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  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Responding to Labour's plans to increase pay for NHS staff by reversing corporation tax cuts, the Liberal Democrats have identified ten examples where Labour have already pledged to spend this money elsewhere.
    These include bringing back the educational maintenance allowance, paying for additional teachers, nurses and police, and funding social care.
    Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:
    "This is a complete shambles. Labour have already spent this money ten times over.
    "They are hopelessly divided, have no credible plan for the economy and are clearly unfit for government.
    "On top of that Labour has backed a hard Brexit, outside the single market, that will damage our economy and mean less money for public services.
    "The Liberal Democrats will be honest with the British people about the bold solutions needed to tackle the NHS and care crisis.
    "We have been very clear that we will raise taxes to pay for the NHS and social care."

    Labour have already committed to using funding from an increase to corporation tax ten times since the last general election:
    1. Bringing back the education maintenance allowance and university maintenance grants (25 April 2017, link)
    2. Paying for additional teachers, nurses and police (2nd January 2017, link)
    3. Funding social care (14th December, link)
    4. Extending Pension Credit to support women affected by the change to the state pension. (link)
    5. Paying for an efficient post office, good public transport, and fast and comprehensive broadband for small businesses (17th November 2017, link)
    6. Supporting the pensions triple lock and investing in social care (29th November 2016, link)
    7. Funding public sector pay rises (7th August 2016, link)
    8. Investing in the UK steel sector. (31st March 2016, link)
    9. Reversing cuts to disability benefits (21 March 2016, link)

    10. Reversing the cuts to the adult skills budget (27th July 2015, link)

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    North Wiltshire Friends of the Earth are holding a public meeting on the theme of CO2 neutral electricity from large-scale generating plants.

    Nuclear, Tidal Lagoons or Carbon Capture and Storage - Which is the best option?

    It's at Chippenham on Tuesday 16th May at 7.30 pm, at Borough Lands Building, 32 Market Place SN15 3HP

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017

    The news has been revealed by the Liberal Democrats, who say it shows Labour seems to have given up on the county.

    There are over 340 constituencies Labour has still not selected for in England, including all the five seats in Wiltshire. In contrast the Liberal Democrats have selected 92% of their candidates in England.

    Comment: It seems that Labour have simply given up on places like Wiltshire. This election is likely to see the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition to the Conservatives here. Labour claimed to be prepared for a general election, but many of their approved candidates are simply refusing to run under Jeremy Corbyn's banner. And who can blame them? They see a leader who is ineffective and a party that is too divided to stand up for local people. Every government needs to be held to account and the Liberal Democrats are rapidly emerging as the real voice of opposition. If you want to ensure our country has a real opposition, the Liberal Democrats are the only choice in Wiltshire.


    A full list of seats in which a Labour candidate is yet to be chosen can be found here:
    http://www.labour.org.uk/pages/seats-now-open-for-application

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the government publish a highly embarrassing report on air pollution before the election. Ed Davey, former cabinet minister for Energy and Climate Change, has said the government is reportedly blocking release of its report into air pollution because it is worried the "shaming" findings would become a major election issue.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have gained 8,000 new members in the two days since Theresa May called a snap election.
    The increase in members is the fastest rise of new membership in the party's history.
    The party now has over 95,000 members, more than double what it was at the time of the last general election.
    Commenting, President of the Liberal Democrats Sal Brinton said:
    "People are flocking to the Liberal Democrats as we are the only party who are offering effective opposition to this Conservative Brexit government.
    "Theresa May: we have the troops for this fight and they are raring to go.
    "The Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up for an open, tolerant, and united Britain."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrats have questioned Theresa May's motives, following reports that she wants to perform a U-turn and take foreign students out of the immigration figures.
    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Brian Paddick said: "Theresa May is clearly trying to massage the immigration figures after she set herself damaging and undeliverable targets."


    Sue Garden, who supported an amendment in the House of Lords to the Higher Education Research Bill to take students out of the immigration figures, welcomed the potential climb-down.


    Sue Garden said: "The Liberal Democrats have been calling for students to be taken out of immigration figures for a long time. International students make an enormous contribution to our economy and are vital to ensuring that our universities remain among the best in the world. For us, this is not about manipulating immigration figures, it is about recognising the very special status international students have."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said:
    "Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister. He can't lead his own party, let alone our country. The more people see him, the less they want to vote for him.
    "That is not just my view. It is the view of the 172 Labour MPs who just last year said they had no confidence in his leadership. "That's why senior Labour figures such as Bob Marshall-Andrews are defecting to the Liberal Democrats. "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has waved the white flag on Brexit, is failing as an opposition and has given Theresa May a blank cheque to pursue a divisive Hard Brexit. They are hopelessly divided, have no plan for the economy and are clearly unfit for government. "This is your chance to change the direction of our country. If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit, if you want to keep Britain in the Single Market, if you want Britain to have a decent opposition - vote Liberal Democrat. "The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    The Learning Curve has announced 6 new Traineeship positions which they are offering to 16 - 25 year olds in and around Melksham and Trowbridge.

    This is a Business Administration Traineeship which includes work experience, business related qualifications and support for applying for roles.

    Start Date: 2nd May

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    About 500 Wiltshire children have not been offered their first choice primary school this September with over 100 failing to get one their top three choices.

    Parents who applied online can view the information on which school their child will attend by going to https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

  • Article: Apr 6, 2017

    After a break last year the show returns - it'll be on September 3rd at Kemble airfield.

    The Emergency Services Show provides a platform for all of the 'blue light' services to demonstrate their appliances, equipment and skills to the public.

    Organised by a committee of volunteers, the Show is supported by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and many others.