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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

  • Andover for Europe
    Article: Feb 15, 2017
    By Len Gates

    NW Hampshire residents have lobbied their MP Kit Malthouse regarding his stance on Brexit. The residents, members of NW Hampshire for Europe, are dismayed at the government's increasing "hard Brexit" stance and the MP's claim that they were wrong in challenging his approach.

    In response the group has written

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017
    By NW Hants Liberal Democrats

    ,With Hampshire County Council elections due in May, Romsey Liberal Democrats have started campaigning in the Test Valley Central division which includes Andover Down, Picket Twenty, Anna Valley, Abbotts Ann, the Clatfords and all the villages to the south of Andover. Local campaign co-ordinator is Harry Paul who can be contacted at contact@RandSN-LibDems.org.uk

  • AC Grayling
    Article: Feb 14, 2017
    By NW Hants Liberal Democrats

    The European Movement has interviewed leading academic and prominent europhile AC Grayling on a range of issues around Brexit, referendums and Donald Trump. You can see the interview here.

    For more information on the European Movement visit http://euromove.org.uk/ or email local campaigners at

    nwhants4europe@gmail.com

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Commenting on a report by the Education Select Committee which found the government has failed to demonstrate how expanding grammar schools would help close the gap between rich and poor children, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said:

    "All the evidence suggests expanding grammars would increase inequality and hurt the prospects of poorer pupils.

    "Instead of ploughing ahead with these divisive plans, Theresa May should address the £3 billion funding black hole facing our schools over the next five years.

    "Spending millions expanding grammars while schools are facing devastating cuts would be a damaging and costly distraction.

    "Pupils and parents across the country do not deserve to be let down by this government's ideological obsession with grammar schools."

    ENDS

    Notes to Editors

    The report by the Education Select Committee can be found here

    A report by the National Audit Office found schools will have to find £3 billion of savings by 2020 while spending per pupil is set to fall by 8% (National Audit Office, 14 December 2016, link)

  • Article: Feb 13, 2017

    The second reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - is scheduled for 24 February.

    We note that the Homelessness Reduction bill will have its third reading on January 27.

    The Bill was 2nd in the Private Members Bill ballot last June. It is promoted by Bob Blackman (Con, Harrow East). It aims to refocus English local authorities on efforts to prevent homelessness. The Bill is seeking to amend Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. Its measures include:

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a fight to guarantee the rights of EU citizens to continue to live and work in the UK following the triggering of Article 50.

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

    They will be fighting to ensure the terms of the final deal goes to the British people. The amendment has been signed by Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords as well as Labour and Conservative peers.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    • 38 Trusts facing serious pressure
    • More beds closed due to Norovirus
    • Cancelled operations up 15%
    • 9 hospitals had no available beds on some days in February

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of the Weekly Situation Report for the week ending 5 February 2017 reveals that:

    • 38 trusts are facing major pressure that could lead to poorer care. The NHS themselves describe this as leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care. There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.
    • Bed occupancy rates were 95% or 96% every day between 1st February and 5th February - significantly higher than the official 'safe' threshold of 85%.From the 1st-5th February 3,517 beds were closed due to Norovirus.
    • 21,249 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. This is 15% up on the previous year. 1551 of those cancellations still had not been treated within 28 days.
  • Action Evening 9 Feb 2017
    Article: Feb 10, 2017

    THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out on Thursday 9th February to campaign on behalf of Imogen Shepherd-DuBey in the borough council byelection in Wokingham and Dr Zulfiqar Ali, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Stoke on Trent parliamentary by election.

    Next Thursday, 16th February, we will be calling again to support the campaign in Stoke on Trent. UKIP Leader, Paul Nuttalls, is attenpting to wrest control of the seat from Labour. Given the mess the Labour party is in right now, it is down to the Liberal Democrats to rally support to hold Nuttalls back. If you are a party member, please come and join us on the phones, next Thursday, even if it's only for half an hour. If you are not a member, yet, join here: www.libdems.org.uk/join, then come and join us on Thursday!

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have hit out at reports that the Conservatives are to push for a new generation of grammars to be "super-selective" that would only take the top 10% of children. This is even lower than for existing grammars, which typically take the top 25% of children.

    John Pugh, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson, said:

    "The Conservatives are determined to keep out all but a tiny, tiny few from their new generation of grammar schools. If you exclude 90% of the population, what are you doing to improve the life chances of kids who don't come from privileged backgrounds?

    "Parents want the best for their children. But all the evidence shows that children on free school dinners have very little chance of getting into existing grammars, let alone this new generation of super-selective ones. Meanwhile, schools that the vast majority of children go to are facing cut after cut after cut.

    "The involvement of prime ministerial advisers shows that the school system is being used as a political football, with policy driven not by evidence but by ideology.

    "You won't keep Britain open, tolerant and united if you divide children at the age of 11."

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