COVID-19 needs “unprecedented economic response” to ensure no-one is left behind

Commenting on ONS statistics showing that, in August, the Government borrowed £35.9 billion – the highest amount for August since 1993 – and that national debt exceeded £2 trillion for the first time, Liberal Democrat Economy Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other that we’ve experienced – and that’s exactly why it … Continue reading COVID-19 needs “unprecedented economic response” to ensure no-one is left behind

Newbury Football Fun Day and update

It was lovely to meet everyone and see the action at Newbury Football Club today. The annual Fun Day and Penalty Shoot out at the ground in Faraday Road drew a huge crowd. Lovely sunshine, good turnout and an impressive amount of activity on the pitch - what's not to like? At the moment though the club … Continue reading Newbury Football Fun Day and update

Science toys for boys and girls this Christmas

Judith Bunting is calling on the retail sector to do the right thing - by marketing toys for all children, rather than for boys and girls separately. Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years. Campaigners have suggested … Continue reading Science toys for boys and girls this Christmas

Education for a Fairer Future

This weekend Judith Bunting and the Liberal Democrat team were in Northbrook Street in Newbury to promote the Education for a Fairer Future campaign. This campaign comes against the backdrop falling GCSE results throughout West Berkshire and average achievement levels at GCSE, last year, which were below the national average. Newbury and West Berks educational attainment … Continue reading Education for a Fairer Future

Education – Open letter to Michael Gove

Dear Mr Gove, I am writing from West Berkshire, where we have a problem in our education system which I am hoping you, as Secretary of State for Education, can help explain. West Berkshire recently ranked one of the best places to live in the UK (top 20% places to live). It is the kind of … Continue reading Education – Open letter to Michael Gove