Mayor and Councillor make hygiene donations to local school

Liberal Democrat Councillor Dawn Allen-Williamson and Mayor Peter Taylor visited Parkgate Junior School to donate 48 bottles of 500ml and one bottle of 5 litre hand soap after Jake Magnus, one of the pupils at the School, said the school was in need of Hand Soap.

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Our statement on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report

It’s sad that it still needs to be said that racism is bad, racism exists, and it is the moral duty of those with power to take action to end racism.

The Government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which can be found here, missed the opportunity to make a clear, bold statement on the state of race equality in this country, to expose the real issues and to make recommendations that would address them in a decisive and comprehensive manner.

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MOTION PASSED: Tracking Stalkers and Domestic Abusers

Watford Council calls for more effective tracking of stalkers and domestic abusers

At Watford Borough Council’s Full Council meeting this week Councillors have unanimously voted to support campaigns calling for more effective tracking of stalkers and domestic abusers.

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MOTION PASSED: Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Watford Council pledges support for Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

At Watford Borough Council’s Full Council meeting this week Councillors have unanimously voted to support the Climate and Ecological (CEE) Bill currently going through the UK Parliament. The Bill is a Private Members’ Bill written by scientists, lawyers and activists with support from a range of campaign groups, businesses, charities and individuals. If passed the Bill would become the most significant step forward since the Climate Change Act 2008.

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The Brexit deal falls short

Brexit may have officially happened last January, however, the realities of Brexit are finally here. Bearing the spoiled fruits of a campaign that kicked off at the beginning of 2016, the first moments of 2021 will see Britain leave the economic and trading relationship that we’ve collectively built to secure futures. I am yet to hear why it’s beneficial for Watford, or for the UK.

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Lib Dems call on the Conservative county council to step in and provide free school meals for those in need

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors on Hertfordshire County Council have called on the Conservative Council to follow the lead of other councils to step in and assist in providing free school meals to those in need during half term and school holidays up to at least the Easter holidays in 2021.

Last Tuesday at a Full Council meeting of Herts County Council,  the Conservative majority rejected a Lib Dem motion calling on the government to support Marcus Rashford's appeal.

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Internal Market Bill continued

Dean Russell gave a fairly boilerplate set of replies to serious concerns around the Internal Market Bill. Here's my reply.

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National Testing Scheme must do better for everyone

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, has today written a letter to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, to express his personal frustration at the current state of the National Test and Trace system.

 

The inadequate performance of Test and Trace across the country is echoed across Watford, with many struggling to get a local test, despite test centres having been set up around the country, including one at Watford Town Hall.

 

Mayor Peter Taylor commented, “Watford Council’s environmental health team has launched the county’s first local Track and Trace system, with local expertise being key to successfully contacting people within the community. But the good work that is taking place locally can only be effective alongside a solid testing programme, something which is reliant upon good leadership and direction from the Government.

 

“It is absolutely vital that we get this right. Everyone knows that having a proper testing system is vital to controlling the spread of this virus. At the moment people are struggling to book tests or being sent hundreds of miles to get one. There isn’t enough testing capacity and this is simply not good enough. The government must sort this out.”

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Open letter to Dean Russell MP - Internal Market Bill

A letter to Dean Russell MP regarding the highly controversial Internal Market Bill.

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Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor writes to Prime Minister to urge clarity on government ‘M25 quarantine ring’ plans

The Liberal Democrat Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has written to the Prime Minister to urgently seek clarity about plans to use the M25 as a ‘quarantine ring’ if there was an increase in COVID-19 cases in London.

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