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Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Thatcham House
    Article: Aug 12, 2018

    The West Berkshire and Newbury Liberal Democrats now occupy a new office, at:

    Suite 6, Thatcham House

    Turner's Drive

    Thatcham RG19 4QD

    Our telephone number also has changed. It is now 01635 864698

  • Brexit Euro&Union Jack
    Article: Jun 11, 2018

    West Berkshire's Liberal Democrat Party Chairman Tony Vickers has written to Newbury MP Richard Benyon urging him to vote in favour of the people having the final say on Brexit, including the option to remain in the EU. Parliament debates the EU Withdrawal Bill this week.
    Dr Vickers said it was "crunch time" and urged Mr Benyon to "put country before party" and added: "Brexit is an immediate threat to our economy and public services. From the drop in the value of the pound to the shortage of skilled workers, the impact is already being felt in West Berkshire."
    "Regardless of how people voted, it is clear that no one is getting what they wanted.
    That is why it is so important the people, not the politicians, have the final say on the deal, including the option to remain in the EU".
    The EU Withdrawal Bill is returning to the House of Commons on Tuesday 12th June.
    The Bill returns from the House of Lords where over 100 amendments were made, including 15 Government defeats. The Liberal Democrats have lodged an amendment which, if successful, will ensure the people have the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.
    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP has said: "The Lords defeated the Government on fifteen occasions. In doing so, membership of the European Economic Area was backed and attempts to hand ministers 'blank cheque' powers were squashed. This was achieved because both Tory and Labour Peers joined the Liberal Democrats and voted with their conscience, defying their parties' whips.
    "The Brexit ball is now back in the Common's court. The challenge for MPs of all political colours is to follow the example set by their colleagues and vote to defend the interests of their constituents."

  • Front L-R: Cllr David Lister, Cllr Jeff Brooks, Sarah Lowes: Back: Nassar Kessel Cllr Lee Dillon
    Article: May 9, 2018
    By Lee Dillon

    Council reserves have increased by an additional £561,000 taking the overall transformational reserve to over £1.2m following a meeting of West Berkshire Council. This extra money is left over from the sale of various Council owned assets. The Liberal Democrat Opposition at West Berkshire Council has urged the Council to use this money as quickly as possible to help residents who are paying more but getting less from their Conservative run council. Speaking at the meeting Cllr Lee Dillon Leader of the Opposition said "This money can be used to lessen the harm that the cuts are having. For example they could scrap the Green Bin Tax which is asking residents to find another £50 per household on top of the 6% Council Tax rise we have all recently been hit with" Newly elected Cllr Jeff Brooks commented after the meeting "This looks like the Tories trying to build up a war chest for the election next year. Residents and front line services need help now, not next year when the Tories hope it will help residents forgot the harm they have done through all these cuts".

  • Christine Jardine MP takes questions from the West Berkshire Audience
    Article: Apr 30, 2018
    By David Cooper

    On a bone chilling April day Christine Jardine MP drove from her Edinburgh constituency to West Berkshire to explain the impact of Brexit on the creative industries. In the UK these are worth £92 billion a year or 9% of the country's gross domestic product, and are closely connected to tourism. In her home town of Edinburgh the world famous arts festival brings in hundred of millions a year. Leaving the customs union will impose a huge bureaucratic overhead when moving performers and equipment between countries.

  • Front L-R: Cllr David Lister, Cllr Jeff Brooks, Sarah Lowes: Back: Nassar Kessel Cllr Lee Dillon
    Article: Apr 20, 2018
    By David Cooper

    Liberal Democats Jeff Brooks and David Lister were elected to represent Thatcham West for the district and town councils respectively. The Labour vote trailed behind the Greens.

    The results for the West Berkshire Council by-election were:

    Jeff Brooks (Liberal Democrats) 820

    Ellen Crumly (Conservatives) 523

  • green recycle bin
    Article: Apr 2, 2018


    From July the Conservative-run Council will charge you £50 to have your Green Bin emptied.

    The Liberal Democrats do not accept the Green bin tax. As the only Opposition Party at West Berkshire we have led the fight and voted against it being introduced.

    Not only have the Conservative run council hit us with a near 6% percent rise in Council Tax, but now we are being charged another £50 on top to have our green bins emptied.

  • David Lister (left) and Jeff Brooks
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Former Councillor Jeff Brooks and

    local campaigner David Lister Run

    for Thatcham West by-election

    The Liberal Democrats have selected Jeff Brooks as their District Council candidate and David Lister as their Town Council candidate for the Thatcham West by-election. Jeff is a local businessman who works out of Pear Tree Lane. Jeff served as a councillor in Thatcham between 1992 and 2015, and led the local Liberal Democrat council group until narrowly losing his seat in 2015.

    Commenting, Jeff said:
    "I'm disappointed the former Conservative Councillor for Thatcham West didn't take his role seriously enough to be present at the council for over 6 months. The fact that he has been ignoring his residents for more than half a year is are real slap in the face to the many voters who backed him in 2015.
    "With that said, I'm really looking forward to meeting many more people in Thatcham West over the coming weeks. I want to talk to them about the real issues that matter, like cutting crime, tackling the horrendous state of our roads and campaigning against the astonishing rise in both council tax and parking charges.

    "My team and I have already hit the ground running, talking to residents across Thatcham, who are giving us a clear idea of the things they want us to fight for locally.

    "I also want to use this election to remind voters about the good things that the Liberal Democrats did when we ran the council.

    "Whether it's the two libraries we built to improve the education in our area, the three new leisure centres we built to give our communities a hub, or introducing three mobile CCTV camera units and community wardens to West Berkshire, we fought hard for local people.

    "Liberal Democrat influence made West Berkshire a safer, healthier and more ambitious place for our families to live, and as our Councillor I would make sure we don't let the Conservatives get away with neglecting residents.

    "My record as a Councillor on tackling crime, standing up for local NHS services and investing in local education means I have the experience to stand up for local people on the issues that matter."

    David Lister has lived in Thatcham for 18 years with his wife and two children. David has worked in Newbury and Thatcham for over 27 years with a background in Telecomms.

  • Campaigners against Sandleford
    Article: Nov 27, 2017
    By Dr Tony Vickers

    Alan Law has put his expected 'spin' on the story of how Sandleford came to be a Core Strategy housing site. But no matter how much you spin the contents of a dirty wash in a broken machine, the smell sticks!

    In my note to Lib Dem colleagues after the Core Strategy was approved in 2012, I shared my impressions of the process: "Tremendously stressful for the Council's planners, great potential for corruption, very expensive for Council's taxpayers. So hard to be objective about 'sustainability' with so many factors to take account of - and such complex inter-relationships between them. Often the evidence base is laughably poor, yet we're told it is adequate for the purpose."