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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: 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:

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    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]

  • 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!
    Directions
    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.