The Great Liberal Democrat Brexit Debate – Rural Affairs and Racing

On Tuesday 11th April, Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrats hosted a panel discussion at East Garston Village Hall to explore the effect that Brexit is likely to have on rural affairs, including the racing industry. Thank you to everyone who came along to join us - and to our speakers for the event who … Continue reading The Great Liberal Democrat Brexit Debate – Rural Affairs and Racing

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

EU promise to protect the NHS

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about TTIP and the NHS. I couldn't agree more that the NHS needs to be protected and Liberal Democrats have a strong record in this area. I have been delighted that Lib Dem ministers have successfully pushed for extra investment in the NHS. We have secured an additional £2bn funding … Continue reading EU promise to protect the NHS

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

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

Don’t use red envelopes!

Recently Mel Pierson, Plant Manager at Royal Mail's Swindon sorting office, invited Judith Bunting to see how their operation is gearing up for Christmas. As parliamentary candidate for the Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dems, Judith was keen to see where the constituency's cards and parcels are being handled. Hosted by Mel Pierson and Robbie … Continue reading Don’t use red envelopes!

West Berkshire Broadband

At a recent event in the centre of Newbury, I heard yet more stories from people living and working outside of Newbury and Thatcham about the poor broadband speeds. Two rural business leaders reported broadband speeds below 2Mb. Particularly worrying, as they are based in Elcot and Winterbourne, villages that are not included in the … Continue reading West Berkshire Broadband