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

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

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.

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

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

Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister, visits West Berks

Dan Rogerson being interviewed by Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate, Newbury and West Berks Lib Dems. DEFRA Minister, Dan Rogerson, came to Hamstead Marshall, recently, to meet West Berkshire residents at the Elm Farm Organic Research Centre. Judith taxed the Minister on rural broadband, Thames Water, council housing and her campaign to get proper funding to maintain lively, … Continue reading Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister, visits West Berks