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Northampton Liberal Democrats currently have 5 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.

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  • Event: April 28, 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

  • Keep Calm
    Article: Apr 24, 2015
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    Article: Apr 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has announced a 'Five Point Plan' for teachers and parents.

    Nick has also criticised drastic Tory cuts which would slash £5.2bn from the education budget; threatening teachers' jobs and teacher training across the UK.

    The scale of Tory cuts is equivalent to axing four starter salary teachers in every school in England.

    Highlighting the Liberal Democrats' front page manifesto commitment on education, Nick Clegg has reinforced the party's guarantee to protect education funding from nursery to 19.

    The Liberal Democrats' plan will attract the best into the teaching profession and drive up standards in every school by ending political interference, giving power back to teachers, and providing new opportunities for professional development.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only party to guarantee the protection of per pupil funding in real terms over the next five years.

    The Liberal Democrat five point commitment for teachers and parents will:

    1. Provide an additional £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr-olds by 2020; protecting per pupil education spending in real terms over the next parliament and increasing the education budget as a whole.

    2. Guarantee all teachers in state-funded schools will be fully qualified or working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by September 2016.

    3. Establish the Royal College of Teachers to oversee QTS and professional development. And support the Teach First programme to attract high calibre graduates into teaching, in particular in STEM subjects.

    4. Establish a new National Leadership Institute to promote high-quality leadership targeting the most challenging schools in the UK.

    5. Get politics out of the classroom. We will give teachers more freedom over what they can teach by introducing a minimum curriculum entitlement - a slimmed down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools. As well as establish an Independent Educational Standards Authority (ESA) to remove ministerial interference in curriculum content and exam standards.

    Announcing the new measures, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

    "A good education has to power to give every child the opportunity to succeed in life. But you can't get a world-class education without world-class teachers.

    "As the economy grows we need to invest further in education, giving teachers the gold-standard qualifications they are due and the freedom they need to teach future generations.

    "If you are a teacher, be assured the Liberal Democrats will get politics out of the classroom and give you the freedom you need to teach your pupils. Our plans will recruit, retain and reward good teachers.

    "If you are a parent, be assured your children will get a world class education from world class teachers.

    "The Tories are wilfully taking an axe to our vital public services and their agenda will hit teachers and schools hard.

    "In Coalition the Liberal Democrats stopped the Tories cutting the schools budget. Only with Liberal Democrats in Government will education get the respect and protection it needs."

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    Article: Apr 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Commenting on reports that the Chilcot Report may not be published until 2016, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesman Tim Farron said:

    "In 2003 Britain was led by the Labour Party with Conservative support into a war with Iraq which many people in our country believe was illegal.

    "The speculation that Sir John Chilcot's report into the Iraq War may now not be published until 2016 is deeply concerning.

    "Liberal Democrats opposed the war in Iraq, and pushed for this inquiry to be held. Hundreds of thousands of families have had their lives torn apart by the Iraq war and deserve answers.

    "It is simply not good enough for this process to be continually delayed and the report must be published."

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    Article: Apr 17, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will issue a stark warning that BLUKIP, an alliance of right wing Tories, UKIP, and the DUP, could hold the balance of power after the election.

    Fears have already been raised about the prospect of a Labour-SNP coalition that would threaten our economic stability with excessive borrowing and put the future of the United Kingdom in the balance.

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    Article: Apr 17, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto puts opportunity at its heart and sets out a plan to ensure every child has a world-class education.

    The party has announced a major new commitment to protect education funding for every child.

    This means protecting education spending per pupil in real terms over the next parliament, increasing the education budget as a whole.

    This commitment provides an extra £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr olds by 2020.

    This spending commitment will allow the Liberal Democrats to:

    • Put a qualified teacher in every classroom.
    • Recruit and retain more good teachers.
    • Help schools to offer more one-to-one and small group tuition.
    • Expand early years education as pupil numbers grow.

    This funding will also help ensure we can meet our commitment that every child is able to read well by the age of 11.

    The £2.5bn funding commitment is the equivalent of:

    • 70,000 teachers, 10,000 learning support assistants and guarantees funding for the additional 460,000 children starting school through the parliament.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

    "This manifesto is a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society. At its heart is one word that is absolutely central to what Liberal Democrats believe: opportunity.

    "We want to ensure that every child, no matter where they are born, the colour of their skin, or how rich their parents are, has the same opportunity to reach their potential is.

    "That's why the Liberal Democrats are the party of education.

    "At the last election, protecting schools spending and investing huge amounts of extra money towards the poorest pupils was one of our top priorities.

    "I am immensely proud that we did just that in Government. But we won't rest there. We are determined to make sure that every child in Britain has a world class education."

    Education Minister David Laws, chair of the Liberal Democrat manifesto group, added:

    "This manifesto is a serious document from a party prepared to govern. It sets out a credible and deliverable liberal vision for Government that builds on our achievements in coalition.

    "Liberal Democrats put spreading opportunity at the heart of the Coalition's agenda.

    "That's why Liberal Democrats protected and invested in education. It's why Liberal Democrats created a record 2m apprenticeships.

    "And it's why Liberal Democrats cut taxes for millions of working people and gave pensioners a generous rise in the state pension every year."

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    Article: Apr 15, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems
  • candidates 2015
    Article: Apr 13, 2015

    On May 7th everyone in Northampton will have the chance to vote for a Liberal Democrat candidate in the borough elections.

    With more hard working Liberal Democrat Councillors we can still save Northampton.

    If you want to find out who the candidates are for the borough election then you can download the full list of candidates below http://www.northampton.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/8060/borough-election-candidates-for-2015

  • Article: Apr 9, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems
    Speaking on LBC's Election Call, Nick Clegg said he thought it was odd that the Conservatives were elevating Trident over other key areas such as education and jobs.

    His comments follow the Conservatives' announcement that their manifesto will include a commitment to build four new nuclear missile-armed submarines.

    Nick said:

    "I find it quite extraordinary that the Conservatives appear this morning to have elevated this nuclear weapons system as the most important thing in which they are in politics for.

    "They're saying it's a red line and all of this kind of stuff.

    "I think many people listening would find it pretty odd that a major party like the Conservative Party think that's more important than delivering jobs or fairer taxes or better pensions or money for our schools and nurseries."

    Liberal Democrats believe that we need a better, more up to date approach to Trident.

    Under our approach we will keep the United Kingdom secure whilst keeping cost down through having a sensible and pragmatic approach to our independent nuclear deterrent.

    Want to know more about what the Lib Dems are delivering? Sign up here...

  • Article: Apr 8, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats
    Nick Clegg

    The Lib Dems will fund increases to the Personal Allowance to £12,500 with money raised from evasion and avoidance after the job of deficit reduction is complete by 2017/18.

    Liberal Democrats will also increase the tax rate on dividends for higher and additional rate taxpayers to fund a commitment to increase the threshold to £11,000 in the first year of the next parliament.

    The detailed plans come a day after the Lib Dems delivered on their 2010 commitment to raise the Personal Allowance to £10,600, which will deliver a tax cut worth £825 to those on middle and low incomes.

    By contrast, it has been revealed that Labour tax plans will leave people £340 worse off a year.

    Commenting on the Lib Dem tax cut policy, Nick Clegg said:

    "This is about fairness. The Liberal Democrats want to continue cutting taxes for middle and low earners, just as we have done every year in government. The Conservatives want bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, paid for by the poorest.

    "The Liberal Democrats' job in government has been to fix the economy in the fairest way possible. We have had to drag the Conservatives to that position.

    "Now they want to veer off from the balanced approach of the coalition so they can help their friends in big business and big houses by cutting public services much more deeply than necessary.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats will make sure our recovery is strong, stable and fair. We will cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than Labour."

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

    "At every Budget and autumn statement, Nick Clegg and I have made increasing the personal allowance our number one priority- the same cannot be said of the Tories.

    "Before the election it was inheritance tax cuts for the very wealthy. Then it was reducing the top rate of tax. Then it was introducing a tax penalty for single people. And now they're back on inheritance tax cuts.

    "We have had to fight tough and nail with the Conservatives to deliver the biggest set of tax cuts in a generation. The personal allowance is only going to £10,600 because the Lib Dems fought for it.

    "During this general election, there is only one party with a track record of promising tax cuts on the front page of its manifesto and delivering them to the pockets of middle and low income families up and down the country. That is the Liberal Democrats."