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 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

  • Article: Jan 10, 2019

    The Prime Minister has spent 18 months putting together a compromise Brexit deal that doesn't deliver on what the Brexiteers promised and pleases no one.

    Theresa May is making a mess out of Brexit and her deal is a national humiliation.

    She doesn't have the support of her backbenchers, or of the DUP. Fifteen government ministers have now resigned over Brexit.

  • Article: Jan 10, 2019

    On Tuesday night, thanks to Lib Dem MPs, the Government lost on a Finance Bill for the first time in 41 years. We won a vote on a cross-party amendment that demonstrates to the Government that a majority of MPs are opposed to no deal.

    It goes some way to taking no deal off the table, but it's crucial we remove it as an option full stop.

    We will not stand idly by while the Conservatives destroy our economy, our NHS, our peace and security.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2019

    No deal Brexit could mean road closures and gridlock at Portsmouth International Port. Three times as many lorries could pass through, causing disruption and pollution.

    The Government is trying to force Theresa May's Brexit deal through Parliament - it's not working.

    This is yet another display of Government incompetence. It's taking a 'Dad's Army' approach to no deal preparations.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2019
    By Claire Halliwell

    Across the UK, we are asking teams to head out onto the doorsteps and campaign for a final say on the weekend of 12/13th January, just a few days before Parliament votes on Theresa May's disastrous deal.

    It is clear Brexit is a national embarrassment and the Conservatives are making an absolute mess of it.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2019

    The local Lib Dems recently challenged Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to do more to ensure that enough homes are built for families on low and middle incomes in our town. As the Council begins examining this important issue, Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, sets out his take on solutions to the housing crisis - which include local authorities taking a greater role in the large scale building of social housing.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2019

    The past few years have seen the worst refugee crisis since the Second World war, as conflict in places like Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Eritrea have forced many thousands of refugees to flee for their lives.

    Just 239 of these refugees have attempted to cross the Channel and find refuge in Britain this winter.

  • Joh McKay and Ron Hussey
    Article: Jan 4, 2019

    Liberal Democrats believe in building quality homes for those on low and middle incomes. We need more affordable and more social housing.

    At December's Council meeting, Cllrs John McKay and Ron Hussey challenged the Council and asked "Are we doing enough? Could we do more?"

    The motion, demanding better on housing, gained unanimous support. A report will now be prepared to address questions such as:

  • Article: Dec 31, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    As we enter 2019, time is ticking down on Brexit, and with it the whole future of the country.

    The history books will look back on these coming three months as critical.
    It is almost unbelievable that Parliament is waiting a further week to return!

    After two long years of negotiation, the Prime Minister has brought back a Brexit deal that satisfies no-one. Her reaction is to try to scare people with the prospect of a 'No Deal' Brexit. In reality, that can't happen unless she decides it should.

    So the only way forward - now - for the country and the Prime Minister is for the public to have the final say, and the option to Remain.

    It's a campaign we Liberal Democrats started more than two years ago. Now millions of people have joined us in demanding a better future than Brexit Britain has to offer.

    And the power of the millions who have signed petitions, lobbied their MP, or marched on Parliament - 700,000 of them just this year - is beginning to bear fruit. A People's Vote has moved from being a possibility to being a probability.

    But only if we keep the pressure up. If we succeed, 2019 will be a year remembered not because we harmed our country with Brexit, but because we - the people - stood up and stopped it.

    And if we do that, our Parliament and Government can once again deal with big issues like climate change, rising crime, the social care crisis, homelessness and housing supply, all of which have been neglected because of Brexit.

    Enjoy your New Year celebrations and then let's get out there in 2019 and win the fight for a People's Vote and a brighter future for Britain.

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    Article: Dec 27, 2018

    The 2018 edition of Ad Lib Magazine is out now. Read it here:

    Read the latest edition

    Starting next year, Ad Lib will now be an online-only publication, released quarterly. We'll also be sending some of the editions to our members who aren't on email as well.

    If you'd like anything included in future editions, please email membership@libdems.org.uk.

  • Totem sign St Michaels retail park
    Article: Dec 27, 2018

    The St Michael's Retail Park illuminated advertising totems are being left on all night, disturbing nearby residents. The totems however only have planning permission to be illuminated during the hours of business.

    Lib Dem councillor Ron Hussey discussed this with the site owners and they've agreed to fit "timers" to switch off the lights automatically when the shops close, currently 10:30 pm.

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