• Article: Jun 29, 2019

    The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in its own internal psychodrama.

    The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in its own internal psychodrama.

    And once again the future of the country has played second fiddle to the future of the Conservative Party.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    We are so close to stopping Brexit.

    In the three years since we started our calls for a People's Vote on the final deal, your hard work has taken it from a fringe view in British politics to a position that is now advocated by millions of people, and so many more MPs across both sides of the House of Commons.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    Nothing is more frustrating than the BBC giving prominence to Nigel Farage, whilst so often ignoring us.

    That's why - at the start of our leadership contest - I wrote to the BBC demanding they host a TV hustings for the Liberal Democrats.

    So I'm delighted to announce they've now agreed there will be three televised debates - on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, between Jo and myself on Monday 1st July (Sky & Channel 4) and Friday 19th July (BBC) to help you make your mind up!

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    Here's the most important question in this leadership election; If Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn go head to head as the leaders of the Tories and Labour, both supporting Brexit, who should we choose who will stand out as the real alternative?

    For me, that leader is Jo Swinson.

    Let me tell you why.

    As our party's Brexit spokesperson, I've seen the reports; medicine shortages, small businesses crushed, our security at risk.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    It has been a huge honour to have the chance to lead our great Party, and I am really enjoying speaking to members across the country in this campaign.

    I've been talking about my vision to stop Brexit, tackle the Climate Emergency, and defend our Liberal values - but also about my political life that has led me here. I wanted to share some of my proudest moments with you:

  • Article: Jun 28, 2019

    In the last week I have been immersed in the subjects which we ought as a country be talking about, but which attract minimal attention where they do not impinge on Brexit or the Hunt-Johnson roadshow.

    I went to Manchester to speak to the NHS Confederation: essentially the people who run the NHS, from Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive, down. I tried to get my head around the underlying politics of the NHS: this is a much loved pubic service which politicians tamper with at their peril, but it also feels itself to be in a permanent state of crisis and underfunding.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2019

    June is LGBT+ Pride Month!

    LGBT+ Pride events are being held across the country to recognise the impact LGBT+ people have had in the world and the struggle they still face for equal recognition. The Liberal Democrats have always championed the rights of the LGBT+ community. Here are 7 things that we have done:

  • Article: Jun 27, 2019

    We have a date for the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    After days of delay, the Conservatives finally caved this morning and moved the writ to allow the by-election to go ahead. It'll be held on Thursday 1st August - exactly 5 weeks from today.

    It's going to be a brilliant campaign - I'm looking forward to seeing as many people there as possible. The weather's lovely and the views speak for themselves!

  • Article: Jun 24, 2019

    We have a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire!

    The current MP, a hard Tory Brexiter, has been overwhelmingly recalled by his constituents.

    And if we take this seat off the Tories and they may lose their working majority in the Commons.

    Brecon and Radnorshire is a seat that we held until 2015, and we hold the Welsh Assembly Member seat.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    Please be advised that this article contains language that some may find offensive

    As a child of the Windrush generation, Windrush Day is hugely important to me. I'm so glad that we, as a society, are marking it.

    The term 'the Windrush Generation' stems from the arrival, on June 22, 1948, of the ship The Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean.

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