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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

  • 2016 EU Referendum
    Article: Jul 8, 2016

    The Lib Dems have attracted 16,000 new members between June 24th and July 8th.

    This is Alessandro Lanuto's take, republished courtesy of Huffington Post UK

    The not-so-subtle suggestion from Danny Alexander was clear enough: whichever way the undecided voter turned, she'd be confronted with the uncomfortable reality of an entrenched, out of touch political class pulled increasingly to the extreme. Look to the center, however, and now the discerning voter could seek refuge in the outstretched arms of the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury himself. Indeed, the visual was designed to firmly stake out the middle ground by the Liberal Democrats, the only major party that, as the campaign poster implied, had managed to retain its ideological integrity while representing those segments of society fed up with decades of partisan deceit.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2016

    Reprinted courtesy of Liberal Democrat Voice.

    12000 new Lib Dems in 7 days. Wow. That's a lot of angry people. Just the tip of the iceberg though: there are millions more angry people marching to Westminster and angry people venting on Facebook.

    Tim Farron is resonating with them. Why?… because he and we are all angry. On 24th June 2016 we woke up in a country that is no longer tolerant, open, progressive or friendly. Love not Leave: we want our country back.

    But…

    Although this is about the EU for the angry mob, we are about so, so much more than that.

    Liberalism is living life how you choose without oppression and without oppressing others: a value all modern Brits hold dear. Brexit has woken-up the inner-Liberal of the digital generation. We need to help them into a new dawn.

    And waving our little fists will not get us anywhere. The Rags have ignored the new 12000. The Fiberals, the Limp Liberals, the Diberal Lemocrats, the Sandal Brigade. WE ALL KNOW THE SCORE: stop disturbing the class and go cool off outside.

    That cannot happen! Not this time. Baby will not be put back in the corner. Britain's soul is on the line. So we need to get organised, get on this and get moving: now!

    So, I submit a plan to all my fellow Lib Dems:

    1. Look For Leadership. After reeling like everyone else, I contacted my local Lib Dem Leader, Avril Davies, for guidance. She, like so many, is a fantastic Lib Dem Councillor working tirelessly against stiff opposition with few resources for many years. People like her know how to do it. Find them.
    2. Engage the Angry Mob. Convert our new members into the greatest Liberal Movement in a hundred years. Otherwise we lose them. Contact our new members and friends, welcome them, console them, engage them and get them active.
    3. Get Together, Stick Together. You are not the 'Only Liberal in the Village'. We have half the Tory membership now! Find your fellow Lib Dems. Meet monthly, support each other, plan together and work together.
    4. Keep Your Foot Down. This is a long-game. We will only fill the hearts and minds of doubters with Liberalism by Drip-Drip-Dripping. Flying around like blue-arsed flies just before an election will not. Use the Focus, use the stalls, and talk with colleagues, neighbours and friends. Got any other ideas?…go for it!
    5. Be Loud, Be Proud. We are the 'in' crowd again, but we must be seen to be believed. Badges, car stickers, posters and speak out: Yes…I am a Liberal, get over it!
    6. Sound-bytes, Sound-bytes, Sound-bytes. If UKIP and Trump have shown anything, it's that sound-bytes beat a well-constructed argument every time. Think about the message. Keep it sweet, keep it short.
    7. Nobody likes a sour-puss. We are the Yellow lot. The Sunny-Side up lot. Bounce-back-ability is what we do and we are one and all Tiggers, bouncing all other the place. They can't stop us, because they can't hold us down.

    My Fellow Lib Dems: This is our Moment in History.

    Kick off the sandals and get on the DMs!

    * David Frearson is a scientist and a member based in Buckinghamshire near Aylesbury.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2016

    We have had to cancel the "Where do we go from here?" meeting in Aylesbury on Wednesday night, July 6 at the Judges Lodgings.



    Unfortunately our two county councillors, Avril Davies and Stevem Lambert, are attending the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth. They had to be present, through the terms of the booking.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2016

    The Lib Dems have 10,000 new members since the Referendum result last Friday morning.

    We take great comfort from this figure. We don't celebrate it - in our opinion there is nothing to celebrate as Brexit approaches.

    We take comfort, and encouragement, from the fact that there are so many people who hold to the European ideal, and are prepared to back our party as we continue to fight for it over the coming weeks, months and years.

    Our leader Tim Farron has ready said the Lib Dems will campaign for the UK to rejoin the EU. And we will promote the values of decency, tolerance and inclusion.

    What, with your support, are we going to do in practical terms, in this constituency party? We want to promote a more tolerant, progressive, and positive form of politics locally,

    The Conservative party dominates Buckinghamshire. It controls all the councils, and has all the MPs. This is how it has always been here, and the Conservatives hope and probably expect that this is how it will continue.

    UKIP is also strong here. But the small Lib Dem-led opposition group on the county council has an influence far beyond its small numbers.

    It is the same on Aylesbury Vale District Council.

    David Cameron, and the Conservative party which supported his decision to put our future in the EU to a simple In-Out referendum, must take the blame for the mess we are in.

    It was a political decision, and only political action can reverse it, or at least make the very best of our likely departure from Europe.

    We welcome your support, both new and existing members.

    You help us through your financial contribution, and you can assist us in other ways such as helping to deliver leaflets, manning stalls and even putting yourself forward as candidates in forthcoming elections.

    This coming Saturday, July 2, we are combining with the Aylesbury party to man a stall in Market Square, Aylesbury, between 10 AM and 4 PM. We would love to see you there, if only to introduce ourselves and meet you.

    We are planning a "Where do we go from here?" meeting in Aylesbury on Wednesday night, July 7 at the Judges Lodgings.

    We will firm up the details, and post them on our Facebook site - @BuckinghamConstituencyLibDems , or fb.me/BuckinghamConstituencyLibDems.

    And our website. http://buckinghamlibdems.org.uk/en/. Contact -info@buckinghamlibdems.org.uk

    Look out, too, for Bucks Lib Dems tweets from

    @BucksLibDems.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2016

    The decision to leave the EU has been taken. It is devastating news but now we have to live with it.

    A belief in the positive effects of belonging to the European Union has been a fundamental act of faith of this party and we will continue to hold to those values.

    The Liberal Democrats worked hard nationally and locally to keep the UK in Europe, but we didn't succeed in changing the views of enough people to make a difference, although in Aylesbury Vale the result was very close - 50.5 for Leave, and 49.5 for Remain.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2016

    Antony is chairman of the regional Lib Dems' In campaign.



    BASED ON ANTONY HOOK'S SPEECH (DELIVERED WITHOUT NOTES) PUBLIC DEBATE AT UCKFIELD, 3rd JUNE 2016

    In South East England, we live at the crossroads of Europe. Where the British Isles meet the continent. Where our Channel connects the Atlantic and North Sea, with all the movements of goods, people, ideas and information that has brought.

    Our place at Europe's heart has shaped our history. It will shape our future, for the better, if we have courage and vision to embrace it.

    Do we take our country back, or do we take our country forwards? For me, the issues fall into 3 Ps: Peace, Prosperity and People Peace

    Remember why Europe's story of closer union began. It was in the aftermath of World War Two. Millions of Europeans dead. Cities in ruins. For centuries, roughly once a generation, European countries had gathered together their young people and sent them forth to kill each other.

    The generation of leaders that came after WW2 was one of inspired genius. Churchill and Attlee in this country. Konrad Adeneur in West Germany. Charles de Gaulle and Robert Schuman in France.

    They were determined to remove the causes of conflict.

    Where competition for resources had led to war, we needed a single market, starting with coal and steel and today for all goods because countries that

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  • Article: Jun 13, 2016
    11 days until the big vote...



    Good evening Gareth,


    The latest polls tonight put the referendum still too close to call.



    I am hopeful we will win. I am inspired by all the work Liberal Democrat volunteers have done and the quality of our argument.



    As a barrister, I have sometimes been professionally obliged to argue, as well as I can, for a client with a weak case. Taking part in over 50 public debates for this campaign, my thought to myself has consistently been, "our case genuinely is strong and the leave case is pretty flimsy".



    Two year ago the team effort of our party members secured the re-election of Catherine Bearder.



    She has asked me to send you a message:

  • Article: Jun 1, 2016

    Antony Hook, Chair, Europe Referendum Campaign, sent this today, June 1st:

    22 days until the biggest vote in our lifetime...

    The polls are still too close to call the result of this referendum.

    We can make the difference in this final period. Every day, Liberal Democrats across our region are delivering leaflets, knocking on doors or making phone calls.

    If you don't already have a poster in your window please could you display one?

    People are more likely to come out and vote for a cause after seeing posters for it in their local area.

    If you can display a paper A3 poster please email us.

    If you can display a weather-proof poster (for outdoors, such as the end of your garden or on a balcony) please order them from us, or the main party website below.

    Thank you,

    Antony Hook

    Chair, Europe Referendum Campaign

    South East & South Central Liberal Democrats

    http://www.libdems.org.uk

  • Article: May 30, 2016

    This is our programme for the European referendum campaign.

    On Saturday 4 June we are combining with the Aylesbury party on a day-long event to persuade people to vote to remain in the EU.

    This will probably consist of street stalls in the centre of Aylesbury and leaflet delivery in other places. You are welcome to attend this event.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2016

    This is the latest statement on Europe from the LIb Dems at HQ.

    Europe

    In Europe, Britain can thrive. Together we will be a stronger and more prosperous nation, creating opportunity for future generations, respected all over the world.

    In Europe, Britain can thrive. Together we will be a stronger and more prosperous nation, creating opportunity for future generations, respected all over the world.

    Together we created the world's largest free trade area, we delivered peace, and we gave the British people the opportunity to live, work and travel freely. History shows that Britain is better when it is united with Europe.

    Together we are stronger in the fight against the global problems that don't stop at borders. We can stop international crime, we can fight climate change, and together we will provide hope and opportunity for the future.