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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: Sep 17, 2014
    In The Guardina
    September 16, 2014 1:32 PM
    By Fiona Harvey, Environmental Correspondent in The Guardian

    EdDaveyEd Davey Lib Dem.

    The energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, told the Guardian that the UK has already seen benefits from focusing on clean development, and was committed to helping developing countries do the same. He said: "It has required UK business and international investors to recognise the costs of failure and the benefits of change and it has been sustained by a strong, vocal and committed network of NGOs, pressure groups and activists who have been instrumental in sustaining political will and public acceptance."

    The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.

    The energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, told the Guardian that the UK has already seen benefits from focusing on clean development, and was committed to helping developing countries do the same. He said: "It has required UK business and international investors to recognise the costs of failure and the benefits of change and it has been sustained by a strong, vocal and committed network of NGOs, pressure groups and activists who have been instrumental in sustaining political will and public acceptance."

    Promoting renewable energy sources is a key feature in achieving economic transformation, the report says.

    At next week's climate summit, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, will convene heads of state and government from around the world to discuss climate change for the first time since the 2009 Copenhagen conference, which produced the first commitments from major developing countries such as China and India to curb emissions, and marked the first time the US agreed to binding emissions targets, but was widely derided for the scenes of chaos that accompanied it.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats
    September 8, 2014 12:01 AM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats


    All 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel under plans unveiled by the Liberal Democrats today.

    The proposal, which forms part of the pre-manifesto launched today, would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person's Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

    Liberal Democrats plan to pay for it by abolishing TV licenses and Winter Fuel Payments to pensioners who qualify as higher rate taxpayers.

    Commenting on the new policy, Nick Clegg said:

    "Liberal Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling people to get on in life, which is why we are introducing a Young Person's Bus Pass which will cover at least two thirds of travel for all young people aged 16-21.

    "We do not believe it is fair that some young people are hit in the pocket while others have a free ride. That is why we want to level the playing field so that all young men and women can get where they need to go

    "The Young Person's Bus Pass will ensure that young people looking to access education or training can do so in an affordable way, and I hope that bus companies will top up that discount to something even more generous.

    "Young people are required to stay in school until they are 18, but we haven't done enough to give them the support that they need to do that - literally to help them get from A to B

    "I know there are people who say you mustn't touch so-called universal pensioner benefits because politically it's too risky. We don't agree: what are effectively benefits for the rich and retired cannot be justified when there are so many young people struggling to get on their feet."

  • school meals
    Article: Sep 1, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    This week thousands of 4 year olds will be entering "big school" for the first time. It is always an exciting time for the children and quite an emotional one for parents.

    This year everyone of these children, and all those in years 1 and 2 at primary school, will get a free healthy lunchtime meal thanks to measures annnounced at last year's Party Conference by Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg.

  • key_safe-standing.jpg
    Article: Aug 24, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    A Liberal Democrat government would allow football clubs in the top divisions to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds.

    Under manifesto plans announced today, football clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to introduce standing areas.

    Safe standing already operates in domestic leagues across Europe, including Germany, Austria and Sweden.

    70% of UK football clubs support safe standing and fans say standing provides a better atmosphere.

    Introducing safe standing would also cut the price of going to watch a football match.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Culture, Media & Sport John Leech MP said:

    "The Liberal Democrats believe football clubs should be allowed to introduce safe standing areas where there is a desire to do so. Safe standing is allowed in many other sports and we do not believe that the top level of football should be an exception.

    "We are not calling for a return of the terraces of the 1980s. Modern safe standing areas using 'rail seating' operate very successfully in top tier football across Europe.

    "When clubs and fans are in favour of safe standing and it can be done safely, then the Government shouldn't get in the way. That is why Liberal Democrats want to change the law to let clubs introduce safe standing.

    "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."

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    Article: Aug 21, 2014
    By national lib dems

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today launched a new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships.

    The "Get In, Go Far" campaign is being supported by a number of employers across the country and coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.

  • Cllr. Sarah Uldall (sarah uldall)
    Article: Aug 6, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Cllr. Sarah Uldall

    A REPORT AT THE RECENT COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING SAYS THAT PERMITS should go up by £35, from £25 to £60, with a second permit costing £80. The Conservative cabinet said the cost of running the permit scheme makes a loss, and the fee would have to rise.

    Councillor Sarah Uldall (Lib Dem, St. Georges) said: "This price hike is based on the Council's belief that parking permits should be revenue neutral. I think, when it comes to schemes to make the road system even basically effective for local people, that is what your council tax is for. Quite simply, this is an extra tax on people who live in urban areas."

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats
    July 21, 2014 3:52 PM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

    After pressure from the party's grass roots at the National Policy Forum, Labour agreed to endorse the policy which was announced by Nick Clegg last year.

  • key_children_plants.jpg
    Article: Jul 17, 2014
    By national lib dems

    The Pupil Premium is helping to boost the educational prospects of poorer children, it has been announced today.

    Ofsted has published a report on how well schools in England are using the money to help support disadvantaged pupils in reaching their potential.

    Today's report finds that headteachers and governing bodies, overall, are demonstrating a strong commitment to closing the attainment gap and that there is a strong link between a school's effectiveness and the impact of the Pupil Premium.

    Funding is most commonly used to pay for extra teaching staff, booster classes, reading support and programmes designed to raise aspirations. Many schools also use the money to provide after-school, weekend and holiday sessions.

    Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said:

    "I've been fighting in Government for a fairer society where all our children have opportunities to succeed in life. This report shows that, through the Pupil Premium, we're starting to win that fight.

    "The Pupil Premium has been one of the most significant changes in our education system for a long time and is already closing the attainment gap by helping up to two million disadvantaged children get the support, education and skills they need to get on in life - whether it's through literacy classes, catch up lessons or one-to-one tuition.

    "This is just the start. From 2015 I want to see this help extended to disadvantaged three and four year olds too. This is all extra help for families across Britain to ensure that we live in a society where it is your talents and efforts alone, not your background that determines how successful you become."

  • Article: Jul 14, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    As Grosvenor Centre Development falls flat let's remind ourselves of what the local Tories said

    Brian Binley M.P. April 2012

    MP for Northampton South Brian Binley has warned Legal & General bosses they will become a 'laughing stock' after the firm claimed a retail development in Rushden could jeopardise the Grosvenor Centre development.

  • Cleg on jobs
    Article: Jul 7, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today announced a series of Growth Deals aimed at creating thousands of jobs, building new homes, and improving transport links across England. With this announcement Liberal Democrats are fulfilling our passion for localism and putting money and decision-making in the hands of those who know best.

    The announcement made by Nick Clegg will bring millions to Northampton and the county , one of the fastest growing areas of the country.

    Local projects receiving support include:-

    • A45 Northampton to Daventry Development Link road which will bring significant environmental improvements for Flore, Weedon and Upper Heyford and allow the development of housing and employment sites

    • Improvements to the A43 in Northampton including extra lanes, improved public transport and roundabout improvements allowing new housing and business sites to be developed

    • Silverstone Metrology Centre: a high precision measurement facility, available for use by SMEs at an affordable cost, enabling them to develop new products and processes

    • Stanton Cross: funding a new road bridge over the Midland Mainline railway which will allow major new housing and business developments to the east of Wellingborough

    • Digital Economyextending the Superfast Northamptonshire project to the final 10% of premises including all 60 business parks across Northamptonshire