Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Liberal Democrat membership surge

Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.


Since polls closed on Thursday, 7296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

Find out more and join by clicking here.

eCops: 24 Hour Area Crime Update

In the past 24 hours there have been 3 relevant crimes reported to the police in Histon Sector.

On Monday the 11th May between 09:50 and 18:00hours, a theft from a motor vehicle took place in Graham Road, Orchard Park. Vehicle was left unattended parked at location mentioned, perpetrator(s) has smashed the rear glass window and gained entry into the vehicle. Variety of items including (Tom Tom, camera and a running watch were taken) CF0185910515 refers.

On Monday the 11th May between 20:00 and 222:00hours, a theft of a motor vehicle took place at the Fox Pub, in Gladeside, Bar Hill. Perpetrator(s) have stolen a black dodge nitro vehicle whilst was left unattended parked at Fox Car Park. CF0185940515 refers.

During the night of the 10th May and the 11th May, a theft from a motor vehicle took place in Ainger’s Road, Histon. Perpetrator(s) have smashed vehicle window which was left unattended parked in the area and have taken a back with belongings from within. CF0184550515 refers.

If you have any information which may assist us with the investigation into these crimes, please call 101 quoting the crime reference numbers.

Kind Regards
Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team

Saturday, 9 May 2015

3,000 new members and counting ...

Since 10pm on polling day over 3,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats. If you'd like to be one of them you can signup here;


Friday, 8 May 2015

Election Results 2015 Bar Hill and South Cambs

The results are now in both for our local District Council elections here in Bar Hill and for the South Cambridgeshire seat at Westminster.

Local results first;

HALL, Roger (Con) 1,300
GREEN, Helene (UKIP) 530
SMITH, Alexander (Labour) 443
DELDERFIELD, Clare (Lib Dem) 315
ROLAND, Claudia (Green) 265


Cambridge News has full coverage of the district council election results for South Cambridgeshire on their website;

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Local-elections-2015-South-Cambridgeshire/story-26464646-detail/story.html

Here are the results for South Cambridgeshire Parliamentary constituency;

ALLEN, Heidi Suzanne (Con) 31,454
GREEF, Daniel James (Labour) 10,860
KINDERSLEY, Sebastian Gerald Molesworth (Lib Dem) 9,368
MASON, Marion Ann (UKIP) 6,010
SAGGERS, Simon Peter (Green) 3,848


The official result is available here from the South Cambs site (as a PDF);

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sites/www.scambs.gov.uk/files/documents/Parliamentary%20Declaration%20of%20Result-completed.pdf

A14 Closures - J32/36 (Monday 11th May to 15th May - 8pm to 6 am)

Quick traffic announcement for next week.

Between Monday 11 May and Friday 15 May there will be no access onto A14 at either junction 32 or 36. There will also be temporary lane closures on the Eastbound carriageway between junctions 31-32. These closures will be effective between 20:00 and 06:00hrs.

Proposed changes to Central Library and Library Strategy consultation

A display featuring images and further information about proposals for Central Library to include an enterprise centre is now available online and in the entrance of the library. A public meeting about the proposals will take place on Wednesday 6 May.

Councillors agreed in April at the General Purposes Committee to refer a decision on proposals for an enterprise centre back to the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in June.

The Library Review consultation period has also been extended to 10 May in order to give residents more time to comment on proposals set out in a strategy for the future of the service. Responses to the consultation survey will help inform more detailed proposals for the library service, which will be taken to a Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee later in the summer. There will then be a second round of consultation.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Polling Day ... Four Hours To Go!

Still plenty of time to vote, polls close at 10pm.

The polling station for Bar Hill is at the Church (by the Parish Council Officers).


Polling Day!

Don't forget to vote!

The polling station for Bar Hill is at the Church (by the Parish Council Officers).



Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Taxpayers face £11.7bn payback for Labour's private health deals

Controversial deals signed by Labour which allowed private companies to run hospitals, including those at Peterborough and Huntingdon, will cost taxpayers £11.7 billion in repayments over the next Parliament.

Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge has been fighting to try to make sure that Cambridgeshire will not be left picking up the costs of the failed Circle contract at Huntingdon’s Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

He successfully lobbied the government to take the hospital back “in house” to make sure it remains under NHS management but is worried that the cost of the failed Labour experiment at the hospital could affect the county’s future health funding.

Julian said: “These PFI deals have been disastrous for our health service, financially crippling it now and for the future. It is proof if any were needed, that Labour’s claims that they are the party for the NHS are unfounded.

“Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s £1 billion contract with Circle was a massive failed experiment which left the future of the hospital and patient care in jeopardy. Labour massively increased the amount of medical services brought in from outside the NHS from around £1 billion to £7.5 billion and left us with a £60 billion bill from PFI contracts.”

Analysis shows the annual unitary payments on these deals - for both the initial capital spend and on-going operation costs - will cost taxpayers £11.7 billion over the next five years.

Liberal Democrats set out six red lines

Liberal Democrats have outlined the six red lines that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government.

The red lines cover education, the economy, tax, health, public sector pay and the environment:

1. Protecting education funding
Liberal Democrats want to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19, in real terms, by the end of the parliament.

This would amount to £5.2bn more funding than is planned by the Conservatives and £2.5bn more than Labour.

2. Introduce a 'stability budget' in the first 50 days
A stability budget would set out the next government's commitment to balancing the books in full and fairly.

It would also give a clear commitment to investing in our public services, including schools and hospitals.

3. Increasing the personal tax allowance to £12,500
Liberal Democrats have already delivered an £825 tax cut to millions of workers.

The next parliament must make significant progress to getting to the £12,500 threshold in its first year by increasing the allowance to £11,000 by April 2016.

4. Invest £8bn a year by 2020 in the NHS
The Conservatives have failed out how they would meet the NHS funding gap, and Labour's plans fall short by almost £4bn.

Liberal Democrats would insist that the next government give the NHS the money it needs as well as introduce maximum waiting times across mental health services.

5. Pay rises for public sector workers
Public sector workers have played an important role in helping get the economy on track and Liberal Democrats want to give them the pay guarantee they need.

We would introduce a minimum pay increase in line with inflation for the next two years, and guarantee real terms increases in pay once the books have been balanced.

6. Fight climate change and protect nature
A government with the Liberal Democrats must play a lead role in the Paris 2015 climate negotiations to try and keep global temperature rises within two degrees of pre-industrial levels.

Liberal Democrats would also insist on pushing forward our radical plans to protect the environment with a Nature Act, which will include aims to improve water and air quality.

Who will stand up for South Cambridgeshire?

This Thursday you have a choice of what sort of country you would like to live in.

The Liberal Democrats offer a set of policies that enable Britain to maintain the strong economy that we have helped build in government over the last 5 years, delivered in a way that enables us all to live in a fairer society.

You can find out me about me, Sebastian Kindersley, your local Liberal Democrat candidate on the Lib Dem website.

Our manifesto commitment - Opportunity for Everyone.

Liberal Democrat agenda for government of building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

Prosperity for all
Creating a stronger economy is about more than just clearing the deficit that's why we will balance the budget fairly and invest in building a high skill low carbon economy. To build a strong, green, innovative economy we need to invest in upgrading our national infrastructure and producing the clean renewable energy that will power our future prosperity.

Fair taxes
Creating a fairer society by cutting income tax by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500.

Quality healthcare for all
Creating a fairer society by properly funding our world class public services by investing in them as the economy grows. This means making sure the NHS has the extra £8bn a year it needs by 2020. Ending the stigma around mental health and putting it on equal footing with physical is vital to building a fairer society.

Opportunity for every child
Protecting the education budget from cradle to college, so that every child and young person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, from nursery school to higher education. Giving children the best start in life by making sure there is a qualified teacher in every class.

Our environment protected
Protecting the environment so that future generations are not left paying for the mistakes of the generations before them. Fighting climate change with five Green Laws.

Can you help?

We can only do this with your help. Labour are funded by unions; Tories are funded by big business. We rely on donations from our generous supporters.

You can donate online in the following ways;

By direct payment from a bank account at this link.
By credit or debit card at this link.

Thank you

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Newspapers back Liberal Democrats as a force for good in British politics

Newspapers from across the political divide are united in their belief Liberal Democrats have been a force for good in government.

In their editorials, national titles recognise the Liberal Democrats achievements in government and the stability the party has brought to the country in the last five years.

The newspapers also acknowledge that in the inevitability of a hung parliament, the Liberal Democrats will anchor Britain in the centre ground and stop a lurch to the right or the left.
Endorsements include:
Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said:
“As we enter the final stretch of the campaign, more and more people are recognising that only the Liberal Democrats can keep Britain safe, stable and fair. 
“Everybody knows that no one will win the election outright, so the big question you face is: who do you want influencing the next Government? 
“Do you want an unstable minority government with either UKIP or the SNP dragging Britain off to the extremes of left and right, or do you want the Liberal Democrats to keep Britain in the stable centre-ground? 
“Our party has put the country first and shown that coalitions can be strong and stable. 
“It’s wonderful that even our harshest critics now acknowledge the Liberal Democrats have been, and will be, a force for good in British public life.”

Sebastian Kindersley on Issues Raised with Him

Sebastian has made another video, this time discussing many of the issues that South Cambridgeshire voters have raised with him during the campaign.


Labour's £11.7bn PFI black hole is the real threat to the NHS

Treasury figures analysed by the Liberal Democrats show the last Labour government signed off at least 138 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in the hospital sector with private firms during their time in office.

These controversial deals are the real threat to the NHS and are set to cost taxpayers £11.7bn in repayments over the next parliament.

Today (5 April) Ed Miliband warned of a “financial bombshell”, but this new analysis shows that it was Labour who mortgaged the future of the health service to the hilt and asked future taxpayers to bail them out.

These PFI deals saw private firms finance and build new hospital and acute health infrastructure in return for yearly repayments totalling far more than their initial outlay.

Analysis shows the annual unitary payments on these deals – for both the initial capital spend and on-going operation costs – will cost taxpayers £11.7bn over the next five years.

Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“These figures blow Labour’s claims to be the party of the NHS out of the water and shows yet again they can not be trusted with the nation’s finances. 
“We now know Labour’s disastrous buy-now-pay-later PFI deals helped create the funding gap identified by NHS England chief Simon Stevens and now seized upon by Ed Miliband. 
“They mortgaged the future of the NHS to the hilt and asked future taxpayers to bail them out. Labour's PFI programme was the biggest and most ill thought through privatisation ever in the NHS. 
“But despite creating the problem Labour have not committed to meeting Simon Stevens’ target of £8bn a year additional investment by 2020, unlike the Lib Dems. 
“Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted with the health service’s finances and are only party to commit to spending the extra money the NHS needs to deliver proper patient care for the future.”

Make your mark this Thursday

South Cambridgeshire voters are being reminded that polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm this Thursday (7 May) for them to cast their vote in Parliamentary, District Council and Parish elections.

Voters are also advised:

  • you don’t need your polling card with you to be able to vote
  • if you haven’t returned your postal vote, completed and sealed voting packs can be dropped off at your polling station and your vote will still count
  • you can only cast your vote at the polling station your home address is registered under – this is listed on your polling card or you can find it using our Find your polling station map
  • if voters have a disability, polling station staff are able to offer a range of help from large print ballot papers to refer to, to helping voters mark their ballot paper.

Candidate lists and previous election results for South Cambridgeshire Parliamentary Constituency and South Cambridgeshire District Council seats can also be found on our 7 May elections page:

http://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/general-and-local-elections-7-may-2015

Jean Hunter, chief executive and elections returning officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to turn out to vote. We have over 300 elections staff working in 124 polling stations on Thursday ready and willing to help. If you need any advice on the voting process, or help to vote on the day, please do ask.”

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Conservatives will not win a majority

The Tory claim to need only 23 seats in order to win is a con.

No party will get an overall majority, and despite desperate claims by the Conservatives, they will not win an outright victory.

They know they need 323 seats to win a majority—not 23—and are trying to con their way into government.

Ashcroft polls show the Conservatives on track to lose at least 56 seats to Labour, the SNP, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, making it clear that their claim to need only 23 more seats is mathematical nonsense.

No single opinion poll backs them up.

If voters believe the con, they will end up with a Tory minority, clinging to power in a dangerous right-wing alliance.

Only Liberal Democrat MPs will stand in the way of a punitive Tory minority-government propped up by UKIP and the DUP.

This BLUKIP coalition would sacrifice fairness, slash the schools budget and balance the books on the backs of the poorest.

No one expects the Tories to a win a majority on Thursday – 99% of polls point to a hung parliament.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
"David Cameron doesn’t need 23 seats to win a majority, he needs 323 seats and he knows he can’t do it. 
"Everybody knows that no one is going to win this election outright – even if David Cameron and Ed Miliband won’t admit it publicly. 
"So there is a huge amount at stake. The only way to keep Britain safe, stable and fair is with Liberal Democrats in government. 
"We will always put the good of the country first, adding a heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one. 
"We won’t let the government lurch off to the left with Labour and the SNP borrowing recklessly and threatening the future of our United Kingdom. 
"And we won’t let it lurch off to the right with the Conservatives and UKIP cutting to the bone and dividing our communities."

Lib Dems to invest £50m in air ambulance services

The Liberal Democrats will use £50m from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to investment in regional air ambulance services.

This money could be used to buy an additional helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency, or upgrade helipads at hospitals – although it is up to local groups how they spend the cash.

It is part of wider Liberal Democrat plans to divide £50m, from the £227m fine levied on Deutsche Bank, equally between Britain’s 20 air ambulance trusts.

Air ambulances save hundreds of lives each year but rely almost solely on donations from the local community. For example, London’s Air Ambulance is currently running a campaign to secure a second helicopter to provide substantially improved coverage to the capital’s 10 million residents. As of March 2015, the charity was £2.35m short of the total funding required. A £2.5m donation would secure the helicopter.

A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:
“Air ambulance saves lives and helps the emergency services deal with some of the most difficult incidents, in some of the most hazardous conditions. 
“This money will give our air ambulance trusts the power to improve the incredible service they already offer our communities. 
“It will allow trusts to buy a new helicopters, upgrade their helicopters or improve their helipads. 
“This would not be possible without the Liberal Democrats and further illustrates our commitment to build a stronger economy and fairer society.”

Lib Dems to invest £227m on life-saving health equipment

Liberal Democrats will use the £227m fine imposed on Deutsche Bank for rigging the Libor rate to fund investment in lifesaving health equipment.

The party will use the money to upgrade and replace high value NHS machines, including CT scanners and MRI scanners, to help diagnose and treat patients faster.

This funding is in addition to the £8bn-a-year extra funding the Liberal Democrats will make available to the NHS – a party ‘red line’ in any coalition negotiations.

We will also give part of the money to air ambulance charities funds to buy additional helicopters, provide 24/7 emergency cover and upgrade helipads.

We would split the one-off Libor fine in the following way:

  • £177m on a major equipment fund to better treat and diagnose serious conditions, like cancer and strokes.
  • This works out at £148m for England, £15m for Scotland, £8.6m for Wales and £5m for Northern Ireland.
  • £50m divided between the 20 air ambulance trusts in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“Investing in new equipment for hospitals will drastically improve patient outcomes and save thousands of lives a year. 
“This additional investment in our health service further illustrates the Liberal Democrat’s commitment to the NHS. 
“We are the only party to commit to the £8bn-a-year extra the health service needs and this money will further help patients get the treatment they deserve. 
“When banks are fined it is only right we use the money to improve vital public services and fund the organisations that do so much to build a fairer society.”

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Only the Lib Dems offer stability, unity and decency

Whilst at a campaign rally in Southwark today Nick Clegg passionately described how only a vote for the Liberal Democrats will safeguard values of stability, decency and unity.

Amid cheers and shouts from a crowd of energetic campaigners Nick Clegg emphasised how Britain is an open-minded, open-hearted and generous country. He urged the British people to find a sense of renewed optimism and cited how the Liberal Democrats manifesto symbolises hope.

The Liberal Democrats manifesto offers a fair and balanced approach to the fixing the economy in the fairest possible way. It gives hope to the millions of people who work in the public sector by ensuring they won’t have a pay cut.

It gives hope for children and young people by giving more money to nurseries, schools and colleges. It gives hope for the patients and staff of our NHS, through promising it the £8 billion it needs to survive. It makes sure we will live in a cleaner and greener Britain by protecting our natural heritage and introducing five green laws. You can read our whole manifesto here.

A vote for the Liberal Democrats on May 7th will ensure that we have a stable, decent and unified United Kingdom that keeps Britain on track by not letting the government lurch to the extreme left or the extreme right and delivering a stronger economy and a fairer society.

 Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:
“The Britain I love is built on a foundation of three strong principles: stability, decency and unity. They are a part of our shared identity. They are part of what makes Britain great. But only one party in Britain today is fighting for those principles: the Liberal Democrats.” 
“The worst thing now would be to waste all the hard work and sacrifice of millions of people by lurching off to the left or the right, or to throw ourselves into the chaos and uncertainty of a minority government.” 
“The Liberal Democrats are the party that will stand up to the decent British values of tolerance, moderation and generosity.” 
“The Liberal Democrats will always stand up for unity against those who seek to pull us apart. Unity means we won’t divide our communities, like UKIP. Unity means we won’t divide our society, like the Conservatives. And unity means we won’t rip our country apart, like the SNP.”

Cambridge MP welcomes £2.5m boost for Air Ambulance under Lib Dem plan

Cambridgeshire’s Air Ambulance service would benefit from £2.5 million raised from under a plan revealed by the Liberal Democrats to make use of part of a fine levied under the Libor banking scandal.

The news has been welcomed by Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge who said the investment could make a real difference to the county’s emergency cover.

It could be used to buy another helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency or upgrade helipads at the region’s hospitals – but how it would be spent would be up to the East Anglian Air Ambulance team.

The plan is part of a wider Lib Dem scheme to divide £50 million from the £227 million fine levied on Deutsche Bank equally between Britain’s 20 air ambulance trusts.

Julian said: “It is good to see that this money raised as a result of the appalling Libor scandal could be put to an extremely worthwhile cause. Air ambulances save lives ever year in some of the most distressing and hazardous incidents and yet they have to rely on charitable donations to keep going.

“I was delighted recently to be invited to see the East Anglia Air Ambulance’s new helicopter after we agreed a £1.7 million grant for the charity in the last budget. With this money the charity could do more and I know it is keen to encourage hospitals to build or improve new helipads and make sure that all can be operated at night.”  

The East Anglian Air Ambulance operates two helicopters. The Norwich crew operates 12 hours a day while Cambridge operates until 9pm with new lighting system at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital helipad.

Prioritising public sector workers is a Lib Dem red line

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has announced a final red line that the Liberal Democrats would demand in any coalition negotiations.

Nick has set out how the Liberal Democrats will make pay increases for public sector workers a priority in any coalition talks.

After five years of pay restraint, teachers, nurses, police officers and all those who work in the public sector should no longer face pay cuts and will be offered light at the end of the tunnel.

The contribution of our public sector workers is the cornerstone of a fair and decent society.

Public sector workers have played an important role in helping get the economy on track and Liberal Democrats want to give them the pay guarantee they need.

We would introduce a minimum pay increase in line with inflation for the next two years, and guarantee real terms increases in pay once the books have been balanced.

This means a nurse on £25,000 would receive a minimum pay increase of £350, a police officer on £30,000 would receive £490 and a teacher on £35,000 would get at least £490 over the first two years.

The Liberal Democrats have made a manifesto commitment to creating prosperity for all by balancing the budget and investing in high skill low carbon economy.

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:
“Liberal Democrats will not enter a coalition with a party not prepared to back pay rises for people working in the public sector. 
“They have paid more than their fair share, and now enough is enough. 
“The work they do is the cornerstone of a fair and decent society. We have a moral obligation to support them, and protect the services they provide. 
“Jobs and pay are under threat from the Conservatives. They want to embark on a slash and burn approach to the public sector. And Labour’s failure to deal with the economy, allowing austerity to drag on, will prolong pay restraint for many years to come. 
“Public sector workers have made enough sacrifices to help our country get back on track. Only Liberal Democrat MPs can guarantee an end to further cuts to pay.”