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  • 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.

  • 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."

  • logo
    Article: Apr 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign is off to a flying start, with over 5,000 new members joining in the short time since the snap election was called. They are now part of the fastest growing political party in Britain, one that has doubled in size since May 2015.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight. If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance. Thousands of people up and down the country are joining the Liberal Democrats so that we can send a message to Theresa May and the Conservative Brexit Government that we do not want a hard Brexit. In this General Election it is clear that only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

    Speaking to the Southend Lib Dem website, Membership Development Officer Kathy Loades said, "Within hours of Theresa May's snap election being called, thousands had joined the Liberal Democrats and I'm delighted to report a surge here in Southend. This election is our chance to express the outrage we feel at the lies and hidden agendas of the referendum campaign, the price rises that are already starting to bite, the lack of a plan for our economy and to get a government that really will provide more money for our NHS and schools - not just slap a slogan on the side of a bus. We will be contacting all our new members shortly to welcome them to the local party but I would urge anyone who wants to fight against a hard Brexit and for our NHS and services, to join the Liberal Democrats today. We'll be delighted to have you."

  • Article: Apr 10, 2017

    This article was released prior to further details being released and our support for the Save Southend A&E campaign is 100%

    But for the interest of complete transparency here is the original article from 10th April.

    A revised statement is available here: Support Saving Southend A&E

    Original Article

  • Carol Mulroney Echo Letter 4th April 2017
    Article: Apr 6, 2017
    In Southend Echo

    Carole Mulroney responds to a letter from Mark Smith in the Southend Echo

    Following a letter to the Southend Echo, Carol Mulroney responded:

    Lib Dems are party on the rise

    Mark Smith ponders the point of the Liberal Democrats. Well ponder this.

    Since the General Election, the Lib Dems have doubled their membership to 87,000, the highest for 20 years, with 5,000 joining in March alone. And since the EU referendum the Lib Dems have seen a surge of support in council byelections and, of course, we won Richmond from the Tories.

  • Panorama pre-march
    Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Southend Lib Dems were out in force for the Unite for Europe March in London at the weekend. This may be a surprise to some as there was a definite silence in some areas of the press, most noticeably the BBC.

    With estimates of between 25-100,000 attendees, not one arrest was made as the march passed peacefully, joyously and above all respectably. Respect much needed after the events that preceded the march - an attack on the UK's democracy, what better way to answer this attack than a march?!

    Southend Liberal Democrats followed up their attendance at September's March with numbers into double figures.

  • Southend and Chelmsford Lib Dems at Spring Conference 2017
    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Southend Liberal Democrats attend Spring National Conference in York

    Some of our members, Katherine and Ben Loades, Adam Hutchins and John Batch have just returned from the National Spring Conference in York.

    Adam and John are pictured here with some of our colleagues from Chelmsford Liberal Democrats (L-R: Edward Longford, Andrew Sosin, Marie Goldman, Giovanni Sechi, Adam and John).