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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...]