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Welcome to the North Wiltshire Liberal Democrats


Talking Climate Change at The Lansdowne, CalneDavid Waltham

While Brexit dominates the news agenda, scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about climate change. Professor David Waltham is a professor of Earth Sciences at London University. He was one of the public speakers in the recent successful ‎Lib Dem move to get Wiltshire Council to acknowledge the climate emergency. Dr Brian Mathew moved the resolution that was adopted by four votes as the Conservatives split three ways (sound familiar?) Come and hear Brian and David talk about this literally vital issue, what local communities and individuals, councils, governments and businesses need to do‎ and where the Lib Dems stand.

When: Tuesday 26 March

Where: The Lansdowne‎ Hotel, The Strand, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0EH

Time: 7.30 for 8.00pm

Admission: Free. Drinks and food can be purchased at the bar

Parking: Limited parking at the hotel, but you can park a few minutes away just beyond the Town Hall, turn left entrance to car park between a row of houses

David Waltham on 'The 100 tonne diet': "We can only release another 750 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere if we're to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 °C. That's pretty close to 100 tonnes for every man, womnn and child currently on the planet. Unfortunately, we each produce about six tonnes every year and that number is rising. The arithmetic is therefore terrifyingly simple-without a drastic greenhouse-gas weight-loss regime-we'll bust the budget in 15 years. In this talk I will explain where these numbers come from. I will explain why it's important to keep temperature rises as low as possible. And I will explain the technical ways this might be done. So far, so trivial. The difficult bit is getting action at the necessary speed and scale. And that's about economics, politics and leadership"

'A Plastic Ocean' - Free film screening Malmesbury Town HallPlastic Ocean

When: Wednesday 27 March

Where: Malmesbury Town Hall Cinema, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, SN16 9BZ

Time: From 7.15pm. Nibbles and drinks available

Join us for Lib Dem drinks and discussion afterwards at the Warden & Freeman hall, next door to the Town Hall

We are thrilled to support the FREE screening of the award winning film, A Plastic Ocean! 🌍🐠🦀🐙🐬

Take a look at the trailer here 👉

Organised by Malmesbury Against Plastic, supported by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Wiltshire Council Movies at MalmesburyMalmesbury Town Council

Booking not necessary, just turn up on the night, but if you are coming to either event, it would be useful to know just to get an idea of numbers - please email

Recent updates

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019

    Our justice system is failing the vulnerable, and we should all be embarrassed about it.

    Legal aid spending in England and Wales has been cut by £933 million in the last eight years. And as a direct result, we've seen huge reductions in support.

    • The number of civil cases receiving early advice has dropped by 80%.
    • The number of criminal cases receiving legal aid funding has fallen by a third
    • The number of legal aid providers has fallen by a third, leaving parts of the country with no provisions at all.
    • The number of people representing themselves in count has increasing significantly.
  • Article: Mar 17, 2019

    No parent should have to bury their child.

    It's crushing to see it happening so much the news.

    Knife crime is an epidemic on our streets. The Conservative Party's fixation on cutting police to the bone is causing harm. In 2017-18, over 800 teenagers were admitted to hospital with stab wounds.

    High-quality youth work has been proven time and time again to help vulnerable young people escape the clutches of gangs. But the Conservatives have repeatedly defunded these vital outreach programs. We owe it to our children to fight for this funding to be restored.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019

    Across Britain, you can't have failed to notice that our high streets and town centres are run down.

    Local businesses are closing, leaving our high streets empty of anything bar charity and betting shops.

    People have to travel further for necessities like groceries, needlessly adding more cars to our busy roads.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019
    By Tara Copeland

    The Sutton Trust estimates 40% of young interns are working for free. Many of them are probably entitled to the National Minimum Wage. But a loophole in the law lets employers pass their roles off as "voluntary" unpaid internships.

    They're common in the modern job market - I actually interviewed for one after I graduated. What would I get in return for 40 hours a week of work? Travel and lunch expenses.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are changing.

    Politics is utterly broken right now. Labour and the Conservatives are being dragged to the ideological extremes, leaving millions feeling powerless and frustrated with the direction our country is taking.

    That needs to change. Liberal Democrats will be that force of change.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    We can't afford to ignore the health problems caused by roadside air pollution. 42% of primary school children attend schools in areas which breach the legal limit of toxins from traffic exhaust.

    Our children breathe this toxic air every day. It means an increased risk of asthma and other breathing problems. Not to mention health problems that can last a lifetime.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    Q: In view of Labour's abstention on a People's Vote, is there any avenue to resubmit a vote on a People's Vote? Now Jeremy Corbyn has betrayed Remainers, what will the Liberal Democrats do?

    A: On the parliamentary side of things, we didn't get close to winning because Jeremy Corbyn abstained. The Labour Party has committed to supporting a People's Vote but he refuses. He is personally committed to delivering Brexit, in keeping with his political philosophy. He is worried about his party which is now falling apart and he doesn't want to antagonise the Brexiteers in his party.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    I'm delighted that Conference has just overwhelmingly passed a motion committing to the creation of a registered supporter's scheme for the Liberal Democrats.
    The debate was split into 7 votes. Here's a summary of how they went down:

    Vote 1: Do you want registered supporters to be able to sit on working groups? PASSED
    Vote 2: If we had a registered supporters' scheme, would you want to ban members of other political parties from being registered supporters? PASSED - 453-327
    Vote 3: Do you want the Party to establish a registered supporters' scheme in the form set out in F10 but in accordance with the results of Votes One and Two? PASSED
    Vote 4: Should registered supporters be permitted to vote for the Party Leader? FALLEN
    Vote 5: Should people other than Liberal Democrat members of the House of Commons be permitted to stand for Party Leader? FALLEN
    Vote 6: Do you want to permit new members to apply to be included on the list of approved Parliamentary Candidates? PASSED - 513-245 (68%-32%)
    Vote 7: F9 (the conference motion) as amended or not: PASSED

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    Morning Conference.

    It's fantastic to be back here in York… and a bit eerie for me.

    You see making a speech on this stage to all of you was the very last thing I did before my selection process in Edinburgh West.

    A lot of things have changed since then… and there is a lot more we want to change.

    Some of them are about the party…. Some are about the country.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Tom Brake

    This week Jeremy Corbyn stuck two fingers up at Remainers.

    When the time came to vote on the People's Vote amendment, he sat on his hands and ordered his MPs to do the same. My colleagues and I were livid - and judging by the reaction on social media, so were millions of Remainers.

    If we've learnt anything this week, it's that Brexit is too important to be left in the hands of the politicians - a People's Vote is the only way forward.