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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

  • Angela ppc
    Article: Nov 19, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems


    Angela Paterson has welcomed Confederation of British Industry (CBI) calls to help families by increasing free childcare.

    The CBI today (Monday) echoed plans already set out by the Liberal Democrats to extend free childcare to 15 hours a week for all children from two-years-old.

    Angela Paterson said:

    "Liberal Democrats and businesses both understand that one of the biggest barriers to employment for many people, particularly women, is the sky-high costs of childcare."

  • Event: November 24, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Kingsley Park Working Mens Club, 120-126 Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton

    Northampton Local Party's Annual General Meeting

    Guest Speakers

    Angela Paterson PPC Northampton North & Sadik Chaudhury PPC Northampton South

  • Angela ppc
    Article: Nov 17, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokespersonn for Northampton North Angela Paterson has announced that Disadvantaged Northamptonshire primary school pupils will receive £26.13m boost in 2015.

    The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

  • Sadik H & S
    Page: Nov 17, 2014

    Sadik Chaudhury has been chosen as Liberal Democrat Prospective Candidate for the Northampton South Parliamentarty Seat.

    Sadik joined the Liberal Democrats in 2006 and became the first Liberal Democrat British Bangladeshi Councillor in Northampton from 2007 to 2011.

    Sadik is a former executive committee member of the (NBA) Northampton Bangladeshi Association and has been involved for many years. He is also known for his involvement in sports activities for the last 19 years.

  • Dennis Meredith - your Borough Councillor for Thorplands
    Article: Nov 13, 2014
    By Northamptonshire Liberal Democrats


    Cllr. Dennis Meredith (Lib Dem, Talavera) has called for profits from the sale of land and buildings in the Eastern District to be used to benefit the local community.
    The Borough Council has sold the barn attached to the community centre in Southfields, as well as the silver horse pub, generating around £400,000 in capital receipts. At the same time, the County Council has sold off a former middle school site in the area, which is likely to put total profits at around £1m.
    "The eastern district remains one of the most deprived areas in the town" commented Dennis "and it is right and fair that money generated from assets that belonged to the people of the area should be spent to benefit the local community."
    Dennis is particularly concerned to see further investment in play and exercise equipment in local parks, and a strengthening of community centres across the eastern side of Northampton.
    "We've had to apply for outside funding to get more play equipment in the parks" Dennis pointed out. "And residents are concerned about the state of the roads and pavements, though I know this is true everywhere. I am very concerned that this money will be used to prop up pointless, wrongheaded spending in other areas, while any development on the sites will put even more pressure on local facilities."

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014
    By Northampton Lib Dems
    November 11, 14 3:42 PM
    Originally published by Catherine Bearder MEP
    Carer's bonus

    In a landmark case today, the European Court of Justice has ruled that economically inactive EU nationals who go to another EU country solely in order to obtain social assistance can be excluded from certain social benefits.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

  • Article: Nov 10, 2014
    By Liberal Democrats

    Tuition FeesThe Liberal Democrats recognise that we couldn't deliver our policy on tuition fees - and Nick has apologised for this. The truth is that both Labour and the Conservatives supported higher fees, and as we did not win the General Election, we were unable to carry out our promise without backing from either of the two other parties.

    Although that's no excuse, we are proud that we made sure the system was as fair as possible. No student pays up front, and they only pay back once they're earning over £21,000. And we're already seeing positive results, with more young people going to university and more of them from disadvantaged backgrounds thanks to the safeguards we put in place.

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    FAQs

    How much does university cost?

    Firstly, nobody pays a penny for university tuition fees until they have graduated and are earning over £21,000. How much you pay depends on how much you earn after.

    People who earn more pay more. And all graduates repay less per month than under the old system. If you lose you job or earn less than £21,000, you pay nothing at all. After 30 years, any remaining debt is wiped off.

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    Can poor students still afford university?

    Yes, definitely. Nobody has to pay anything before university - you only start paying once you have graduated and are earning over £21,000. And because of the way we have designed the system, the poorest 30% of graduates pay less overall than under the old system.

    Liberal Democrats made sure the new system came with fee waivers, bursaries, a £50m National Scholarship programme and higher maintenance grants for people whose parents earn less than about £42,000.

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    How do students know if they're getting a good deal?

    Universities now have to provide much more information about things like contact time and the jobs that graduates go on to, so students can make an informed choice.

    For young people who choose not to go to university, we are also expanding apprenticeships. So far 1.8 million young people have started an apprenticeship, more than ever before.

    Why did Liberal Democrats allow tuition fees to increase?

    Neither the Conservatives nor Labour agreed with our policy to end tuition fees. They both supported the Browne Review, which actually recommended unlimited fees. Given the state of the public finances Labour left us with, we therefore had to compromise with the Conservatives.

    However Liberal Democrats worked hard to make sure we got the best deal for students, given the circumstances. We made sure that how much you pay for university depends on how much you earn after. Nobody pays a penny until they graduate and are earning over £21,000.

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    Have you apologised for breaking your pledge?

    Yes. Nick Clegg made a public apology in a video. As a party, we have learned from our mistake and will never again make a promise the British people unless we are absolutely sure we can keep it.

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    Did you consider a graduate tax instead?

    The new system is effectively a 30-year graduate tax, in that graduates repay 9% of their income over £21,000. If they lose their job or their income falls below £21,000, they will not pay anything. We did look at a full graduate tax, but we discovered foreign students or people who move abroad after university would be able to avoid repaying the cost of their tuition.

  • key_energy-efficiency.jpg
    Article: Nov 7, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Energy bills are £50 lower this year thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

    Work by Liberal Democrats in government means that bills are lower, the lights are kept on and we are reducing emissions.

    Without our action, bills would not be cheaper. Instead they would be around £90 higher this year.

    Liberal Democrats in government have made it a priority to make Britain greener whilst reducing energy bills for households.

  • nick-school-meals-week.jpg
    Article: Nov 4, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats
    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today joined schoolchildren in Oxford to get some cooking tips from Raymond Blanc, as part of the celebrations for National School Meals week.

    Celebrity chefs are joining forces with school cooks to promote school lunches.

    Hundreds of schools across England will be taking part in the celebrations, which mark the biggest healthy awareness eating week aimed at children.

  • key_Have_Your_Say.jpg
    Article: Nov 4, 2014
    By National Liberal Democrats
    Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws is calling for a new education body that would independently assess whether school standards are rising or falling over time.

    David has said he wants to see an independent body take charge of setting what's in the curriculum and bar politicians from deciding which authors are read in English and which monarchs are studied in history.

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