Andy Graham, Supporting the rights of those with Disabilities in the face of Tory cuts

Andy Graham, our candidate for the general election 2017 passionately supports the rights of those with disabilities and the social care system that supports them, and other vulnerable people. The conservatives plan to drastically reduce funding available to those in need and even dismiss their concerns as “a childish wish list” when confronted.

Disabled people should not have to live in undignified ways or move to other parts of the UK where devolved administrations provide more.

Andy Graham has signed the Leonard Cheshire petition to make sure all MP’s support Disabled rights and has vowed to fight for their rights, should he be elected on the 8th of June. If you would like to sign it, please click here

Andy Graham on School Funding and Young People

As part of our campaign for the general election 2017 the Broxbourne Liberal Democrats asked Andy Graham, our candidate, to answer some questions about a wide variety off issues facing the residents of Broxbourne. Here Andy talks about Schooling and young people.

 

How you have found working in Broxbourne’s schools and your views on current funding levels?

As Executive director of Snap Theatre for 26 years working extensively in Hertfordshire Schools, including Goffs and Presdales in Broxbourne, with education projects that supported the needs of schools with one day residencies on Sex Education, Road Safety and literacy has made a huge impact reducing teenage pregnancy, raising standards and most of all keeping young people safe through awareness of the decisions they make in their lives and the consequences of their action.

Snap Theatre won the Prince Michael Award arising out of this work.

Funding in schools is under threat by the increase in class sizes and the overburdening on teachers to be constantly testing.. Funding levels in real terms has to be increased in order for teachers to be recruited and the professions status is recognised by taking off the cap on teachers pay and security of the pupil premium being retained to support those children who need the additional support is not squeezed by ever increasing demands on their budgets.

Education is the heart of children and young people-s future we must invest in it and support the teaching profession in doing what they know best and that is teach so that young people reach their maximum potential!
How being chair of the youth committee (and working with young people) helps you to understand the issues they are facing?

Youth forums and working with young people in youth clubs to this present time, talking to young people, listening to young people and being challenged by them have helped me realise that many young people are positive, and deserve better. The old institutions of local and national government often are so alienating that young people play less of an active role in decisions that affect them now and in the future. This must change through the need of political and social history taught in schools to help inform culture and identity together with the voting at 16 as recognition of their responsibility in the wider society. Use of technology needs a complete overhaul to ensure apps of introduced to ensure that the world of governments and the aspirations of young people are not neglected by a generation who currently govern and engage by out of date means of communication.

For more information about Andy please click the ‘candidates 2017’ above or send us an email at contact@broxlibdems.org.uk

Introducing Andy Graham, Broxbourne’s Lib Dem candidate for the General Election 2017

Andy Graham started his career as a teacher of French and Drama and then went on to run his own business, the internationally acclaimed Snap Theatre Company based in Hertfordshire which he ran for over 25 years pioneering theatre in education and winning the Prince Michael Award for Read Safety.. He has reached over 3.5 million children and young people with over 220 plays and educational projects touring the UK in theatres and schools.

He is also a writer of children-s books and has published plays including Sense and Sensibility (which also toured the USA,) The Borrowers and Maurice.

He set up a charity in 2005 to develop teacher training support in schools all over the world including Rwanda, Romania, Bangladesh, The Gambia and the UK.

Andy was chair of the Local Government Arts Forum between 1998 and 2003 and was a member of the Arts Council of GB during the same period

Andy has been elected a district councillor for 16 continuous years on East Herts District Council and 9 years as a town council becoming its Mayor in 1998/1999.

He has stood for parliament twice in the Clacton By Election 2014 and stood against David Cameron in 2015.

Andy is a strong advocate of ensuring in whatever walk of life but particularly in education, that has everyone has equal opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

Incinerator in Hoddesdon: An open letter to the Media

The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats would like to invite all to read our letter to the media regarding the proposed incinerator in Ratty’s Lane Hoddesdon. The Liberal Democrats are fighting for the rights of the community and trying to stop this proposal going ahead, the Conservative run county council meanwhile, has been trying to site the incinerator in Broxbourne for some time. To read the letter please click here

County Council Election Focus – Introducing Sara Mihajlovic For Hoddesdon South

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Sara Mihajlovic lives locally and has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since the last general election when she felt stirred into action by the re-election of the Conservatives to government.  A parent and part-time languages teacher Sara is very worried that Brexit is not a good idea and she agrees with Tim Farron and Nick Clegg that we must hold the Leavers in government to account for every decision they make.

Sara Mihajlovic says

'As a parent I am extremely concerned about opportunities in the future for our children.  School budgets are having to be cut because of the Conservative government's continuation of austerity and our County Council has not prioritised what any parent would consider to be essential – that is education.  Instead the county council wastes money on press releases and marketing; road surfaces have to be repaired too often because corners are cut and our bus services have been severely reduced making it harder for our older children to travel to college.'

New Incinerator Proposal at Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon

The Broxbourne Liberal Democrats are actively opposing the proposed incinerator plant in Hoddesdon. Veolia has put forward this location for a new incinerator in Hertfordshire despite previously deciding it was ill-suited for a plant of this kind.

We oppose the proposal for these reasons (among others):

 

The proposal will increase pollution in the air and surrounding greenbelt land - The Lea Valley. The fact that the building is inside of the valley means that pollution from its chimneys will have trouble dispersing. This is pollution that all residents of Broxbourne will be breathing in.

The surrounding infrastructure is not designed for the extra vehicles that the incineration plant will place on Broxbourne’s roads. Veolia’s plans include 268 vehicle movements to and from the site 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This will add strain to our already poorly maintained roads and bridges.

The site is poorly located for the extra traffic it will create. Veolia has promised to minimise HGV moments at peak times, such as on the school run, but there is no way to actually enforce this if the incinerator gets built. It will had lots of traffic to our already busy streets!

The proposed building is huge! It will have a significant visual impact on the local area and be seen from public spaces located around it.

The site stands to have very little benefit to the local economy. It will create very little in the way of local employment opportunities and will have waste being driven in from Essex and Greater London.

 

For a full list of our objections to this proposal you can download the letter of objection sent to the planning department by clicking this link

 

If you would like to get involved in opposing the incinerator get in contact with us! You can also object on the Hoddesdon against incineration website by clicking this link https://www.hoddesdon-against-incineration.co.uk/