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2013 County Council Elections

In the elections on the 2nd of May, six County Council divisions are being contested in the North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

We are please to confirm that Liberal Democrat candidates have been nominated for these divisions. These are listed below:

  • Rupert Moss-Eccardt. Liberal Democrat candidate for the Ellington and Sawtry division.
  • Chris Waites. Liberal Democrat candidate for the Norman Cross division.
  • Tony Jebson. Liberal Democrat candidate for the Ramsey division.
  • Tony Hulme. Liberal Democrat candidate for the Somersham and Earith division.
  • Christine Wills. Liberal Democrat candidate for the Warboys and Upwood division.

Spring / post-Election BBQ

Tithe Barn, High Street, Somersham PE28 3EH

We will be holding a spring BBQ on Saturday May 12th. Everyone, whether a member or a supporter or just interested, is welcome.

Food and a glass of wine will be provided, though we will ask for a donation (£7.50 recommended). Feel free to bring along additional provisions:-)

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email at or call Tony Jebson on 07840-484699.

Also, if you have special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate!

Real skills for real lives

Young people’s skills in the work place have been neglected until recently. In a balanced economy, we must ensure that people can get the skills necessary in the way that best suits them and meets the demands of employers.

That is why Liberal Democrats have been overseeing a record expansion in apprentices in the East of England: last year alone, nearly 40,000 people across the region were learning and earning on an apprenticeship – up 68% on Labour’s record.

We’re not stopping there, with a commitment to an additional 250,000 apprentices nationally by 2015.

The Big Brother state won’t happen on the Liberal Democrat watch.

Northwest Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats fully and wholeheartedly endorse Julian Huppert’s petition to stop Theresa May’s plans to create a snoopers charter and encourage you to follow this link and sign it!

To maximise coverage, we have included it below. If you like it, please also complete our poll and comments are welcome.

Julian said “Liberal Democrats – in Cambridge and elsewhere – will always fight for the basic right of every single resident to have a private life. I’ve already forced the Government to publish the new bill in draft form so it can be amended. This petition will help force the Government to create new safeguards to protect against state surveillance. We will do whatever it takes to protect our most basic civil liberties.

The petition:
The Liberal Democrats will only back new security measures if they deliver more privacy not less.
We the undersigned call on the government to guarantee that:

  • no-one in the police, security services or elsewhere in government will be allowed to read the content of internet communications, phone calls or texts without a warrant signed by the Home Secretary
  • no-one in the police, security services or elsewhere in government will be allowed to access any communications records in real time without a warrant signed by a magistrate
  • there will be substantially stronger safeguards for civil liberties than currently exist before anyone in the police, security services or elsewhere in government can access any communications records at all.

Lib Dems: Cut taxes for ordinary people, not the richest

The Lib Dems are opposing calls for an immediate cut in the 50% tax rate paid by higher rate taxpayers.

Nick Clegg: we need fairer taxes to help ordinary people – not tax cuts for the richest

Nick Clegg’s party instead wants to give more help to those on middle and low incomes who need it the most.

Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said, “At a time when the whole country faces serious financial challenges, the priority needs to be people on low and middle incomes.”

A key part of the coalition agreement was the Lib Dem commitment to making taxes fairer. The Lib Dems are well on their way to delivering on their pledge that no one should pay tax on the first £10,000 they earn.

Nearly a million low paid workers are no longer paying income tax thanks to this. All basic rate tax payers are paying £200 less in income tax.

Each year more and more people on low and middle incomes will gain more thanks to the Lib Dem fairer tax plan.

Danny Alexander said, “Fairer taxes is our goal. I don’t see why, in the next parliament, we shouldn’t be trying to get to a situation where people in a full-time job on the minimum wage are paying no income tax at all.”

This would mean that no one would pay tax on the first £12,500 they earn.

Local campaigner Tony Jebson said, “I’m proud of the fact that, thanks to our policies, so many of the lowest paid no longer pay income tax. But Danny is right: there is more we can do to ensure taxes are fair.”

Fighting for a better NHS

The Lib Dems are continuing to work in Parliament to ensure NHS reforms deliver a better deal for patients.

Nick Clegg: NHS reforms must deliver for patients

Nick Clegg’s party won major changes to the reforms earlier this summer.

These included measures to ensure there will be no privatisation of the NHS and no special favours for the private sector.

Nick Clegg said, “With the Lib Dems, the NHS will always be free at the point of use and will deliver top quality treatment for patients. We want to deliver a better NHS that can cope with the increasing demand and rising health costs.”

The NHS reforms will cut waste and bureaucracy that costs billions of pounds. They will help the NHS cope with the costs of Britain’s steadily ageing population and the rising cost of many treatments.

By making the NHS more efficient and by protecting the NHS budget from cuts, more money can be spent on improving care for patients.

NHS faced disaster with Labour

Had Labour won the last election, the NHS would have faced deep spending cuts. That along with Labour’s refusal to tackle waste and inefficiency would have been a disaster for our health services.

Labour rigged the market in favour of the private sector by giving contracts that were unfair for the taxpayer and for patients.

Over £250million of taxpayers’ money was handed over by the last Labour government to private providers for operations they didn’t even perform.

The Liberal Democrats have made sure that this kind of favouritism towards the private sector will now be illegal.

Local campaigner Tony Jebson said, “These reforms not only do away with Labour’s wasteful tick-box targets, but they make the NHS more fit-for-purpose: free at the point of use, delivering first-class care, and focused on the patient’s outcome and experience.”

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