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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: Sep 18, 2014

    When is a "Road Closure" not a road closure?

    When it is coned off or traffic lights are used but unless it is a total closure with diversion routes it is not counted as a closure. It is however a massive inconvenience for drivers especially when there has been no notice given and therefore no chance for individuals to change their plans, either by going a different route or by leaving earlier to allow for the delays.

  • ReadingWest_MeriOConnell
    Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Reading West have chosen Tilehurst councillor Meri O'Connell as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency, at a meeting this week.

    Meri has a background in public service, working in children's homes and as a Youth Justice Worker, helping young people find employment and training opportunities.

  • Judith Bunting_Steve Webb
    Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Newbury and West Berkshire, has challenged sitting MP Richard Benyon to come clean on his position on housing subsidy reform.

    At the recent second reading of the Affordable Homes Bill, a Private Member's Bill sponsored by Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George, Richard Benyon MP failed to vote at the end of the debate (Friday 5th Sept 2014).

  • Clive Jones
    Article: Sep 14, 2014

    Press Release by Breast Cancer Care.


    Berkshire man, Clive Jones faces breast cancer and becomes catwalk superstar at London fashion show
    On Wednesday 1 October, Wokingham resident, Clive Jones, aged 56, will don designer glad rags as he takes to the catwalk for Breast Cancer Care's celebrity-hosted London fashion show, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    Clive, is one of 24 inspiring men and women who have received a breast cancer diagnosis and will model at this emotional and uplifting show.

  • Dr Jenny Woods Reading East
    Article: Sep 13, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have chosen Dr Jenny Woods as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East. She was selected following a meeting of local party members this week.

    Jenny has campaigned locally on issues of importance to residents in Reading and Woodley, such as transport, education and provision of leisure facilities. Nationally, she has a high profile in civil liberties campaigning, particularly around online communications, where she was part of the Lib Dem team that successfully threw out the "Snoopers' Charter."

  • Tony Hill
    Article: Sep 6, 2014

    This will make a difference to up to 2700 children in our Maidenhead schools.

    Tony Hill, Lib Dem PPC today celebrated the enactment of Liberal Democrat policy, as he showed his delight in all 5, 6 and 7 year olds receiving nutritious food at lunch funded by government.

    From the beginning of this school term every five, six and seven year old in England is receiving a free school meal each school day.

  • Hampshire-based youth charity meet with Ben and Jackie
    Article: Sep 6, 2014

    Hampshire Lib Dems are spearheading a major new campaign to support young people's engagement with politics and civic society.

    Ben Nicholls and Jackie Porter, the Lib Dem candidates for Romsey & Southampton North and Winchester, are campaigning for more ways of involving young people in local decision-making and for changes to council and national government policies.

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    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."

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