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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

  • Event: November 15, 2014 8:00 PM

    With guest speaker Annette Brooke MP for mid Dorset and North Poole. For further details contact Jeff Teagle on 01256 770198 or jeffteagle@btinternet.com

  • ppc's
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrats from across South Central Region are meeting at our Regional Conference today (Sat 1st November) at the Thornden Hall Performing Arts Centre, Thornden School, Winchester, Chandler's Ford, SO53 2DW.

    Keynote speakers include Catherine Bearder MEP, Vince Cable MP and Mike Thornton MP.

    Members can register on the day for £25 or just £10 for studentsfirst time attendees/claimants. Registration opens at 9am.

  • Ben Nicholls
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Nurseries, child minders and other early years providers in Hampshire are set to receive a cash injection of £676,579 to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low-income families often fall behind their better off classmates before they even start school. But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been introduced by the Liberal Democrats and backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Clive Jones market
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham has met with Wokingham market stall holders.

    These traders are at the heart of Wokingham's market town along with the traders who make a living from the shops, cafes, hairdressers, pubs etc. They should be looked after.

    Market traders have been in Wokingham for over 800 years. As you enter the town you see signs that say, " Wokingham, Historic Market Town".

    "This is how it should stay", says Clive Jones.

    "Conservative plans for the town centre will seriously damage Wokingham's Market Town image. Look at the early stages of their regeneration plans. The refurbished buildings opposite the market and Town Hall are awful. Its 1960's architecture. Definitely not in keeping with an Historic Market Town. A complete lack of imagination." says Clive Jones.

    Our market traders need some support and some vision from Wokingham Borough Council.

    Firstly they should have cheap parking for their trade vehicles. (see note 1)

    Secondly, they need to have improved and up to date light and power sources. (see note 2)

    Thirdly, space needs to be created for more stalls. More stalls will encourage more shoppers to use the Town Centre improving the viability of the Town. (see note 3)

    Fourthly, something must be done about the uneven walkways and pavements around the Town Hall. (see note 4)

    "If the Council don't support these hard working traders they will disappear in the next few years and go to other market towns such as Richmond where there is a better understanding of the needs of local businesses. At the same time there needs to be support through local business rates for the owners of our small local shops". says Clive Jones.

    ENDS

    Contact for more information. Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham. 07720275212.

    Note 1. Currently the traders park in Cockpit path car park which is owned by Wokingham Borough Council. They pay £3 to park for 6 hours. They arrive at 06.30am and have to move at 12.30pm. When they do this they have to get someone to look after their stall. Other councils give traders a pass that costs the same but lasts for 12 hours meaning they don't have move during the day. Surely Wokingham could do the same.

    Cutting the number of car park spaces in Peach place to build more flats will damage the viability of the Town centre. Shoppers need to have somewhere to park.

    Note 2. There are 3 power sources around the Town Hall. Running several cables from them overloads them. Other more business friendly councils up and down the country have introduced power supply's that are right by each stall. This enables the stall holder who has a key to access them when they open in the morning and close them when they finish at night. This gives better lighting throughout the day helping to improve the ambiance of the area and hopefully sales as well.

    Note 3.There needs to be more space to encourage more stall holders. The last set of plans produced by the Tories showed that Denmark Street was being narrowed. The pavement was being widened on the side of the road where WH Smith is. Trees were planned for the other side of the road by the Town Hall. If the pavement was widened on the Town Hall side of the road more market stalls could be put there improving the viability of the market and the Town centre. A very simple idea but beyond our Conservative councillors.

    Note 4. Currently the walkways by the Town Hall and the pavements are uneven, these need to be levelled. More stalls could then occupy the same space helping to improve the viability of the town Centre.

    These changes will not cost very much. Certainly less than the Tories £95million.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Controversial plans to introduce fluoride into the water supply of southern Hampshire have been scrapped.

    In a statement released yesterday, Public Health England, said: "Public Health England (PHE) will take no further action to implement a proposed water fluoridation scheme that would have served around 160,000 residents in Southampton and a further 35,000 people in neighbouring parts of south west Hampshire.

  • Party spokesmen at the Lights
    Article: Oct 26, 2014
    By Andover Liberal Democrats

    Over 50 people attended the Andover Older People's Forum meeting "Harnessing the Grey Vote" at the Lights in Andove on Friday.

    A presentation by Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners' Convention was followed by a question and answer session and debate between representatives of the main political parties in the town. Speakers were Kit Malthouse, Conservative PPC for NW Hampshire, Andy Fitchet from Andover Labour party and Len Gates, vice chair of NW Hampshire Liberal Democrats. UKIP were also booked to attend but their speaker failed to arrive. Topics discussed included pensions, taxation and the future of the NHS.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 243,372 pensioners in Hampshire will benefit from a real increase in their pension.

    This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under the last Labour government.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Andover borough and town councillor Katherine Bird has condemned the negative comments made about the town centre by critics and challenged the local paper to run balanced stories highlightring the good things about Andover's shops.

    "I am getting very fed up with people putting down our wonderful Andover. Yes Andover, our Andover. It is fantastic and the sooner people stop complaining about the empty shops and start looking at what is in the existing shops the better! To do otherwise is so disrespectful to the hundreds of people employed in our town centre -many in one off and independent shops, much better than the bland repetition of many bigger high streets" she said.

  • Document: Oct 14, 2014
  • Clive Jones HK
    Article: Oct 12, 2014

    Whilst on a business trip to Hong Kong Clive Jones twice visited the very peaceful demonstration that has been taking place for nearly two weeks in several locations in Hong Kong.

    On Friday 10th October there were over 100,000 people occupying the government district on Hong Kong Island.

    "It was an incredible site, to see over 100,000 people, mainly students sitting peacefully in the roads around the Provinces Legislature and the Chief Ministers Office. Watched by only a few policemen and no evidence of any Red Army units", says Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham.

    Thousands have set up tents in the roads and were watching TV and films on Ipads. Free food and drinks were available from well wishers.

    Just imagine the equivalent of this in the UK. It would be protesters occupying Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street to within a few yards of our famous front door. All this happening peacefully, watched by only a few dozen policeman.

    "There has been no looting, no smashing of shop windows, no vehicles being burnt. In amongst all these people there was an Audi garage, its huge windows intact and cars still in the showroom. Could this happen in Europe?" asks Clive

    Clive chatted with some of the demonstrators. They are asking for the right to free elections. It is being proposed that all candidates for elections will have to be approved by the Chinese Communist party. This means there wont be any independent or pro democracy candidates standing for election to the Legislature or for the Office of Chief Minister. a strange version of democracy.

    Ends

    Notes;

    Initially the authorities used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. They fled into the underground system and then return to their very peaceful demonstration.

    Clive Jones was in Hong Kong for three and a half days of meetings with suppliers and customers following the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow. He returns to the UK at 5.00am on Monday 13th October. For more information contact Clive on 07720275212

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