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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.

To help our campaign or for more information please get in touch here.

Campaigning for more money for mental health

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  • Event: February 3, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    From Tuesday 3rd Feb until the elections in May the Lib Dem Office at 120-126 Kingsley Park Terrace will be open for volunteers and helpers on Tuesday mornings to help fold, stuff, deliver leaflets and have a cup of coffee and slice of cake.

    When Every Tuesday

    Time 1030am to 1230pm

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has written to the Sir John Chilcot in regard to the progress of the Inquiry he chairs into the United Kingdom's role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    In it he says: "if the findings are not published with a sense of immediacy, there is a real danger the public will assume the report is being 'sexed down' by individuals rebutting criticisms put to them by the Inquiry, whether that is the case or not."

  • fund raising for Thornton Park
    Article: Jan 20, 2015
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    Article: Jan 6, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrats have today (Tuesday 6 January) set out plans to safeguard the NHS for the future.

    NHS funding will increased by at least £8bn per year in real terms by 2020.

    The Liberal Democrats are the first party to present a plan to meet the financial needs of the NHS as set out by Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England in his Five Year Forward View.

    To achieve this boost in funding by 2020/21, Liberal Democrats will do three things:

    1) We will baseline into the budget of the NHS, the additional £2bn that Liberal Democrats secured in the Autumn Statement for 2015/16.

    2) In addition to this funding we will invest a further £1bn in real terms in 2016/17, as we set out at our Autumn Conference. This will be paid for by capping pensions tax relief for the richest pensioners (saving 500m), aligning dividend tax with income tax for those earning more than £150,000 (saving £400m) and scrapping the Conservative shares for rights scheme (saving £100m).

    3) Once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18, we will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy.

    As well as increasing NHS funding, the Liberal Democrats will also commission a non-partisan fundamental review of NHS and social care finances in 2015 before the next spending review, in order to assess the pressures on NHS budgets.

    We will focus extra funding on two key priorities that will help reduce cost pressures in other areas to help NHS funding remain sustainable. These priorities are:

    1) Mental health. We want to end the discrimination against mental health and have pledged £500m extra a year to support this from 2015/16 onwards.

    2) Prevention. Keeping people healthier for longer and supporting people to stay as healthy as possible and to receive care closer to home.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only party to set out a credible road map for how we will safeguard the NHS over the next parliament.

    Neither Labour or the Tories have a credible response to the funding challenges that the NHS faces.

    Labour have pledged £2.5bn only to be fully introduced by the third year of the next parliament and have not committed to any additional real term increases beyond that, while the Conservatives have made no specific real terms funding commitments.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to increasing NHS funding by £8bn in real terms by 2020.

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    Article: Jan 4, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    From April, the personal tax allowance will rise to £10,600, meaning that 27m workers will benefit from a tax cut, while 3.5m will pay no income tax at all.

    Anyone earning the average annual salary (currently £27,200) will benefit from the equivalent of a ten-week income tax break.

    By raising the tax threshold, Liberal Democrats are giving workers an £825 tax cut this year.

    Increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,000 was on the front page of the Liberal Democrat 2010 manifesto.

    It was also something the Conservatives said was not affordable - but thanks to work of Liberal Democrats in government, millions of workers are able to take home more of their hard earned cash.

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "As people count the cost of Christmas, I'm proud to say the Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered the biggest cut in income tax for a generation, helping millions of people keep more of their hard earned wages. This is vital to helping build a stronger economy because it is fair, ​with those on average and lower incomes benefitting the most.​

    "In 2010, raising the income tax threshold to £10,000 was a Liberal Democrat promise on the front page of our manifesto which we have delivered and now surpassed. The Conservatives had to be brought along kicking and screaming and were reluctant to introduce this tax cut. As for Labour, their promises for low and middle income workers are vague and uncosted. Labour just can't be trusted with the economy.

    "Millions benefit from the raising of the tax threshold. However, those on lower incomes benefit the most, with over 3.5 million people taken out of paying income tax altogether under the new threshold. By April 2015 there will be 27 million people who will gain from paying less income tax."

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    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Cameron wrong on support for wind farms

    December 17, 2014 7:32 PM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    Latest research by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 67 per cent of people support onshore wind farms. However, the Conservatives have said they would not subsidise new onshore turbines if they win the general election.

    The Liberal Democrats will never abandon our commitment to the environment and we have ensured that it stays at the top of the agenda. In government, we have blocked a Conservative plans to impose a cap on wind farms.

    Putting the brakes on onshore wind would be disastrous for the environment, businesses and jobs.

    Figures released earlier this year by RenewableUK show that 15,400 people are now employed in Britain's wind power industry, an increase of 70 per cent since 2010.

    In the year 2013 to 2014 the wind turbine industry attracted £2.6bn of investment.

    Just days after Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove barred Tory Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd from attending critical climate change talks in Lima, the Tories have yet again shown their lack of commitment to green causes.

  • Sarah and her bike
    Article: Dec 17, 2014
    By Northamptonshire Liberal Democrats

    Despite almost 30% of the population of Northamptonshire residents living in Northampton Borough, figures unveiled by the Liberal Democrats today show only 9% of the road budget was spent in the County town last year.

    "This is a disgusting admission" commented Cllr. Sarah Uldall (pictured), spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats on transport and roads. "While Northampton traffic grinds to a halt, desperate for a completed ring road, the Tories spend £32m on a bypass around Geddington where the Council leader lives. Meanwhile they do nothing for the County town. Our pavements are crumbling and our roads are in tatters."

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014
    December 17, 2014 12:54 PM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    Nick Clegg pointingNick Clegg has said that all 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel.

    Appearing on Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live, which can be viewed on Youtube, Nick Clegg set out the proposal which 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.

  • Cllr Brendan Glynane
    Article: Dec 9, 2014
    By Northampton Chronicle and Echo Dec 9th in chronicle & echo

    by Paul Lynch Chronicle & Echo paul.lynch@jpress.co.uk

  • eating disorders
    Article: Dec 4, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has announced a £150m investment to transform the treatment of children and young people with eating disorders.

    Nick has secured the fund in this year's Autumn Statement and forms part of the Liberal Democrats ongoing campaign to bring mental health services on a par with physical health care.

    The Liberal Democrats are determined to change this and to end the stigma around mental health. We want mental health issues to be treated just as seriously as physical health issues.

    The fund will be rolled-out over the next five years and paves the way for the introduction of new waiting standards.

    Research shows an increasing number of young people, some as young as five are being admitted to hospital for treatment of eating disorders at a cost to the NHS of around £200m a year.

    The new funding will focus on channelling money from expensive institutional care to local provision through:

    - pilot schemes to get young people with eating disorders early access to services in their communities, with properly trained teams, making hospital admission a last resort.

    - extending access to talking therapies so that children and young people have choice of evidence based therapies.

    Nick said:

    "Too often children with mental health problems are being completely let down by the current system, with many suffering from eating disorders going unreported and untreated.

    "We know that if an eating disorder goes untreated for more than 3 to 5 years the chances of recovery are greatly reduced, while incidents of self harm increase.

    "That's why we need to act now to transform the current system, intervening earlier with dedicated and targeted community-based services to ensure that we don't fail this generation or the ones that follow."