Tory attitude to housing is a scandal.

Today the Conservative party announced plans to extend the right to buy to Housing Association properties. This proposal will lead to longer waiting lists for homes and fewer social houses. In February 2015, 1,092 qualifying households were on the Common Housing Register for West Berkshire. 1,569 non-qualifying households were also on the list. I know, I checked … Continue reading Tory attitude to housing is a scandal.

The Importance of the Rural Bus

I recently visited Ivy in Ashmore Green. A woman in her eighties, Ivy is still bright and lively. When I met her, she had recently given up driving and was still reeling from discovering that her local busservice, the 76, that connects Ashmore Green to the rest of the world, runs once a week. Now, … Continue reading The Importance of the Rural Bus

Let me tell you a story … Tax Cut for 45,000 people in West Berks

Raising the amount we earn before we start paying any tax is a key Lib Dem policy. The changes we have made in government mean our kids now don't pay tax until they earn £10,000. After April this year, it will be £10,500. By the time the election hits, it will mean people hardest hit by austerity … Continue reading Let me tell you a story … Tax Cut for 45,000 people in West Berks

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

Protecting Education

[polldaddy poll=8757362] The Liberal Democrats will protect public spending on education to build a fairer society that offers opportunity to all. Lib Dem members have agreed to protect the education budget, in real terms, from cradle to college, including schools, early years and the Department for Education's 16-19 budget. The Party will also extend the … Continue reading Protecting Education

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

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