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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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  • Demonstrators from Newbury Party at Exit from Brexit
    Article: Sep 10, 2017
    By David Cooper

    Tony Vickers let a group of demonstrators from Newbury Station to join the Exit from Brexit demonstration to Parliament. The Newbury & West Berks contingent is pictured here at Hyde Park Corner, where Vince Cable gave a speech to assembled supporters.

  • 2017 boundary proposal map west berkshire
    Article: Aug 31, 2017
    By Tony Vickers

    Shock as Commission scraps Council's proposals.

    Local Liberal Democrats are studying the draft recommendations for new District Council wards in West Berkshire carefully, having made their own proposals in July. Hardly any of the proposals of either the Council itself or the Lib Dems have been adopted by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), published on 29 August.

  • Nick Channer
    Article: Aug 26, 2017
    By David Cooper

    It is with sadness that we report the death from cancer of Nick Channer in July following a short illness. Nick lived in the Newbury area all of his life until his move to Coventry about 8 years ago.

    Nick was born in Woolhampton and was a professional author. Besides writing over 50 books, including "Pub Walks in West Berkshire", Nick wrote extensively for newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, Country Walking and Country Life

  • Wera Hobhouse MP
    Article: Aug 24, 2017

    Commenting on quarterly housebuilding statistics released today by Department for Communities and Local Government, Liberal Democrat local government spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse, said:
    "The Government should not be rejoicing when there are still only roughly half the number of homes needed each year actually being built.

    "There are still millions of people stuck on housing waiting lists or desperately trying to get on the housing ladder, who feel utterly ignored.

    "The housing crisis will simply not be solved at this rate of building, the Government must get its hands dirty and intervene in our broken housing market. If developers don't build enough homes to meet demand, then the Government must do it themselves."

  • Judith Bunting with Tutts Clump on Northbrook Street
    Article: Aug 11, 2017

    Only around £197k of the government's £300m business rates relief fund has actually been allocated, Liberal Democrat research has revealed, despite businesses being hit with higher rates over four months ago.

    Unique and Special

    Judith Bunting, local parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats, said that many small businesses in West Berkshire lobbied her about the unreasonable changes during the recent election campaign. Now the delay in paying out the small business rates relief threatens local business we all depend on.

  • Petition - Cllr Alan Macro
    Article: Aug 8, 2017

    Please sign Cllr Macro's petition asking for West Berks Council to reverse its decision to charge its residents to dispose of Soil, Rubble, Ceramics, Plasterboard and Tyres at their Recycling Centres: please click here.

    I call upon West Berkshire Council to reverse its decision to charge residents to dispose of soil, DIY waste (rubble, ceramics, plasterboard) and tyres at their Recycling Centres from 4th September 2017. This is a service valued by residents who feel that it should be provided from their Council Tax contributions. These charges are likely to cause a significant increase in flytipping, which will be to the detriment of residents, wildlife and the environment. Clearing up the flytipping will incur expenditure by the council and by landowners.

  • European Court of Justice ECJ
    Article: Aug 8, 2017

    Responding to warnings by Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger, that UK judges need more clarity over the role of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:

    "Judges have already been branded 'enemies of the people' for daring to challenge Theresa May's plans to force through an extreme Brexit with no accountability.

    "Now the Government's inability to set out clearly how, whether or when ECJ rulings should be taken into account risks leaving judges in the firing line yet again.

    "The Government must provide greater clarity in the Repeal Bill over the role the ECJ will play post-Brexit.

    "We must not let the Conservatives' obsession with ending the jurisdiction of the ECJ lead to a chaotic Brexit that would maximise damage to British jobs and families.

    "That should include abiding by European Court of Justice rulings when this is required to ensure free trade with the EU and continued cooperation against crime and terrorism."

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jul 21, 2017

    Public sector net borrowing soared by £2bn in June compared to a year earlier, as debt costs rose due to higher inflation, figures published today have revealed.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented: "This rise in borrowing is a direct consequence of the dramatic fall in the pound since last year's Brexit vote. Instead of the £350m for the NHS that was promised, people's living standards are falling and borrowing is going up.