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Welcome to the website of the Buckingham Constituency Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats remain a proudly pro-European party. We are the only main party to say this unequivocally.

Liberal Democrats believe that the British people should have their say on the final Brexit deal in a referendum. Voting for a departure is not the same as voting for a destination. British people have a right to have their say on whether the deal they are offered is the right one for them, their families, their communities and our country.

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, please contact us on:

info@buckinghamlibdems.org.uk

Or go to http://www.libdems.org.uk

Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 14, 2016
    The deeper we go into December, the more likely people are to have social events that drive out politics.
    And in such a year as this, it is understandable that people want to lighten up. And there was the rival attraction of the Aylesbury party's social evening in a pub just down the road.
    That said, it was very good to see new members turn up to our monthly executive meeting last night and find out about the more formal work we do behind the scenes.
  • Ross Pepper
    Article: Dec 9, 2016

    (Photo - Ross Pepper, LIbDem candidate in Sleaford.)

    Some of our members and supporters, particularly the many newer ones who don't have so much experience of political campaigning, may have thought the news from Sleaford this morning rather disappointing.

    And particularly so after last week's outstanding result at Richmond. Only third place behind the successful Conservative and UKIP?

    But they shouldn't.

    The national party had always decided to target Richmond, and it had very little time to spend in Sleaford, which was one of the strongest Conservative seats in the country, and this time where a Conservative candidate was standing. It was a matter of priorities.

    People need to be contacted, by telephone (and a number of our members worked very hard, talking to Sleaford voters on the phone this week), or ideally in person on the doorstep.
    We simply did not have the resources, or the time, and to divert people from Richmond may have meant us losing there as well.

    Several things to note. The turnout was only 37%. Such low voting helps an established party machine like the Conservatives. In a seat they have held for years, the Conservatives know who many of their supporters are and will target them zealously, both locally and from telephone banks remotely in the lead up to the election and on the day itself.

    In comparison, the Liberal Democrats, with far fewer members and known supporters there, would have to collect the data from scratch in the campaign, and in a rural constituency that is very hard. Add in the fact that this was a very pro-Brexit constituency - the LibDem Ross Pepper is said to be the only one of the 10 candidates who voted Remain - and our job became even more difficult.

    And yet we were the only major party to increase our share of the vote from the general election - up 5.3%. The Conservatives were down 2.68%; UK were down 2.21%.
    Labour, in fourth place lost 7.02% of its share of the vote at the general election.

    It would be silly to pretend that the Conservatives have not done well here. But it's right to point out, and without spin, that our result is very respectable.

  • More room for MPs. But is it fair on consitituencies
    Article: Nov 28, 2016
    By David Frearson

    Do you feel your point of view is not being heard? Or perhaps there is something important happening in your life and no-one is is taking you seriously?

    Every constituent has the right to contact their MP about issues that are important to them. Your MP must also make due considerations and respond as appropriate. In some cases they may invite you to meet with them to discuss your concerns.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2016

    This in The Times, Monday Nov 28th. This part is freely accessible online, the rest of the article is behind the paywall.

    If true, it could speed up this chronically delayed project.

    NB. It is not "Philip Hammond's planned train route". All he is is the Chancellor who has directed funds to a long established programme. It has all-party support from the councils along the line.

  • Cllr Avril Davies
    Article: Nov 27, 2016

    One of the most important days in the life of an elected councillor is the full council meeting, both at AVDC and Bucks County Council, where we have a team of diligent members in opposition.

    These meetings are now web cast, and can be accessed online for some time afterwards.

    At these meetings our members have a rare chance to hold elected officers to account, in encounters which can be shared with the wider public, although realistically we don't expect huge numbers of people to be watching.

  • East West Rail Map
    Article: Nov 23, 2016

    We applaud Chancellor Philip Hammond's support for the East West Rail project which he announced in today's Autumn Statement.

    His pledged £100 million to ensure the project's delivery. Last year the section between Oxford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes was pushed back until possibly the end of 2024 following a review, having originally been scheduled for completion in 2017.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2016

    Zac Goldsmith resigned his seat in Richmond Park on a point of principle, when the Conservative government approved the third runway at Heathrow in October (2016).

    Lib Dem policy is quite clear - we voted at Federal Conference in September 2014 to oppose any new runways in the South-East. This was taken forward in the 2015 General Election manifesto.

  • Buckinghamshire Countryside
    Article: Nov 16, 2016
    By David Frearson

    Buckingham County Council are providing you with the chance to say how your taxes should be spent in their Budget Consultation 2017 / 2018.

    Bucks County received the second worse settlement from the Central Government in England, so money is going to be really tight. Difficult decisions will have to be made.

  • Gareth Davies
    Article: Nov 16, 2016
    By Gareth Huw Davies (Bucks Lib Dem Chairman)

    AGMs are not the most compelling dates in most people's diaries, so we were delighted by the big turnout at our annual meeting in the converted courts in Aylesbury this week.

    There was a good attendance by new members, who brought an enthusiasm and sense of positive commitment we have not seen for ages. After several quiet years, I feel bouyed by the new mood in our party, a most encouraging development in troubled times.

  • Cllr Avril Davies
    Article: Nov 10, 2016
    By Avril Davies

    Summary:

    • Liberal Democrats are the official to the Conservatives in Buckinghamshire
    • Buckinghamshire 2016 / 2017 budget settlement is the second worst in the country
    • Liberal Democrats seeking to protect key children's services from Conservative cuts
    • More cuts to come: in 2020 the council will no longer receive any grant support
    • Liberal Democrats putting pressure on Conservatives in many areas, including provision of school transport, planning for future school places and planning for major infrasture alongside residential development plans
    • Liberal Democrats are concerned about Conservative apathy to West Coast main line franchise renewal
    • After many years of Liberal Democrat lobbying, we welcome the new Council strategy to manage HGV traffic in the Buxckinghamshire's rural areas