Annual Dinner with Lord Newby on Friday 3rd March

You are all Invited to Join the Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrats for the Annual Dinner on Friday March 3rd.

Lord Newby, the head of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords will be the guest speaker. The Warren restaurant on the High Street very close to TW station have created a lovely 3 course menu for the occasion including a welcome glass of champagne to be served at 7pm. There will be a raffle & auction, live music and a fabulous opportunity to socialise and meet other local Liberal Democrats. Please Contact Clarebishop42@gmail.com to reserve your place & get more details.

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Leader of TW Lib Dems calls for second referendum

Ben Chapelard, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, is calling for a second referendum on the final deal to leave the European Union.

"MPs should represent the people who elect them," states Councillor Chapelard.

"Last Wednesday Tunbridge Wells MP, Greg Clark, voted again to trigger article 50, giving the Prime Minister authority to start the process of the UK leaving the European Union. Amazingly, this is despite his own constituents, including himself, having voted to Remain by a clear majority!

"During the first reading of the bill the previous week, 105 MPs voted against triggering article 50 precisely because their constituencies, like Tunbridge Wells, voted to stay in the EU. So why did Mr Clark, unlike the 105, go against the very wishes of the people he claims to represent?

"The difference is that Mr Clark is a member of Mrs May’s government and his first loyalty is to her. No amount of spin or lofty words from Mr Clark will detract from the fact that he has abandoned his Remainer principles and forged ahead with a hard Brexit, all in the pursuit of his own ministerial career. This leaves us residents voiceless as the local MP puts his own party above his constituents.

"Members of Parliament should represent the people who elected them. Whilst I accept that MPs cannot consult on every decision, the referendum was a clear poll of local opinion. We voted to Remain! Mr Clark should respect the opinion of his constituents. For us Liberal Democrats, loyalty to our residents comes above party allegiance. Sadly, Mr Clark is a Westminster man in Tunbridge Wells and not a Tunbridge Wells man in Westminster.

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Allen Lear to Stand in Southborough North

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Secrecy Over Southborough Hub

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The finances of the proposed Southborough Hub are being withheld from the majority of the Southborough Town Councillors who have only been shown the business plan with the financial information removed. Liberal Democrat by election candidate, Allen Lear, says "It's disturbing that, with the exception of a few, Tory Councillors are making decisions on the hub without the full financial picture." County Council campaigner, Marguerita Morton, says, "I'm also concerned that the Borough Council is proposing to run the theatre. There's a possible conflict of interest and I'd rather an independent trust run things."

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Tunbridge Wells Council Increases Parking Fees

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Tunbridge Wells Council has approved an increase in both residents' parking permits and car park fees to generate £700,000 despite objections from the Liberal Democrats. Local councillors, Ben Chapelard who represents St. James and Peter Lidstone who represents St. Johns, also made the argument that the council is missing a valuable opportunity to help reduce air pollution in the area. The Liberal Democrat councillors argued that the council could stagger fees for residents' parking permits based on the amount of pollution generated by the car. Councillor Ben Chapelard pointed out that the pollution on St. Johns Road and on the A26 is over the acceptable level and that the Tory led council has done little to meet commitments ratified in the Paris Agreement in October.

 

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Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrat Priorities for 2017

We have identified our local priorities in the upcoming months as:

1. Holding the Conservative led borough council to account, particularly with regard to the proposed new Civic development, the Southborough Hub and the Cranbrook Hub.

2. Ensuring that we move ahead with regard to the sustainable development goals, including reducing poverty, ensuring equality, particularly with regard to women and minority groups, and moving away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy.

3. Ensuring that any new housing development meets minimum quality standards and to promote more quality, affordable housing.

4. Reducing speed limits to 20 miles per hour in residential streets and improving cycling lanes.

5. Campaigning to stop the council from increasing parking fees and to include glass in doorstep recycling.

6. Working towards better broadband and mobile coverage across Tunbridge Wells and the borough.

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Your Liberal Britain

Since the referendum, the Liberal Democrats have gained members and now have over 80,000 members nationally. 

The Liberal Democrats are not like other parties. Our members decide our policy. Their experience and understanding helps ensure we have the very best policies that matter to ordinary (and exceptional) people.

That's why, unlike the other parties, Liberal Democrat members vote on all policy at our Party Conferences. We are also undergoing an immediate consultation and are asking YOUR input on YOUR vision for a Liberal Britain. You can find details here: http://liberalbritain.org/

We welcome all members for their input!

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After the Referendum

Tunbridge Wells voted to remain in the European Union with a majority of 54.9%. We were extremely disappointed that this result was not reflected in the overall results of the recent referendum.

A number of residents have asked what to expect after the referendum to leave the European Union so we will give a brief explanation of what we know so far. The government will need to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to notify the European Union that the United Kingdom no longer wishes to be a member. The government will then need to negotiate the terms of our exit from the European Union. This may take up to two years. In the meantime, we will remain in the European Union and will need to honour our agreements. Our Members of the European Parliament will continue to work to represent us within the European Union. Our Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the southeast is Catherine Bearder. More information about her work in the European Union can be found here: http://www.bearder.eu/

Our leader, Tim Farron, has assured us that the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to remain in or rejoin the European Union. We hope you will join us.

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Vote Remain on June 23rd

There are many reasons to vote "yes" on Thursday, June 23rd. The biggest of them: The economy. As a member of the European Union, we are an active member of the largest economy in the world. That gives us enormous power - both financially and socially. In practical terms, each household in the United Kingdom saves approximately £450 per year on purchases. When you consider EU investment in the United Kingdom in terms of both funding and workers, this amounts to over £3,000 per year per household.

Britain has benefited enormously by being in the European Union over the last 43 years. We now have the 5th largest economy in the world with near record low unemployment of 5.2%. While we contribute 1% of our national budget to the EU, we receive more than £1 billion a year for research and development alone. The EU also funds infrastructure, farming and manufacturing in the UK.

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Councillor David Neve Elected Mayor of Tunbridge Wells

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