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Mark in Cottam (Mark Jewell) Talking with Police Mark at dog show
  • Mark in Cottam (Mark Jewell)
    Article: Apr 14, 2018
    By Mark Jewell

    Mark Jewell, the Lib Dem candidate for Lea has acknowledged the 20 years Cllr Christine Abram has represented Lea.

    Councillor Christine Abram is stepping down at this May's local elections, 'disillusioned with the way the Town Hall is run' (Lancashire Evening Post 30/03/2018).

    Mark Jewell commented, "Whatever party you represent, 20 years of public service is no mean feat. To an extent I have some sympathy with her reasons for standing down. However, I disagree with her that there is nothing opposition Councillors can do to influence the Labour controlled Council.

  • Lea is effectively paying twice for grass cutting
    Article: Apr 8, 2018
    By Mark Jewell

    Once again your local LibDems have led the fight for residents of Lea ward. LibDem councillors on Preston City Council voted against Labour's unfair Parish tax, increasing the Parish precept by 94%. This means residents of a D-band property in Lea are paying an extra £24.

    This increase has been forced onto the Parish by the Labour controlled Council so that the Parish pays for cutting grass verges in Lea. Mark commented, "The rub of this is that there is already a provision within our Council Tax for the cutting of grass verges so the residents of Lea are effectively paying twice!"

  • Ed Craven highlights sunken drain
    Article: Dec 9, 2017

    In our winter focus we reported local flooding on Greavestown Lane.

    Local campaigner Ed Craven highlighted the issue to fellow campaigner Mark Jewell. Mark wrote to Lancashire County Council to report it.

    In an update on the Lancashire County Council website it was reported as closed on 27th November 2017 (ref: 268297).

  • Mark views what already goes on at St Christopher's
    Article: Aug 3, 2017
    By Mark Jewell

    Local Campaigner, Mark Jewell, attended the public meeting at St Christopher's Church earlier this summer.

    Mark explained, "the public meeting was to hold an open meeting about the concept design and the Church's continued work within the community".

    Rev Peter Hamborg explained that the aim was to fund the new building from charitable trusts interested in community projects. He added, that securing the future of the building secures the long term future of the remembrance garden.

  • Vince Cable campaigning on Larches with Mark Jewell
    Article: Jul 21, 2017
    By Mark Jewell


    Vince Cable is the new leader if the Liberal Democrats.

    Local campaigner, Mark Jewell says Vince speaks for us all.

    Mark recalls when Vince came to Preston. "I had just started in local politics and Vince joined me canvassing in Larches. He offered some great advice on the casework we had collected. The following year I was elected as the City Councillor for Larches.

  • Mark outside St Andrews CE
    Article: May 2, 2017

    Local Liberal Democrats are fighting against school funding cuts in Preston.

    Recent figures from the National Union of Teachers show that schools in Lancashire will lose £67,726,441, in real terms, by 2019. This amounts to an average loss of £440 a year for each child. That is the equivalent of 1,841 teachers being cut from Lancashire schools. Ashton Community Science College would lose over half a million pounds by 2019 equivalent to 14 teachers being cut.(source: schoolcuts.org.uk)

  • Article: Jan 5, 2017

    As the 12 days of Christmas draw to a close, many will be taking down their Christmas tree this weekend.

    To get rid of your real tree you can either pay the Council to take it away or you can take it to the Waste and Recycling centre on Tom Benson Way (first roundabout North of Preston Sports Arena). The winter opening times are 7 days a week, 8am - 5pm.

  • Lib Dems have a clear and positive vision for our Country
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Another amazing by-election result for the Liberal Democrats has seen them elect Sarah Olney to Parliament, sending a thumping message to the Conservative Government.

    Sarah will be the new MP for the former Conservative stronghold of Richmond Park after she overturned a huge 23,000 vote majority to win.