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Welcome to the website of the Buckingham Constituency Liberal Democrats

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. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives

If you are interested in joining us, and perhaps helping us deliver our Focus newsletters, spread our message and consider standing as a candidate at future election, then we would be glad to hear from you.

info@buckinghamlibdems.org.uk; or contact our membership secretary Bette Melling on bmelling@bell-amethyst.co.uk

Recent updates

  • More room for MPs. But is it fair on consitituencies
    Article: Jan 19, 2015

    It looks unlikely that voters in the Buckingham constituency will have a choice of a full range of candidates from the mainstream parties in this year's General Election. This constituency is currently represented in the House of Commons by the Speaker of the House, Mr John Bercow. So far our campaign to overturn the convention that the main parties do not oppose the Speaker in elections, and field a candidate here has been unsuccessful.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    (Some background: over the past year a growing number of private and public bodies have announced that they are to stop investing in fossil fuels, such as oil and gas. They range from the British Medical Association and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to Glasgow University and, most recently, the Swedish city of Örebro.)

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Cllr Avril Davies
    Article: Feb 13, 2014

    Bucks County Council Liberal Democrat Group
    Press release.

    Pictured - Cllr Mrs Avril Davies, leader Lib Dem group, Bucks Co Co.


    Bucks County Council Liberal Democrats made history by joining with UKIP to vote against the increase in council tax proposed by the ruling conservatives, in a complex and difficult budget.

    If the Tories had accepted the government offer of the council tax freeze grant consolidated into the budget they would have only needed to find 0.5% of the tax revenue.

    In a budget of over £300M, 900K still isn't too hard to find, considering that between October, when the budget was first consulted on, and today, an extra £3.5M was found to put back in to the budget to 'buy back' proposed cuts. In a budget with 'very healthy reserves' according to the chief financial officer, there is no need to make ordinary families pay for what amounts to a power struggle between the local authority and the government. By increasing the council tax they are turning down £2M from the government and taking £3M from Buckinghamshire residents pockets instead.

    There is a time and place for raising funds locally and this year was neither.

    As Cllr Robin Stutchbury responded to the Leaders introduction, that this is 'the best of times, the worst of times', it is indeed the best of times for those that have money and the worst of times for those that do not.

    Avril Davies, Liberal Democrat Group Leader said
    'Although the Council has met the government funding cuts full on with innovation and improvement, we still disagree with some of their choices. For example, in proposing to increase home to school transport charges this is not only hitting poorer families in rural areas, but hypocritical in offering and encouraging selection for grammar school, and then saying there is a cost attached if you live further away than the nearest upper school'.

    Please check today's webcasts for
    Cllr Avril Davies Leader 07790 824164 (at 10.45)
    Cllr Steven Lambert 0788 442 8833 (at 11.08)
    Cllr Robin Stutchbury 07752 394162 (at 11.04)

    Cllr Stutchbury (Labour) is part of the Liberal Democrat with Buckingham Labour group on Bucks County Council

  • Secretary of State Ed Davey
    Article: Oct 29, 2013

    Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, speaking at the South Central Region Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference, Saturday, 26 October, 2013, at Cressex Community School, High Wycombe, Bucks.

    This is a transcription of the first part of his speech, which was designed to help campaigners explain Lib Dem energy policy and initiatives in government.

  • Ed Davey goves keynote speech at Sth Central Lib Dems's Autumn Conference
    Article: Oct 28, 2013

    This is a transcript of the speech by Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change on Saturday, 26 October, 2013.

    He was speaking at the South Central Region Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference, at Cressex Community School, High Wycombe, Bucks.

    Climate change.

    "We can't solve this in the UK on our own. We can have all these [green] initiatives [he spoke about in the early part of his speech]. We can go low carbon, but we all know that we are a small part of global emissions.

  • Nick Clegg and school dinners (Dave Radcliffe)
    Article: Sep 18, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to announce that all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from September 2014, with equivalent funding for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals also from next September. Money is also being provided for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but as education is a devolved issue, it will be up to those running schools there to decide whether to spend the money on free lunches.

  • Cllr Avril Davies
    Article: May 5, 2013

    Avril Davies was the only one of our candidates standing in the county elections in the Buckingham constituency to win election - in her case reelection after 12 years on the council.

    We had two near misses in Stone and Waddesdon, where David Vick polled just 30 votes fewer than UKIP; and in Winslow, where Llew Monger finished 112 behind the Conservative.

  • Article: May 1, 2013

    The electors of Buckinghamshire, at the County Council elections on 2nd May, have an opportunity to stop the plans of Bucks County Council for a large incinerator at Greatmoor, near Calvert, said BestW (anti-incinerator campaign group) spokesperson David Evershed.

    "This Thursday electors should vote for candidates from one of the parties which is against these incinerator proposals. At last week's 'Question Time' on BBC Three Counties Radio, the Conservative leader was the only political party representative to support the incinerator."

  • Article: Apr 26, 2013
    Cllr Avril Davies speaking on the panel at BBC 3 Counties Question Time - Bucks County Council elections
    For those who missed it, you can hear it on BBC Three Counties iplayer at
    The Counties Question Time item starts around 2hours 46 minutes with introductions.