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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

  • bus sign
    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council, is fighting a near 60% increase in bus fares that would affect many Theale residents using the popular JetBlack 1 service.

    The hike is the result of moving the boundary of the simplyReading flat fare scheme from the edge of the village to its centre. Councillor Macro said "Reading Buses are moving the flat fare boundary from the Wigmore Lane bus stop to the stop at The Crown. This increases the single fare for travelling between the affected stops and Reading from £1-90 to £3-00. To travel from those stops to Sainsbury's at Calcot increases from £1-20 to £1-90. Reading Buses have told me that this is to help pay for an additional bus on the route and to make up for reduced payments from West Berkshire Council for use of pensioners' bus passes. It is very unfair to ask Theale residents to pick up the tab!"

    Councillor Macro has set up an on-line petition against the big rise. Readers can sign it at www.theale.org.uk/bus-fare-petition.

  • Gvj
    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Portsmouth Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that local party members have selected Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson as their parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South while Councillor Darren Sanders was selected for Portsmouth North.


    The vote concluded at a hustings meeting last night following a three week campaign.
    Portsmouth Liberal Democrat local party Chair Simon Dodd said "In a high turnout, local members made their choice clear. I am delighted that we have a strong team who will work with our city councillors and local candidates. Portsmouth needs the skills and vision that only the local Liberal Democrat team bring to the city."
    Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said "It is a privilege to have been chosen to fight Portsmouth South. I want to thank Tam Langley and David McBride for the campaign. It has been a vigorous, active but friendly selection. We have all shared a clear vision for Portsmouth and belief in the people of our city. I am looking forward to getting out tomorrow to campaign for the positive, practical and liberal policies which offer real hope for the future."
    Councillor Darren Sanders said "I am delighted to have been chosen to stand again for Portsmouth North. More than ever the city needs Liberal Democrat representatives to stand up for it. Conservative MP Penny Morduant is now concentrating on a ministerial career rather than putting Portsmouth first while Independent MP Mike Hancock is too ill to attend parliament. The minority Conservative administration on the council has already descended into chaos. The local Lib Dem team will work together to give Portsmouth the strong voice it needs."

  • cable thornton
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    The UK Business Secretary has questioned a bank's decision to close the last bank branch in a Hampshire village.

    In a recent meeting (pictured), Jason Judd, who runs the Oven Door Bakery in Botley Road, and Fair Oak's MP Mike Thornton discussed Natwest's controversial decision to close Fair Oak's last bank with the Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP.

    Residents and businesses in Fair Oak have been battling to save their Natwest branch, which they argue is vital as it is the last bank in the village.

    Despite gathering a petition of 1,100 signatures, they were told by Natwest officials the decision had been made and that the bank would shut on July 9.


    After hearing about Fair Oak's experience, Dr Cable said that the case did little to rebuild trust between the banks and their customers.

    Dr Vince Cable MP said: "A local bank branch is often a vital source of help and advice for local businesses. It is disappointing that Natwest is closing but I hope it will put in place a meaningful solution for the people and businesses of Fair Oak, because cases like this do little to rebuild trust between the banks and their customers."

  • Mike Thornton - B
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Eastleigh Borough has fallen by 834 people in the last three years - a drop of nearly 60%.

    The ONS (Office for National Statistics) said that only 610 in Eastleigh constituency were now claiming Jobseekers' Allowance (July 2014), placing the area as one of the lowest ranked areas for unemployment in the country.

  • Clive and Bus
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    Lib Dem PPC for Wokingham Clive Jones met today with the MD of Reading Buses to review the progress of the enhanced number 21 route and new number 19a,b&c which go from Earley to Reading via the Royal Berkshire hospital. It seems that passenger numbers are better than expected in the first month of the new timetable and new routes.

  • thornton horse
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    'There is no space at the stables this winter.' That's the situation this month, in what equine experts are calling a 'crisis' in horse and pony welfare. Charities say they are facing their worst crisis in 25 years nationally, with up to 7000 horses and ponies at risk if there's a harsh winter.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has teamed up with local stable-owner and Chair of The Epona Trust Carol Boulton to highlight the problem and call for action.

  • pub jones wokingham
    Article: Jul 26, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Wokingham has worked with Local Camera members to stop the Maiden Over public house becoming a Tesco.

    "I have been aware of the possible closure of the Maiden Over for a few days and have worked with two Liberal Democrat members of Camera to nominate the Maiden Over as a community asset." said PPC Clive Jones

  • porter short breaks
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    As the Conservative County Council plans how to implement the next round of funding cuts, Jackie Porter, Lib Dem spokesperson for children, has met with parents who describe how valuable and vital these services are to their families.
    Amanda Stretch whose son Freddie attends Shepherd's Down school says, 'Our son gets a huge amount out of the playschemes and support provided by the short Breaks. It means he can enjoy the local activities at Messy Church and Cubs and a few days at the KIDS and Disability Challengers playscheme in the summer holidays.' Freddie needs constant attention, so Amanda and her husband Tim have the chance to catch up or play with their other children whilst he goes off to other activities with the buddy provided by the scheme.

  • thornton porter motorway noise
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Local residents have welcomed news of action to tackle motorway noise on one of the busiest motorways in Hampshire, after a local MP successfully fought for low noise resurfacing.


    Residents living near the M27 motorway have had to put up with 'horrific' noise levels for years.
    Government noise maps shows that amongst the worst affected are areas of Eastleigh Borough, where the volume hits more than 75 decibels - equivalent of a loud radio or a very busy street.

    The worst noise hotspots are centred around West End on the M27, and a stretch of the M3 that separates Chandler's Ford and Allbrook.

    Now, after several interventions and pressing by local MP Mike Thornton over the past year, the Highways Agency have confirmed funding to resurface the M27 between Junction 5 and Junction 7 using noise reducing materials. The work, originally scheduled for 2018, has been brought forward and is now due in two years' time.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, who pressed Ministers over the issue earlier this year, has welcomed the news, but has said the scheme doesn't go far enough.

    Mr Thornton said, "One of my main priorities since becoming an MP has been to get action on motorway noise. It's a problem that blights thousands of my constituents who live near the M27 and M3, and is potentially very damaging to their long-term health.

    "While I'm pleased that the Highways Agency have listened and committed to funding M27 resurfacing, more can be done.

    "I'd like to see a much bigger stretch of the M27 resurfaced, and the latest noise mapping shows that areas either side of the M3 need similar solutions.

    "The Highways Agency has now agreed to re-investigate further noise mitigation at key points along both motorways, and I'll be following this closely to ensure residents get the best deal possible."

  • Document: Jul 20, 2014
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