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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.

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  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery,Clive Jones said today. The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that between March and May, 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February, and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Hundreds of disadvantaged schoolchildren in Wokingham are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Clive Jones (Wokingham Lib Dem PPC) said today. Figures from Ofsted show that last year 31.0% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Wokingham achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade. This compares to 26.2% in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government begin to have a greater impact. Sadly, Wokingham is still way behind the National level of 37.9%, but our schools are improving.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2014

    In April the Lib Dems announced their alternative town centre plans for Wokingham, a key part of which would help small independent retailers in the town to benefit from the huge growth potential of online shopping and also boost trade for all the shops in our towns across the Borough. Now the lib Dems are urging the Conservative led Wokingham Borough Council to get a move on and address the potential impact of internet shopping on their plans for Wokingham Town Centre.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2014

    PENSIONERS would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today. These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago.

  • Clive Jones among potholes in Chatteris Way
    Article: Jun 23, 2014

    A total of £728,202 of extra funding for the repair of potholes has been allocated to Wokingham by the Coalition - that's enough to fix over 10,000 potholes. Wokingham Borough Council will have to publish reports on the number of potholes repaired as a condition of receiving this money.

    Clive Jones said:

    "Potholes are the bane of all our lives and this will help rid our roads of this menace. This money, secured by Liberal Democrats in government, will make a real difference to business and journeys of commuters and families in Wokingham".

    Potholes are a major form of distress for many motorists and cyclists. Especially those that need to be refilled every few months. 168m to repair potholes. The money will help fix more than three million potholes across the country and is part of the largest investment in roads since the 1970s.

  • Heading from Wokingham Lib Dem Election Manifesto 2014
    Article: May 9, 2014

    Wokingham Lib Dems have now published our manifesto for the 2014 Wokingham Borough Council elections, based on four major headings:

    1: Standing up for all communities;

    2: Listening to residents;

    3: Protecting the vulnerable;

    4: Spending your money wisely.

    If the Liberal Democrats were running Wokingham Borough Council, we would:

  • 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:

  • Article: Apr 4, 2014

    Wokingham Borough Lib Dems would like to thank the 80 local residents who attended a public meeting on 2nd April to discuss their alternative proposals for the regeneration of Wokingham Town Centre.

    Cllr Prue Bray Leader of Wokingham Borough Council's Lib Dems said:

    "At the public meeting residents had the opportunity to see our alternatives for Wokingham Town Centre, discuss these ideas, ask questions and give us feedback. It has been really encouraging that all those attending broadly supported what we proposed.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2014

    Wokingham's Liberal Democrat councillors are urging the Conservative Council to improve its partnership with local Town and Parish Councils to give residents more efficient and effective services.

    At last night's Council meeting, the Lib Dems were disappointed that despite picking up Lib Dem Cllr Tom McCann's suggestion for improved collaborative working with Towns and Parishes, the Conservatives really missed the point of his idea.

  • The flooded Showcase Roundabout
    Article: Mar 21, 2014

    At last night's council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillors expressed grave concerns that the Conservative Council has been too slow in coming up with measures to alleviate flooding in the Borough, and said this lack of action has let local residents down.

    Cllr Tom McCann said:

    "By not fixing the roof while the sun was shining, the Conserva tives have failed us all. They have failed to implement any real flood prevention and mitigation measures, although they have kn own about key 'at flood risk' areas like the Showcase Cinema roundabout and surrounding area.