Dorothy Thornhill

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

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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Unemployment figures continue downward trend

by dorothythornhill on September 18, 2014

Official figures out yesterday revealed the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in Watford is down by 35% from the same time last year, falling from 1651 in August 2013 to 1076 this August. The falls mirror what is happening nationally where unemployment is at its lowest level for almost six years. Total UK […]

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Vote for Cassiobury Park!

by dorothythornhill on September 15, 2014

You may re-call we entered Cassiobury Park for the nation’s favourite public park back in 2011, and we came a very respectable third place. We have decided to enter yet again, simply because we feel Cassiobury is deserving of it – it is a magnificent park enjoyed by so many people. With this in mind, I […]

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Big Screen on The Parade has started!

by dorothythornhill on July 31, 2014

Last night was the start of the next of our Big Events – our ‘Big Screen on The Parade’. Over 400 people watched Sherlock Holmes from the main viewing area itself, lying on the floor, perched on rugs, cosy in chairs from home and relaxing in deckchairs, and at least 400 people who watched from […]

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Imagine Watford: visitor feedback

by dorothythornhill on July 8, 2014

We’ve had some really excellent feedback on this year’s Imagine Watford festival. Hundreds of people have commented about how ‘magical’ Watford felt, how proud they feel of our town and just how much they enjoyed it. This is really reassuring as it’s exactly why, together with the Palace Theatre, we have put it on for […]

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Here is the update I have had today from London Midland regarding the details of the August closures, which will see Watford Junction closed and no service running between Hemel Hempstead and Euston. As a reminder, this is London Midland’s Watford Area Renewals programme, during which time they are renewing all signalling between Kings Langley […]

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