Thank-you so much for your support if you voted Liberal Democrat in the recent sets of elections. The Liberal message is fighting back and I believe it's winning.
The Watford Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of giving up as there are no Conservative candidates in certain areas of the Watford constituency for the time ever in this set of local elections.
There is no Conservative candidate in Stanborough ward (Watford Borough) and in Abbots Langley, Gade Valley and Leavesden (Three Rivers), all wards that have historically elected Conservative councillors and form around a quarter of Richard Harrington's constituency. In Watford Borough there are currently no Conservative councillors.
The Liberal Democrats have fielded a full slate of candidates across both Watford and Three Rivers.
Watford Liberal Democrat members have resected local Cllr Ian Stotesbury to be their Parliamentary Candidate at the next general election.
Cllr Ian Stotesbury stood for the Liberal Democrats at the last general election and lives in North Watford with his fiancé, Clare . He was elected a Callowland councillor this May having gained the ward from Labour in a hard-fought campaign.
Space Engineer Ian has worked in the science and technology sector for a number of years and now works as a Senior System Engineer in spacecraft design, manufacturing and launch.
The Liberal Democrat Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has warned of growing pressure on Watford to build more homes after the Housing Minister said he was ‘putting big pressure on local authorities’ that miss their housing targets. Kit Malthouse MP, the Conservative Housing Minister, said in an interview that ‘councils have to hit a percentage of the forecast housing in their plan, and if they don't we essentially take it [planning decisions] out of their hands’.
This is on top of Watford’s housing numbers being tripled by the government and the previous Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government saying he was ‘breathing down the neck’ of local councils to build more homes.