Demanding action on local pollution and the environment
The Liberal Democrat Team with Neil Christian have been at the forefront of the campaign to highlight the pollution on the A6 through Disley and Newtown. We have drawn attention to the high levels of nitrogen oxides, exceeding legal limits at monitoring stations and near the village centre. As we predicted the number of Diesel heavy lorries using the A6 significantly increased since the A555 Airport link road opened. Local resident’s complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Neil said “its time we had an MP that was willing to do something about the pollution and congestion, this situation cannot continue as it has”.Read more
I begin by expressing my deep gratitude to our depleted and underfunded police for the brilliantly executed “Operation Vulcanise” targeting the pernicious County Lines drug gangs in a dark and corrosive local underworld of which most of us were unaware.
Sadly, I write this column during what may prove a tragic week for our country, for Macclesfield and for our children and grandchildren. I have lived my life proud of our democracy here and in Europe, knowing so much of the sacrifices made by my parents’ generation to achieve it. It took much of my lifetime to recover from the tragedy of 1930s fascism and the war it spawned. Some people grew rich exploiting that tragedy and the sufferings of others. Many of Brexit’s extremely wealthy architects stand to grow even wealthier by exploiting a self-inflicted economic downturn among the worst in peacetime, recovery from which, even viewed through rose-tinted Rees Mogg spectacles, could take decades.Read more
Macclesfield Liberal Democrats have been holding street stalls across the constituency introducing Neil Christian as their parliamentary candidate to fight the next general election.
“I’m hugely honoured to have been selected to stand here again. We simply don’t know when the next election will be called but with talk of no confidence votes, the unlawful proroguing of Parliament and no government majority in the Commons the Liberal Democrats have moved to an active campaign footing in preparation.” Neil tells us, “As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Macclesfield I will fiercely argue for the UK remaining in the EU and campaign for a greener and more socially just society”Read more
Cheshire's crime rise is a sad reflection on a a triple whammy from the Conservative Government - police cuts, rising inequality, and a lack of community policing.
After the local force was branded "inadequate" by the recent HMIC report on Crime Recording, Macclesfield Liberal Democrats called on the Police and Crimes Commissioner to urgently address the problems in the force.Read more
Macclesfield Liberal Democrats are calling for Cheshire East council to be placed in special measures immediately.
After the resignation of the Council’s deputy leader David Brown from the Cabinet, with several senior officers of the council suspended, and the announcement that four police investigations into the Council are ongoing, local party leader Andrew Haldane said: “It is time for the Commissioners to be called in. We have some very good opposition Councillors – Liberal Democrats, Labour and Independent, but the Conservatives are dominant and have centralised power so much; even the most diligent of opponents can’t scrutinise what they don’t have access to.”Read more
The Conservative Council is in chaos. As another senior Tory councillor resigns, questions are asked about Conservatives competence in running the council. Tory-run Cheshire East Council’s admissions of – at the very least – extreme incompetence regarding the pollution data scandal were bad enough, but for there to now be question marks over a series of other activities, warranting a police investigation and the deputy leader of the council stepping down from his position, confirms that the Council is chronically mismanaged.
Cheshire East’s police force has been described as “inadequate” and given the lowest possible score in the recent HMIC report on Crime Recording. The Liberal Democrats have called on the Police and Crimes Commissioner to urgently address the problems identified, and ensure that the police force can meet the needs of Cheshire East residents.
Neil Lewis, the Liberal Democrats’ candidate in the 2016 Police and Crimes Commissioner election, said: “The Cheshire constabulary has many strengths, and we recognise the intense pressure under which our police operate and are hugely appreciative of their dedication and commitment to keep us safe. However, we must be aware of the weaknesses identified by the recent inspection and expect these issues to be swiftly addressed.”Read more
Q&A – Richard was asked about whether he supported proportional representationRead more
Q&A: Human rights, internationalism and justice, are tied in together, and as a supporter of War on Want, resident Michael Knight asked about the Liberal Democrats' approachRead more
Q&A: Richard responds to your queries on the nuclear deterrent and the expansion of nuclear technologyRead more