Lib Dems would give Thames Valley Police an extra £8.3m a year

Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing budgets by over £2bn, eroding the very fabric of community policing. Under … Continue reading Lib Dems would give Thames Valley Police an extra £8.3m a year

Hustings update

LOCAL NEWS: Last week saw parliamentary candidates in our constituency taking part in the Hungerford Question Time, always an important staging post in election campaigning. The usual suspects were on the panel, with Paul from the Green Party replacing UKIP Katherine who was indisposed. Proceedings were well chaired by Greg Furr. Questions ranged from rail electrification (supported … Continue reading Hustings update

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

Budget today – Success for West Berkshire charity campaign

Lobbying for the WBRRC, JB with (L-r): Lord Newby, Tim Farron MP and WBRRC's Andrew Sharp; JB accosting Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, last October. Fingers and toes were crossed earlier this week for news in the Budget for one of West Berks local charities.  I am glad to report success for West Berkshire … Continue reading Budget today – Success for West Berkshire charity campaign

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 ...

Bunting welcomes funding changes for social care but slams local Tories for past funding decisions

  Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson Judith Bunting, today welcomed the government's upcoming changes to health and social care funding and their tightening of the rules as to how this funding must be used. Norman Lamb's changes mean people in Newbury and West Berkshire with ‘substantial’ social needs should now get a … Continue reading Bunting welcomes funding changes for social care but slams local Tories for past funding decisions

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

Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

Because of an enquiry from a constituent, I have gone back, this morning, to coverage maps for the Superfast Berkshire project, which detail which areas will receive fibre optic services by the end of the project in 2016. They are truly extraordinary - and not in a good way. I showed them to our MP … Continue reading Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

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