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