WYCOMBE LIB DEMS EURO CAMPAIGN HITS BRUSSELS

Wycombe Liberal Democrat Chairman Neil Timberlake, and leader of the LibDem group on Wycombe District Council Simon Parker took the Eurostar to Brussels to meet with Catherine Bearder MEP and her staff, and have a personal guided tour of the European Parliament.

Neil said “It was my first visit to Brussels, a place I have long wanted to visit, and it was a great opportunity to see behind the scenes and learn about the work of the European Parliament and what our MEPs have been doing there”.

“The next elections for the European Parliament take place in the UK on 22 May and these are vitally important to shape the future of the EU and Britain’s place within it.    Nigel Farage’s UKIP and right-wing Conservatives are pushing the UK towards the exit door – putting upwards of 3 million UK jobs at risk in the process and threatening to seriously damage the UK’s worldwide influence and diplomatic and trading positions.   The Labour Party are too timid to make a stand on these important issues, and it has been left to the Liberal Democrats to make the case for internationalism and retaining and strengthening Britain’s positive international role.”

Simon and Neil were shown one of the committee rooms and had their photo taken next to the European Union flag at the main rostrum and were treated to a working lunch with Catherine.

The Wycombe LibDem delegation were then allowed a peek into the chamber of the Parliament just before it went into session.

Simon said “Liberal Democrat members in Wycombe are working hard to ensure that Catherine Bearder gets re-elected to the European Parliament in May, alongside Anthony Hook our new candidate who is seeking to replace our other MEP in this region, Sharon Bowles, who is stepping down.  We are putting out some excellent literature for the campaign”

A&E Petition Hits 6000

Our petition calling for an investigation into the Accident and Emergency service provided by Stoke Mandeville Hospital to Wycombe residents has now reached 6000. Another 2000 are required in order to trigger a debate at Bucks County Council.

If you have yet to sign the petition then please sign it online at http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/WycombeHospital

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Or you can download a petition form A&E PetitionJulia

Lib Dems Win in Wycombe

Wycombe Liberal Democrats are delighted that residents have overwhelmingly re-elected both Chaudhary Ditta & Julia Wassell as their representatives on Bucks County Council.

2013 county election group

Winning Liberal Democrat team in Wycombe

Due to boundary changes and the reduced number of Councillors on Bucks County Council Wycombe Liberal Democrats are now representing more people at County Hall than before.

UKIP and Labour both failed to win a single seat in Wycombe so yet again it is down to the Liberal Democrats to provide the main opposition to the Tories at County Hall. Labour also suffered a set back in the Disraeli District Council by-election which they lost to the Conservatives.

Elsewhere in Bucks the picture was bleaker for the Lib Dems but we have no doubt that our neighbouring friends will regroup and come back stronger than ever.

Wycombe Liberal Democrats would like to thank everyone who has helped our candidates  in their campaigns or supported them by casting their vote in favour. If you would like to join our team of community activists then you can join us here

Results below for our 2 target areas. Remaining results can be found here.

Totteridge & Bowerdean

Chaudhary Ditta – Liberal Democrat 953 (elected)

Ghalib Hussain – Labour 671

Tony Green – Conservative 482

Philip Whitehead – UKIP 354

Ryemead & Micklefield

Julia Wassell – Liberal Democrat 870 (Elected)

Mark Harris – Conservative 252

Martin Bradshaw – Labour 238

Pauline Day – UKIP 194

Ivan Cicin-Sain – Green 50

The right priorities for Buckinghamshire

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has launched the Liberal Democrat 2013 local election campaign. In his speech, he set out how Liberal Democrats have the right priorities in tough times.

For example, Liberal Democrat-controlled local authorities protect the services people value most and last year, no Liberal Democrat-led council closed any libraries.

This is in contrast to Labour and the Conservatives’ record in local government. It shows that, even when millions of families are feeling the pinch, they’ll both squander taxpayers’ money on waste, inefficiency and their own vanity projects.

For example, here in Bucks, the Conservatives are spending £2 million on new windows for County Hall.

Commenting, Chaudhary Ditta said:

It is scandalous that when ordinary people in  Bucks are feeling under pressure because of the difficult economic circumstances, the Conservatives waste £2 million on expensive windows.

Liberal Democrats know how to choose the right priorities for people here. We are working hard to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.” 

The Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in every seat in the Bucks County Council elections on May 2nd. Labour didn’t win a single seat  last time and have failed to put up a candidate in many of the seats this time. In Bucks a vote for Labour could let the Tories sneak back in.

 

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Tax Cut for Wycombe Residents

The coalition Government last month unveiled plans to lift 3,770 people in Wycombe District out of paying income tax, while over 65,000 will see their bills cut.

Catherine Bearder, a Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East, hoped the reduction would start helping hard-pressed families.

She said: ”The tax system had gotten increasingly unfair under successive Governments during the last few decades, sucking more and more people into paying income tax.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats did the right thing and made rebalancing the tax system a priority, putting it on the front page of our manifesto.

“On Friday, the income tax threshold is raised for the second year in a row.”

Next year the income tax threshold will rise again, increasing the tax cut to £45 a month and this will continue until reaching a personal allowance of £10,000.

It means someone working full-time on the minimum wage will have had their income tax bill halved.

Catherine added: ”Liberal Democrats are making sure the rich pay their fair share, by closing loopholes, introducing a tycoon tax and cracking down on tax avoidance.

“As we clean up the economic mess Labour left behind, it is right than the broadest shoulders bear the heaviest burdens.

“That is also why every Liberal Democrat-run council in England has frozen Council Tax, unlike Labour and the Tories.”

Catherine at Cressex Community School