My opening remarks at the election hustings on 5th June

Good evening, and thank you for coming here tonight. For those of you who don’t already know me, I’m Mike Hibbs, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Saffron Walden constituency. Before I talk about the issues at stake, I want to say how deeply saddened I am at the terrible attacks in Manchester and in … More My opening remarks at the election hustings on 5th June

What is happening to our Environment?

Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Hibbs and Green Party local coordinator Karmel Stannard met on Friday to discuss the threat to our Environment from uncontrolled growth. The failure of the Conservatives on Uttlesford District Council to come up with a Local Plan has left us under threat from indiscriminate development in most of the constituency, at the … More What is happening to our Environment?

Keep our country green despite Trump and his apologists

America is our friend and one of our closest allies. Our two peoples share so many common interests. On climate change this is no different. Seven out of every ten American voters and a majority in every US state support the Paris Climate Deal, according to recent surveys. It’s only the tweeter in the White … More Keep our country green despite Trump and his apologists

Education Policy: Answers to Saffron Walden County High School Questions

I was disturbed to be given a copy of a letter from the Head of Saffron Walden County High School. In the letter the Head draws attention to the issue of inadequate school funding, and asks for it to be a cornerstone of the election campaign. In my experience it is unprecedented for a Head … More Education Policy: Answers to Saffron Walden County High School Questions

Protect Essex’s business with Europe – leave or remain!

Over half of the international trade that East of England businesses do is with the 27 other members of the European Union. It’s our most important trading relationship. Our region’s trade with the EU is five times larger than with North America and four times greater than with Asia. New free-trade deals or not, that close and productive relationship isn’t … More Protect Essex’s business with Europe – leave or remain!

Supporting the next generation of nurses for Essex

Tim Farron, yesterday confirmed that the Party would reinstate student bursaries, which benefit nursing, midwifery and allied health students, with immediate effect. We should be supporting more people into these vital professions – but instead this Government are putting up greater barriers. Brexit will bring significant challenges to the NHS in our region. To the south, Mid … More Supporting the next generation of nurses for Essex

Lib Dems propose additional funding for local Essex police

Lib Dems would give Essex police force an extra £6 million a year Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing … More Lib Dems propose additional funding for local Essex police

Note on the closure of the Friends School (The Walden) School

Like many people I was shocked and saddened by the announcement that the Friends School in Saffron Walden is to close. It has provided an excellent education for many pupils over the years, and has been an integral and important part of Saffron Walden. We have seen several iconic buildings lose their original purpose, most … More Note on the closure of the Friends School (The Walden) School