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Welcome to the North Wiltshire Lib Dems

Dr. Brian Mathew and Lord Paddy Ashdown at Malmesbury Abbey (Diane Vose Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)Thank you to all who have joined us in saying how sad they are at the untimely death of our former leader, Lord Paddy Ashdown. It was a privilege to have known Paddy.

He was a frequent visitor to North Wiltshire and was the guest speaker at our 2017 Annual Dinner in Malmesbury, just 12 months ago.

Paddy inspired many to join the Lib Dems. A Liberal to his core, he was a person of great integrity, courage and ‎compassion. A man who loved this country. A former Royal Marine Officer and member of the elite Special Boat Squadron who saw active service, Paddy knew and understood the difference between true patriotism and narrow nationalism. For Paddy patriotism was about working positively with others for the common good of all. Whereas nationalism seeks to blame others for the problems of all.

For that reason Paddy was a passionate and committed supporter of Britain remaining a member of the European Union. Paddy believed that these should be a People's Vote to decide whether the final deal is better than what we already have. He will be greatly missed but his legacy lives on in the Liberal Democrats he helped create and was so proud to lead.

If you share Paddy's values of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, environmentalism and internationalism then ‎please come and join us http://libdems.org.uk/join

Dr Brian Mathew

Prospective Lib Dem MP for North Wiltshire

Recent updates

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Last Tuesday night Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202. It's the biggest defeat by a Prime Minister in Commons history.

    The next day, Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the Government. It failed.

    Now, Theresa May wants MPs to vote on a deal that's barely different to the one we already rejected.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    What times we live in. The SODEM team led by Steve have been outside my office with their cries of "Stop Brexit!" for the last two and a half years and earlier this week we came closer to doing that very thing. The vote was the biggest loss by a government ever and you, our members, contributed to that immensely. Each and every time we've asked you to get involved in the Brexit campaign over those last two and a half years you've stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations. When the history of Brexit is written (if Tim Shipman isn't already writing it!) the Liberal Democrats will be at the heart of it as having led the way from start to finish for a people's vote and that's because of YOU.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    All 11 Lib Dem MPs voted against this shambolic Conservative Government in last night's vote of no confidence.

    In the aftermath, Theresa May invited me to discuss the next steps. I accepted, but in our discussion, I was clear.

    There will be no progress until no deal is off the table. We won't vote for this needlessly destructive Brexit. We need a people's vote.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's Brexit deal just lost in the Commons by 230 votes. This is huge - she's failed to convince her party, failed to convince Parliament and failed in her attempt to scaremonger MPs into backing her. It's the biggest loss in the Commons by a Government - ever.

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's botched Brexit deal goes to the Commons tomorrow night, and its chances are looking slim.

    A Lords motion regretting the damage Brexit would do and rejecting no deal has passed by a stonking 169 votes.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    The media's been laser focused on Theresa May's sinking Brexit deal. But today, 3 crucial bills have gone through the Lords, with significant Lib Dem input. We're fighting to:

    • Protect the privacy of people who wear skirts
    • Outlaw exploitative letting fees
    • Allow people to go about their lives without the Government butting in
  • Article: Jan 14, 2019

    We all remember waking up to that awful result two and a half years ago. We were all braced for uncertainty. But nobody could have predicted how disastrously the wheels came off the Brexit wagon.

    Warnings of food and medicine shortages. Tearing up vital environmental laws. Becoming rule takers, not rule makers.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2019

    Two and a half years ago, on the steps of Downing Street, the Prime Minister promised to tackle society's burning injustices.

    My constituents elected me to fight for a People's Vote and to keep our Union together.

    I was glad to hear it. We could argue all day why people voted to Leave. But at the heart of it for many was a loss of faith in the basic promise that if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll get on in life.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2019

    For more than two years, the Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight on Brexit. And it's working - a year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say - now a majority of the public want to have their say.

    The full film launches on Monday evening at 7pm, and you will be able to watch it here: facebook.com/libdems/videos/542764446198355

  • Article: Jan 11, 2019

    Deputy Director of Campaigns, Dave McCobb, Head of Campaigns for England and Wales, Elspbeth McCobb and Head of Campaigns for Scotland, Paul Moat, talk you through the Pathway Programme.

    And you can read more about it here: Welcome to the Pathway Programme