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Wokingham Liberal Democrats - fighting for Wokingham residents


  • Housing (Wokingham Liberal Deocrats)
    Article: Oct 18, 2017
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    The problems

    • Imposed housing numbers are unrealistic - a 30% increase is too high for our Borough
    • Current numbers are destroying the very nature of our area and leading to gridlock
    • Green belt is under threat
    • Developer tactics manipulate the system to their advantage

    Our solutions

    • Fight the current housing numbers being imposed and lobby for a fairer national method for deciding them
    • More real local decision making on housing numbers & types
    • Wokingham Borough Council to provide more of its own land so we can control development and reduce land costs, to get more affordable housing
    • Smaller sites with more local control & work for local builders and self-builders

  • Housing (Wokingham Liberal Deocrats)
    Article: Oct 18, 2017
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    The problems

    • Imposed housing numbers are unrealistic - a 30% increase is too high for our Borough
    • Current numbers are destroying the very nature of our area and leading to gridlock
    • Green belt is under threat
    • Developer tactics manipulate the system to their advantage

    Our solutions

    • Fight the current housing numbers being imposed and lobby for a fairer national method for deciding them
    • More real local decision making on housing numbers & types
    • Wokingham Borough Council to provide more of its own land so we can control development and reduce land costs, to get more affordable housing
    • Smaller sites with more local control & work for local builders and self-builders
  • Clive Jones with Lord Johnathan Marks (Wokingham Liberal Democrats)
    Article: May 18, 2017
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Pictured here with Lord Jonanthan Marks, LibDem Justice Spokesperson at Clive's General Election campaign launch..........

    It is just one year since Clive Jones defeated the Tories to win his seat on Wokingham Borough Council and in those 12 months he had made a real impact.
    It was Clive who revealed to the public Conservative covert plans to build 15,000 houses at Grazeley - plans which the Tories desperately tried to keep under wraps.
    It was Clive who disclosed how Wokingham Council deliberately defies
    government guidelines by imposing controversial charges on homeowners
    needing to dump D-I-Y waste.
    Clive is an energetic campaigner who fights on behalf of this local community,
    a community he has lived in for more than 40 years, where he went to school
    and where his children also went to school.
    That energy has been part of the continuing revitalisation of the Liberal
    Democrats within the Wokingham constituency where last year the party won
    two borough council seats from the Tories.
    Last year the Liberal Democrats emerged as the clear challengers to the
    Tories. Not only are the Lib Dems now in a strong second place but Labour's
    support across the borough is now trailing in a distant third place.
    But while Labour slumps the local Tories also have serious troubles with deep,
    acrimonious divisions. Over the last few months Conservative councillors have been resigning their seats or quitting the party amidst allegations of "bullying and financial patronage". Wokingham and its voters deserve better.
    It certainly deserves a better MP than over recent years when our elected Member spent nearly two days a week on second jobs with outside financialinterests - earning him an average of close-on £600 an hour.
    A clear majority of the Wokingham constituency electorate - 57 per cent - voted to remain within the European Union. It reflected the informed understanding of local people to the serious, potential catastrophic
    consequences of Brexit.
    But the Tory government is now pushing for a Hard Brexit including leaving both the Single Market and the Customs Union, proposals which were not on the ballot paper in last year's EU referendum.
    Clive Jones fears a Hard Brexit will seriously damage local businesses and threaten jobs.
    • His concerns are based on personal experience after running a manufacturing and importing business for four decades. He understands the benefits of the Single Market.
    • He also understands the threat to our children's education by the local crisis in school funding. Wokingham schools now face an £8m cut to their budgets. West Berkshire schools face a £10m cut. The sums show that Wokingham is the worst funded local authority in the country; that's how good the local MP and conservative councillors are at standing up for our residents.
    It is time for a change and for hope; hope with Clive Jones, a married man, living with his wife and two daughters in Lower Earley who offers a better alternative to the same old Tories.
    Clive has been a director of the British Toy and Hobby Association since 1997 and is a trustee of two children's charities associated with the industry.
  • Lindsay Ferris and Ian Pittock (Wokingham Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 28, 2017
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrat Group on Wokingham Borough Council are delighted that Ian Pittock has left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats. Ian announced the move at the end of the Full Council Meeting last Thursday evening (23rd March).

    In his statement Ian gave his reasons for moving to the Liberal Democrats. These included his concerns over Brexit and how the Conservatives are running Wokingham Borough Council

    Lindsay Ferris (Leader of the Lib Dems on Wokingham Borough Council) expressed his delight that Ian had the courage of his convictions to join the Liberal Democrats and welcomed him to their Group. Lindsay added "It is clear that the tide is turning and more and more people are seeing that the Conservatives are letting down the residents of Wokingham Borough. The February by-election in Emmbrook showed the strength of local residents' feelings, as the Lib Dems took the seat from the Conservatives with a 696 majority.

  • Tom Brake talks to Chris Marriage
    Article: Feb 25, 2017
    By David Cooper

    Saturday's South Central Regional Conference at Theale Green School was dominated by Brexit and Boundary Changes. The numbers present were increased by many new members who had joined in the wake of Brexit. In the keynote speech given by Tom Brake MP he confirmed that the Liberal Democrats do not reject the referendum results but neverthess believe that the public should have the right to reject a deal if the government fails to achieve an acceptable result . Given the motley talents of the current negotiating team it's hard to have high hopes of their success!

  • Winning Candidate Imogen Shepherd Dubey
    Article: Feb 20, 2017


    Thanks to all the NWB people who made phone calls in support of our Wokingham Borough Council by-election candidate. Having lost to the Conservative candidate by just 13 votes last May, Imogen won the seat last Friday with a thumping majority of 696!

    Imogen worked hard at going out to meet voters but the swing to us from the Tories shows that the tide is turning in our favour. We will watch the Stoke Central and Copeland parliamentary by-election results this week with interest. Contact Sue Farrant if you would like to help with those but don't know how.