Welcome to the Basingstoke and Deane Liberal Democrats.

It's an exciting time to be a Liberal Democrat. Membership is at record levels and our message is resonating with the public, as our performance in the 2017 General Election, when we won 50 percent more seats, demonstrates.

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, complete our residents' survey or visit our Facebook page 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

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 23, 2018

    In the face of further defeats on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, and following further pressure from Peers across the House of Lords, the government has brought forward amendments to ensure that the UK still has the ability to refer to and apply EU guidance for legal matters in our courts going forwards.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Apr 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrats have voted with a majority of cross-party Peers in the House of Lords to inflict another defeat on the government.

    An amendment to retain the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK law was successfully moved and is the third defeat for the government in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords at Report Stage.

    The Charter of Fundamental Rights has been a key component of EU law since 2000 and has set the bar on civil, political, social and economic rights.

    The UK's continued use of this piece of legislation shows the rest of the world that we are still committed to the highest standards on human rights and the principles of the Charter going forward.

  • BH potholes
    Article: Apr 20, 2018

    Here's a selection of how we've been helping local residents to make Brighton Hill an even better place to live and work...

    Fixing potholes

    The Conservative-controlled County Council is failing to fix Brighton Hill's 'pothole plague'. You keep telling us that potholes are a big issue so we're fighting your case. We're putting pressure on the Council to address the backlog, as you'll have read in the newspapers. We're seeing some progress in places such as Sullivan Road but it's not enough. We'll continue to push for more to be done, through our new pothole app.

    Saving the Number 12 bus

    The Number 12 bus, which links Brighton Hill to the town centre, is a lifeline for local people. Yet the Conservatives on the County Council wanted to scrap it. We've now saved the bus for another year and will continue to fight for you to secure its long term future.

    Making progress on upgrades to Brighton Hill Roundabout

    Following pressure from the Lib Dems, Hampshire County Council is now looking at a range of options to reduce delays on the Brighton Hill Roundabout. Now that Labour efforts to delay the Local Plan have failed, the Liberal Democrats will continue to push for investment in the Brighton Hill Roundabout to be made as soon as possible.

    Fighting for more parking spaces

    We received a number of complaints from residents about the lack of parking provision throughout the area. The Conservative-led Borough Council has refused to invest in more parking spaces for you, despite our requests. There's currently a 20 year backlog of work to improve parking in Brighton Hill because of years of Conservative budget cuts.

    We've now asked them to mark out parking bays so that residents and visitors can use the existing spaces more effectively. This should help squeeze in some additional cars. We've been monitoring the situation in Britten Road and Purcell Close over the past few months and will present our findings to the Council shortly.

    Cleaning up Brighton Hill Park

    We've arranged for the Council to fix broken play equipment and removed obscene graffiti from Brighton Hill Park. The Park is an important local community facility and we want it to be safe and well-maintained.

    Repairing signage

    We noticed that a number of street signs throughout Brighton Hill were no longer legible. We asked the Council to replace all of the affected signs, making it easier for us all to make our way around the area.

  • A pile of leaflets to be delivered in a Liberal Democrat Office
    Article: Apr 20, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats won two of the council by-elections that were held last night (with one still to declare!), gaining two seats from the Conservatives!

    The Liberal Democrats, under Vince Cable, are winning seats up and down the country and against all opposition - because people know when they elect Liberal Democrats, they're electing someone who'll get things done for their community!

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Apr 19, 2018

    He criticised the effective monopolies enjoyed by the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon - comparing their market dominance to that of big oil companies in the past - and suggested ways they could be broken up.

    "Data is the new oil. Data is the raw material which drives these firms and it is control of data which gives them an advantage over competitors. These companies have acquired their pivotal position by providing a service or platform through which data can be extracted, collected and used.

    Just as Standard Oil once cornered 85% of the refined oil market, today Google drives 89% of internet search, 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook product, Amazon accounts for 75% of E-book sales, while Google and Apple combined provide 99% of mobile operating systems.

    National government and, even more so, supranational bodies like the EU can and should look to break up enterprises where size is detrimental to the economic well-being of the country, its citizens and its capacity for innovation.

    There is a case for splitting Amazon into three separate businesses - one offering cloud computing, one acting as a general retailer and one offering a third-party marketplace. Other examples would be Facebook being forced to divest itself of Instagram and WhatsApp as a condition for operating in the EU, creating two new social media networks. Divesting Google of YouTube would be another.

    What is striking that the most effective competition authority in the capitalist world - the European Commission - is probably the only body with the clout to take these decisions. The UK could quite obviously never do it alone.

    Britain commits an act of serious self-harm by doggedly setting itself apart from the power of shared sovereignty with our neighbours.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Having sat through over 100 hours of debate so far in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, I have been angered by the combination of arrogance and incompetence which has characterised the Government's response to a very wide range of concerns expressed.

    From how we continue to regulate and licence the supply of over-the-counter medicines to working with our European neighbours on security policy; from how to maintain reciprocal roaming charges to protecting our hard-won rights and freedoms, the Government has displayed indifference and the inability to answer the most basic of questions.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Government has tonight been defeated in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

    An amendment on the customs union supported by the Liberal Democrats, Crossbenchers, Labour, and Conservative peers has passed by 348 votes to 225.

    The defeat forces the government to lay a report before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate a customs union as part of the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, and prevents the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 until these steps have been taken.

    This is a hugely significant moment, the House of Lords has come together to show the government that remaining in a customs union is key to the UK's future prosperity.

    Securing this win on a cross-party basis rams home how out of touch the government have been on this issue and that they drastically need to change tack from the destructive hard Brexit they are pursuing.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    An amendment providing enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards has been passed in the Lords.

    This is the second defeat today for the government in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    This defeat is a key step in ensuring that parliament plays the key role in Brexit and not just a handful of Ministers altering standards via the back-door.

    Guaranteeing that standards relating to equality, employment law and many other things can only be altered via primary legislation is extremely significant and essential to the democratic process.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    April already, so local government election campaigns are getting underway!

    Thanks to all our candidates and their teams, out knocking on doors, putting up poster boards and preparing for getting out postal votes later this month ahead of polling day on 3 May.

    If you haven't got elections near you, please offer to help somewhere nearby - every pair of hands is vital, with plenty of different jobs to be done.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    2016-01-17_Isabelle_Parasram_-_Head_of_Chambers_-_Professional_photo.pngIn November 2017, I was appointed by the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats as Special Investigation Counsel to conduct an investigation and produce a Report on the handling of sexual impropriety complaints within the Party.

    I am pleased that, after a period of being embargoed, the report has now been published and you can access it here.

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