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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Mayor meets John Lewis Chairman Dame Sharon White in attempt to save Watford store

The Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has met with Dame Sharon White, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, in order to try and save the town’s store and the jobs of the 382 staff members employed there.

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Liberal Democrat Mayor of Watford writes to Secretary of State demanding planning changes after unanimous council motion

The Liberal Democrat Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has written to Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP to push for more powers to local councils to reject inappropriate development.

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Watford Lib Dem councillors work together to boost Covid-19 charity appeal

Watford Liberal Democrat councillors are working together to ensure local charities get the vital financial help they need during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The ‘Watford Helps’ appeal, which has recently topped £100k, is receiving an additional £14,500 boost from the councillors who have committed half of their annual Neighbourhood Locality Funds to the appeal. 


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Government must give council powers to reject inappropriate development

The Liberal Democrat Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has launched a petition calling on changes to government planning laws. The Mayor wants to see the government give councils more powers to reject inappropriate development as well as the powers to insist on improved infrastructure, such as new schools, doctors surgeries and improvements to public transport.

The Mayor also wants to see an end to the controversial rule of Permitted Development, where office blocks and other industrial buildings can be converted into housing without planning permission. This is the rule that led to the government given approval for windowless flats at Wellstones in the town centre, despite the council rejecting the scheme.

The Conservative government have tripled Watford’s housing targets, targeting the area to help it deliver its commitment made at this election to building 300,000 new homes a year.

A spokesperson for the government said last week that ‘“Watford……refusing proposals and hoping homes are built elsewhere is not an option”.

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Liberal Democrats double vote share in Watford as Hertfordshire gains its first Lib Dem MP

 The Liberal Democrats have doubled their first share in Watford at the same time as Hertfordshire gained its first ever Liberal Democrat MP.

The Liberal Democrats increased their vote share in Watford by 7%, with both the Conservative’s and Labour losing vote share to the party. In next door St Albans, Daisy Cooper gained the seat from the Conservatives, winning by a majority of over 6000 votes and increasing her vote share by 17%.

This is the first time St Albans has elected a Liberal MP since 1905.

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Liberal Democrat run Watford Borough Council declares Climate Emergency

Liberal Democrat run Watford Borough Council has declared a Climate Emergency at a meeting of its Full Council tonight. Scientist and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Cllr Ian Stotesbury presented the motion which was agreed unanimously.

The motion committed the council to helping to make Watford by 2030 and coming with an action plan to help make the town more sustainable. This is in addition to projects to reduce air pollution, create a new On Demand Bus Service and bike hire scheme as well as new solar panel installation programmes.

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Lib Dems surge in Watford local elections

The Watford Liberal Democrats have surged to a record local election win in May.

The Liberal Democrats won 10 out of the 13 seats and also won 55% of the vote, way ahead of their Labour and Conservative rivals. This was a 11% increase on last year.

The Liberal Democrats also increased their vote share in Holywell, Leggats and Vicrage wards, making them the clear challengers next time round. The party also held Callowland and Central with increased majorities, despite a negative Labour campaign. 

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