The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

Back to winning ways

Congratulations to our Lib Dem neighbours in Eastleigh, who won spectacularly in the final council by-elections of the year, holding the Wildern borough council and town council wards in Hedge End with an amazing 64.5% share of the vote.

It rounds off a year in which Lib Dems had net gains of 28 seats in council by-elections across the country - our best performance in 20 years.

Taken together with Sarah Olney's magnificent victory in the Richmond Park Parliamentary by-election, it shows the Lib Dem fightback is well under way.

No wonder Lib Dems here in Fareham are looking forward with confidence to next year's Hampshire County Council elections.

A striking evening

A great night at Stubbington and Hill Head Lib Dem's annual skittles challenge at the Crofton pub.

Fareham emerged narrow winners over Gosport and Stubbington/Hill Head, helped by a brilliant strike from Kat Powell.

If you're thinking about joining the local Lib Dems, it's not all politics, we have some great nights out as well.

 

 

Tories cut funds for yellow lines

Tories on two local councils have made it more difficult for Fareham residents to obtain yellow line parking restrictions despite Lib Dem protests.
Hampshire County Council decided to cut its funding for the work by 60%. So Fareham Council, which did the work under contract, would have to pay more than £59,000 a year, instead of £6,000.
When Fareham’s ruling Conservative executive therefore decided to end the service, Liberal Democrats insisted the decision be examined by the council’s Scrutiny bBoard, rather than just rubber-stamped.
Lib Dem Councillor Maryam Brady told the Scrutiny Board meeting: “If we scrap this contract, I’ll have to send residents to our MP to solve our road issues.”
But with a strong Tory majority on the panel, The vote was six to two to go ahead with the termination of the contract.

 

Team up with our world champion

Gold medallist Sandra Abrams

Congratulations to Sandra Abrams, Secretary of Stubbington and Hill Head Lib Dems, who’s just won gold at the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico.

Sandra already holds medals as the fastest woman in her age group, in England, Britain and Europe.
No wonder, for Sandra and her husband David are out every day in all weathers, running or cycling on the roads round Hill Head, or swimming in the Solent.
And despite that intensive training, Sandra also finds time to be a stalwart of the Lib Dem team - she’s twice been our Hill Head candidate for Fareham Council.
Why not join Sandra and the Lib Dem team. We won’t claim that delivering our newsletters will guarantee you international athletic success, but it’s a fun way to get out and about and meet people.
And you’ll be helping keep local residents informed about decisions that affect us all.

 

Tory swerve on tip tax

Hampshire's ruling Conservatives have been forced to postpone reduced hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres - at least until after next May’s County election.
But they are planning BIG changes:
* Charges for many items they say are not “household” waste (these start NOW!)

And from next October:
* All Tips only open from 11am each day
* All Tips closed every Thursday
* Threat of fees for everything in the future

The reduced hours were originally supposed to start on January 1, 2017 - see Ad Lib October below, one of dozens of Lib Dem newsletters across the County which alerted residents to the proposals.

The Tories claim they need more time to consider their plans because of a letter from the Government questioning the legality of charges. But the effect is to postpone a deeply unpopular and environmentally unsound policy until after they have to defend their seats.

Fareham Lib Dem vice-chairman Jim Forrest said: "It’s clear the only way to stop closures after May is to make sure we have a Lib Dem County Council after next year’s County Election!"

Growing and looking ahead

A warm welcome to all the new members who've joined the Liberal Democrats. Over the summer around 20,000 across the nation have joined us, and here in Fareham we've seen a growth of almost 40 per cent in our membership.

All new members have been invited to take part in our planning for future campaigning in Fareham, and as well as our formal meetings we hold a serious of informal get-togethers so that new and estalished members can meet and exchange ideas.

The first two of these at Coffee#1 and at Cafe Imbizo saw lively discussions with new members making a big contribution. Watch for news of further events on the Facebook link on the right of this page, or send us your views via the Contacts button on our masthead.

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