A Lib Dem Summer

Summer Days

Warming up our Mag Hall HQ

Talking to residents

Honouring past Lib Dem service


Proud of our Liberal traditions and diversity

All of us - working Hard - behind the scenes

Planning for a yet better future

FirstSite triumph - Museum of the Year

A fantastic 10th birthday present!

Great to see FirstSite success named as 'Museum of the Year'. A huge achievement. Their great outreach work, helping thousands, making themselves accessible and inviting.  We salute Sally Shaw and her team. Wonderful work. 

We are proud to have helped lay past foundations. Lib Dem led administrations helped fund this iconic building. Support since has helped the Mercury and the Arts Centre, two other great parts of a thriving local scene. A forward looking approach that makes Colchester inviting, and special.   

Consensus and Campaigns

A legacy we MUST keep secure

Good to see continuity as our Tory successors follow policies and plans set in train by the last Lib Dem led administration. Those plans commanded widespread support.  They still do. 

A great legacy.  Including a 'town deal' that will benefit many. A priority for the environment, from no mow to wilding and tree planting. One of the best recycling and waste services in the country.  Investments in social and affordable housing and great leisure facilities. Negotiating for a Colchester Youth Zone as transformational for life chances. 

To keep this secure we need to win back control.  We hope to be back in the town hall if the voters agree next May. But we do not take that for granted.  It will be a tough fight we will take to Tory heartlands across Colchester.

We take heart from great new candidates and the support of the public.  We will do all we can, with your help and support. To make sure that what matters most is kept safe. And that our legacy, of an award winning well run and led Council remains here to serves our residents well and to look out for those most in need.  

Our Children Their Future

Lib Dems BATTLE for better

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'Robust but fair' Opposition

Pride in our legacy - Determined to return!

Lib Dem led control of Colchester has come to a close. But as the Conservatives take over the Lib Dems and their Labour allies sign up on a 'progressive agreement' to hold them to account.  

Lib Dems know we leave the Tories with a great legacy. An award winning Council. That helped so many through the pandemic. And helped save many businesses and jobs. 

We leave behind great plans. For the future and the 'town deal'. For a Youth Zone that will transform the lives of thousands. And a great record on the environment. 

We will fight for those causes. As a robust fair opposition. We will serve our residents well by fighting their corner, for jobs, investment, a better town and a continued care for those most in need. 

Independents Change Again

Highwoods Independents Join Tory Cabinet

Colchester election count, Charter Hall..Gerard and Beverley Oxford.

Lib Dems still 2nd largest party on Borough and County Councils

Progressive parties and the Independents had more of the vote and seats but with the three votes of the Oxford family, their post election move across means control of Colchester Council appears to have switched to the Conservatives. 

Lib Dems and partners will be in opposition, after 13 years running Colchester.  We will learn from what did not work well, but remember our successes.  We have invested widely and wisely, have been generous in our support for those who help others, and the most vulnerable and leave behind an award-winning Council that serves residents well.

Now we must regroup, be an effective opposition and prepare for the future. Huge thanks to residents who, despite the Tory tide, supported so many of our candidates and Councillors. 

Results 2021

Lib Dems and Partners stand firm

Tory 'Blue Wave' proves insufficient!

Lib Dems lead the current ruling coalition, with Labour. Together they went into Thursday’s poll holding 24 seats.  When the results were counted, they still hold 23, Lib Dems still one ahead of Labour at 12 to 11 with the Greens up one seat to 2.  Conservatives ended the night unchanged with 23 seats in the Borough Council.

To great Lib Dem winners like Martin Goss, Mike Hogg and Lyn Barton a huge 'well done' and to David King a welcome in taking over from Anne Turrell in our other County seat. 

We were all thrilled to see Mark Cory and Michelle Burrows elected, they pulled off an extraordinary double win at Wivenhoe for County and Borough. But all Lib Dems will be sad to see the loss of New Town and Christ Church and John Baker at County and the near miss by Paul Williams after a great campaign at Stanway.

But, progressives continue to hold the majority of seats and the popular vote across Colchester!  And to be a strong opposition to the Tories at the County Council.  

To every candidate, supporter and resident thank you.  We will be looking now with care at the results and our next steps.  


For Colchester's Future Vote Lib Dem on May 6th

Every Vote Counts!


Vote for a Lib Dem led Colchester

Our Colchester Borough priorities include help for young people, support to local jobs and the environment, from woodland planting and bio-diversity support to climate change action and keeping as much as we can of 'the Wick' for future generations, as a country park or nature reserve.

With your support we will continue to make a difference for better.  Council Tax support for those most in need. Grants for charities and those who help others. High quality swift advice and support. Award winning services for all. Care for others and the environment.  Challenging the Conservatives and their cuts at the County Council. Holding them to account. getting the best any can for Colchester.  

For great local candidates working for you all year Vote Lib Dem on May 6th - Colchester's future depends on it. 


Lib Dem Manifesto 2021 Launched!

Here for us all - all year long

Some of YOUR great local Lib Dem Candidates 

Gathering Socially Distanced!

Colchester Lib Dems have launched their 2021 Manifesto for the County and Borough Council. 

Vote Lib Dem for the County Council - we will fight against the £46 million pounds cuts by the Conservative administration, focus on providing better care for the elderly, continue to provide free school meals and fight for our libraries.

Vote Lib Dem for Colchester Borough Council and we will continue to lead an award-winning Council.  We will ensure all essential services are maintained. We will continue to invest in the town. Our top priorities to include a Colchester Youth Zone as a huge step change for better for youth services and the life chances of our young people. 

Local Party Chair David King said ‘We will continue to invest, to champion woodland planting and biodiversity and the Wick, places to walk and cycle safely and the health of economy.  Businesses know how much we have helped them through hard times and that we are here to help them through recovery, and those they employ' 

Leader of the Council Mark Cory said ‘Colchester has delivered for it’s residents during Covid. Helping many people to stay safe and well, while running essential services. We have a strong record, despite government cuts and the pandemic, Colchester shines bright. We will continue to ensure Colchester remains a great place to work, live and visit, improving our environment and quality of life and looking after those most in need'.

Vote for Colchester Lib Dems, for great candidates. Living locally. 

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Here for You - All Year Long

BATTLE lines drawn for the elections on May 6.

Colchester Borough Council is led by Lib Dems and run by a coalition of the Liberal Democrats and Labour.  We want to keep it that way, for the good of Colchester.  To do so we have to HOLD our seats and ideally WIN others. Here are OUR great candidates:

  • Berechurch - Mick Spindler 
  • Castle - Martin Gillingham
  • Greenstead - Chantelle-Louise Whyborn
  • Highwoods - Kieron Franks
  • Lexden and Braiswick  Sandra Culham
  • Marks Tey and Layer - Mark Hull 
  • Mersea and Pyefleet - Susan Waite
  • Mile End - Martin Goss*
  • New Town and Christ Church - Catherine Spindler
  • Old Heath and Hythe - Soban Asghar
  • Prettygate - John Loxley   
  • Rural North - Will Brown 
  • Shrub End - Lyn Barton *
  • St Anne’s and St John’s - Mike Hogg *
  • Stanway - Paul Williams
  • Tiptree - Jennifer Stevens
  • Wivenhoe - Michelle Burrows

6 May sees two other elections. For Police Fire and Crime Commissioner and Jon Whitehead.

And for elections to the County Council. To all of our dedicated, hard working candidates for County, our huge thanks also:

  • Abbey - Peter Schrami
  • Constable - Will Brown
  • Drury - Isobel Merry
  • Maypole - Tony Emment
  • Mersea - Susan Waite
  • Mile End & Highwoods - David King
  • Parsons Heath - John Baker *
  • Stanway & Pyfleet - Lesley Scott-Boutell
  • Wivenhoe - Mark Cory

All of our great Councillors* and candidates bring something special - a belief in better.

In values and care and support to our fellow citizens.  In help to those most in need, in a fair tolerant and progressive society, in great services and care for residents.  Thank you!  For all you do. All year. 

Vote Lib Dem on 6 May!


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