Dates for December – Farmers’ Markets in the Thames Valley

There has never been a better time to shop local and, while we are cooking more at home, to enjoy great quality, seasonal local produce.   Throughout the first lockdown and beyond organisers of farmers' markets across the UK have worked hard to stay open and maintain good access while working in line with current government … Continue reading Dates for December – Farmers’ Markets in the Thames Valley

Conservatives have thrown British farmers on the scrapheap

The Liberal Democrats have warned that Conservative MPs across the UK should “hang their head in shame” for voting against measures to protect high environmental and animal welfare standards.Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the Agriculture Bill [04/11/2020] which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained … Continue reading Conservatives have thrown British farmers on the scrapheap

MPs must use this last chance to back farmers.

The Liberal Democrats are calling on Conservative MPs, this week, to back British farming and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards.In a letters to Tory MPs across the UK, Liberal Democrats are warning that Conservatives must not “risk farmers' livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump.”The votes come … Continue reading MPs must use this last chance to back farmers.

“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 …”

“The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

Do you believe Brexit will increase your net costs? How do you intend to deal with any increases? 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: Do you believe Brexit will … Continue reading “The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

“It is the effect on access to European labour that worries us and the risk of inflation.”

If the UK does not have membership of or full access to the single market, what impact would this have 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: … Continue reading “It is the effect on access to European labour that worries us and the risk of inflation.”

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