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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 Ian Millar, Down's School 2017
    Article: Jul 19, 2017
    This week West Berkshire Council announced plans for financial "task forces" to be sent into the district's struggling schools to help heads manage their budgets. They are also threatening to charge any school that requires 'the task force intervention'.
    Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in Newbury, said: "This is another shockingly negative move from the Conservatives on West Berkshire Council. They present this issue as if our schools are failing, In reality, the actions of West Berkshire Council and the Conservative Government mean that many local schools have not only suffered significant cuts to their funding, but at the same time are being expected to provide more services around children's mental health and other matters."
  • Layla Moran
    Article: Jul 11, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of insulting teachers and of having a "tin ear" to public opinion after giving a below inflation pay-rise to teachers.

    Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson and MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said:

    "Giving teachers another below inflation pay-rise is frankly an insult to these incredibly hard working and dedicated professionals. The message coming loud and clear from Theresa May's government is that it simply does not value the profoundly important work teachers do to help our children achieve their potential.

    "It is no secret that more and more teachers are being forced out of the profession they love, because they are being put under impossible pressure, while watching their pay fall in real terms, yet ministers seem happy to ignore this mounting crisis.

    "Theresa May has just shown she is tin-eared with a heart of stone."

  • Summer Extravaganza 2017
    Article: Jun 11, 2017

    Come and join us for our annual summer party in Newbury.

    Lovely food, marvellous music, good company and delicious complimentary drinks.

    Partners welcome and there is lots of space for children.

    Discount price for tickets before June 25th.

    This is a fantastic relaxed opportunity to compare notes on what should happen next.

  • campaign picture 2017
    Article: Jun 11, 2017


    Thank you to everyone who voted with us in the 2017 election,

    especially to everyone who campaigned with us in support of

    a free, fair and open society in Newbury

    The fight goes on.

    For full information and updates about future campaigns,
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  • Article: Jun 11, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats remain #2 with increased share but not enough to oust Conservatives. All of the main parties experienced an increase in the share of the vote compared with the 2015 election, reflecting the fact that UKIP did not field a candidate in this election.


    Richard Benyon Votes37,399 %Vote 61.5 Net percentage change+0.4

    Liberal Democrat

    Judith Bunting Votes13,019 %Vote 21.4 Net percentage change+6.4


    Alex Skirvin Votes8,596 %Vote 14.1 Net percentage change+5.7

    Green Party

    Paul Field Votes1,531 %Vote 2.5 Net percentage change-1.5

    Apolitical Democrats

    Dave Yates Votes304 %Vote 0.5 Net percentage change+0.1
  • 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...]