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Dr Brian Mathew and North Wiltshire Liberal Democrats working for Box, Calne, Cricklade, Lyneham, Malmesbury, Purton, Royal Wootton Bassett and the surrounding villages

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jun 30, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2015

    Reacting to the Conservatives' plans to change the child poverty target, Baroness Pinnock, Lib Dem Children's spokesperson in the House of Lords, said:

    "The Tories stubbornly refused to sign up to more credible child poverty measures while in Coalition. So, you have to question whether it really is high on their agenda now?

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Elaine Bagshaw and Chris Walts write about their campaigns and experiences in the recent Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election.

    Like most Lib Dems we were very disappointed on May 7th. We worked incredibly hard as part of the general election effort, and the results were extremely deflating. After watching Nick's speech, we decided the best way to move forward was to go back out and try and win another election despite the odds. We knew in some ways it wasn't about winning (although that was still our goal), it was about something much bigger. It was about trying to bring hope back to the party and putting us back into the hearts of the electorate. In short, we wanted to make the campaign a key component of what would become the #LibDemFightback.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton has recorded the following message for Ramadan 2015.

    As-salamu alaykum.

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I am delighted to send this message to Muslims in the UK and across the world who are observing the holy month of Ramadan.

    Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and sharing; of fasting and prayer. It is a time for renewing faith and strengthening the bonds between family and friends.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrats today attacked the blinkered Tory approach to drugs policy as they tabled a series of amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the House of Lords.

    The party will call on the Conservatives to delay new laws until a full review is carried out into how existing legislation is failing to stop the harm caused by drugs.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    What is Conference?

    Liberal Democrat Conference is a twice-yearly event where members gather to put forward, debate and vote on the Party's national policies. There are keynote speeches from the Leader, MPs and other senior figures, and Party committees present their annual reports to the membership. Beyond the main Conference hall, there's a wide range of training on campaigning, fundraising, recruitment, plus advice sessions for those interested in being candidates for councils and Parliament. At lunchtimes and in the evenings there are plenty of fringe meetings with a chance to discuss ideas with speakers from party groups and national organisations. There are receptions, a disco, and even a singalong night, and there's always a large crowd in the Conference bar at the end of the day.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to rule out scrapping safeguards that could lead to two million people falling off the electoral roll.

    The Coalition Government introduced Individual Voter Registration, to put to an end the outdated system where a 'head of household' was responsible for everyone who votes at an address.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has congratulated Europol and law enforcement agencies across the EU for conducting the biggest ever international operation against the illegal wildlife trade.

    Operation COBRA III led to the recovery of over 12 tonnes of elephant ivory and at least 119 rhino horns, and saw the participation of law enforcement teams and agencies from 62 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

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    Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Britain needs to build more than 200,000 new homes each year. We've all said it so many times before. Yet we are falling short of this target.

    That's why the Housing Finance Institute (HFI) is being launched. To help to get the money to build the homes we need. The aims of the HFI are to increase housing supply across all tenures; to unlock opportunities for the public sector and to help business to deliver and finance housing.