Jackie Porter: “Scrap 0845 for cheaper calls”

HCC call centres use 0845 numbers.

It isn’t fair because residents using mobiles have to pay much more to use these numbers. HCC actually receives a cut of the cost of the call- it’s ‘a mobile tax’, especially for those residents in rented properties.

Recently I sat in for the afternoon at the Children’s call centre in Fareham.
The staff are very caring and take down information that they can check out later.
Complicated details can take a long time to recount- and these calls are expensive from mobile phones. Adult Services and Trading standards use 0845 numbers too.

I often inform residents of the pothole hotline 0845 603 5633-and call it myself. During the flooding crisis, many residents must have called. There is often soothing music whilst you wait for a reply-and it’s costing more money if you are on your mobile phone! The startling difference of the cost is clear on my bill.

For many residents without landlines, needing to use mobile phones instead,calls to the HCC help lines are exorbitant. There is a cheaper way which would result in improved accessibility for all, costing the equivalent of an 01 or 02 number from all phones.

I am campaigning to get the Council to move to 0345 numbers asap. And I’ll follow this up with the NHS and other public bodies too.

As a Liberal Democrat, I believe in a fairer society- and I want to make sure that vital calls to report child welfare, adult social care, and potholes are the same price whether you are on a mobile or landline- it’s only fair isn’t it?

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Join the Lib Dem team full time

Are you good at interacting with the public and recruiting members, supporters and activists to help build and grow a team?

Winchester and Chandlers Ford Liberal Democrats are offering a unique opportunity for a paid, full- time role of Volunteer and Infrastructure Building Organiser.

The applicant would be expected to organise and lead regular telephone and doorstep recruitment sessions with the aim of building a team to drive up the number of voter contacts in the constituency.

£17,000 – £18,000 pa fixed term, until end of June 2015. Travel will be required and a driving licence is essential.

Applications close Monday 10 March.

Previous applicants need not apply.

We expect to be interviewing on Friday 14 March and would like the applicant to start as soon as possible.

How to apply:

Contact Tim.Bearder@libdems.org.uk for an application pack or call 07789754727 for further details

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Time to invest in Hampshire

Lib Dem County Leader, Cllr Keith House, writes:

Hampshire’s Conservatives love taking your money and putting it in their bank, rather than spending it on vital local services.

This year, they are going to put your cash into the bank to save it for a “rainy day” yet at the same time take money away from buses, libraries, adult care, even short breaks for children with disabilities.

Hampshire Liberal Democrats say it’s raining now.  And we need to protect services, not cut them.

That’s what the Liberal Democrats at the County tried to do as part of the County’s annual budget.

The Lib Dems want a stronger economy.  We said we wanted an “Invest in Hampshire” project with £30,000,000 extra on road and pavement repairs, fixing bridges and tackling future flooding.

The Lib Dems want a fairer society.  We said we wanted more volunteers to save our libraries and youth services, Hampshire Council to take charge of its own bus services, and to protect children with disabilities, and their parents too.

Hampshire Conservatives said “no ” to these simple, cost-effective plans.

The Lib Dems are a party of government, not of protest.  Labour and UKIP had no proposals of their own.  They just wanted to protest.

The Lib Dems take responsibility for our County.  We care about people, and our County’s future.   Sadly, the Conservatives do not.

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Flooding Advice

There are warnings of more flooding affecting our area. Up to 30mm of rain is expected between 7am and 6pm on Wednesday 12th February.

Flood warnings and alerts

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings, meaning ‘flooding is expected, immediate action required’, for:

  • Winchester City Centre, from Riverside Park to Wharf Mill.
  • Shawford and Twyford

Flood alerts, meaning ‘flooding is possible, be prepared’, have been issued for:

  • the Upper, Middle and Lower Itchen – the River Itchen and tributaries, including the River Arle, from Hinton Ampner through The Worthys, Otterbourne, Shawford and Twyford to Woodmill.
  • groundwater flooding in Hursley, Old Alresford, The Worthys, Littleton, Twyford.

There are also reports of groundwater flooding in Micheldever and localised flooding throughout our area.

5 tips for flood protection

  1. Please drive safely and consider other road users. Respect ‘road closed’ signs - they are there for your safety and to protect homes from further flooding
  2. Please walk carefully – avoid riverside paths and walking through flood waters
  3. Prepare – if you are at risk of flooding, pack a ‘flood kit’ with insurance documents, money, medicines, clothes and a torch. Move any valuables upstairs. Seal downstairs toilets and air vents. Details of sandbag suppliers can be found here.
  4. Tune in to the local radio, BBC Solent, for flood news
  5. Remember flood waters are often contaminated. Do not let children play in flood water and wash hands regularly.

Please share this post with friends and family so they can stay safe too. You can sign up for regular updates from Jackie and the Lib Dem team here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email jackie@jackieporter.co.uk and Jackie and the Lib Dem team will be in touch.

Further information
Details of roads affected by flooding
If you have concerns about any older or vulnerable people in the community call: 0845 603 5630 or out of hours 0845 600 4555.
County Council flooding advice
City Council flooding advice
Environment Agency


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Focus on the Fryern shops

Fryern Arcade is undergoing changes- Lib Dems want to see better toilet facilities for shoppers here

Fryern Arcade is undergoing changes- Lib Dems want to see better toilet facilities for shoppers here

With changes underway to introduce more High Street names at the Fryern Arcade, shoppers will in theoory, have more choice- but the Lib Dem team are asking how the shopping experience could be better? And what effect do the big names have on the smaller cafes and independent shops?
Alan Broadhurst says that this is a good time for the toilets to be re-opened here. He explained that customers ‘in need’ have to use the toilets in Waitrose or the cafe- and that hardly seems fair on them.

Councillors Alan and Haulwen Broadhurst discuss shopping at Fryern Arcade with Jackie and residents

Councillors Alan and Haulwen Broadhurst discuss shopping at Fryern Arcade with Jackie and residents

Some shop owners attract customers with interesting displays, but with the changes in position, this is difficult for some of the shopfronts. Jackie, and Borough Councillors Pam, Haulwen and Alan have been discussing with shoppers how the Arcade can serve them better.

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Local poll says “Stay in Europe”

A recent street poll by volunteers in Winchester and Alresford has found a clear majority in favour of staying in the EU.

The survey carried out during January found that 58% of voters expressing a definite opinion would vote for the UK to stay in, whilst only 42% would vote to leave.

Prospective MP Jackie Porter said: “It is clear that local people want Britain to stay in Europe. The Liberal Democrats are the only major party committed to campaigning for Britain to stay in Europe.

“96,000 Hampshire jobs are linked to Britain’s trade with the EU. The Liberal Democrats will fight to protect those local jobs by keeping us in Europe. In Europe is in work, out of Europe is out of work.”

A quarter of people said they did not have enough information to decide which way to vote. To help provide more information the Lib Dems are holding a public “Any Questions?” event at the Guildhall in Winchester on Thursday 13th February at 7.00pm. You can RSVP via Facebook here.

Catherin Bearder MEP and Prospective MP Jackie Porter in Winchester with banner

Catherine Bearder MEP said: “There is a lot of myth and misinformation out there about Europe; I’m looking forward to the “Any Questions?” event as an opportunity to address some of the many concerns.  The UK has great influence as one of the largest and most senior members of the EU and the more pro European MEPs we have the better we can make sure Europe works for us.  UKIP and many Conservatives want us to pull out; they are not working in our best interests and are putting 3 million British jobs at risk.”

The surveys were conducted in Alresford and Winchester with a total of 777 responses with 339 responding in favour of staying IN, 249 in favour of leaving and 189 unable to express an opinion. 

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Two Conservative Councillors join the Liberal Democrats

Winchester City Council is once more in the balance as two Conservative Councillors join the Liberal Democrats.

Councillors Jamie Scott and Derek Green, both representing St Luke ward on Winchester City Council, resigned from the Conservatives after deciding they could do a better job for their residents as part of the strong local Liberal Democrat team.

Winchester’s prospective Liberal Democrat MP, Jackie Porter said “Jamie and Derek are fantastic additions to the Liberal Democrat team. They both live in the heart of their community. Like me, they want to improve the lives of local people by supporting local jobs and giving everyone a fair chance in life.”

St Luke Team

Councillor Scott said “We both remain fully committed to the residents of St Luke and will continue to deal with issues and concerns as they arise, just as before.”

“I am very proud of our community work and we will always have our local residents’ best interests at heart.” added Councillor Green

Councillor Kelsie Learney, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group commented “The Conservatives have shown themselves increasingly out of touch with ordinary people in Winchester.  I am not surprised that Councillors such as Jamie and Derek, who really care about their communities, are looking for things to change.”

The change leaves Winchester City Council in no overall control with 27 Liberal Democrat, 27 Conservative, 1 Independent and 2 Labour Councillors.

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Lib Dem membership grows locally and nationally

The Liberal Democrats in Winchester and Chandler’s Ford are celebrating an increase in membership both locally and nationally.

The party now has 370 paid-up members in the constituency. The local party enjoyed a six per cent rise in membership in the last quarter of 2013, while the national party saw an increase of nearly 1,000 over the year to 43,451.

Prospective MP Jackie Porter said: “I am delighted that our membership has increased nationally and locally. This is testament to the hard work of our activists and the Lib Dems delivering on key manifesto pledges in government, such as raising the income tax threshold to £10,000.”

The local party is now targeting a further increase, recruiting 100 members in the 100 days of the year.

Phryn Dickens, Chair of Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Liberal Democrats said: “I look forward to welcoming the new members to the party and working with them to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.”

You can join our winning team online at www.libdems.org.uk/join

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A visit to Winchester-and a discussion with Mary Edwards, CEO of the Hampshire Hospitals Trust

I was pleased to meet up this week with Mary Edwards, Chief Executive at Winchester Hospital. The difference is that this Chief Executive is managing three hospital sites at Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover, making up the Hampshire Hospitals Trust

Mary explained that with relatively new CEO’s at the three Trusts covering Winchester & Basingstoke, Portsmouth and Southampton, the three women in these senior posts are in a strong position to make it work for residents in Hampshire.

I was impressed by the clear strategy that Mary Edwards has. It should feel the same for patients visiting all three hospitals at Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover within the Trust. To do this, Mary started the teams crossing between the sites, (using the hospital minibus shuttle) so they could become colleagues well known to each other, and combine best practice from each site right across the Trust.
We looked specifically at two parts of the hospital that local people frequently ask me about, and talked in some detail on others.

Jo Carter has worked in Basingstoke and Winchester-and is combining best practice in both hospitals with ideas of her own.

Jo Carter has worked in Basingstoke and Winchester-and is combining best practice in both hospitals with ideas of her own.

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County Council Rejects Kings Worthy Junction Impovements

An all-party group of local representatives was today bitterly disappointed when major improvements to the notorious ‘Cart & Horses’ junction in Kings Worthy were rejected out of hand by the Conservative cabinet member for transport.

This junction is difficult for motorists- the reduction in speed called for over 18months ago is welcome- but is it enough?

This junction is difficult for motorists- the reduction in speed called for over 18months ago is welcome- but is it enough?

County Councillor Jackie Porter, who is also standing as the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for 2015, has long campaigned for improvements in the junction and commented, “As far as back as October 2012, I joined County officers to draw up improvements to the junction. On the day they presented the design, the blue lights flashed a warning as another accident happened there. We all agreed that the plans needed more work, so I am pleased that the plans include a lower speed limit, but it is really frustrating that a local suggestion hasn’t been taken account in the issue at all. And it shows that even the intervention of our current MP has changed little.’

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