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Welcome to the website of Southend Liberal Democrats

Campaigning for Southend and district, all year round.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Southend Lib Dems: Southend West MP has questions to answer

    Southend Liberal Democrats questioned the fitness of local MP Sir David Amess to represent his constituents following a press release issued today that questioned the widespread rape and sexual assault accusations currently being raised against Harvey Weinstein, a US film producer.

  • Carole Mulroney at Leigh Post Office
    Article: Jul 27, 2017
    By Carole Mulroney

    Councillor Carole Mulroney's open objection letter in response to the Post Office changes in Leigh-on-Sea

    Dear Sir,

    I have considered very carefully the proposals being put forward by the Post Office for the provision of services in Leigh. As a Borough and Town Councillor for the ward I have also received correspondence from various residents (and I have urged them to respond) whose concerns I reflect in this letter.

  • Blue Badge Holders not welcome by Southend Tories
    Article: Jul 12, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Blue Badge Holders Hit by Tories

    In their recent budget the Tories who run Southend Council introduced parking charges for those with disabled badges who live outside Southend - even though they said it would not raise much money.

    Lib Dems voted against these petty and spiteful charges.

    Surely it cannot be worth the time and effort of officers making and putting up signage in every car park. It is just shows how obsessed the Tories have become with more and more cuts.

  • Parking at Southend East Train Station
    Article: Jul 12, 2017
    In Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    We're committed to ending car nightmare

    By Howard Gibeon
    Focus Editor

    THE number of cars parking in local streets during the day is reaching epidemic proportions.

    Areas around Southend East station are particularly badly hit and it's commuter traffic that is mostly to blame.

    Kursaal Ward residents are bearing the brunt of a council decision to stop commuter parking in the Thorpe Bay area by maintaining an hour restriction in the middle of the day. As most houses in that area have drives and garages, it is anybody's guess why this has come to pass. This upshot is that many commuters who previously used Thorpe Bay are now driving to Southend East instead. The reason is simple - they can park all day in the nearby streets. This causes tremendous problems for residents.

  • Ashley Thompson with missing road sign
    Article: Jul 12, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Southend Council's Tory budget-cutters have come up with the crazy idea of not replacing street name signs.

    So now an increasing number of roads have poles but no signs!

    Lib Dem campaigner Ashley Thomson says "The Tories are taking cuts to absurd levels.

    "Losing our street names makes the town and the Council look shabby and daft. We are a tourist area and people need to know where they are going."

  • Peter Gwizdala at the start of the first Walk of Life
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    By Peter Gwizdala in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    On Sunday 4th June, I completed The Walk of Life with my friend Adam Hutchins, writes Peter Gwizdala.

    We walked from Basildon Hospital to Southend Hospital - a distance of 13 miles - in four and a half hours. We wanted to raise awareness of the campaign to save Southend A&E. And it certainly did that. If you don't know me by now, you soon will. I don't give up. We're doing it again on Sunday 13th August at 10.00 am and everyone is very welcome.

  • Disabled
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    As part of the Tories' cuts to welfare spending they have tightened the rules for Motability vehicles.

    Under the old rules the test was being unable to walk for 50 metres without help even if this was difficult and painful for you. But this has been cut to just 20 metres and has meant that about half the disabled people who used to get Motability vehicles have lost access to them.

  • Carole Mulroney at Leigh Post Office
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    The good news is that there will continue to be a Post Office in the centre of Leigh. Fears spread by the Labour Party and trade union supporters that there would be no Post Office have turned out to be scare-mongering.

    But Lib Dems are worried that the new Post Office will be too small and queues will stretch on to the street and block up the convenience store.

  • Lib Dems at the Save Southend A&E March
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    We MUST save Southend Hospital's A&E Department

    Norman Lamb MP, the Lib Dem spokesman on health, has been invited by Cllr Carole Mulroney to see for himself the dangers that will arise if our A&E is downgraded and to talk to local protesters and health workers.

    In her letter, Carole describes the proposal to send all emergency accident patients to Basildon and says:

  • Ambulance
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    By Peter Gwizdala in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    'Downgrading' Southend Hospital unit will put lives at risk... Lib Dems support fight to save this precious resource

    By Peter Gwizdala

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman

    Southend Hospital's A&E department is to be 'downgraded' in a raft of government cutbacks.

    What this means is simple: If you have an emergency and an ambulance is sent, that ambulance will take you to Basildon Hospital instead of Southend - an extra distance of 13 miles.

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