Message to voters in Newbury and West Berkshire

#YourVoiceMatters This General Election is the Best Thing for Britain. It Gives us a Chance for Change. The Conservatives are hell bent on a ‘hard Brexit’. We now understand the future of our country is at stake. The national press suggests that the number of Leave voters who still want to exit from Europe is … Continue reading Message to voters in Newbury and West Berkshire

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.

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

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

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

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