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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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  • Judith Bunting with Voters at a Gazebo in Northbrook St.
    Article: May 3, 2017

    To comply with election spending rules, for the 2017 general election campaign period (May 4 to June 8) this site will not contain new campaign material relating to the general election. For information about the election click on:


  • East Garston event
    Article: Apr 16, 2017

    On Tuesday 11th April, Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrats hosted a panel discussion at East Garston Village Hall to explore the effect that Brexit is likely to have on rural affairs, including the racing industry.

    Thank you to everyone who came along to join us - and to our speakers for the event who are all top notch in their field.

  • Photos of Newbury people at the March for Europe, March 2017
    Article: Mar 27, 2017
    By Judith Bunting
    West Berkshire was well represented at the March for Europe in London, with members of Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrats and West Berkshire Stronger Together EU (WBSTEU) on the move (see below).

    We joined with many thousands of people to march from Marble Arch, down Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square, then along Whitehall to Parliament Square. We heard rousing speeches from Tim Farron on Park Lane, before the march began. He was in front of the crowd again at Parliament Square with the Guardian reporting (at 14:10) as follows: 'Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron cemented his growing role as the political leader of the Remain movement with a well-received address to the Unite For Europe march in Parliament Square.' [Read more...]

  • Cllr Drummond, Julie Foster Needham a resident and Cllr Meg Thomas, with the hard won yellow lines.
    Article: Mar 8, 2017

    Residents on the 'Deadman's Lane Estate' near Tesco on Pinchington Lane have good reason to be pleased with their new parish councillor Dr Meg Thomas. They have been concerned for several years over potentially dangerous parking on Deadman's Lane by the Honda garage.

    A row of up to twelve parked cars was normal every working day from well before the school run time. This restricted access to the whole estate to a single lane and obscured visibility. There were concerns about safety and access of emergency vehicles, not to mention long delays at peak times.

  • Liz Leffman, Ivan Massow, Tim Clement-Jones (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 7, 2017

    If you have views to share or questions to ask, please come and join our panel discussion event in East Garston Village Hall, please come and join our discussion on:

    Brexit: Racing and Rural Affairs

    Tuesday 11th April

    East Garston Village Hall,

    Back Street, East Garston, RG17 7EX

    Doors open - 19:00, Event begins - 19:30

  • Cllr Lee Dillon: project will deliver for our young people
    Article: Mar 7, 2017

    In 2017 we are once again in a desperate position of seeing a budget being proposed by West Berkshire Council that sees cuts to vital public services because of a Conservative Government which does not recognise the important functions that a Council provides in delivering services to its residents.

  • Document: Mar 1, 2017
    308.98 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    See below for the report on the discussion about Housing that took place in the recent Facebook Q&A. Thank you to everyone who took part. Lee Dillon and Judith Bunting

    At the sharp end, we had Lee Dillon, Councillor for Thatcham North and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Council Group, and Judith Bunting, our Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury constituency taking questions. Discussion kicked off with social housing:




    We opened proceedings, with a question from Sue Farrant asking:

    "How many affordable homes do West Berks Council say they have provided in, say, the last 5 years and how many have they actually provided?"

    Lee Dillon replied that ... please refer to the document below to read the full discussion.

  • Tony Vickers, Lt Col (Ret’d) Newbury
    Article: Mar 1, 2017

    On Tuesday, we learned that former Thatcham Liberal Democrat Mayor, Gary Johnson, has joined UKIP.

    Asked for his reaction as Chair of Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dems, Tony Vickers told the Newbury Weekly News (NWN):

    "The news was no surprise to me. Gary resigned from the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 election and cited our policy on the EU as the reason. This shows more integrity than our MP, who seems happy to help implement UKIP's manifesto while at the same time admitting it will be worse for his country and his constituents than remaining in the EU - which he still believes in! [Read more]