Economic support plans made “on the hoof” are failing millions

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Chancellor of "making up plans on the hoof" when it comes to financial support for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19 following the Chancellor's statement in the House of Commons yesterday.  Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: Yet again the Chancellor is taken by surprise by events unfolding exactly as … Continue reading Economic support plans made “on the hoof” are failing millions

Davey set to make first Party Conference speech as Lib Dem Leader

Coverage of Ed Davey's speech will be live on BBC2, Monday 28th, 2.30pm-3.30pm. This link should take you to BBC 2 Live: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbctwo. Today (28/09/2020) Ed Davey will make his first speech at the Party's Autumn Conference as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.Ed is expected to pledge to become the voice of Britain's nine million carers. He … Continue reading Davey set to make first Party Conference speech as Lib Dem Leader

Time to campaign for Universal Basic Income has come

To bring an end to the financial insecurity faced by the most vulnerable, the Liberal Democrats have agreed plans to campaign for a Universal Basic Income.Ahead of a debate at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the Party’s new Economy spokesperson Christine Jardine called on the Party to “fulfill Beveridge’s legacy” by tackling the injustice of … Continue reading Time to campaign for Universal Basic Income has come

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

Councils should invest in the local economy

West Berkshire Council should invest in our local economy. This week, at the Liberal Democrat party conference, I made a speech about the need for more ambitious local authority funding, with reference to the horrendous cuts to services we are seeing in West Berkshire. West Berks District Council is the epitome of un-ambitious when it comes … Continue reading Councils should invest in the local economy

Letter to the Editor – More ambition from our MP please!

To the Editor,  In just one week we have had reports of the imminent loss of three important community facilities across West Berkshire: the Jubilee Sports Centre in Kintbury, the Youth Centre in Hungerford and Thatcham Priory which was, until recently, being developed as a Town Centre hub for the community. I understand West Berks … Continue reading Letter to the Editor – More ambition from our MP please!

Worried about the Coalition?

I know many of you will have had a concern regarding the Liberal Democrats' decision to enter into coalition in 2010 with the Conservatives. This wasn’t a decision which the party took lightly. It was, however, the only way to ensure that the county had a stable government at a time of economic crisis. It looks, … Continue reading Worried about the Coalition?

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

Revitalising the Rural Economy

  Judith Bunting was part of the team proposing the motion Revitalising the Rural Economy at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference, Brighton 2013. Summating for the motion, Judith said: 20% of the UK population lives in 80% of the country - what does that tell me? It tells me that those people have a long … Continue reading Revitalising the Rural Economy