Our Members and Supporters Matter
Each year we elect those who help run our Local Party. To set the policies, select the candidates, pay the bills, campaign for a better Colchester and stand up for our inclusive and liberal values. Our Annual General Meeting on 4 December 1230 is another opportunity to join, or elect or help that executive team. If a member you should have heard earlier this month by email or letter. But if not, or if missed, and you want more details contact our Secretary Kieron Franks or any Councillor, candidate or member of the Lib Dem team.
Colchester's Positive Party
We are still here! No longer leading Colchester Borough Council. But pleased we have helped shape our town for better. From our much praised support to business and those shielding. To great projects we supported or helped get underway, arriving this year.
From the re-opening of the Mercury ..
To the arrival of parklets in the High Street ..
And the fantastic new Sports Park ..
While past plans mature and deliver your Lib Dems continue to look to the future and if the voters agree to once again seek the best we can for our town and borough. From heritage to facilities to working, living or visiting Colchester. Care and help for those most in need.
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
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.
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.
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.