Walking and Nature – Preserving the Countryside

Walking is a great way of exploring nature and the outdoors and has clear benefits to health and the environment. If more people walk, rather than take the car, we can cut air pollution, have fewer problems with asthma and bronchitis, tackle obesity and reduce heart problems. As many of my correspondents have pointed out, … Continue reading Walking and Nature – Preserving the Countryside

Green in Government

Under Ed Davey's determined stewardship in the department of energy, somewhat to the consternation of conservatives such as Michael Fallon and George Osborne, there has been massive investment in renewables: Electricity generation from renewable sources has doubled since 2010 and now supplies 15% of the UK’s electricity. The average annual investment in renewables has more than … Continue reading Green in Government

Tax Dodging – actions taken in government

I've had a lot of correspondence about Tax Dodging and thought it might be helpful to share my response more widely. Letter to constituents: The vast majority of people and businesses in the UK pay their taxes on time and in full, but there are always some who try to get away without paying their … Continue reading Tax Dodging – actions taken in government

Equality Matters

EQUALITY MATTERS: Extreme inequality in the UK kicked off in the eighties with the Big Bang and the Loadsamoney mentality. I don't want to penalise those who do well, but I never got with the Greed is Good programme ...

Britain is a Better Place

 Sharing a drink with Albert Tillen, at The Red House in Newbury    This seems like the ideal time to share my favourite list - Liberal Democrat policies included in our 2010 Manifesto, which have been delivered by our team in Government. The list includes some of the most socially democratic policies this country has … Continue reading Britain is a Better Place

Let’s have fairer Council Tax for all Home Owners

The biased nature of the Council Tax System has long been a frustration to me.  I do not like any system that operates with one rule for you and another for us.  The current range of council tax bands does not spread the burden of council tax fairly across society. Council Tax paid by home owners … Continue reading Let’s have fairer Council Tax for all Home Owners

Stop the Cuts to Children’s Services

Please Sign the Petition to Stop the Cuts: http://westberkslibdems.org.uk/en/petition/stop-the-cuts-to-children-s-services The formal consultation period finishes on Friday 8th January - that's tomorrow. Please sign now. http://westberkslibdems.org.uk/en/petition/stop-the-cuts-to-children-s-services West Berkshire Council is proposing to cut another £168,000 from specialist services currently provided for vulnerable young people. These cuts come on top of the £253,000 cut from services to vulnerable young people … Continue reading Stop the Cuts to Children’s Services

Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister, visits West Berks

Dan Rogerson being interviewed by Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate, Newbury and West Berks Lib Dems. DEFRA Minister, Dan Rogerson, came to Hamstead Marshall, recently, to meet West Berkshire residents at the Elm Farm Organic Research Centre. Judith taxed the Minister on rural broadband, Thames Water, council housing and her campaign to get proper funding to maintain lively, … Continue reading Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister, visits West Berks

Lib Dem Policies – Delivered

I thought I would share my personal list of policies that were included in our 2010 Manifesto and have been delivered by the Lib Dems in Government: It's a wonderful list, including some of the most socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation. Not bad for 57 MPs. Investing nearly £1 billion to crack … Continue reading Lib Dem Policies – Delivered