Tory plans to force the sale of family homes to pay for social care are still in chaos and disarray. Just days after health secretary Jeremy Hunt argued that a cap on costs was not fair and the manifesto had been “completely explicit” that it had been dropped, the Conservatives have attempted to stem the flow of critcism the policy received without providing any details. Amber Rudd now admits the Conservatives are "not sure" what any future cap on social care will be.
Jackie Porter with Win, a local resident
2,349 3-4 year-olds in Hampshire, including many from Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year - up from £302 in 2015-16.
The Office for National Statistics has released economic figures for the first quarter of 2017 – and they don't make encouraging reading for Theresa May's Brexit project.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable points out that the brief boost in the wake of the referendum is running out of steam. That boost was driven by a high level of consumer debt, which is described by the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) as a risk to financial stability.* Vince Cable believes our economy has not been in a more worrying state since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash.
The Liberal Democrat’s Parliamentary Candidate in Winchester has launched her new website with a pledge to focus on creating a dialogue with local residents if elected to Parliament.
Liberal Democrats in Winchester are celebrating after topping the county council poll across the constituency - achieving at least 45% of the vote vs. the Conservatives on 44%.
Winchester Liberal Democrats have selected Jackie Porter to be their candidate in Winchester and Chandlers Ford on June 8th.
The Conservative Government seems intent on a hard Brexit and on stopping parliament having a say on triggering 'Article 50'. So much for 'taking back control'!
The Winchester and Chandler's Ford Liberal Democrats are standing up for those of us who want to ensure our relationship with Europe is as close as possible. We'll be asking people to sign a petition to keep the UK in the single market on Winchester High Street on Saturday morning but you can also sign it on this website: Keep the UK in the Single Market Petition
The local Liberal Democrat team recently took to Winchester High Street to publicise the national Safety Pin Campaign.
The campaign stems from the fact that since the EU referendum there has been a significant rise in racism and xenophobia in Britain. EU Nationals, immigrants and refugees have suffered racist abuse.
The safety pin campaign aims to send a clear but simple message to anyone who feels threatened or ill at ease anywhere in public.
Wearing a safety pin says:
- I want you to feel both safe and welcome
- I am here to offer help and support
- I am prepared to stand up against racism
- I will not tolerate intolerance
The team spoke to dozens of residents and handed out lots of pins, local Councillor Jackie Porter Said; "It was great to see so much support for this initiative. The Liberal Democrats are an open, tolerant and united party. As part of campaigns like this we are fighting for an open, tolerate and united Britain."
Winchester and Chandler's Ford Liberal Democrats have been welcoming many new members, part of over 4,000 who have joined the party nationwide since the EU referendum result was announced.
Criminals and terrorists operate across borders. It is vital that our police and security services do too. Being in Europe allows our police to work with neighbouring forces to tackle cross-border crimes and keep our streets safer. It means criminals have nowhere to hide.