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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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  • With your help
    Article: Sep 17, 2017

    On Monday 19th September, Newbury entrepreneur and Liberal Democrat supporter, Tony Harris, is chairing an informal discussion event on the Future of Corporation Tax in the UK at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth.

    Tony is co chair of the Liberal Democrat Entrepreneurs Network and sits on the Tax Policy working group. He says:

  • Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dem members at supper at the Autumn party conference 2017
    Article: Sep 17, 2017

    This weekend a record number of our local Liberal Democrats are attending the Party Conference in Bournemouth, which runs from Saturday 16th - Tuesday 19th September.

    Twenty one members from West Berkshire are among what is expected to be the largest gathering of Liberal Democrats ever seen from across the UK. Members are here to take part in lively debates, speeches, policy discussions, fringe events and a range of social events.

  • Judith Bunting
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    Judith Bunting, who was Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury in 2015 and June 2017, has told the local Lib Dems that she wishes to return to her career as a producer of TV documentaries. She is therefore resigning as Parliamentary Spokesperson, although she will remain politically active locally.

  • Demonstrators from Newbury Party at Exit from Brexit
    Article: Sep 10, 2017
    By David Cooper

    Tony Vickers let a group of demonstrators from Newbury Station to join the Exit from Brexit demonstration to Parliament. The Newbury & West Berks contingent is pictured here at Hyde Park Corner, where Vince Cable gave a speech to assembled supporters.

  • 2017 boundary proposal map west berkshire
    Article: Aug 31, 2017
    By Tony Vickers

    Shock as Commission scraps Council's proposals.

    Local Liberal Democrats are studying the draft recommendations for new District Council wards in West Berkshire carefully, having made their own proposals in July. Hardly any of the proposals of either the Council itself or the Lib Dems have been adopted by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), published on 29 August.

  • Nick Channer
    Article: Aug 26, 2017
    By David Cooper

    It is with sadness that we report the death from cancer of Nick Channer in July following a short illness. Nick lived in the Newbury area all of his life until his move to Coventry about 8 years ago.

    Nick was born in Woolhampton and was a professional author. Besides writing over 50 books, including "Pub Walks in West Berkshire", Nick wrote extensively for newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, Country Walking and Country Life

  • Wera Hobhouse MP
    Article: Aug 24, 2017

    Commenting on quarterly housebuilding statistics released today by Department for Communities and Local Government, Liberal Democrat local government spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse, said:
    "The Government should not be rejoicing when there are still only roughly half the number of homes needed each year actually being built.

    "There are still millions of people stuck on housing waiting lists or desperately trying to get on the housing ladder, who feel utterly ignored.

    "The housing crisis will simply not be solved at this rate of building, the Government must get its hands dirty and intervene in our broken housing market. If developers don't build enough homes to meet demand, then the Government must do it themselves."

  • Judith Bunting with Tutts Clump on Northbrook Street
    Article: Aug 11, 2017

    Only around £197k of the government's £300m business rates relief fund has actually been allocated, Liberal Democrat research has revealed, despite businesses being hit with higher rates over four months ago.

    Unique and Special

    Judith Bunting, local parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats, said that many small businesses in West Berkshire lobbied her about the unreasonable changes during the recent election campaign. Now the delay in paying out the small business rates relief threatens local business we all depend on.