“The Liberal Democrat position has always been consistent, that there should be an informed people’s vote once the terms and consequences of any final deal are known and that it should include the option to Remain. This is not about a second referendum or the best of three, it’s about giving the people a first informed choice and giving them control of what the ‘Will of the People’ actually means.” – Lee Bridgen, Chair of the Luton Liberal Democrat Party

Constituency-by-constituency research by Best for Britain has revealed that the tide is turning in Luton on Brexit.

Both Luton constituencies of Luton North and Luton South, represented in Parliament by the pro-Brexit suspended Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins and by Labour MP Gavin Shuker respectively, voted in favour of exiting the European Union in the 2016 Referendum.

However, according to the research, Luton South which was 55.4% in favour of leaving the EU in 2016, is now 54.8% in favour of remaining.  Luton North, which was 58.2% in favour of leaving the EU, has shown an even greater swing to 53.1% now in favour of remaining.

Despite the apparent evidence of the turning tide up and down the country, as well as controversies over the flagrant breaking of electoral law by the “vote leave” campaign leading up to the referendum, both Labour and Conservatives continue to define their respective shambolic versions of Brexit as “the will of the people”.

Luton Liberal Democrat Party Chair Lee Bridgen said, “The ‘Will of the People’ seems to have been hijacked by a Conservative Government that is making a mess of Brexit, with precious little opposition to this from a Labour leadership that continues to support them.  The Liberal Democrat position has always been consistent, that there should be an informed people’s vote once the terms and consequences of any final deal are known and that it should include the option to Remain.  This is not about a second referendum or the best of three, it’s about giving the people a first informed choice and giving them control of what the ‘Will of the People’ actually means.”

It seems that some of the moderate MP’s from both Labour and Conservative Parties are finally coming around to our way of thinking.  If you want a say on the final deal, this makes it all the more important that you write to your MP, asking them to support a people’s vote.  You can also join our Exit From Brexit Campaign via the national Liberal Democrats website.


 

“The prevailing winds are from the west which means most of the pollution will head straight for South and East Luton. We do not need more toxic Dioxins on top of the polluted air much of Luton already breathes.” – Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

Plans to build an incinerator to burn 500,000 tonnes of waste a year near the East Hyde sewage works have been slammed by Luton Liberal Democrats.

“There’s no way you can burn half a million tonnes of waste without throwing out tonnes of heavily polluted air”, says Liberal Democrat leader on Luton Council, David Franks. “The prevailing winds are from the west which means most of the pollution will head straight for South and East Luton. We do not need more toxic Dioxins on top of the polluted air much of Luton already breathes.”

“The only access to the proposed site is from Lower Harpenden Road and even if all of the waste was delivered on 40 tonne articulated lorries that would mean a minimum of 50 lorries into the site and 50 lorries out again every day. One hundred 40 tonne artics a day on Lower Harpenden Road does not sound to me like a good idea. Are the lorries coming away from the site going to be carrying the highly toxic ash the incinerator will produce?”

If the plan gets as far as a formal planning application it will have to be decided by Central Bedfordshire Council but Luton Council will be consulted and asked for its views. It is clear Liberal Democrat opposition councillors are pressing for a very strong objection.


Following requests from local residents the local Liberal Democrats have re-launched their campaigning and Focus Newsletter in Round Green Ward.

The ward was held by the Liberal democrats for nearly 20 years up to 2010 and residents have told us they miss the hard work our former councillors put into the area.

Teams have already been out campaigning in the ward and we received a fantastic response to our latest Focus newsletter.