Calling for Volunteers

The Peterborough Lib Dems are looking to expand our Focus Team for the Hamptons and Hempstead. Local campaigners Chris Wiggins, Daniel Gibbs & Christian Hogg are looking to build on the success of Lib Dem councillors in Walton, South Werrington and Gunthorpe wards of the City in providing local communities with targeted representation on the City’s council. We need local residents that care about their community to help us with various tasks to achieve success in the upcoming elections in May 2016. Tasks we need help with are: Delivering our Focus Newsletters throughout Hampton and Hempsted Conducting Residents Surveys Canvassing local residents If you are interested or just want to[…]

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron MP on why we need to extend the RAF bombing of Daesh to Syria

Tim Farron has made a passionate speech in the House of Commons  about why he is backing action against ISIL in Syria.     “I cannot stand in this House and castigate the PM for not taking enough refugees, and for Britain not standing tall in the rest of the world and opening our arms to the desperate, if we don’t do everything in our power to combat and eradicate that which is the source of their terror.” Why the Liberal Democrats backed action in Syria 01 DECEMBER, 2015 @ 9:29 PM Last week Tim Farron wrote to the Prime Minister, together with Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown, Ming Campbell, Kirsty[…]

Liberal Democrats would boost support for small businesses

Cllr Julia Davidson has backed a call from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron who has proposed a series of policies that will help small businesses in Peterborough. In a speech called ‘Investing in the future’ Tim Farron  proposed a series of policies, that will benefit small businesses, enterprise and young people in the Peterborough area. In a direct appeal to small businesses in Peterborough, Tim said Liberal Democrats were now the party of small business, and would help them in three key ways: 1. We would give real teeth to the Small Business Commissioner, such as the power to fine large companies who regularly fail to pay their bills on[…]

£10,000,000 to refit RAF Voyager aircraft as PM’s private jet

While Austerity continues to bite further into the poorest sections of our society. The Conservatives have come up with another scheme for reducing costs, spending £10M on refitting a RAF Voyager air to air refuelling aircraft. These aircraft were purchased in 2012 at a staggering cost of £152M each  (Read more about how they could purchased them for a third of that price  >>HERE<<) Previously when Tony Blair was PM, he muted plans for a ‘Blair Force One’ at a cost of £100M for two aircraft to be shared with the Royal Family, the Conservatives criticised the idea at the time saying it was the “wrong moment to be splashing[…]

Budget 2015 packed with Liberal Democrat policies

This Budget is packed full of policies that deliver Liberal Democrat priorities: Help for lower and middle income earners by increasing the Personal Allowance by further £200 so that from April 2016 the tax threshold increases to £10,800 and from April 2017 to £11,000. By 2017/2018, 27.2 million workers will have benefited from increases in the personal allowance and we will have lifted over 3.7 million out of income tax altogether. Help for children with mental health problems by providing £1.25bn of new funding over the next five years to treat 110,000 more children with mental health issues, and provide rapid access to treatment for new mothers. Help for motorists[…]

Bonus for buses at Council budget meeting

New bus services could be running in Peterborough as early as October, following a successful budget amendment moved by Lib Dem Councillors on Peterborough City Council, at the latest budget meeting of Full Council. A cross party working group is to be set up to look at areas of the city which don’t have adequate bus services, following a cut in bus subsidy by over 50% by the Tory administration two years ago. If the working group’s recommendations are agreed, up to £75,000 could be allocated from council contingency reserves to pay for the new services. Also in the budget, Lib Dem intervention helped to stop a barmy proposal by[…]

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Cereste cycling PR stunt backfires!

A report in the Peterborough Telegraph has shown how a PR stunt does not always resolve an issue! The article reported how Tory Council leader, Marco Cereste, who introduced the cycle ban extension along Bridge Street, despite clear opposition by local people and cycling organisations, had held a discussion on Twitter with a local cyclist about cycling in the city centre and then arranged a “fact-finding” city cycle ride with council officers. But after the stunt, the resident/cyclist himself was reported as saying: “The city is poor for cycling and it takes a lot to change attitudes. I think I got across that the kind of language Cllr Cereste uses is not helpful in[…]

New competition to encourage Peterborough students to register to vote @angliaruskinsu

New measures worth £530,000 will be invested in order to encourage students to register to vote, Liberal Democrats in government have revealed. The plan is that the National Union of Students will be allocated funding to run a national competition for student unions to find the best ideas to get students to sign up to the electoral register. The best ideas will receive up to £10,000 to fund events or other projects proposed by student unions across the country. Commenting, our Parliamentary Candidate, Darren Fower said: “Its a great idea to get the NUS involved, as students are more likely to listen to them then a bunch on politicians. “Not[…]

Good news on the Council budget RE: local environment

Good news on the Council budget! Following pressure from Lib Dems and several environmental groups, the Council cabinet have dropped their proposal to remove over a fifth of all the shrubs and hedgerows in Peterborough. Instead an alternative saving will be made by the Council contractor Amey adopting revised landscape management regimes, with reduced grass cutting, less usage of herbicide and a more focussed approach to shrub management. Let us know your thoughts plz by leaving a comment below!

#Walton bus shelter news ………….

In response to a recent article in the Walton FOCUS Team newsletter about people wanting a bus sheter in Corfe avenue, Cllr Asif Shaheed and Cllr Nick Sandford, have now received an email from someone near the proposed location who is very opposed to the idea, on the grounds that it might attract young people to hang around and cause trouble. Nick has been told there will be a public consultation on the issue later this year before any decision is made. If you have any views, please respond to the consultation but also it would be good if you could also give your views to Nick or Asif. The Walton FOCUS[…]