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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: Feb 5, 2016
    By Cllr John Howson

    The Government has axed support that helps small schools with 150 pupils or fewer fund universal free meals for infants.

    In 2015/6 the money was worth at least £2,300 for these schools.

    Universal Free School Meals were a key Liberal Democrat policy delivered in the Coalition Government to provide every infant child in England with a healthy meal at lunchtime, saving families around £437 per child per year.

    Evidence shows that where children have been given a free school dinner, students were months ahead academically of their peers elsewhere. These academic improvements were most marked among children from less affluent families.

    Schools with 150 or fewer pupils were this year given a grant worth £2,300 to help deliver the policy.

    Liberal Democrat education spokesperson on Oxfordshire County Council, John Howson said:

    "Many schools live with tight budgets and this taken with other government actions could threaten the viability of some small rural schools. Whitehall seemed to care about the bottom line rather than helping the most disadvantaged pupils. They need to put attainment before profit.

    "It is a horrific decision and it will both hurt rural communities in Oxfordshire who deserve better than this, especially on top of other cuts to services being imposed by the Tories and small schools in our towns and urban areas"

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    Cllr Howson is attending the Liberal Democrat Education Association annual conference this weekend.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have made an official complaint over the content of UKIP's party political broadcast for inciting racial and religious hatred.

    The presentation and tone of the broadcast is focused on provoking negative and hostile reactions.

    The broadcast clearly uses images, music and misleading information to inflame racial tension - a direct breach of BBC and Ofcom rules.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Feb 2, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs.

    The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its size and put 19,000 jobs at risk, according to the Government's own predictions.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year.

    The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

  • A pair of wedding rings (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents. It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents.

    It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Lib Dem mental health poster from 2014
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year. The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

  • paddick
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    The Government is pressing ahead with measures to allow Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take responsibility for their local fire and rescue services.

    In response, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Peer and former senior MET police officer, said:

    "PCCs are a failed experiment, it is time to put them to bed not expand their remit.

  • Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron talking to refugees in Calais
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to formally announce the plan for the UK to offer refuge 3,000 unaccompanied children.

    On Sunday, International Development Secretary Justine Greening told Sky News Britain's approach had 'evolved' and confirmed Britain was reviewing its response to what Save the Children and Tim have calculated are 3,000 children in Europe travelling without their parents.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    News that Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes for the last ten years has been slammed as a "sweetheart deal" by the Liberal Democrat Treasurer Spokesman Susan Kramer.

    Responding to the Google tax settlement Susan Kramer said:

    "This settlement shows once again that the Government is allowing one rule for the biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers.

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