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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 elections in 2015.

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

  • Cllr Lee Dillon: project will deliver for our young people
    Article: Dec 9, 2016

    LibDem Cllr Lee Dillon calls on West Berks Council to commit to transitional funding to the Short Breaks Programme (as given at last night's meeting)

    "This is a simple motion calling on the Council to publically commit to awarding £170k of transitional funding to the Short Breaks programme for the 17/18 financial year.

    This is not new money to find but can easily be met from £1.37m that the government has already awarded to the Council for transitional funding, as noted by our Section 151 Officer.

    The Executive may already be so minded to grant transitional funding again to such an important programme but may also be happy to wait until the last minute to let them know.

    However I believe there are important benefits of making an early decision:

    The ability for them to retain staff is the most pressing - without certainty of a job beyond 31st March next year it is very hard to retain staff

    Once staff have left it is impossible to recruit new staff to a role that only has a couple of months to go

    The consequence of that is that programmes have to cut the number of children they take at their clubs as they don't have the staff to provide the support

    The security of some funding also gives them the ability to fund raise further for other services and activities because they know they have at least some service to build on.

    They can even use the existing funding as matched funding for grants elsewhere - Helping our communities to help themselves!

    If a decisions is delayed more money will be wasted on recruitment and training of new staff than if they had been able to retain the existing staff by knowing now that they will be getting transitional funding.

    Only a few weeks ago the Executive agreed to accept the governments four year funding settlement and one of the main arguments that was supported by us all was that at least it gave us security and the ability to plan. Let us offer our short break providers that same chance to be able to plan ahead.

    Mr Chairman apart from the practical points I have just raised the other important consideration is for the parent and children who find the current situation very stressful with uncertainty of services.

    I urge the Executive when they consider this next week to continue to support the Short Breaks Programme make an early decision on what is nearly a statutory and give the affected families and groups an early Christmas present."

  • Sarah Olney, Tim Farron and Lib Dem supporters (Jon Ball)
    Article: Dec 7, 2016

    Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.

  • Lord Newby - Brexit Consultation in Newbury
    Article: Dec 6, 2016



    The Liberal Democrat Brexit Consultation closes on December 15th. Make sure your voice is heard. If you work in a local business, in local healthcare or in education, please complete one of the surveys below. Please also forward the links below to anyone who you think would be interested.

    * Brexit Consultation - Business [Read more...]

  • Brexit Consultation compilation, with Lord Newby
    Article: Dec 6, 2016

    On Thursday 17th November, Lord Newby, former spokesperson for Her Majesty's Treasury in the Lords, visited Newbury to talk with local businessmen and women about Brexit and how it will affect their trade.

    As Liberal Democrats, we (almost) all believe that Britain is better off in Europe, but my immediate priority is to ensure local businesses do not pay the price of a rushed withdrawal from the EU. After the meeting, racehorse trainer Geoffrey Deacon from Compton said, "The evening was a useful chance to talk over all aspects of Brexit and voice the concerns we have for our own businesses as well as hear the worries of others."
  • Article: Dec 6, 2016

    At his first press conference in his capacity as Chief Negotiator for the European Commission in the Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier suggested on Tuesday 6 December that the negotiations, if activated by the UK government by end March 2017, would have to be concluded by October 2018. This would then allow sufficient time to allow for full ratification by the EU's member states, the European Parliament and the UK Parliament within the 2 year time frame prescribed under article 50. Although the October 2018 deadline is merely advisory and falls within the 2 year period, it clearly indicates what procedures and processes need to take place once an agreement is reached.

  • Lindsey Middlemiss and Paul Walters
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Good news in from Greenham parish council election , where our two Liberal Democrat candidates were elected. Results were:-

    The votes were:

    Nick East (Lab) 71

    Alex Keegan (Lab) 57

    Lindsey Middlemiss (Lib Dem) 329

    Paul Walter (Lib Dem) 304

    Turnout 11%

  • Sarah Olney with Newbury activist Judith Cooper
    Article: Dec 2, 2016



    Congratulations to Sarah Olney on her by-election victory at Richmond Park Constituency, beating Zak Goldsmith by 20,510 to 18,638 votes. Liberal Democrat activists flocked from all over the country to help, with many coming from Newbury and West Berkshire constituency.

  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2016
    By Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England

    Plese find below a speech to the European Parliament, by Liberal Democrat/ALDE MEP Catherine Bearder on racism and xenophobia in the UK

    We all know Niemöllers poem.

    First they came for the Communists, the Socialists, the Jews and how he lamented that he had not spoken out for them,

    there was no one left to speak for him.

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