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Welcome to the website of Northampton Liberal Democrats

Northampton Liberal Democrats currently have 4 Councillors on Northampton Borough Council and 6 on Northamptonshire County Council.

The Lib Dems ran Northampton Borough Council for the first time between 2007-2011.

At the General Election in 2010 Northampton North Constituency saw the party achieve its highest ever share of the vote in what has now become a three-way fight.

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    Article: Oct 16, 2014
    By national lib dems

    Liberal Democrat plans to introduce safe standing areas at football grounds would help to cut ticket prices, as new research shows ticket prices have grown by 4.4% in the past year.

    The BBC 'Price of Football' study has revealed that the average ticket to a game in the football league is now £21.49, up 13% since 2011.

    Commenting, Lib Dem Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson John Leech MP said:

    "Modern football is expensive to watch, and this BBC study shows that prices are only going one way. We have to take action so that the average fan is not priced out of the national game.

    "Safe standing in other countries allows clubs to offer cheaper season tickets to fans who want to watch the game in standing areas. For example, Bayern Munich charge just £110 for a season ticket in their standing area, nearly 10 times less than a season ticket to watch Arsenal.

    "Safe standing offers supporters more choice, a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets. It is an idea whose time has come and I am proud that it is the Liberal Democrats who are the first political party to commit to delivering this.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    State pension set to rise by 2.5 per cent next year

    Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year.

    The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will increase with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent - whichever is highest.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrats respond to Conservative plans for school commissioners

    October 13, 2014 8:55 AM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    Responding to the Conservatives manifesto plans to give school commissioners the power to fire headteachers on the spot and impose new discipline codes, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "This new Conservative policy on schools seems to have been cobbled together on the back of a fag packet.

    "The idea that you can support and challenge 24,000 schools on the basis of eight Commissioners responsible for covering thousands of square miles of territory in vast regional bureaucracies is a nonsense.

    "We need to ensure that there is a proper local source of high quality challenge for schools, capable of intervening swiftly when needed, and having a proper mandate to change leadership and governance when necessary. We also need to do much more to enable our best schools to work to improve our weakest schools.

    "The Conservatives' problem is that they think that changing the name plates on schools is the answer to every problem, when the real issue is improving governance and leadership - which is far more important and requires a more serious form of engagement.

    "The Conservatives have made very clear that they would cut real education spending in the next Parliament. If they want to do something positive for schools, they should think again about this rather than dreaming up more half-baked schemes and extra bureaucracy."

  • Article: Oct 8, 2014
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    Article: Oct 7, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Plans to boost pay for thousands of apprentices have been unveiled by Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable.

    A proposal to create a single national minimum wage for 16 to 17-year-olds in work and first year of apprentices will be presented to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

    It would mean around 31,000 apprentices in the first year of their programme will benefit from a pay rise of more than £1 an hour.

    Vince Cable hoped the move would encourage more young people to take up an apprenticeship.

    He said: "The National Minimum Wage has successfully protected the incomes and jobs of the lowest paid workers in the UK.
    "This year it will see the first above inflation rise in the minimum wage since the recession.

    "Thanks to the Lib Dems, apprenticeships are helping to create a stronger economy and opportunities for young people. I want the minimum pay for apprentices boosted by £1 an hour."

    The proposal to the LPC would see wages will rise from £2.73 to £3.79 an hour on current rates. This will also help employers by simplifying pay structures.

    In June 2014, Vince asked the LPC to consider whether the structure of the apprentice rate could be simplified to ensure apprentices get paid the right wage.

    The LPC will make their recommendations, alongside the 2015 national minimum wage rates, in the Spring of 2015.

    Government will then decide on any changes to the structure, based on the LPC's recommendations.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Today David Cameron said Tories will raise the tax threshold.

    For information we show you where the idea came from. Please make a note of the date.

    Lib Dems plan to cut your tax bill further

    A Liberal Democrat government will make further cuts in Income Tax and reduce National Insurance for millions of workers under manifesto plans announced today.

    The party plans to raise the personal allowance to at least £12,500 by the end of next Parliament.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014
    By Cllr. Jill Hope

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS reacted with surprise today after a motion put forward by Lib Dem Councillor Jill Hope was not supported by Labour. The motion called for an end to parking charges for hard pressed residents.none

    The motion called for Residents Parking Permits to be made free to residents and paid for from general taxation. It also suggested that the council recoup charges from organisations or individuals that draw excessive cars into the area. "The motion is about fairness" said Jill Hope. "It is not fair to charge residents for the convenience of parking in their own street when they do not cause the problem".

    Cllr Lofts (LibDem Towcester) added: "In my district, villages are touted by the County Council as tourist spots and most of the visitors come by car. To then charge residents who live there to park in front of their own houses is quite simply immoral".

    The Tories voted down the motion, once again ignoring the concerns of the residents of St James, and other areas in the county that suffer parking congestion.

  • Angela & Sadik (centre) with supporters
    Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Northampton Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce their parliamentary candidates for the 2015 general election. In Northampton North, a ballot of local members has selected Angela Paterson. In Northampton South, the ballot selected Sadik Chaudhury to contest the seat.

    Both candidates are Northampton locals, with Sadik living in Ecton Brook and Angela in East Hunsbury.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014
    By Richard Church in LIb Dem Voice

    Cllr Richard ChurchEd Miliband has to concede that home rule for Scotland must mean that Scottish MP's should no longer vote on English only matters. Not to do so would be unreasonable, unfair, and also deeply unpopular in England. It would give the Tories the biggest stick they could wish for to beat Labour with up and down England in May next year.