Vote on Brexit, with the option to Remain on the ballot paper. And we will campaign to Remain.
    The deal we have now as members of the European Union is far, far better than anything that has even been suggested - never mind agreed. Calling a halt to the Brexit process is one way to take the heat out of the debate and start the process of national reconciliation.

  • Pro-democracy vigil 2019.09.30
    Article: Sep 7, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    Since the day Boris Johnson PM announced the prorogation of Parliament, local residents have gathered outside the Town Hall in Saffron Walden to express their support for Parliamentary Democracy. This pro-democracy vigil is not associated with any political party. People all over the country, and of all political persuasions and none, have been shocked by the proposal to shut Parliament down at this crucial time. The vigil has been held every weekday evening from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, with participants of all ages holding umbrellas in the sunshine, and home-made placards.

  • SW Strawberry Tea 2019
    Article: Aug 21, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    The restored Victorian Chapel at the Almshouses in Saffron Walden was buzzing with lively conversation on a sunny Sunday afternoon as Lib Dem members and supporters gathered for a traditional English Strawberry Tea of home-made scones, meringues, and locally sourced strawberries.

    Mike Hibbs welcomed the many new members present. "The two great threats to all our futures are Global Heating and Brexit. We urgently need a united front - locally and nationally, to tackle these dangers. Together we can build a better future."

  • Lib Dem Stansted Supper Club
    Article: Aug 1, 2019
    By Melvin Caton

    Uttlesford Liberal Democrats were told by Tom Brake MP, the Lib Dem spokesman on Brexit at Westminster, to prepare for another General Election in October. Tom Brake was the speaker at a Supper Club event in Stansted Day Centre recently. The audience included some of the 50 new members that have joined the party locally in the last two months.

  • Lucy Nethsingha MEP
    Article: Jul 31, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    Residents from all over Uttlesford gathered at Fairycroft House in Saffron Walden on Friday evening, to hear Lucy Nethsingha MEP talk about the European Parliament. Lucy, from Cambridge, is one of the two Liberal Democrat MEPs elected for the East of England in May.

    Lucy told the capacity audience that her experiences in Brussels were inspiring. The Liberal Democrats are part of one of the largest groups in the European Parliament, and she stressed the importance of the group system - European MEPs do not sit according to their country, but in groups of MEPs with similar beliefs. These international groups can be critical of each other on matters of European policy.

  • Mike, Rosalia and unicorns
    Article: Jul 16, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    Mythical beasts were the main attraction at the "Stop Brexit" stall in Saffron Walden on Saturday 13th July. Local Lib Dems were talking to residents about the fairy-tale proposals of the Conservative leadership candidates, and publicising the big March For Change in London on Saturday 20th July.

    A lot of people are worried that both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt would be prepared to take us out of the EU without a deal. "That would really damage our economy and our international reputation" said Hilary Shibata. "It's a myth that they can renegotiate Brexit, or have tariff-free trade if we crash out without a deal. Those are very dangerous unicorns to believe in! Many people are already feeling the effects of Brexit on their jobs, their lives, and their future choices. There's a big difference between people who feel themselves shielded in the short term, and those already feeling the impact."

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    The opinion polls all tell the same story: the Liberal Democrats are the biggest and strongest Remain party in the East of England. Use your vote today to support the Lib Dems and stop the Brexit Party gaining a further seat.

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    Remember how it felt watching the Lib Dem gains roll in after the local elections on Thursday 2nd May? Let's make another night to remember by electing Liberal Democrat MEPs to the European Parliament today. Visit to find out where you can help, or contact your local team.


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