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  • Article: Jul 28, 2014

    At last week's Wokingham Borough Council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillors proposed that Wokingham Borough Council take control of enforcing parking restrictions and tackle the issue of inconsiderate parking in the Borough once and for all. Wokingham's council is one of very few that relies on the police to provide parking enforcement, but the police do not have the resources to deal with it.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have helped to restore the UK economy to pre-crash levels, figures released today show.

    The UK economy has grown by 0.8% over the last quarter, ensuring that the UK economy has now returned to the same level it had before the banking crisis in 2008.

    Commenting Clive Jones, Lib Dem PPC for Wokingham said:

  • Clive Jones at the Maiden Over
    Article: Jul 26, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham, has worked with Local Camra members to stop the Maiden Over public house becoming a Tesco.

    "I have been aware of the possible closure of the Maiden Over for a few days and have worked with two Liberal Democrat members of Camra to nominate the Maiden Over as a community asset." says Clive.

    "I had considered making the application in the name of the Liberal Democrats, but was advised that this would not have been correct."

    Clive said, "Hopefully this will stop any development of the Maiden Over site by Tesco. My feeling is that we don't need another local store in the area. We already have several Tesco's, Sainsbury's, Co-ops and of course McColl's. we don't need more. If anything we have a lack of local pubs.

    "The Maiden Over has been an important part of the community in Earley for many years. Certainly for all of the 40 years that I have lived in the area".

    Clive Jones has written to the Chief Executive of Wokingham Borough Council asking them to issue an Article 4 Direction which will mean that planning permission has to be granted for the change of use from a public house to a convenience store. Wokingham Borough Council have now confirmed the receipt of the nomination.

  • 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: