Thinking of voting Green?

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This piece was first published in 2015. The argument still stands: If you want a government that will protect the environment, Vote Lib Dem.

Last night on the doorstep I met a couple of people who were thinking of voting Green. I would like to address their concerns, here, and make it clear: if you are worried about the environment and climate change – please vote Lib Dem. These are the reasons why: 

In government, Ed Davey and the Lib Dem team delivered a significant green agenda for the UK. This included:

  • Securing £37bn investment in renewable electricity
  • Establishing the world’s first Green Investment Bank
  • Leading Europe to agree a new more ambitious EU-wide climate change target
  • Planting more than 1 million trees

Our team also halted Conservative plans to scrap Natural England and give up on the England Coast Path (comment, here, from our own MP). I’m pleased to report that when Dan Rogerson took over in DEFRA he secured safe funding for the coastal project.

Here in Newbury and West Berkshire, I need your support to put a halt to ten years of Conservative neglect of the environment in our area. 

If you want to create a more environmentally friendly, fairer society in Britain, voting Lib Dem, you are safe.

See also:

– Dan Rogerson DEFRA Minister visits West Berks: 

– Green in Government

– Five Green Laws

George Monbiot, “the minister destroying what he is paid to protect”

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 shrinking:

  • ‘Leave’ voters who did not realise Brexit could lead to the break up of the UK.
  • People who chose not to vote who now regret that decision.
  • ‘Leave’ voters who feel they were lied to during the Referendum Campaign.
  • 17 year olds who have had a birthday since last June and now want a say in their own future.

Add these to the 48% who feel the narrow margin of victory last June is being casually disregarded. Yes, this general election is the best thing that could happen to the UK right now.

If you want to stop a hard Brexit, you need an MP who will fight for you.

  • If you are a Remain Tory voter, please lend me your vote for this election.
  • If you are a Labour voter who does not want to leave the single market, please support us.
  • If you are angry at the potential break up of the UK, vote for us.
  • If you want to live in a country which is open, tolerant and united, vote with us.

#YourVoiceMatters

If you would like to join our local campaign team to work to stop this hard #Brexit in its tracks, please write to us at westberkslibdems@yahoo.com.

If you would like to join the Liberal Democrats – it only takes two minutes: http://www.libdems.org.uk/fightback 

 

Judith Bunting voices Brexit fears for West Berkshire

“Many small and medium enterprises do not trade with Europe directly,
but almost all depend on supply chains that in turn depend on the EU.”

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Judith Bunting and Liberal Democrats in Newbury and West Berkshire are calling on the Conservative Government to ensure Britain has full access to the European Single Market when Brexit takes place.

At the recent Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton, Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate, said:

“The EU is the biggest single market in the world. It will be hugely damaging to our economy and to jobs in West Berkshire if large employers, such as the transport and logistics companies in Greenham and Colthrop, are cut off from the single European market.

“Our MP has now declared his intention to toe the Conservative party line, quoting that glorious, meaningless phrase, “Brexit means Brexit”. Meanwhile, Liberal Democrats believe that putting barriers between UK businesses and our greatest export market would be very damaging to the national economy.”

“The Liberal Democrats are getting more support from businesses across the UK now than ever before, because business leaders understand that we are the only party fighting to get the best deal for the British economy.”

Judith went on: “I want to encourage local businesses, large and small, to talk to me about their Brexit worries and to lobby the government directly about what their business needs from any Brexit deal.

“Many small and medium enterprises do not trade with Europe directly, but almost all depend on supply chains that in turn depend on the EU.

“There is simply no way we can tie up a free trade deal within two years. That means years of uncertainty for British companies and a profound impact on our jobs and our economy. With members of the European Movement and other Remain supporters, we need to keep up the pressure for the Tory government to do the best for Britain.”

To read the full story: http://newburyobserver.co.uk/lib-dem-voices-brexit-fears-for-west-berkshires-economy

 

 

Mending the Safety Net – speech to conference

At the 2016 Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury, spoke up in the debate about the radical reform of welfare and benefits proposed in the social security policy paper, Mending the Safety Ne

Her speech can be heard, below:

 

#LDConf #LibDemFightback 

Lib Dem Manifesto 2015 – in full

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Today we published the Liberal Democrat Manifesto for 2015.

Our five top priorities are: 

  • A World Class Education for all: Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class.
  • Prosperity for all: Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high-skill, low-carbon economy
  • Quality health care for all: Invest £8 billion to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health.
  • Fair taxes: Raise the Personal Allowance to £12,500, cutting your taxes by an additional £400.
  • Our environment protected: Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws.

The full manifesto also gives details on our policies on housing, policing, security, foreign policy and equal rights.

Read the full manifesto, herehttp://bit.ly/1IKxqKZ.