Westone By election 21st July 2016
Lib Dem Brian Markham 583
After the result Brian said " I am so proud that my neighbours in Westone Ward have put their faith in me to be their local councillor and will work hard to justify their support. Lots of people told us on the doorstep that they remembered how hard the Lib Dem Focus Team worked for the area in the past and our committment to the ward".
" The result also reflected people's disappointment at the Tory run councils" said Brian. " There are potholes everywhere, services are being reduced and the Borough Council lent over £10million to the Cobblers without proper guarantees and security. The council is now having to pick up the interest on that loan and still doesn't know where the money has one"
Get together for a coffee and chat and help the Westone By Election campaign.
This coming Tuesday 12th July .
Envelopes to stuff, leaflets to fold and cakes to eat.
Contact David Garlick 01604 784634 for more details.
New members especially welcome
Bring Back Brian
The Conservative Leaflet in Westone has their By Election candidate stood in this spot. It doesn't explain why he was there neither does it mention that the Tories closed the Farm Youth Club and Russell Room in 2011. Despite our objections.
From The Chronicle and Echo 2011
"Marion Minney (Lib Dem, Headlands), councillor for the area, said: “It would mean the loss of youth services in an area where there isn’t much else around, and I’m not happy about that.
“I understand the financial situation but I think it would be a great loss.
Marion went on to suggest that other or groups could use the centre to make it financially viable.
Brian Markham and the local Liberal Democrats have got off to a flying start with around 500 doors being knocked on in the first week of campaigning in the Westone By Election.
Brian said "the response from resident to our message BRING BACK BRIAN has been really good. People remember The Focus Team and the work done over the years by myself and other Lib Dems David Garlick and Marion Minney and after over 5 years of having a Tory Borough Councillor want someone who they know will put the local community first"Read more
In light of the recent referendum result, as a Young Liberal, I have found this result disheartening and frustrating.
Joining the party at 16 and now being 17, I have not yet been able to exercise my voice and vote in any democratic election aside from the Liberal Democrat leadership election. This matter disappoints me and, I’m sure, many other politically passionate 16 and 17 year olds massively.
From a personal perspective I cannot help but feel that there is an enormous need for change to cater for this currently unheard voice in politics. I and many other young people have been active in the political landscape since the day I joined the party yet feel angry that I am not allowed to exercise my passionate views through a vote.
Young people have shouted louder than ever on the issue of the European Union and I feel unsatisfied and discouraged that David Cameron declined me and other 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote on an issue that has shifted the tectonic plates of British politics more than any other issue in recent times.
It is clear that young people favoured Remain by a landslide yet they did not get the decision they wanted. It could be argued that this is down to a lack of a voice amongst young people, but also the lack of action to energise the base of young people in the United Kingdom and galvanise their opinion on the issues that will affect their everyday lives and also their future.
A break from campaigning in the Westone By Election and a welcome to new members.
Come and join us on 13th July at 7 p.m. at Kingsley Park Working Mens Club, NN2 7HJ for a pint and a chat.
Who exactly is running the country?
We have around 20 new members locally in the last week and would love to see you!
Will 23rd June 2016 go down in history like 6th June 1944?
On 'D' Day in 1944 the men and women of Britain, together with their allies started to build a Europe of Peace, Freedom and Prosperity.
45 years later we saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and millions more gained Freedom and Opportunity.
Are we really going to throw all that away?
Vote Remain for a Britain once again leading in Europe not Leaving
Our country has a long and great tradition of leadership. Increasingly, we recognise that it has to be not only national leadership but our global leadership, where we are a part of a larger group of human beings seeking a better world and a better life, which makes the greatest difference to our lives.
It would be a tragedy if this country gave up that kind of leadership because it is essential in the modern world, in which countries are totally interconnected with one another.
We have warred for generations over land, resources and ideas, spilling the blood of our children so that one small corner of the continent can put its flag in another small corner of the continent.
In the last century we called this to an end. We agreed that we had finally had enough of the bloodshed and instead collaborated to build a stronger, more peaceful Europe.
Shirley Williams 21st June