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.
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.
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!
THINKING how to vote on May 6th?
We can be different to the Tories - and BETTER!
On Europe. Not picking a fight. Not breaking international law. Not damaging our export industries. Accepting Brexit but working to create a new and better relationship. To really be 'friends and partners'.
On Vaccine ID passports 'As the party of civil liberties and personal freedoms, Liberal Democrats rejected Labour’s attempted introduction of ID cards under Tony Blair. We see no reason now why we should accept the vaccine ID cards of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson' Ed Davey Lib Dem Leader
On Race. Not selectively taking facts that suit the Government - but accepting despite improvements that 'Racial injustice is real – and we will keep fighting it' The Liberal Democrat response to the report of the Government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.
On those in need. They are our priority. We will not reduce the scope or quality of our award winning Council services. We will continue to help those most in need, from help with Council Tax to paying the Living Wage.
For our progressive values drive us. We will help those who help us - like Nurses. We will do all we can to safeguard a fair and free and open society, for all, in which we combat ignorance and champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals and wider communities.
Vote Liberal Democrat on 6 May. Be different. Be proud to want better.
Another Election Ahead
Electors soon will have the opportunity to vote in local elections, after last year's postponement. It will be a choice that should be about who best can deliver essential services, improvement, the best for the health and well being of local communities and our environment. Lib Dems have a great track record, support for those in need and help for all.
Voting Lib Dem here keeps alive our wider voice and influence over national decisions, despite the distortions of the voting system Lib Dems punch above their weight. A fairer system would have given us 75 seats! But we still influence the national debates for better, from social care to the needs of those struggling, to the benefits of good relationships internationally and inclusion at home.
In Colchester our strong record as a Lib Dem led Council and our strong Liberal traditions in Colchester mean we can ensure you are heard. Politics in Colchester more fairly reflects what people want. An alliance of progressives, Liberal led.
Vote Liberal Democrat in this next local election and ensure your voice is heard, for change, for better here and across the country.
Strong Support for St Nicholas Square changes
Great to see a warm welcome from most for the proposed new public realm at St Nicholas Square.
Positive and constructive public Q&A session. And over 500 survey responses so far. Over 80% say they support or strongly support the Lib Dem led Council proposals and 20% support. But some great questions and issues we will pick up together with the project team. Fingers crossed for planning approvals and work this spring, and cafe culture and a lovely piazza and place to walk, sit eat or drink later this summer.
Lib Dems Pass 2021 Colchester Budget!
Great Lib Dem led budget for Colchester has been agreed. Delivers an admired strategic plan. We need investment in affordable homes, help to local business and recovery, the environment and great facilities for residents and communities. Despite Conservatives voting AGAINST!
AGAINST housing for those most in need. Against plans they had seen. Against investments they supported. They raised instead home grown untested no warning budget amendments with no funding. Not responsible. But the Budget was passed by a clear majority with the support of all of the independents. Good news for Colchester!
Future Proofing Colchester!
Recovery matters - from pandemic AND recession. As retail moves online more jobs are at risk. Investments can help, not just the look and feel of our town, but to draw in visitors, to help locals make a choice between other towns and ours. The private sector can play their part. Our Lib Dem led Council can make a big difference. So it's great news we are recommending a new capital programme to our Council colleagues.
The Lib Dem led Council Cabinet play a part. By agreement to a new capital strategy and capital programme, which will see it invest upwards of £43 million across the borough over the next few years. From new business units, flexible spaces for modern hybrid working, extra support for creative, digital and start up businesses, to £130,000 for a new lift at Vineyard Street car park. And new monies for the creation of St Nicholas Square.
Investments agreed will help complete the Mercury Theatre’s redevelopment. And provide £40 million to be spent on our Housing Investment Programme, which will see hundreds of affordable homes built over the next few years. This and more, will help bring jobs and sustain many others, invest as we invest in our future as a great place to live, work and visit.
Let's NOT turn jobs away
But HELP our town centre!