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  • Tax Cut
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Today 3,570,000 people in the South East will receive a £700 tax cut compared to 2010. This will put £700 back in the pockets of the lowest earners.

    Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the new income tax personal allowance kicks in, reaching £10,000. It means 3,570,000 working people are paying £700 less in income tax than they were under Labour; people on the minimum wage have had the amount they pay in income tax more than halved; and 2.7m of people in the lowest paid jobs will no longer pay any income tax at all.

  • Ukip
    Article: Apr 5, 2014

    Another week, another success for Lib Dems in the European Parliament. This week it was hammering the final nails into the coffin of mobile roaming charges in Europe. From the end of next year, the extra fees for using your mobile phone in another EU country - already reduced significantly in recent years - will be scrapped entirely.

  • Space
    Article: Apr 5, 2014
    A satellite launched yesterday as part of an EU project to observe the Earth from space will rely on a radar system made in Portsmouth. The Sentinel spacecraft uses an electronics system, which will guide its radar, designed by Airbus' local Astrium plant.
    The satellite is part of the EU Copernicus programme to observe changes in the Earth's environment, helping to monitor earthquakes, floods and fires.
  • EU
    Article: Apr 5, 2014

    Ahead of the second EU debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage this evening, a timely new report has found that Liberal Democrats are the most influential British party in the European Parliament.

    The analysis of MEPs' voting records from VoteWatch Europeover the past five years by think tank Policy Network, finds that Liberal Democrats are the "most successful coalition partner" in the European Parliament and "have played a central role in policy-making in both Westminster and Brussels."

  • Article: Apr 3, 2014

    As we draw closer to the European elections on 22 May, more and more business leaders are speaking out in favour of Britain's membership of the European Union. Not a day seems to go by without another major employer warning of the risks for Britain's jobs and economy of a potential EU exit. That's because - as Nick Clegg said in last night's debate with Nigel Farage - it's about jobs, jobs and jobs.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2014

    213 suspected mobile phone thieves have been arrested in a joint EU-wide police operation in the UK and a further seven EU countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Romania). The coordinated operation against individuals and gangs behind smartphone theft led to 120 arrests in London alone and the seizure of 2401 stolen phones.

  • ann marie
    Article: Feb 21, 2014

    Local Lib Dems are angry that the Conservative run council has ignored its huge reserves and refused a government grant to increase both Council tax and car parking charges.

    "Liberal Democrat councillors refused to back an increase in either Council Tax or car parking charges. We wanted a freeze" said Lib Dem Leader Ann-Marie Barker. "A freeze could have been funded from a combination of the government grant on offer and by taking a small amount from the Council's substantial reserves" explained Cllr Barker.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2014

    Lib Dem councillor Will Forster has slammed local Tories for a shocking hike in Council home rents and for making such a large increase because it is likely to be the 'last opportunity' to do so.

    "The average increase in council rents is going to be £4.27 a week or over £17 a month" said Cllr. Forster "but some tenants will pay more" he explained.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2014

    Chris Took, the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Woking, has welcomed comments by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that interest rates will not return to pre-crisis levels of 5% until "all spare capacity was being used in the economy."

    Chris, a company Director of a technology business, has said that Carney's comments, known as 'Forward Guidance,' will help both businesses and consumers when it comes to making purchasing decisions.

  • Ann marie - green gunge
    Article: Feb 14, 2014

    After large parts of the Basingstoke Canal were covered in green gunge from the summer to the end of the year Cllr Ann- Marie Barker is calling for the local waterway to be kept gunge free. The gunge (technically known as duckweed) covered the canal around parts of Horsell, near the town centre and beyond for more than half of 2014.