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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 Chelmsford City Councillor for Patching Hall ward (since May 2011) and Lib Dem Group Leader there, and also Essex County Councillor for North Chelmsford since June 2012.

Stephen was the Liberal Democrat candidate to be MP for Chelmsford. 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

  • Essex County Council logo
    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.

  • Nick Clegg with school children
    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.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Stephen Robinson writes: "Great day in Westminster on behalf of East Region to meet Paddy Ashdown and other campaign leaders. Photographed by press as I left Portcullis House. Sneaky suspicion they were waiting for someone else!"

    Big topic of the day: how the Liberal Democrats are working for a stronger economy, in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life [more].

  • Stafford Liberal Democrats believe more should be done to encourage recycling before the Council introduces twice weekly bin collections
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Chelmsford Council's rubbish collection crews for recycling and waste are currently out collecting as normal and the council asks that all residents put their collections out as usual.

    With the current road and pavement surface conditions, these collections are taking longer than normal and it is inevitable that they may miss some collections. Priority in these circumstances will be given to the collection of food waste and materials for recycling over residual and garden waste.

  • Joanna Killian
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    The chief executive of Essex County Council attended some of the now-infamous dinners, paid out of Lord Hanningfield's excessive credit card spending during his time as Conservative leader.

    The Essex Chronicle revealed much of the detail in their article on Thursday. In two consecutive evenings, Ms Killian, who is paid a basic salary of £210,000-a-year, had dinners with the peer at both Jamie Oliver's and Rick Stein's Cornish restaurants. Taxpayers picked up the £1,000-plus bill.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    The Minister for rail fares is being chauffeured to and from work each day - so he can avoid the overcrowded trains he is responsible for, says the Mail on Sunday. See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257727/Simon-Burns-Rail-minister-spends-80k-limo-work.html