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  • Trump and the Puritans ()
    Event: Jan 7, 2021 7:00 PM - Jan 26, 2021 12:30 AM
    Dark nights, not much to do ... Join us for the upcoming event - a book review by co-author Martyn Whittock - highly topical given the events in Washington DC entitled "Trump and the Puritans"

    Book Review with Co-Author Martyn Whittock.
    The book review will look at the reasons for Trump's success and the deep seated historical influences.
    The discussion will ask; where now for the American political right and Trump. Is he history?
    What does it tell us about the influences on right wing British politics.
    Event is open to the public
    Tickets available via eventbrite.
  • Musicians ()
    Article: Jan 21, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    More than 170 musicians have urged Ministers to organise paperwork-free travel in Europe for artists on tour.

    The extra costs will make many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians.

    The EU Trade deal makes it extremely difficult for touring artists because they now need a costly work permit and face a mountain of paperwork for their equipment.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are the most pro-European party in British politics. We truly believe that we are stronger together, and internationalism will always be one of our core values.

    That hasn't changed now that we have left the European Union.

    I am proud how we Liberal Democrats campaigned tirelessly against Brexit, and proud that last month all Liberal Democrat MPs voted against Johnson's dreadful EU Trade Deal - already proving so disastrous to small businesses, fishermen and the wider economy.

  • Cllr David Cavill ()
    Article: Jan 20, 2021

    We would like to welcome a new Councillor into the Lib Dem group!

    David Cavill is the town councillor for Trowbridge - Paxcroft ward, a former Mayor of Trowbridge and has been working to make Trowbridge Better as a Cllr for sometime and was instrumental in setting up and running the very successful Celebrating Trowbridge event in 2019.

  • Biden Harris - Forbes Picture ()
    Article: Jan 20, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey shared his relief that the new Democratic President will lead America back into the Paris Agreement.

  • Cattle ()
    Article: Jan 19, 2021
    By Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrat MPs supported amendments to the Trade Bill, aiming to ensure that future trade agreements meet the UK's high standards of animal welfare. The Conservatives voted to reject these amendments.

    The government rejected amendments to strengthen the new Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC), including one requiring the TAC to consider human health, as well as environmental and animal welfare when assessing new trade deals.

  • Nadder ()
    Article: Jan 18, 2021
    By WCA

    Here's a message from Wiltshire Climate Alliance. The councillor referred to represents Nadder and East Knoyle.

    "Bridget Wayman is a Wiltshire Council Cabinet member who leads on Roads and Transport for the Council. For several years she has been retweeting ridiculous stuff that she finds on climate denying websites. This cannot be allowed to continue, and we must do all we can to get rid of her. At last, the Gazette & Herald has highlighted this. Wouldn't it be great if we had an avalanche of comments on their website explaining how ridiculous this is and how unacceptable it is that she still holds a cabinet position. Here is the LINK to the relevant page of the Cabinet member criticised for Ross McKitrick tweet | The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald- Its very easy to register and leave a comment!"

  • Article: Jan 18, 2021
    In New Valley News

    Civic Voice - the national charity for the civic movement with 76,000 members - has called on community groups to respond to a new consultation to urge the Government to think harder about the plans it has to allow developers to change buildings on our high streets without requiring full planning permission.

    The proposals, introduced in the consultation 'Planning Reform - Supporting housing delivery and public services infrastructure' would enable the change of use of a much wider range of uses commonly found on the high street, to residential use without the need for a full planning application.

    Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice, said: "Civic Voice knows as much as anyone about the challenges facing the high street, but we question claims that these proposals will breathe new life into our high streets and town/city centres. It may instead, simply enable change of use to more profitable uses, often residential, rather than enabling a greater range of uses to diversify and support our high streets and centres.

    "The danger with deregulation is that it can often lead to unscrupulous landowners and developers exploiting loopholes, as we have seen with previous widening of permitted development rights, which the Government's own commissioned report concluded that permitted development rights create 'worse quality residential environments', A limited list of prior approval matters may not necessarily secure a high quality residential environment or vibrant, diverse, and planned centres. We are also extremely concerned that unlike some of the recent changes to permitted development rights, this consultation proposes that the new right would apply in conservation areas.

    We cannot support this policy and will be coordinating a response for all Civic Societies to respond to this consultation."

    'Inappropriate' high street changes opposed - New Valley News

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    Like us you might not be early risers on a Sunday! In which case you will have missed our leader Ed Davey's interview this morning on the BBCs Andrew Marr show

    Ed was on good form and covered two big issues which will grow in importance as the pandemic begins to recede in the months ahead

    1 Environment

  • Vote
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    Last year, elections were postponed across England with the first devastating wave of the coronavirus.

    The current pandemic infection rate, hospitalisations and deaths are even more stark and tragic, Wiltshire has been less affected than other parts of the Country where infection rates have gone through the roof, but there is no room for complacency. Even as local surgeries across the county in places such as Warminster, Trowbridge and Tisbury are now offering the vaccination to local communities in larger venues, the medical and scientific evidence shows that even if we hit the Government's most optimistic vaccination targets, the real threat to public health will be with us for many months.