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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: 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cllr Avril Davies
    Article: Apr 26, 2013

    The Lib Dems are fighting the election on their record of hard work on local issues and holding the Bucks Tory cabinet to account on the big ones.

    We have a short manifesto at http://buckinghamlibdems.org.uk/en/document/manifesto-2013 from which I choose three priorities.

    • Give children the best start in life,
    • Make it easier to live healthy lifestyles for longer life and better health for all,
    • Support jobs and the economy by investing in our roads.
  • Page: Apr 14, 2013

    Here are the Lib Dems candidates for the County Council Elections - 2 May 2013

    Bernwood: Bette Melling

    Buckingham East: Richard Gordon Lloyd

    Buckingham West: Lucy Monger

    Great Brickhill: Julian Newman

    Grendon Underwood: Ian Metherell

    Ivinghoe: Avril Davies

    Stone & Waddesdon: David Vick

    Wing Alan: Sherwell

  • Page: Apr 14, 2013

    Here are the Lib Dems candidates for the County Council Elections - 2 May 2013

    Bernwood: Bette Melling

    Buckingham East: Richard Gordon Lloyd

    Buckingham West: Lucy Monger

    Great Brickhill: Julian Newman

    Grendon Underwood: Ian Metherell

    Ivinghoe: Avril Davies

    Stone & Waddesdon: David Vick

    Wing Alan: Sherwell

  • Cllr Avril Davies
    Article: Apr 8, 2013

    Just thinking back over the campaigns I've been involved in as County Councillor. Almost every time I've had to campaign against the County Council, not outside interests.

    Take the speed limit review. It had been in place in the south of the County, but not in the north. It took a full scale residents campaign to reinstate it here. The same with taking enforcement action against excessive lorrymovements at Cheddington Airfield.

    One of the worst instances was in responding to the proposed new flightpaths at Luton. The County response originally featured only the detrimental effects over 'the Chilterns', ie Wendover. Only after much lobbying did they recognise and the adverse effects here and do something about it BUT THEY STILL IGNORE THE FACT THAT IVINGHOE DIVISION INCLUDES THE CHILTERNS AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY.

    It took nearly a year to get the County to agree not to recommend that the High Speed Rail route (HS2) came along the west coast main line. They had no idea that the argument against putting it through the Chilterns also applies here.

    The Tory policies always benefit the south of the County at our expense. There are up to 5 times as many road repair schemes going forward in the south of the County, and where Tory councillors stand up for their residents in the north, such as opposing the incinerator, they have not been reselected to stand for election.

  • David Vick
    Article: Apr 4, 2013

    David Vick, Lib Dem district councillor for Waddesdon, posted this about East West Rail, for which local Lib Dems have long campaigned, on his website:

    The East West Rail upgrade is now included in Network Rails plans for the next five years and first trains are expected to run in December 2017.

    For more click http://davidvick.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/03/25/east-west-rail-a-rail-project-with-benefits-for-all-of-us/