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Welcome to the Witney Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats stand for freedom and fairness in politics. As the preamble to our Constitution says:

"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."

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Recent news updates

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014
  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Today the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice rejected the UK's objections to the EU cap on bankers' bonuses in an opinion. A final ruling by the court on the challenge is not expected until next year.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "This cap was introduced to prevent the kind of excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis.

  • World Toilet Day
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has today launched a European Toilet Declaration calling on all EU countries to back a global commitment on ensuring sanitation and drinking water everywhere by 2030.

    More than 10 million children have died from preventable diseases caused by a lack of sanitation since 2000 and one in three of the world's population lacks access to a basic toilet.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Today the European Court of Justice clarified that the UK should have applied for an extension for failing to meet EU air pollution limits in 16 out of 40 zones, including Greater London.

    The EU limits on nitrogen dioxide should have been reached by 2010, but this could have been extended to 1st January 2015 if local authorities had submitted action plans showing how the limits would be met.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2014
  • Catherine
    Article: Nov 13, 2014

    Ahead of the adoption by the new Commission of its work programme for 2015, President of the European Commission Jean- Claude Juncker has drawn up a "kill list" of legislative proposals from the previous Barroso Commission to be considered for withdrawal.

    A letter outlining the proposals to be scrapped, co-signed by Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, was sent to the 26 other European commissioners last Friday. Included in the list are legislative proposals to improve air quality as well as the review of waste policy, the key "green growth" proposal put forward by the Barroso Commission and presented in July.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    In a landmark case today, the European Court of Justice has ruled that economically inactive EU nationals who go to another EU country solely in order to obtain social assistance can be excluded from certain social benefits.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "Today's ruling shows that while EU free movement is non-negotiable, it is not an unfettered right.

  • Catherine and Elephants
    Article: Nov 10, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has called for an EU Action Plan to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade in a joint campaign with the Sunday Mirror.

    Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed in order to supply the global ivory trade. Rhinos, lions, tigers and dozens of other species are all being pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and a rising demand for illegal wildlife products.

  • Norman Lamb at Jenner Institute
    Article: Nov 6, 2014

    The European Commission today announced £220 million of funding for research into Ebola vaccines and treatments.

    South East Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who has repeatedly called on the EU to step up investment into Ebola research, said the new funding would give a "major boost" to the Ebola vaccine trial taking place at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University.

  • Beehive
    Article: Nov 5, 2014

    The government yesterday announced a strategy to protect bees and other pollinating insects with major landowners such as Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore natural bee-friendly habitats.

    The strategy has broadly been welcomed by conservation groups, but it has drawn criticism for its failure to fully address the issue of harmful pesticides.

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