Prospective MP Jackie Porter has won the fight to stop the Conservative cuts to services for disabled children.
Tory council bosses had decided to make a two-thirds cut to the budget for short breaks for disabled children. But Jackie worked with local families to get the Conservatives to change their minds.
“I’m pleased we have stopped these damaging cuts,” said Jackie. “It’s only a pity that we had to fight for them in the first place, the Lib Dems would not even have consider cutting such an important service.”
Short-breaks give families support so disabled children can access everyday activities like swimming lessons and scouts.
Thousands of people have now joined Jackie Porter's campaign to save Winchester's maternity services from being downgraded.
"Over the past months I've heard many stories about how important having proper maternity care at Winchester's hospital is to local people," said Prospective MP Jackie. "This video tells just a few of those stories."
The Pound Road, Kings Worthy surgery of the Friarsgate GP practice is currently closed for essential repairs. Unfortunately there is no clear re-opening date as yet.
Prospective MP Jackie Porter said "This is clearly unacceptable. We must have a local GP surgery to serve our community. To close this surgery without a clear plan to re-open just will not do.
"I would like to inform you what actions I have taken on this to date, aided by our City Councillors Jane Rutter and Robert Johnston.
My main focus is to ensure local services in Kings Worthy are maintained for residents.
Jackie Porter's petition to save Winchester's maternity services from downgrade has passed the 2000 signature milestone.
Prospective Lib Dem MP Jackie Porter said: "Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition already, every voice added makes our campaign stronger."
You can sign Jackie's petition at www.winld.org.uk/maternity
Maternity services are becoming a key election issue
Maternity services are already becoming a key issue for the General Election here in Winchester with a clear dividing line between Lib Dem Jackie and Conservative Steve Brine. While Jackie is campaigning to save the services from loosing consultant cover, Mr Brine has broken his promise to protect them, backing hospital bosses over local people.
Before being elected Tory MP Steve Brine said that consultant-led maternity services would be his ‘red line’ and that “without them you don’t have a District General Hospital worthy of the name.”
Now Mr Brine is welcoming changes that will mean there is no hospital with these services in Winchester - exactly what he said he would campaign against.
Today people are marching to protest against decisions made by a Conservative run council that isn't listening to local people. On issues from Silver Hill to River Park, and Barton Farm to our NHS, local people are fed up of being ignored and of broken Tory promises.
Commenting Prospective Lib Dem MP Jackie Porter said: "It's telling that when we have a Conservative MP and Conservative Council that people are marching in protest. The Tories haven't been listening to local people; that's the cause of this march."
Prospective MP Jackie Porter is backing a move to change the law and give publicans renting from big pub chains a fairer deal.
Working alongside Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland and campaign group Fair Deal for Your Local, Jackie has been campaigning against pub companies that exploit hardworking licensees and take an unfair share of pub profits.
Cllr Martin Tod has challenged Hampshire’s Conservative Council bosses about the delay to the new Chilbolton Avenue drop-off. But the Conservative Councillor responsible for the delay has refused to apologise.
The new drop-off was due at the beginning of term and designed to help offset the extra traffic due at Westgate – but the works now won’t be starting until October 27th and are estimated to take three weeks to complete.
The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will provide an extra £1bn of real term funding for the NHS in the years 2016/17 and 2017/18 in addition to the existing ‘ring fenced’ commitment.
It was also announced that extra funding for the NHS will be the Liberal Democrat priority in the coalition negotiations running up to this year’s Autumn Statement scheduled for 3rd December.
Schools across Winchester and Chandler's Ford are benefiting from £5.3 million of extra funding thanks to a Lib Dem policy delivered in government.
This ‘Pupil Premium’ is targeted to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds and service families. Headteachers are given the freedom to decide what will benefit their pupils the most.
Former teacher Jackie Porter commented: “This money can be spent in the best way for each school; whether that’s breakfast clubs, extra resources or one-on-one tuition. This targeted investment helps ensure children get the best start in life, regardless of their background.”
Winchester's current Conservative MP voted against Liberal Democrat reforms to the Bedroom Tax.
The Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament.
"This is good news for those who have been affected by the bedroom tax," commented Prospective Lib Dem MP Jackie Porter. "Since it was introduced, it has been clear to people on the ground that the bedroom tax doesn't work. I voted to make reforming the Bedroom Tax Liberal Democrat policy last September, if I had been in parliament today I would have voted for these changes to become law."