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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

  • Article: Sep 15, 2015

    Message from new chairman, Gareth Davies

    I am writing as the new chairman of the Buckingham Constituency Liberal Democrats. I joined the Liberal Party in 1979, and I've seen many changes, but few reversals compare with the recent General Election. Others will say why we lost so much support, and so many MPs and councillors. I prefer to look forward to the next five years.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2015

    Many important topics were hardly even touched upon in the 2015 general election.

    One was the Liberal Democrats' promise to put nature at the heart of government. Looking at it again, it's hard to see how many voters, including all those "shy" Tories we hear about, could have disagreed with this proposal.

  • Article: May 17, 2015

    The Labour tribe is beset with anguish and fear for the future. Its defeat was on a scale that no one saw coming, and is marked by an arithmetic that renders the path back to power punishing at best, impossible at worst. Set against what happened to Britain's former third party, however, Ed Miliband's drubbing becomes a smack on the wrist. Where Labour lost 10% of its parliamentary representation, the Liberal Democrats lost 86%. Existential questions confront them.

  • Article: May 7, 2015
  • Article: May 7, 2015
  • More room for MPs. But is it fair on consitituencies
    Article: Apr 16, 2015

    So, it's confirmed. Voters in the Buckingham constituency will not be able to choose from the full range of candidates from the mainstream parties in this year's General Election.

    For a few days in the run-up to close of nominations on Thursday, April 9th it seemed possible. That after all, we, the local Liberal Democrats, would be able to field a candidate, after we were given very late dispensation from our party hierarchy to break the convention that the main parties do not oppose the Speaker. Buckingham constituency is, of course, the seat held by Mr John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons.

  • 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.)

  • 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.