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Welcome to the North West Hampshire Lib Dem Website!

Imagine a brighter future where our children grow up in a country where people are decent to each other, where we have good schools and hospitals, so that our children are well educated and well nourished, and our elderly are treated with dignity.

We as a country are about to face critical negotiations on our future relationship with the EU. Those negotiations will affect how we all live. Nobody yet knows what Brexit will look like. Theresa May wants to pursue Nigel Farage's costly version, starving our hospitals and schools with heartless cuts.

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let you down by voting with her and UKIP, not against them.

Brexit will affect your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety, where you can travel to and where you can live. That's why it's right that you should have a say over the final deal, why you should have a choice over your future.

The more Liberal Democrat MPs, the better the deal on Europe. The better the deal on Europe, the more money for the NHS and schools.

In North West Hampshire we have a Tory candidate who was asked to step down by the MS Society as their patron after voting for cuts to disability benefit. His party, the Tories, now plan to cut pensions and benefits and take away school meals.

As a Liberal Democrat councillor I have always worked for the future of all. I would like to fight as your Member of Parliament for you and your right to choose your future; your right to have your say on the Brexit deal. If elected as your MP I will fight the savage cuts that are crippling our country.

If you want a brighter future, please lend me your support by voting Liberal Democrat.

Alex Payton Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesman for NW Hampshire

Alex Payton

Recent updates

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Feb 24, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    University lectures have started 14 days of strikes due to drastic changes to their pensions. They can expect to be left around £10,000 a year worse off in retirement as a result. The government must move to underwrite the Universities Superannuation Scheme, providing lectures and academic staff with guarantees that their pensions will be safe.

  • Lib Dems 2017
    Article: Feb 22, 2018
    Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Gavin James has slammed the Conservative budget for Basingstoke and Deane Council means paying more for less.

    Councillor Gavin James said: "The Conservative Budget puts people and services at the bottom of the priorities."

    "Who has done well with a Conservative-controlled council - consultants, lawyers, Conservative Councillors, a few lucky businesses on Basing View, the Government that have dodged the blame for cuts."

    "Who hasn't done well - people - people who want to look after the environment by recycling or taking the bus, people who have to use the pothole strewn roads, people who are struggling to pay the bills facing higher council taxes and increasing fees for using services."

    "The Liberal Democrats have different priorities. We would invest in clean, green energy, getting a better financial return for Council funds, cutting pollution and reducing energy bills for residents. We would invest in affordable housing, particularly modular housing, reducing the housing waiting list and cutting the housing benefit bill. We would cut back on wasteful spending on consultants and futile legal cases and protect services instead."
  • Cllr Gavin James
    Article: Feb 22, 2018
    Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Gavin James has backed the 10,000+ people petitioning Basingstoke and Deane Council about the future of Basingstoke Sport Centre in Festival Place.

    Councillor Gavin James said:
    "This is an extraordinary situation, where we have so many people petitioning the Council and it requires an extraordinary response."

    "Vague promises from the Conservative of future support with few details and no guarantees will not be enough to secure the future of this vital and valuable asset for the people of Basingstoke and Deane. We've had enough of being fobbed off. Detailed and well supported evidence had been ignored for too long."

    "It would bad enough if this threat to the Sports Centre was coming for purely commercial reasons, but incredibly it is being subsidised by the Council."

    "I have repeatedly expressed my concern that the whole 'business class hotel on Basing View' proposal is a poor deal for the Council. It will result in the Council and therefore residents potentially missing out on millions of pounds of income."

    "If the Liberal Democrats get places in the Council Cabinet after the May Elections, we will seek to stop the proposal going ahead."
  • Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Immigration figures announced today show that 47,000 fewer EU nationals came to live in the UK, and that 28,000 EU nationals departed our shores, between the period of September 2016 to September 2017.

    This continued chaos and confusion over Brexit coming from the Government is damaging our economy and our communities.

  • Is it worth it bus
    Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Join the "Is It Worth?" Campaign

    Tuesday 27th February

    The Hampshire Branch of the European Movement is hosting the "Brexit is it worth it?" bus next Tuesday 27th February. We invite you to join one or more of our welcoming parties.

    There are four local venues:-

    9.30 Basingstoke Anvil Coach Bay, Churchill Way East

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 21, 2018

    It is bizarre that the government was so hasty in its invocation of Article 50, but is now scrambling for extra time in transition due to the scale of the task ahead.

    The government is arbitrarily pushing for us to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, at which point it follows that the UK will no longer have a veto over new EU legislation.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    A hard Brexit will damage this thriving and flourishing industry. A recent study from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) fears that restriction of freedom of movement may deter high-quality talent, hurting the UK economy overall. Additionally, the British Retail Consortium have estimated that around 10,200 EU nationals were employed in UK retail, with the UK Fashion and Textile Association stating that 70% of all London fashion factory workers are from the EU. Towards the end of last year, a survey revealed that 56% of all EU retail workers are worried about their ability to reside in the UK in the future.

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

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