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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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  • Cllr Lee Dillon: project will deliver for our young people
    Article: Dec 9, 2016

    LibDem Cllr Lee Dillon calls on West Berks Council to commit to transitional funding to the Short Breaks Programme (as given at last night's meeting)

    "This is a simple motion calling on the Council to publically commit to awarding £170k of transitional funding to the Short Breaks programme for the 17/18 financial year.

    This is not new money to find but can easily be met from £1.37m that the government has already awarded to the Council for transitional funding, as noted by our Section 151 Officer.

    The Executive may already be so minded to grant transitional funding again to such an important programme but may also be happy to wait until the last minute to let them know.

    However I believe there are important benefits of making an early decision:

    The ability for them to retain staff is the most pressing - without certainty of a job beyond 31st March next year it is very hard to retain staff

    Once staff have left it is impossible to recruit new staff to a role that only has a couple of months to go

    The consequence of that is that programmes have to cut the number of children they take at their clubs as they don't have the staff to provide the support

    The security of some funding also gives them the ability to fund raise further for other services and activities because they know they have at least some service to build on.

    They can even use the existing funding as matched funding for grants elsewhere - Helping our communities to help themselves!

    If a decisions is delayed more money will be wasted on recruitment and training of new staff than if they had been able to retain the existing staff by knowing now that they will be getting transitional funding.

    Only a few weeks ago the Executive agreed to accept the governments four year funding settlement and one of the main arguments that was supported by us all was that at least it gave us security and the ability to plan. Let us offer our short break providers that same chance to be able to plan ahead.

    Mr Chairman apart from the practical points I have just raised the other important consideration is for the parent and children who find the current situation very stressful with uncertainty of services.

    I urge the Executive when they consider this next week to continue to support the Short Breaks Programme make an early decision on what is nearly a statutory and give the affected families and groups an early Christmas present."

  • Lord Newby - Brexit Consultation in Newbury
    Article: Dec 6, 2016

    The Liberal Democrat Brexit Consultation closes on December 15th. Make sure your voice is heard. If you work in a local business, in local healthcare or in education, please complete one of the surveys below. Please also forward the links below to anyone who you think would be interested.

    * Brexit Consultation - Business [Read more...]

  • Lindsey Middlemiss and Paul Walters
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Good news in from Greenham parish council election , where our two Liberal Democrat candidates were elected. Results were:-

    The votes were:

    Nick East (Lab) 71

    Alex Keegan (Lab) 57

    Lindsey Middlemiss (Lib Dem) 329

    Paul Walter (Lib Dem) 304

    Turnout 11%

  • Sarah Olney with Newbury activist Judith Cooper
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Congratulations to Sarah Olney on her by-election victory at Richmond Park Constituency, beating Zak Goldsmith by 20,510 to 18,638 votes. Liberal Democrat activists flocked from all over the country to help, with many coming from Newbury and West Berkshire constituency.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2016

    Where and how to vote:

    No polling cards are being produced for the Parish Council by-election in Greenham today. If you live in Greenham - you have the right to vote.

    For those living on the Race Course Estate and Race Course Road, vote at the:

    Staff Welfare Building, Race Course.

    Otherwise vote at

    St Mary's Church Hall on New Road

  • Paul Walter climbing a palm tree
    Article: Dec 1, 2016

    Vote for Paul Walter on December 1st. He is passionate about standing up for Greenham.

    Paul Walter says:

    I have lived close to Stroud Green, with my family, for 27 years. I regularly jog and walk my dog on Stroud Green and Greenham Common and have frequently taken part in the Newbury Park Run.

    I have recently retired after working as a manager for 35 years, for a computer company with its HQ in Berkshire. I help at a nearby day centre for the needy and homeless, and am a member of a local church choir. I also act as a collector for a charity, get involved in community work parties and am a Trustee for a non-profit group. I was

  • Lindsey Middlemiss
    Article: Dec 1, 2016

    Vote for Lindsey Middlemiss on December 1st. She is passionate about standing up for Greenham.

    Lindsey Middlemiss says:

    I have lived in the Greenham area since 2004 and am well aware of the issues that concern local residents, not least because many are the issues that concern me personally.

    I'm mum to two children (one at school, one in nursery part-time). I work part-time as a doula - offering antenatal, birth and postnatal support to local families - and I also volunteer with a number of local organisations, such as the National Childbirth Trust, a local school governing body and West Berkshire Action for Refugees. This all keeps me connected with a wide range of residents and I get to hear about local needs and concerns, as well as national issues.

    I first moved to Berkshire to go to the University of Reading, where I trained as a meteorologist, though I ended up working mostly in the charitable sector following a period of illness and disability in my 20s. I ran a small national charity, FibroAction, volunteered with West Berkshire Neurological Alliance and worked for a time for the local branch of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Since leaving University, I've worked in London, for local companies and charities and been self-employed.

    In my spare time, I like getting out in the local area and in my own garden with my children, and making progress on our house renovation. I enjoy reading, yoga and walking, and keep trying to like running. I have always felt one of the best things about Greenham is the access to both town and the countryside we have here.

    My top priorities as Greenham Parish Councillors will be to:

    1. Work to prevent further development in Greenham unless there is investment in local infrastructure and the community.
    2. See the completion of the restoration of the Greenham Common Control Tower as a visitors' centre and museum.
    3. Campaign to make sure that local people are not unfairly affected by cuts to local services and NHS.

    In the meantime, if you have any issues that we or our colleagues on the council can assist with, please get in touch with us by email and we'll do our best to help.

    Lindsey Middlemiss


    FB: LindseyMiddlemissGPC

    Twitter: @LindseyMNewbury

  • letter 1 BEST
    Article: Nov 29, 2016

    IMPORTANT Letter to Greenham Residents from Lindsey Middlemiss and Paul Walter:

    Lindsey and Paul are standing for election to Greenham parish Council on Thursday 1st December. If you live in Greenham, don't forget to vote! Voting information will be posted on this website soon.