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  • Article: Oct 21, 2019

    "As we enter a crucial few days for the future of our country, I am delighted to announce the new Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet says Jo Swinson.

    "This team will take the fight to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, and offer a brighter future that neither of their old, tired parties can offer.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the strongest Remain party and I look forward to working with this fantastic team to fight to keep the UK in the EU."

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet

    Jo Swinson

    Leader

    Ed Davey

    Chancellor of the Exchequer
    Deputy Leader

    Chuka Umunna

    Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    International Trade + President of the Board of Trade

    Christine Jardine

    Home Department
    Women and Equalities
    Deputy Chief Whip

    Tom Brake

    Duchy of Lancaster (prep for No Deal)
    Exiting the European Union

    Phillip Lee

    Justice

    Jamie Stone

    Defence
    Scotland

    Luciana Berger

    Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

    Sam Gyimah

    Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Layla Moran

    Education
    Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    Wera Hobhouse

    Climate Emergency, Environment & Food
    Transport

    Tim Farron

    Work and Pensions
    Housing, Communities and Local Government
    North of England

    Alistair Carmichael

    Chief Whip
    Northern Ireland

    Jane Dodds

    Wales
    Rural Affairs

    Angela Smith

    International Development

    Vince Cable

    Minister for Cabinet Office

    Catherine Bearder

    European Parliament

    Siobhan Benita

    London

    Willie Rennie

    Scottish Parliament

    Kirsty Williams

    National Assembly for Wales

    Caroline Pidgeon

    London Assembly

    Dick Newby

    Leader of Lords

    Sal Brinton

    President


  • 2nd Ref ()
    Article: Oct 16, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Today, the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's speech to put any deal that comes back from Brussels to a People's Vote.

    If selected, this amendment would be voted on early next week.

    Following tabling the amendment, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:


    "The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and have been the leading voice in the People's Vote campaign.

    "Boris Johnson is determined to have a general election, but the best way to resolve the Brexit chaos is to have a People's Vote and give the British people the final say about their future.

    "The best deal we have is as members of the European Union and we want to give the people the chance to choose to stop Brexit."

  • Turkey strikes ()
    Article: Oct 15, 2019
    By Jon Stone in The Independent

    South West Wilts current Conservative MP, Andrew Murrison with defence secretary Ben Wallace, acting for the government initially argued against condemning Turkeys assault on the Kurds. Not only that, the UK government also refused to join other EU countries in stopping selling arms to Erdogan's government.

  • Vote
    Article: Oct 13, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Responding to the reports that the Government are set to announce it will be compulsory for voters to show identification at the next election, Liberal Democrat shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Tom Brake said: "The move by the Government to make voter ID compulsory is a thinly-veiled attempt to rig the results of future elections. Boris Johnson is clearly taking a leaf out of Trump's playbook by using false claims about voter fraud to suppress turnout".

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    COULD YOU BE A LOCAL COUNCILOR?

    South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are forward thinking and considering members who may be interested in standing as council candidates.

    • Do you have a desire to help and become involved in your community?
    • Do you believe in helping others to help themselves?
    • Do you like a different challenge every day?
    • Have you ever shouted at the TV and thought you could do better?
    • Are you prepared to stand up and be counted?
    • Are you self motivated?
    • Are you prepared to take part in learning and development opportunities?
    • Do you have time to spare to meet this significant commitment?

    If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it might be time for you to stand as a local councillor.

    Becoming a councillor

    We need good quality councillors at all levels, who are ready and willing to engage with the community and make tough decisions.

    This could be by standing as a unitary, town or parish councillor, campaigning on local issues, volunteering or attending meetings.

    For more information please email info@swwiltshirelibdems.org.uk or go to our volunteer page https://swwiltshirelibdems.org.uk/en/volunteer

    http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections

  • Lib Dem Logo
    Article: Oct 9, 2019
    In Liberal Democrats

    Our Constitution

    Preamble to our Constitution

    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.

    We look forward to a world in which all people share the same basic rights, in which they live together in peace and in which their different cultures will be able to develop freely. We believe that each generation is responsible for the fate of our planet and, by safeguarding the balance of nature and the environment, for the long term continuity of life in all its forms. Upholding these values of individual and social justice, we reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, colour, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation and oppose all forms of entrenched privilege and inequality. Recognising that the quest for freedom and justice can never end, we promote human rights and open government, a sustainable economy which serves genuine need, public services of the highest quality, international action based on a recognition of the interdependence of all the world's peoples and responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. We believe that people should be involved in running their communities. We are determined to strengthen the democratic process and ensure that there is a just and representative system of government with effective Parliamentary institutions, freedom of information, decisions taken at the lowest practicable level and a fair voting system for all elections. We will at all times defend the right to speak, write, worship, associate and vote freely, and we will protect the right of citizens to enjoy privacy in their own lives and homes. We believe that sovereignty rests with the people and that authority in a democracy derives from the people. We therefore acknowledge their right to determine the form of government best suited to their needs and commit ourselves to the promotion of a democratic federal framework within which as much power as feasible is exercised by the nations and regions of the United Kingdom. We similarly commit ourselves to the promotion of a flourishing system of democratic local government in which decisions are taken and services delivered at the most local level which is viable.

    We will foster a strong and sustainable economy which encourages the necessary wealth creating processes, develops and uses the skills of the people and works to the benefit of all, with a just distribution of the rewards of success. We want to see democracy, participation and the co-operative principle in industry and commerce within a competitive environment in which the state allows the market to operate freely where possible but intervenes where necessary. We will promote scientific research and innovation and will harness technological change to human advantage.

    We will work for a sense of partnership and community in all areas of life. We recognise that the independence of individuals is safeguarded by their personal ownership of property, but that the market alone does not distribute wealth or income fairly. We support the widest possible distribution of wealth and promote the rights of all citizens to social provision and cultural activity. We seek to make public services responsive to the people they serve, to encourage variety and innovation within them and to make them available on equal terms to all.

    Our responsibility for justice and liberty cannot be confined by national boundaries; we are committed to fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur and to promote the free movement of ideas, people, goods and services. Setting aside national sovereignty when necessary, we will work with other countries towards an equitable and peaceful international order and a durable system of common security. Within the European Community we affirm the values of federalism and integration and work for unity based on these principles. We will contribute to the process of peace and disarmament, the elimination of world poverty and the collective safeguarding of democracy by playing a full and constructive role in international organisations which share similar aims and objectives. These are the conditions of liberty and social justice which it is the responsibility of each citizen and the duty of the state to protect and enlarge. The Liberal Democrats consist of women and men working together for the achievement of these aims.

  • Cllr Thorn Tweets
    Article: Oct 9, 2019

    The Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Wiltshire - Cllr Thorn shared on in a tweet Tuesday 7th October that he was disappointed to be asked to leave a Wiltshire Council meeting on preparations for Brexit. He shared that was not prepared to accept that the council discussions and documents could not be shared with Wiltshire residents.

  • NFU
    Article: Oct 7, 2019
    In Farming.co.uk

    Lib Dem parliamentary candidate spent time with the National Farmers Union listening to #Wiltshire farmers last week, Ellen Nicholson said 'I'm extremely concerned about challenges they face, from countryside management, to crop sales and potential tariffs on exports, the potential negative impact of a No-Deal Brexit on all aspects of farming cannot be underestimated'.

  • Boundary changes
    Article: Oct 3, 2019
    By Julia Hijstek in Wiltshire Times

    Boundary changes have been confirmed across Wiltshire, which will see 98 councillors represent people who live in Wiltshire equally.

    Each councillor will have a ward of around 4,200 people and has taken into consideration numerous housing plans for the county over the next few years.

    In places like Ethandune the villages have been kept separate to Westbury. A village like Dilton Marsh is very different to a town, and people have separate issues."

  • SW Railways
    Article: Sep 26, 2019

    Britain's railways are essential to everyday life - they transport millions to and from work and around the country day in, day out. Our Parlimentary Candidate Ellen Nicholson regularly commutes on South Western Railways to London and knows first hand of the need to upgrade our railways and infrastructure.