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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

20th March 2015 - Prospective Candidate for General Election Announced

Hertford and Stortford Constituency Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce the selection of Michael Green as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Hertford & Stortford Constituency.Michael who lives in St Albans works for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where he spent three years heading up their Moscow office.As a youngster lived for a short time in Hertford Heath, Studied Russian at Leeds University. He has been a Councillor in St Albans City and District Council and contested St Albans at the 2005 General Election and Clacton at the 2010 election.

He is a member of CAMRA and Friends of the Earth, he is a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur and advises the club's Supporters Trust on financial matters particularly the development of the new stadium.Michael can be contacted by email at michael.a.green@talktalk.net"

Councillor Mike Wood

President Hertford & Stortford Lib Dems

Recent updates

  • By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    April 2015

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    I am appalled by the Budget which the Conservatives are proposing at County Council - they are proposing a Council Tax increase of 1.9% and at the same time are proposing a reduction in services - cuts to buses and Libraries. The Liberal Democrat group has demonstrated that neither the tax hike nor the reduction in services is necessary. The Lib Dems have produced an Alternative, completely balanced Budget which would restore the bus cuts, and even expand support for non-commercially viable but socially important buses. This Lib Dem Budget would also fund £770k for some discretional reversal of Part Night street lighting, and would put more money into additional Highways maintenance; it would also expand its Apprenticeship scheme, and reverse the mobile Library cuts. The Lib Dem Budget for Hertfordshire Country Council would do all this without any increase at all in Council Tax (details of this Budget are available on request).

    Article / Mar 30, 2015
  • By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    March 2015

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    I welcome the news that ALDI will be enlarging its car park at the London Road store. The store has proved to be very popular, and there are times during the week when customers have to queue to get into the car park, and this causes traffic congestion on the London Road. So, by using the adjacent Fyfe Wilson site, ALDI should be able to provide another 27 car spaces and also to improve the layout of the car park. Furthermore, ALDI managers have invited interested members of the public to be in touch with them if they have any ideas to contribute. In my opinion, this seems to be a commendable sign of a business wishing to be a good neighbour and to be an asset to the community.

    Article / Mar 1, 2015
  • By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford Flyer

    February 2015

    Local Matters with Mione Goldspink

    I wish the Town Council well with its project to run the Town Market on Thursdays and Saturdays, and I wonder what it will do. I have heard talk of free promotional bags and monthly themes, and I wonder if these will help? I would have thought that it would be more important to attract a greater number of stall holders, and so the price of a pitch has to be right. Then, to attract more customers, the Town needs to provide more car parking. I do hope that it will succeed.

    Article / Feb 1, 2015
  • By Grace Goodlad, Herts LibDems

    Why can't we quiz our Police Chief?

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor Malcolm Cowan (Handside and Peartree) is speaking out about the farce where County Councillors are not permitted to ask the Police and Crime Commissioner about policing and crime issues here in Hertfordshire.

    Malcolm said, "When we were forced to have an elected Police and Crime Commissioner, we were told it would make the position 'publicly accountable'.

    Article / Aug 8, 2013
  • By Grace Goodlad, Herts Lib Dems' Press Officer

    Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats are stunned that the newly elected Conservative police Commissioner, David Lloyd, has announced that he will not only take his £75,000 a year PCC salary, but also collect over £18,000 as a county councillor and a Dacorum councillor, including carrying on as Chair of that Council's Development Control Committee.

    Article / Nov 21, 2012
  • By Les Pinnell

    We Were Right in the First Place!

    At last, the result has been announced regarding the appeals over the Planning Applications for the Herts and Essex and Bishop's Stortford High Schools to move to green belt land at Whittington Way.

    The local Liberal Democrats are delighted with the recent decision on the move of the two schools made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP. He has agreed with the inspector and upheld the refusal of East Herts Council to grant planning permission for five out of the six related applications (he allowed the Jobbers Wood application) - which torpedoes the whole idea of the schools moving to green belt land.

    Article / Sep 20, 2012
  • By Nik Alatortsev, (Herts Lib Dems' Press Officer)

    Herts County Council have published an Annual Report for last year, but opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have attacked it as 'one-sided' and 'biased', only reporting good news and omitting the bad.

    It is supposed to be impartial.

    Resources spokesman Cllr Malcolm Cowan (Handside and Peartree) said 'We have pointed out several errors and the failure to fully report all relevant news about the county council. But the ruling Conservatives have decided instead to ignore our comments and issue a 'rose - tinted' and one-sided report at the taxpayers' expense.

    Article / Aug 1, 2012
  • By Nik Alatortsev - Herts Lib Dems

    The Lib Dem Opposition Group on Herts County Council has slammed the Conservative-controlled Council's plans to abolish the regular Highway panel meetings as "an erosion of local people's say on a key issue - the way their roads are maintained".

    Under plans put forward by the Conservatives, which will be considered by the County Council's Highways and Transport meeting on July 3rd, the current Highways Joint Member Panels system is set to be scrapped. These Panels meet regularly and consist of local County Councillors and representatives of the Borough or District Council for each of Hertfordshire's ten Councils areas. Local councillors discuss and decide highways issues and are able to receive petitions from local residents.

    Article / Jul 2, 2012
  • By Mione Goldspink in Bishop's Stortford 'Flyer' - May 2012

    Several controversial topics have cropped up this month.

    The proposed new pedestrian bridge over the railway line at Johnson's Crossing is provoking very strong feelings - some people feel it to be an essential safety measure, whilst others think that it would be a huge monstrosity, and that it is not really necessary. They feel that the lights, gates and sirens which have already been introduced are quite satisfactory. It is interesting to note that many people who are against the bridge appear to be the ones who live nearest to the line and who actually use the crossing as it is. It is interesting also, that Network Rail has not consulted with local people to find out their views, and has not been granted planning permission yet, although work has already started to prepare the site. Personally, I would like to see a bridge to keep people safe, but would like to see a smaller version of the one proposed, which would not be such an eyesore.

    Article / May 6, 2012
  • The elections on May 5th were, to say the least, disappointing for the Lib Dems in Bishop's Stortford.

    At District level, Bishop's Stortford has thirteen seats on the Council. The LibDems now have only one of those, held by Cllr Mike Wood who retained his seat in All Saints Ward. However, we sadly lost Mione Goldspink after 20 years representing the people of Stortford. Mione lost her seat in Central Ward as did Bob Taylor. In All Saints Ward we also lost the seat vacated by Andy Graham, who did not seek re-election after 16 years.

    Article / Jul 18, 2011