Support in Newbury constituency for Liberal Democrat candidate Judith Bunting has grown significantly since the 2015 election. Polling 13,019 votes in last week’s June 8th General Election, Judith’s share of the vote soared from 15 per cent to 21 per cent.
Commenting on result, Sue Farrant, Chair of the General Election campaign in Newbury said:
“Judith Bunting fought a very positive and energetic campaign for the Liberal Democrats in Newbury and was an outstanding Parliamentary Candidate who presented real vision for change and a strong voice against Conservative cuts to our schools, hospitals and public services.
“The substantial increase in vote share for the Liberal Democrats in Newbury is testimony to a hard-working and popular candidate. Judith Bunting achieved this despite a national swing to Labour which may in Newbury prove to be short-lived.”
Judith Bunting said:
“It was an honour to contest this seat on behalf of a strong Liberal Democrat team. I would like to congratulate Richard Benyon on his re-election and thank voters in Newbury for supporting me in increasing numbers. It’s been a very exciting campaign that has moved us forward on the ground with a huge number of new members and volunteers lining up to support the party here boding well for the future. The strong showing here alongside the fantastic election victory for Layla Moran who took Oxford West and Abingdon from the Conservatives suggests that the party is moving forward once again in our region.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up to a bad Brexit deal that will cost jobs and put up prices and in Newbury and West Berkshire we will continue to fight for a better deal and more money for the NHS, schools and public services.”
Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury constituency, has outlined Lib Dem plans to end the “injustice” against people with mental ill health.
Speaking at the start of Dementia Awareness Week, ahead of a visit on Wednesday (17th May) to West Berkshire Dementia Action Alliance’s event at Newbury Corn Exchange, Judith Bunting said:
“Under this Conservative Government, NHS services have been stretched to breaking point. This is at a time when the prevalence of mental ill health appears to be rising.
She said: “Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have explained how they will fund mental health services. Our priorities are clear and will be funded by the injection of £6bn a year into the NHS with an additional penny on income tax.
“We want to in improve waiting time standards for mental health care in the NHS, end the degrading use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise action to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
“The Lib Dems want this country to be a world leader in mental health care. These are not just empty words – in Government it was the Lib Dems who introduced a legal duty on the NHS to promote parity of esteem for mental health and invested £400m to increase access to talking therapies.
“I am well aware of the pressures our wonderful local NHS teams are under both at GP level and at our fantastic West Berkshire Hospital which is struggling to keep up. On top of this, mental health and social care issues are a ticking time bomb for West Berkshire. Our Lib Dem commitment to healthcare will give the NHS in West Berkshire the investment it needs NOW.”
Final results in the 2017 County Council elections show that Labour have lost 382 Council seats across the UK, and lost control of 7 out of 16 Councils that they held (see BBC: Local elections 2017: The results mapped).
Whether the cause is Tory gerrymandering or Corbyn’s performance, it is impossible to say, but an opposition party would expect make gains in local government elections.
Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said in response:
“These results tell a clear and stark message. Labour has collapsed. They cannot win the General Election.
If you want a strong opposition to this government, we are the party for you.
A strong opposition can change Britain’s future. A strong opposition to stand up to Theresa May’s divisive Brexit plans that will cost jobs and put up prices. A strong opposition to keep us in the Single Market. A strong opposition to rescue the NHS from Conservative neglect. A strong opposition to stop Theresa May cutting schools to the bone. A strong opposition to fight for you and your community.
Labour has failed as an opposition and handed Theresa May a blank cheque to do as she pleases. The voters have delivered their verdict on Jeremy Corbyn.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can challenge Theresa May. We will be the strong opposition that will stand up for you.”
Commenting on the results Judith Bunting, the Newbury constituency Liberal Democrat general election candidate, said: “With a nationwide vote share of 18%, things are looking good for Liberal Democrats across the UK. In the South East, Liberal Democrats won new Council seats in Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight”.