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Focus on Huntingdon, Godmanchester, The Hemingfords and Fenstanton

Though, naturally, a lot of focus is currently on the General Election, Liberal Democrats continue to work hard for you in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. Following the recent County Council Elections, we have been thanking all those who voted for the Liberal Democrats in Huntingdon and Harford, Godmanchester, The Hemingfords and Fenstanton (see attached). We saw two County Councillors reelected in Huntingdon and Godqmanchester and saw our vote increase really significantly in The Hemingford and Fenstanton, making us the clear challenger to the Conservatives (watch out next time!).

Our councillors are already back working hard for you, our residents. You will read in Mike Shellens' note for Huntingdon and Hartford how much attention is being given to address transport and parking issues locally - and making a real difference! Graham Wilson, in his Godmanchester note highlights the new Free School that has been "approved" for Godmanchester. So far there has been no consultation with the public, local primary schools or councillors. However, when County Council officers were consulted they said there was “no basic need” to justify the school. They were told by Government officials that the case had been made and approved on the grounds of “community/social need”. We are concerned about the size of the school, potential impact on roads in Godmanchester, and the potential negative impacts on Hinchingbrooke and St Peter Schools, as we may end up in a position which we have over-capacity of school places

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Tory Plan to rule Cambridgeshire as a “one party state”

The Conservatives are proposing to change the way the Council works. The aim appears to be to minimise or eliminate opposition to their policies and plans!

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Tory Plan to rule Cambridgeshire as a “one party state”
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Tributes to Emily Price who passed away on 12th May

It is with sadness we report that Emily Price, a university student from Huntingdon, died on May 12, days before she was due to take a seat on Aberystwyth Town Council as a Liberal Democrat councillor. She had been elected to the seat on May 4, thus fulfilling an ambition to stand for the Lib Dems.

Councillor Sarah Conboy, on behalf of the Huntingdonshire Liberal Democrats, said: “The extended Liberal Democrat family would like to express our deepest sorrow at the news of the death of Emily Price. 

“We send our condolences to her mum and dad, Natasha and John, and her sisters Katie and Hannah. She had so much to give to society and she had only very recently been elected to the town council in Aberystwyth, the town where she studied for her degree and set down so many roots. 

“Emily’s time with her friends and family was cut cruelly short, but we hope that many will seek to inspire and motivate those around them in the way Emily would have done herself. The outpouring of affection for her through social media has been immense, and can only add to the prayers for those who will miss Emily most.”

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Young People: Make sure your voice is heard in the General Election

Young People MUST have their say in the General election on 8th June, 2017, but the government has changed the system for registering people to vote, so the number of 18 year olds registered to vote has plummeted. 

25% fewer school-leavers are registered to vote than 3 years ago. That means thousands of young people won't get a say in their future, and this suits the Conservatives, as they are less likely to get the young person's vote!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT. You may not have registered to vote, or maybe some of your friends haven't. Take action NOWRegistration closes at midnight on Monday. 

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You can register to vote online, from their phone or computer. It takes under five minutes, and you start by clicking this link: 

REGISTER TO VOTE

Get a move on, though! The deadline is midnight on Monday. 


A COUPLE OF REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE!
    • Unless younger people vote, politicians think they can ignore you. That makes it more likely the government will let younger people down. Worried whether you'll ever be able to afford your own home? Scared about student debt? Wish you didn't have to work on a zero hours contract? More young people voting won't fix it overnight, but it's a start.
    • HUGE decisions will be taken in the next five years, including how Brexit works. Young people will live with these decisions for the longest. So they've got more reason than most to vote for a say in how they get taken.
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NW Cambs. Campaign News: Bridget Smith's address to Nene Park Academy 6th Form Students

key_Bridget_ZD_Smith.jpgBridget, along with the NW Cambridgeshire candidates for Labour and UKIP, had the pleasure of addressing 6th Form students from Nene Park Academy today. We thought more people would appreciate reading the address, as it gives a great introduction to Bridget and explains what is important to her as a Liberal Democrat, particularly focusing on young people.

"My name is Bridget Smith and I am the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for NW Cambridgeshire and currently Leader of the South Cambs Lib Dems. I have lived in Cambridgeshire for 35 years and I have 3 sons, the youngest of whom is currently doing his A levels, including politics. 

NW Cambs. Campaign News: Bridget Smith's address to Nene Park Academy 6th Form Students
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Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates for Huntingdonshire Announced

Huntingdonshire is covered by two Westminster constituencies; Huntingdon and N. W. Cambridgeshire.  We have 2 outstanding candidates for these constituencies.

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Constituents will be hearing from Rod or Bridget directly over the next weeks, either through the mail, via social media and the press, or face-to-face . They will be introducing themselves, explaining what they believe are the local priorities, as well as the national campaign, so you are well informed when it comes to the vote! 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates for Huntingdonshire Announced
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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Campaign - A Big Thank You

Thanks to your support, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Mayoral election, Rod Cantrill, was the clear, and only, challenger to the Conservatives in the competition. Rod gained 26% of the vote in the first round and that increased to 43% after the second round! All other parties polled less than 9% in the first round. 

We would like to thank Rod and his team for the hard work that they put into the campaign, and say thank you to the thousands of people who voted Liberal Democrat.

So, what might this result mean for the General Election vote in Huntingdonshire on 8th June? Well, it certainly reflects the strong showing of support that the Liberal Democrats received in the county council elections, where our vote increased by 11%. The Liberal Democrats are, clearly, the main challengers to the Conservatives. Our policies appeal to both “One Nation” Tories, many Labour voters and the Greens, which mean that we have a fantastic opportunity to push the Conservatives really hard in this seat.

Vote Liberal Democrat on 8th June. Together we will make things better!

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Cambridgeshire County Council Elections – A Big Thank You and Next Steps

Thanks to your support, our three County Councillors; Peter Downes, Mike Shellens and Graham Wilson have been re-elected, and our candidates in other wards saw significant increases in their vote share as well. 

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Well done to all our candidates and supporters, and thank you to the thousands of people who voted Liberal Democrat in Huntingdonshire! And, whether a Liberal Democrat was elected as councillor or not, you can be assured that we will continue to work to support all residents in the area.

Cambridgeshire County Council Elections – A Big Thank You and Next Steps
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Vote Liberal Democrat in St Ives, surrounding villages and North West Cambridgeshire

One day to go till election day, 4th May. We have excellent, experienced candidates standing your area, who will work with you and for you to make things better...

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... and we don't just work at election times, but put in the hard graft, year round, for our residents. 

And don't forget, 4th May is the Mayoral Election for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We have an excellent candidate, Rod Cantrill, who has an excellent chance of winning, but its going to be tight, so make sure you give him your support.

Together we can make things better - VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ON 4TH MAY 

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Vote Liberal Democrat in Huntingdon and surrounding villages

One day to go till election day, 4th May. We have excellent, experienced candidates standing in all divisions, who will work with you and for you to make things better...

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... and we don't just work at election times, but put in the hard graft, year round, for our residents. See the latest newsletter from Mike Shellens, which shows a couple of pictures of the things he gets involved in! (Click HERE)

And don't forget, 4th May is the Mayoral Election for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We have an excellent candidate, Rod Cantrill, who has an excellent chance of winning, but its going to be tight, so make sure you give him your support.

Together we can make things better - VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ON 4TH MAY 

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