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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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  • Tom Brake talks to Chris Marriage
    Article: Feb 25, 2017
    By David Cooper

    Saturday's South Central Regional Conference at Theale Green School was dominated by Brexit and Boundary Changes. The numbers present were increased by many new members who had joined in the wake of Brexit. In the keynote speech given by Tom Brake MP he confirmed that the Liberal Democrats do not reject the referendum results but neverthess believe that the public should have the right to reject a deal if the government fails to achieve an acceptable result . Given the motley talents of the current negotiating team it's hard to have high hopes of their success!

  • Winning Candidate Imogen Shepherd Dubey
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Thanks to all the NWB people who made phone calls in support of our Wokingham Borough Council by-election candidate. Having lost to the Conservative candidate by just 13 votes last May, Imogen won the seat last Friday with a thumping majority of 696!

    Imogen worked hard at going out to meet voters but the swing to us from the Tories shows that the tide is turning in our favour. We will watch the Stoke Central and Copeland parliamentary by-election results this week with interest. Contact Sue Farrant if you would like to help with those but don't know how.

  • Action Evening 9 Feb 2017
    Article: Feb 17, 2017
    LOCAL NEWS: Thank you to everyone who came out to phone last night for Dr Ali, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Stoke on Trent. Thanks also to Ro Lewis for bringing the pizza, this time!
    The alleyway leading to the office is between 67 and 65 Kingsbridge Road, turn rt at the end. The lane is very dark, so bring a torch if you are walking, and come towards the light (!)) The light is on our building and is movement sensitive, so don't worry it you can't see it straight off.
  • St Johns Church Newbury
    Event: Mar 1, 2017 7:30 PM
    St Johns Church, Newbury

    'Cheese and Brexit': a discussion before York Spring Conference Agenda

    Wed 1st March, 7.30pm, St John's Church (Parish Room)

    Politically there is much for Liberals to be fighting for right now. Over 17-19 March, Liberal Democrats will be descending on York to debate, at our Federal Spring Conference, the stand the Party should be taking on many important issues, including 'Britain and the EU' and the crises in our prison system and health service.
    Our 'Cheese and Brexit' evening will be an opportunity for all members to debate the major items on the Agenda, an outline of which is available here . And to fuel our discussions, we will be providing cheese and biscuits!
    So come along and share your views on how we should be responding to these important issues in this unique political climate.

  • Action Evening 9 Feb 2017
    Article: Feb 10, 2017

    THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out on Thursday 9th February to campaign on behalf of Imogen Shepherd-DuBey in the borough council byelection in Wokingham and Dr Zulfiqar Ali, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Stoke on Trent parliamentary by election.

    Next Thursday, 16th February, we will be calling again to support the campaign in Stoke on Trent. UKIP Leader, Paul Nuttalls, is attenpting to wrest control of the seat from Labour. Given the mess the Labour party is in right now, it is down to the Liberal Democrats to rally support to hold Nuttalls back. If you are a party member, please come and join us on the phones, next Thursday, even if it's only for half an hour. If you are not a member, yet, join here: www.libdems.org.uk/join, then come and join us on Thursday!

  • Thatcham Library
    Article: Feb 9, 2017
    By David Cooper

    The Conservative controlled West Berkshire countil has voted to close one library (Wash Common) and lay off professional staff in other libraries, hoping to replace them with volunteers. Speaking at the meeting where the cuts were approved, Liberal Democrat Councillor Lee Dillon warned that this may not secure the future of the library service, and asked what contingency plans exist if the needed volunteers do not materialize. As residents have commented, Berkshire is a well off county, and these cuts are a purely political choice by the Tories.

  • Coffee cup on table with flowers and jug
    Event: Mar 2, 2017 10:00 AM
    12 Enborne Gate

    Branch coffee morning, £2.50 for coffee & raffle, at 12 Enborne Gate Rg14 6AZ . All branch members welcome.


  • Tony Vickers, Lt Col (Ret’d) Newbury
    Article: Dec 25, 2016
    By Tony Vickers ed. David Cooper

    In a letter published in last week's Newbury Weekly News, our new Constituency Chair Dr. Tony Vickers has exposed how Brexiteers attack British Parliamentary democracy. Text follows...

    David Bailey's comment about the "Democrat" in my Party's name (letter Nov 24) deserves a response.

    Quentin Peel of the foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House said recently of the EU Referendum: "It was incredibly irresponsible to say this decision is only advisory, then treat it as the most fundamental constitutional decision ever to be made." But the fact is that, in British law, it was only advisory.