• Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Using an anonymous government source to announce an official position paper on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is shambolic.

    The Leave campaign pledged that Brexit would not leave the border any less open after Brexit, but the government proposals leave the door open to customs checks on larger traders.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today, I've challenged David Davis to answer six questions over plans set out on future customs arrangements after Brexit.

    The government is offering two ways forward but won't tell us which it prefers. That's no doubt because cabinet ministers can't even agree amongst themselves.

    These plans are more concerned with papering over the cracks within the Conservative party than protecting our economy.

    All those industries that depend on membership of the customs union, from the car industry to aerospace, still have no clear idea what is coming down the track.

    All they know is that instead of jumping off a cliff in 18 months, the government now wants to do so in a few years' time.

    The government must come clean over the real costs of these plans for British businesses and consumers.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Brexit Secretary Davis has claimed that lack of clarity over the Government's Brexit plans was a deliberate attempt at "constructive ambiguity" as part of the negotiations.

    You will find it difficult sometimes to read what we intend. That's deliberate. I'm afraid in negotiations you do have constructive ambiguity from time to time.

    Brexit Secretary, David Davis
  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today's news that the Grenfell inquiry will not look into broader questions of social housing policy is a wasted opportunity.

    Disappointingly, the inquiry will only look into the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the run up to the tragedy.

    This inquiry must fully consult the survivors of this terrible tragedy and get to the bottom of why their concerns were not acted upon.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    This steep hike to rail fares will be a bitter blow for passengers struggling with overcrowded and unreliable trains.

    This is the biggest annual price hike in 5 years.

    The fact that fare rises are soaring above wage increases is another sign that people are losing out from higher inflation since the referendum.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Even if the government's plans for new customs arrangements with the EU were agreed to by the EU, these proposals will only delay the economic pain caused by leaving the customs union.

    The only way to ensure 'free and frictionless' trade with the EU is to remain a full member of the Customs Union and Single Market.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    It has emerged that the joint position on Brexit agreed in an article by Philip Hammond and Liam Fox was not even cleared with Brexit Secretary David Davis.

    The Chancellor and Trade Secretary wrote a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph calling for a time-limited transition after Brexit that would involve leaving both the single market and customs union.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Today's news that the Garden Bridge project has been officially scrapped is very welcome. The entire project was a "scandalous waste of public funds."

    This is the final nail in the coffin of the Garden Bridge.

    Over £37m has already been spent on this vanity project by the previous Mayor.

    It is a scandalous waste of public money.

  • The Week in Politics - Jo Swinson and Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 14, 2017

    It might be the height of the August holidays, but your Liberal Democrat team have been hard at work - as usual this week. Here's what we've been up to:

    Friday 4th August

    After comments from Sir James Munby - the UK's most senior family judge about a horrifying mental health case, Norman Lamb called for more and better investment in mental health.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Our research has revealed that almost ten fires a day are being caused by faulty white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridges.

    A total of 9,574 fires in the past three years have been caused by faulty white goods according to responses Freedom of Information requests from 30 out of 51 fire brigades.

A huge thank you to everyone who worked on my campaign in the Meon Valley.

We moved from 4th to 3rd, increased the Lib Dem vote by 913 share of the vote +1.2%pts. Not everything we wanted, but a creditable result given the national trend!

So thank you!

Best wishes

Martin

Martin Tod is Chief Executive of a national health charity, as well as a Hampshire County Councillor and Winchester City Councillor.
On the county council, he specialises in health and social care, and played a leading role in opposing Conservative cuts to support for older people which, as predicted, have led to a sharp increase in bed places lost due to patients being kept on in hospital after they are ready to go home and dramatic growth in the number of cancelled operations in local hospitals. He has also campaigned for improved road safety and for the council to take stronger action on air quality and the environment.
After studying economics at Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, Martin worked in international business for P&G for many years, before joining Vodafone as a senior marketing executive. Following this, he moved to work for Shelter - the housing and homelessness charity - before joining his current charity, the Men's Health Forum in 2013.
His interests outside work and politics include travel, photography, cycling and cooking.

Martin's priorities include:
· Protecting local business and local people's jobs by stopping a damaging hard Brexit
· Better funding for our local NHS
· Stopping the proposed Conservative funding cuts to local schools
· More affordable housing
· Action on air quality and the environment