Welcome to the Basingstoke and Deane Liberal Democrats.

It's an exciting time to be a Liberal Democrat. The party has enjoyed a surge in membership across the country since the EU referendum last June and our message is resonating with the public, as our performances in the by-elections in Witney and Richmond Park demonstrate.

Closer to home, the Basingstoke branch now has around 50 percent more members than it had a year ago.

Above all, we're here to help so get in touch if you want us to tackle an issue on your behalf.

We're on our way up, and that gives us an incredible opportunity to make a meaningful difference at both a national and local level. So get on board and help us to #ChangeBritainsFuture.

Recent updates

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    With polling day still more than a fortnight away, it's already clear that Brexit is going to be one of the defining themes of the 2017 General Election.

    As Liberal Democrat candidate for MP for Basingstoke, I have my own personal views on the subject. I believe that a hard Brexit will be disastrous for us, damaging our economy, starving essential services of funding and making us all worse off.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    John Shaw, who has recently been selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for MP for Basingstoke, has today outlined his arguments for why we should avoid a hard Brexit.

    John urges the public to vote Liberal Democrats to prevent a disastrous hard Brexit that will damage our economy, starve essential services of funding and make us all worse off.

  • Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats recently distributed a letter signed by Dr Clare Gerada setting out her view on the challenges facing the NHS.


    Clare absolutely stands by those comments however the letter did contain incorrect details regarding Clare's time at the Royal College of General Practitioners. We thank Clare for publicising her concerns about our NHS and apologise for the drafting error. Here is the correct version of Clare's letter:

  • Article: May 18, 2017

    With the announcement of the Conservative manifesto today, Theresa May has shown her true colours. I've scarcely seen a colder, more mean-spirited agenda in my entire career.

    There's no doubt about it: the Nasty party is back. The Tories are hitting families from cradle to grave by snatching school lunches from children and homes from the elderly.

  • Lib Dem manifesto launch 2017
    Article: May 17, 2017

    Housing, healthcare, education, a choice on Brexit - and much more. The Lib Dem manifesto has been launched: http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me.

    You might have seen it on the news. Or the internet.

    In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Street Stall 2 - 13 May 2017
    Article: May 16, 2017

    I'll be taking part in a number of events over the coming days to give you an opportunity to ask me questions, raise concerns and share your opinions:

    Saturday 19 May
    10.00am - 1.00pm
    Basingstoke town centre
    I'll be with my Lib Dem colleagues on our 'street stall' this coming Saturday. Please do drop by if you're in town.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    This week Labour pledged an additional £37 billion of NHS funding, which sounds to me, as Shadow Health Secretary, like poorly-thought-out, pie in the sky policy.

    You can't solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air.

John Shaw

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