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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.

Recent updates

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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.

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    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.

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    Article: Jul 12, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Speaking yesterday at the LACA Main Event in Birmingham, David Laws revealed that, according to recent information from schools and councils, over 99% of schools are on track to deliver nutritious and free school meals to infants this September.

    Free school meals are expected to benefit an extra 1.5 million children. This policy is the latest milestone in the long history of school meals, it is the biggest expansion of free school meals in over 65 years.

  • 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

  • Article: Jul 6, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats
    July 5, 2014 8:00 AM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    Nick Clegg has announced that he wants to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020.

    Nick is calling for people to submit evidence of ways to help make this happen, which will be followed by a cycling summit to discuss ways in which the Government can help make it cheaper, easier and safer for people to cycle.

  • Jill St. James 1
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    By-election result - Northampton Borough Council, St James Ward

    July 4, 2014 11:11 AM
    By Brian Markham - Agent
    Northampton Borough Council, St James Ward, 3rd July 2014

    Labour 307 (31.7%)

    Jill Hope Lib Dem Focus Team 262 (27.1%)

    UKIP 201 (20.8%)

    Conservative 198 (20.5%)

    Turnout 29.9%

    Labour held the seat, with no doubt a sympathy vote following the death of sitting councillor and former Mayor Terry Wire..

  • Article: Jul 3, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Cheaper mobile phone calls and text messages in the EU

    July 1, 2014 9:23 AM
    Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

    From today, it will be cheaper to use your mobile phone in other EU countries.

    The cost of data roaming in other countries within the EU has been cut by more than 50% from 36p to 16p, under new caps introduced by the EU.

  • market square
    Article: Jun 29, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Northampton Conservatives took this!

    Spent £50K +

    and built this

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    Article: Jun 18, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Windfarm to create 2,700 jobs in the UK

    An offshore windfarm, which is expected be one of the largest in the world, has been given the go ahead by Liberal Democrats. The East Anglia One offshore windfarm will create 2,700 construction jobs and will bring £520 million of investment into the UK's economy.

    The decision underlines the Liberal Democrats' commitment to green energy and green jobs.

    he wind farm, worth £10 million a year to the East Anglian economy, would generate enough electricity to power approximately 820,000 homes.

    Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

    "East Anglia and the rest of the UK have a lot to gain from this development. The project has the potential to inject millions of pounds into the local and national economies, and support thousands of green jobs.

    Making the most of Britain's home grown energy is crucial in creating job and business opportunities, getting the best deal for customers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports."

    East Anglia One plans to install up to 240 wind turbines, which means that it would be significantly larger than the current biggest wind farm in the world, the London Array.