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Stephen Robinson - campaigning for you all year round

Stephen Robinson is a hard-working, Chelmsford-based campaigner. He successfully campaigned against Conservative plans to downgrade Broomfield Hospital's A&E and campaigns against the Conservative Local Plan that does not deliver enough infrastructure in advance (schools, transport, GPs, affordable housing etc.)

Among other local issues, he has campaigned to overturn Conservative cuts to "lollipop" crossing patrols including in Copperfield Road. Sign the petition and Watch the video

He is a local Lib Dem Councillor, Chelmsford Lib Dem Group Leader and in 2010 he came close to being elected as the MP.

In Chelmsford, elections are either won by Liberal Democrats or Conservatives. No other party won any council seats in Chelmsford in 2013 or 2015 or 2017.

Recent updates from Stephen

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Proposals to tackle congestion in Chelmsford have been put forward by local Liberal Democrat Councillors. Congestion threatens to choke Chelmsford over the next few years, as the Conservative plan for 15,000 houses comes into effect.

    Countryside Properties have warned residents of North Springfield / Beaulieu Park that traffic will get much worse before it gets better e.g. in White Hart Lane. Stephen Robinson extracted this admission from them back in 2010 and they recently suggested that 'six years of misery' could be expected.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Phone calls, emails and meetings about the future of this site pop up almost every week. Last Friday was the latest meeting of the steering group that I first convened in Summer 2012. We received a presentation about the different legal options for creating a community association / trust / company to take the project forwards.

    On this topic, Cllr Jude Deakin and I have had other meetings with the Chief Executive and Director of Finance at Chelmsford City Council; various conversations and emails with the Council's Policy Officer, who is helping us draw up a business plan, and correspondence with local groups who want to be involved.

    I have also made comments on the draft business plan; looked for input from other groups, and been in touch with the Federation of Small Businesses. We first need Essex County Council Education department to decide whether it needs any of the site before we know what might be available for the community.

    If you want to be involved in the development of this community project, just let me know.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Essential measures to fight cross-border crime have been backed by Liberal Democrats in Government. The Conservatives wanted to get rid of these measures.

    Under the Lisbon Treaty, the UK has the option of leaving a series of cross-border EU crime fighting measures and must make a decision on whether to opt out by next year.

  • Rutted verge
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Right across Essex, Conservative-run Essex County Council is turning down requests for repairs of some major potholes and road defects. Here are just a few extraordinary examples.

    In Kensington Road, Essex Council DO NOT think this needs fixing, saying "the damage is not causing a serious effect on the local residents."

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    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    The disgraced former Essex Conservative Leader Lord Hanningfield jetted round the world; dined out at our expense and charged his £4,600 Bar Bill in the House of Lords to the Essex taxpayer.

    So the Conservative-supporting Daily Mail, via columnist Simon Heffer (who lives near Chelmsford), is advising no-one to vote Conservative on Thursday in Essex. Columnist Simon Heffer said on 25th March:

  • Essex Savers logo
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    People thinking of using a "pay day" loan are urged instead to use their local savers group, also known as a credit union. Cllr. Stephen Robinson serves on the council committee that has been reviewing financial services. He commented, "In mid Essex we have Essex Savers, from which people can get small to medium sized loans, and also keep some savings. There are others too, such as HarlowSave."

  • Cashbags Graphic (Your taxes)
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Staff working directly for disgraced Lord Hanningfield (when he was Conservative Leader) were behind claims for a further £75,000 at your expense. This includes £4,760 in bar and hospitality bills run up at the House of Lords but charged to Essex taxpayers.

    This emerged at the recent meeting of the council's Audit Committee. It was revealed that this was claimed by Lord Hanningfield's staff for trips abroad, expensive hotels and restaurants and even suit hire for Royal Ascot.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    £111,500 extra is going to local schools to help pupils starting secondary school. It is for those who didn't reach the expected level in literacy and maths when they finished primary school.

    Schools will receive £500 for each of these pupils, to help them through catch-up classes and individual tuition. It is all part of the plan by the Liberal Democrats in the coalition Government for a fairer society and helping people to get on in life.

    This is needed because only five per cent of low-achieving 11 year olds later get the minimum standard at GCSE (i.e. of those who do not reach Level 4 in both English and Maths at age 11, only 5% go on to achieve five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and Maths).

    This extra money was announced by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg in September at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference and is now being delivered.

    Schools will have freedom to decide how best to use the catch-up premium, but examples could include:

  • Cllr Vicky Davies' favourite pothole
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    A call was made today for more to be spent on fixing Essex roads and pavements and helping young people. At the Essex County Council budget meeting, the Lib Dem Opposition group proposed better services, funded from cutting wasteful spending and spare cash in the bank. This was rejected by the ruling Conservatives.

  • European Movement logo
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Five years of uncertainty could stop companies investing and threaten jobs. This morning David Cameron gambled with the economy by raising the possibility of the UK leaving the EU if he doesn't get what he wants.

    Invited on to BBC local radio, Chelmsford Lib Dem Stephen Robinson said that foreign companies like Honda and Nissan would fear a UK withdrawal and could stop investing in British jobs. The investment could easily go to Germany or France instead. He argued that Britain is stronger on the world stage because the EU is the world's largest economic bloc, with 500 million people.