Dorothy Thornhill

Elected Mayor of Watford & Parliamentary Candidate for the Watford Liberal Democrats Learn more

Watford teachers: share your views on the bureaucracy you face!

by dorothythornhill on November 4, 2014

As a former teacher I know first hand the vital role that teachers play in shaping young minds and making sure they have the right skills to get ahead in their lives. But the battle with bureaucracy you face as a teacher is phenomenal. I talk to teachers at our local schools and the message […]

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New Watford Market officially opens

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We held the official opening of our new market last Friday. Celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager was there doing cooking demonstrations and I was delighted to join her and learn some new skills. She had a really positive view of Watford – full of praise, for example, of the coffee she’d had from Barracuda, the excellent […]

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Watford in Top 10 on Economic Growth Index

by dorothythornhill on October 30, 2014

Accountancy firm Grant Thornton has published an index of ‘high growth places’ and it’s no accident that Watford featured in its top 10 list of local authorities for employment growth. With the UK emerging from the worst economic crisis in many generations, local authorities have had to pay far more attention than ever before to […]

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Watford Junction car park – some relief imminent!

by dorothythornhill on October 27, 2014

Today I met again with the MD of London Midland to really try to nail a solution for all those residents who night after night are stuck waiting anywhere up to 40 minutes to try and exit from Watford Junction station – it is just not on, especially when you’ve already had a long day […]

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Last week the Government gave a further boost to local families, with news of how much money will be allocated for the new Early Years Pupil Premium to be introduced from April 2015.  Here in Hertfordshire that amounts to a boost of £702, 446, which will go to local nurseries, childminders and other early years […]

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Triple lock pensions boost

by dorothythornhill on October 16, 2014

Inflation figures came out earlier this week. With inflation below 2.5% and earnings also expected to be below 2.5%, the Liberal Democrat triple lock kicks in and guarantees a rise in the basic state pension by at least £2.85. This will affect 173,915 pensioners in Herfordshire. This is fantastic news and proof that the Liberal […]

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Big Skate: Tickets now on sale!

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I am really excited that we will be having our first ever outdoor ice rink in Watford this winter.   Ever since the rise in popularity of ice skating at the likes of Somerset House, residents have been asking me, ‘why can’t we have an ice rink’? The answer was that we didn’t have the space. But […]

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Watford Museum refurbishment bid

by dorothythornhill on October 13, 2014

  Following our successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £4.5m to restore Cassiobury Park, we are now putting the expertise and experience we have gained into a new bid to refurbish Watford Museum. The Museum, which is located in the former offices of Benskins Brewery on the Lower High Street, opened in 1981, […]

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Goodbye to the Charter Place market

by dorothythornhill on October 3, 2014

Tomorrow is the last day that the watford market will trade from Charter Place. It feels like the end of an era in a lot of ways, and I do feel some sadness as my nostalgia kicks in remembering back to how it once was. But my over-arching feeling is a sense of excitement: the […]

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I am the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for 2015!

by dorothythornhill on September 22, 2014

I am really pleased to have been selected as the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Watford. Local party members voted for me on Friday night at a hustings event, where I was up against two very credible candidates. It was a great contest and is a huge privilege to be chosen. Rather excitingly, following the […]

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