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Welcome to the North West Hampshire Lib Dem Website!

Thank you for visiting our website and thank you also if you are one of the many people who supported us in the Borough Council elections last year.

For the Liberal Democrats, one of the most important things is to be accessible to local residents - all year round. We believe in letting local people know what we are doing and in actively involving people in shaping what happens in the local area. This website is a part of that - with a wide range of information about our campaigning locally and nationally.

If you have any suggestions of other information you would like to see on this website, please do e-mail us at info@nwhantslibdems.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Recent updates

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014
    By Len Gates

    The recent decision to appoint an inexperienced Andover Tory to the position of deputy mayor in preference to a senior experienced Romsey councillor has been widely condemned as an attempt to use the post of mayor for political gain. Full details of the decision can be found on the Andover Advertiser at http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/11156236.Row_over_deputy_mayor__politics_/

  • Mike Thornton MP
    Article: Apr 19, 2014

    "An outstanding achievement by local people and our businesses."

    That's how Eastleigh's MP has described today's unemployment figures, which show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefit has now dropped to just 1.4% in the Eastleigh constituency.

    The figures represent a huge 38.5% fall in those claiming Job Seeker Allowance in the last year, according to official employment figures published today.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has welcomed the news, and backed local employers to keep the momentum going. The unemployment drop follows on from news earlier this year that over 2800 new apprenticeships have been created in Eastleigh Borough since 2010.

    Mike said, "We are making great progress here in Eastleigh. Arlington Rail's planned expansion at the railway works is the perfect example of this, showcasing our borough at its best.

    "Locally and nationally, the Liberal Democrats are helping people get back in to work, into apprenticeships, and onto the job ladder.

    "I know Eastleigh and Hampshire as a whole have played a big part in the recovery - now we have to keep this momentum going."

  • Mike Thornton MP
    Article: Apr 9, 2014

    "An appalling example of insensitivity."

    That's the reaction from a Hampshire MP after it emerged Hampshire County Council will make controversial cuts to support and alarm services for thousands of pensioners across Hampshire.

    The planned cuts, which didn't even appear in the Conservative-run County Council's budget last month, will see County Council funding for support and alarm services in all First Wessex properties stopped, meaning services like alarm pull-chords and emergency pendants will be under threat.

    The news emerged after First Wessex updated residents on the imminent changes. It is unclear exactly how many pensioners will be affected, but there are fears the changes will affect all Hampshire pensioners living in Housing Association accommodation and possible many thousands more.

    First Wessex currently provides support and alarm services, part-funded by the County Council, in the form of either pull-cords within the homes or pendants to aid residents to call for emergency assistance.

    With funding for alarm services due to be pulled from the end of this September, and support services' funding stopped by April next year, there are some doubts about how First Wessex and other Housing associations would be able to fund the shortfall.

  • Seventh Seeker
    Article: Apr 4, 2014

    A metal band from Eastleigh could soon be performing for MPs at the Houses of Parliament after being nominated to take part in a prestigious competition.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has today announced female- fronted metal band 'Seventh Seeker' as the Eastleigh nomination for the Parliamentary Rock the House Competition.

  • Giles Goodall
    Article: Apr 4, 2014

    213 suspected mobile phone thieves have been arrested in a joint EU-wide police operation in the UK and a further seven EU countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Romania). The coordinated operation against individuals and gangs behind smartphone theft led to 120 arrests in London alone and the seizure of 2401 stolen phones.

  • Ben Nicholls
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    At a packed meeting in Romsey's Crosfield Hall last Friday, Romsey and Southampton North Liberal Democrats selected Ben Nicholls to be their prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC). The General Election will take place in May 2015.

    Ben, 26, is a local man, having first moved to the constituency at the age of twelve. Currently a senior manager in one of the country's largest colleges, he began his career in the civil service working on education and child protection issues.

    "Romsey and Southampton North has been the area I know best and love most since I was a child," says Ben. "It is a huge honour to be selected, and I can't wait to meet more people across the area over the coming weeks and months."

  • tax cuts
    Article: Mar 21, 2014

    An £800 income tax cut for people in Eastleigh is the real budget boost, Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton said today.

    The budget revealed plans to increase the personal allowance from April 2015 and put an extra £100 back in taxpayers' pockets.

    Lib Dems have already delivered on a £700 tax cut for low to middle earners, but today's news goes even further for hardworking people.

  • Childcare
    Article: Mar 20, 2014

    A major childcare package is set to help 38,350 families across Hampshire, Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton said today.

    Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015.

    The Government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child.

  • Mike Thornton MP Diabetes
    Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Eastleigh's MP Mike Thornton met people living with type 1 diabetes at a major Houses of Parliament event on 11 March, to discuss the impact of this serious and complex condition.

    Sixty adults and children that live with the condition were chosen to attend Type 1 Parliament by JDRF - the global type 1 diabetes charity. They were selected from across the country to represent their constituencies. The event was sponsored by Lilly.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2014
    By Hampshire Liberal Democrats

    Hampshire Conservatives have axed a plan to make the County Council a "Living Wage" employer. The scheme would have benefited over 5000 very low paid workers such as cleaners, care workers and catering staff. The decision came at Tuesday's "Employment in Hampshire County Council" Committee meeting.

    The Liberal Democrat group on the council had backed the move to a "Living Wage" of £7.65 per hour. This is already in place in 448 organisations across the country including many local authorities such as Eastleigh in Hampshire.

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