Reading Festival

Love music? Brexit will be a lose-lose for British bands, artists & festivals. Musicians need free movement rights & full Single Market access especially on tour. This weekend was enormous fun at Reading festival finding out what festival goers think about Europe and Brexit. What a complete pleasure. We met lively, positive kids who are completely ...

Demand better for education

The Education Select Committee report, published today, calls on the Government to commit to a 10-year, multi-billion cash injection for schools and colleges. Sitting on the Education and Culture committee, I have been horrified over the past few years by the way that the Conservative government has cut funding for schools and colleges to the … Continue reading Demand better for education

Time for Change – our commitment on disability

Where disability is concerned, Theresa May isn’t listening and is taking people for granted. People don’t have to settle for this cold, mean-spirited vision of Britain. A better future is available. The Liberal Democrats will stand up against a bad Brexit deal that will cost jobs and push up prices, and we will reverse Conservative cuts … Continue reading Time for Change – our commitment on disability

“I think it is almost lemming like …”

What could be done to minimise the potential impact of Brexit on your business? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: (Thanks to Arranology for use of the cartoon, … Continue reading “I think it is almost lemming like …”

Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

While in government the Lib Dem team has put through some of the most common sense, socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation.  If I am elected to Westminster, whether we are in Coalition with Labour or Tories or no one, I will work with our team to do more of the same.  … Continue reading Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

Lib Dems will cut youth unemployment

Above: With Courtney from Thatcham, an apprentice at the Thatcham Automotive Academy, which trains youngsters from across the UK for the motor repair and insurance industries. The Liberal Democrats aim to see an extra 100,000 young adults into work through on the job training such as an apprenticeship or full-time education. This week, Nick Clegg outlined a plan which … Continue reading Lib Dems will cut youth unemployment

BUSINESS Backs Lib Dems …

Today the Financial Times published a letter from UK business leaders with an uncompromising heading: To have the Lib Dems back in government is in the whole country’s interests I have extracted a few excerpts from the letter, below. If you would like to read it in full, please go to: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/03f1cdd8-e485-11e4-a4de-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3XYx9yf00 You will have to … Continue reading BUSINESS Backs Lib Dems …

Lib Dem Manifesto 2015 – in full

The Liberal Democrat Manifesto for 2015 is published today. Our top priority is a World Class Education for all. This will underpin future economic security and ensure everyone gets the best start in life.

Tory attitude to housing is a scandal.

Today the Conservative party announced plans to extend the right to buy to Housing Association properties. This proposal will lead to longer waiting lists for homes and fewer social houses. In February 2015, 1,092 qualifying households were on the Common Housing Register for West Berkshire. 1,569 non-qualifying households were also on the list. I know, I checked … Continue reading Tory attitude to housing is a scandal.