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.
Highwoods Independents Join Tory Cabinet
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.
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.
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.