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Welcome to the website of Southend Liberal Democrats

Campaigning for Southend and district, all year round.

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Published, Printed & Promoted by Christopher Bailey of behalf of Peter Gwizdala and Lucy V. Salek (Liberal Democrats), all at 77 Vernon Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2PS

Recent updates

  • Peter Wexham - warned of need for sprinklers four years ago
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Back in 2013 Lib Dem Councillor Peter Wexham moved a motion in Southend Council calling for all planning permissions for new flats to require sprinklers to be fitted.

    Peter represented Southend on the Essex Fire Authority and he was reflecting the advice of fire brigade chiefs across the country.

    Although Peter's resolution was seconded by two Tory Councillors and received all-party support, the Cabinet's response was that without Government backing, this planning rule would be unenforceable, so nothing was done.

  • Grenfell
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    By Carole Mulroney in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    Council's urgent checks after horror blaze

    By Carole Mulroney Lib Dem Council Group Leader

    We watched in absolute horror at the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower.

    Our hearts naturally go out to those who lost loved-ones or whose own lives have been devastated by this horrific event.

    The emergency services were, as usual, magnificent. They must get all the support they need.

  • Peter Gwizdala at Save Southend A&E rally.
    Article: May 30, 2017
    By Adam Hutchins

    It is without doubt that our accident and emergency department is in danger.

    Southend Lib Dems originally looked at the proposals for Southend's A&E from a clinical perspective and concerns regarding infrastructure.

    However, the published proposals by STP are deeply flawed, and so we are now supporting the Save Southend A&E campaign 100%. You can follow their progress on Facebook.

  • Carol Mulroney Echo Letter 17th May 2017
    Article: May 17, 2017
    By Carole Mulroney in Southend Echo

    A letter from Cllr Carole Mulroney to the Echo:

    Dear Sir
    I too attended the meeting at Westcliff last week, because like everyone else in Southend should be I am appalled at what is proposed.
    The Success Regime is all about saving money, so it is not just a fight for our A & E, but a fight to prevent the inevitable domino effect of reducing our local services at the hospital.
  • Lucy V Salek
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Lib Dems will invest £38m to protect school funding in Southend on Sea

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will invest £38 million more in schools and colleges in Southend-on-Sea over the next parliament.

    The funding for Southend would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

  • Lucy V. Salek
    Article: May 6, 2017

    Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise extra £26m for Southend, Castle Point and Rochford

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

    The tax would raise an additional £130million for the NHS and £59million for social care in Essex, with £14m going to the NHS in Southend, £12m for Castle Point and Rochford and £6.2m for social care Southend each year.

  • Lucy V. Salek
    Article: May 3, 2017

    Southend Liberal Democrats today announced their Parliamentary Candidates for the 2017 snap General Election.

    Humanitarian worker Lucy Salek will take the fight to David Amess in Southend West and businessman Peter Gwizdala will build on his 2015 campaign in Rochford and Southend East.

    The party is set to capitalise on its recent surge in membership, with activists ready to fight a positive and passionate campaign. Chairman Bob Howes believes their message of economic stability over Hard Brexit and more money to vital services will be popular on the doorstep:

  • Peter Gwizdala
    Article: Apr 30, 2017
    In Shoeburyness Focus: April/May 2017

    (if you're over the age of 70 or know someone who is)

    Some 900 adult social care workers a day quit their jobs last year.

    This is yet another sign that under this Government, our NHS and Social Care system are lurching from one crisis to the next.

    "And yet the Conservative Government stumble on blindly ignoring all the warning signs." said Peter Gwizdala, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Rochford and Southend East. "We knew years ago that the average age of the British population was getting older but successive Labour and Conservative Governments did too little about it."
    He continued, "If you are over the age of 70 or know someone who is, this issue is very likely going to affect you in the next decade. The time bomb is ticking and the Government's response is to put their fingers in their ears."

  • Shoeburyness High School
    Article: Apr 30, 2017
    In Shoeburyness Focus: April/May 2017

    Local schools are facing a quadruple whammy of budget cuts

    • Government will cut funds to schools in towns like Southend and give the money instead
      to other towns.
    • Government is cutting the grant to Southend Council for supporting schools' ICT equipment, music etc.
    • Government is not giving grants to cover unavoidable higher costs such as increased National Insurance and a tax to pay for apprenticeships.
    • Government funding has not taken account of the increasing number of children going through our schools.
  • Peter Gwizdala
    Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Voters in Rochford and Southend East should vote for the Liberal Democrats to change the direction of the country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition, the party's local candidate has said today.

    Parliament has overwhelmingly accepted Theresa May's call for a snap General Election to be held on 8th June.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Rochford and Southend East, Peter Gwizdala commented:

    "This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Rochford and Southend East to change the direction of our country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition."

    "People in Rochford and Southend East may have voted to leave the EU, but many did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour. For all those who want to protect our local economy and local jobs by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance."

    "The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."

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