Winchester's Lib Dems slam Conservative decision to block local support for a 'People's Vote' on Brexit

Following the Winchester City Council Full Council meeting last Wednesday, Winchester Liberal Democrats have slammed Winchester Conservatives for blocking a vote on a motion to support a vote on the Government’s final Brexit deal.

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New leisure centre: an impractical unaffordable design that won’t meet local needs

Responding to the decision by Winchester City Council Planning Committee to back the proposed design for a new leisure centre at Bar End, Leader of the Lib Dem Group, Lucille Thompson, commented:

The Leisure Centre is an incredibly important project for the area and the city – but the project is on the wrong track and today’s decision doesn’t affect that.

I’m genuinely concerned that the planning committee has just approved an impractical unaffordable design that won’t meet local needs and will never be built.

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Recent events at the City Council

Responding to recent events at the City Council, Lucille Thompson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said:

The voters sent a very clear message in May that things couldn’t go on as they are – with the Lib Dems winning a clear majority – 9 out of 15 – of seats in the district – and Conservative candidates losing every single seat in the city itself.

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Winchester is going to the People's March for Europe

We are joining the march campaigning for a People's Vote in London on the 23rd June - are you coming too?

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City Advice Surgeries with your Councillors

Following on from promises made in their recent successful local election campaign, Winchester Liberal Democrats will be holding an advice surgery for local residents every Saturday morning in their office in Hyde Street in addition to regular surgeries held by Councillors around the District.

 

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Your Next Council

City Council 2018 elections on May 3rd are fast approaching! Read on to find out how to get to know your local candidate.

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Smashed it! Lib Dem Campaign for Kerbside Glass Recycling Collection A Success!

When we first started campaigning for improved recycling services in Winchester last November, in the form of kerbside glass collections to bring us closer to the services provided by many local councils in Hampshire including Eastleigh, we never dreamed that we would be so successful as to collect over12,00 signatures on our petition, and gain a commitment from the Council to cost a 4 weekly collection.

 

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Concerns over future of acute care services in Winchester

A new report on the future of NHS services in our area proposes continuing to consider the option of  consolidating services such as Accident & Emergency, Emergency Surgery, Obstetrics and Critical Care at a single hospital in the area  - Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital. The important question yet to be answered is where does this leave Winchester residents?

The report deems earlier plans to build a new hospital near Junction 7 of the M3 "unaffordable" and these plans have been scrapped at a meeting on Thursday, November 30 in Winchester to discuss the review. The report was produced by local CCGs (Care Commissioning Groups) and looks at a number of different opinions for the future of acute hospital services in Mid and North Hampshire, with disappointing potential outcomes for services in Winchester. The two options that remain on the table are to create a 'critical treatment hospital+' in Basingstoke, or to remain with the status quo. 

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AGM: How to Win & Local Party Reorg

It was great to see so many people at the AGM this afternoon - thanks to everyone that came!

Neil Fawcett offered some real insight into what we need to do if we are going to ‘Win Winchester’ in 2022 (if not before) based on the campaign that saw Layla Moran MP win in Oxford West and Abingdon. If we repeat the success of the OxWAb team then the Winchester constituency will have a Liberal MP after the next general election.

Martin speaking at the AGM

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Pizza & Politics: Inequality

Thank you to every one who came to Pizza and Politics last night to discuss inequality - the debate was lively and there was lots of pizza.

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