• Lord Ben Stoneham delivering his speech at Spring Regional Conference
    Article: Mar 6, 2018

    The South Central Regional Conference on 24th February was a great success. Region was delighted to welcome lots of new members, attending a Regional Conference for the first time. And a big thank you to all for your excellent donations in the appeal and for purchasing raffle tickets - we managed to raise £285 through the raffle which will help fund our campaigning.

    We had excellent speeches from our MP Layla Moran and Lord Ben Stoneham (pictured left). In addition, we had training sessions on Using Connect on Polling Day, MiniVAN, and Using Social Media. Thank you to Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Ben Dowling and Vanessa McPake who stepped in to lead on various training sessions as, unfortunately, one of our trainers was unable to attend. And thank you to all of you who made speeches at our Speakers Corner. We will be selecting several of the topics submitted to be developed into policy motions to be debated at our next conference on
    Saturday, 13 October 2018 (put that date in your diary now!).

  • Article: Mar 6, 2018

    To mark 100 days to the World Cup in Russia the we've laid out a 'starting 11' of major concerns Russia needs to give the red card before kick off.

    The issues include:

    1. Stop annexing foreign territory
    2. Stop interfering with foreign elections
    3. Stop hacking foreign governments & businesses
    4. Stop institutionalised doping in sports
    5. Stop human rights abuses
    6. Stop decriminalising domestic abuse
    7. Stop supporting Assad in Syria
    8. Stop the stamping out of democracy in Russia
    9. Stop abuses against LGBT Russians
    10. Stop political assassinations at home and abroad
    11. Stop imprisoning those opposed to Putin
  • Article: Mar 3, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    And even when no other party agrees, we've stood our ground.

    Today, on our 30th Anniversary we stand strong, with 100,000 members, right across the UK and once again, we're setting out the bold ideas needed to build a strong, Liberal Britain

    ✔︎ An exit from Brexit.
    ✔︎ a new deal for social care.
    ✔︎ a new deal for schools.
    ✔︎ a new deal for services.

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Mar 2, 2018

    Commenting on Theresa May's Brexit speech at Mansion House, Vince Cable MP Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    May's diminished authority is allowing Brexit extremists to neuter any chance she has at getting an acceptable deal for the UK.

    "With a listless government beholden to hard-line Tories the only way to protect our future is ensure a referendum on the final deal. Surely, If May believes in her strategy, she would happily take it to the country."

  • Article: Feb 27, 2018
    By Alistair Carmichael

    Boris Johnson has made a bizarre appearance on the Today programme where he showed flagrant disregard for history and international affairs by comparing the Northern Ireland border with the Congestion Charge.

    Once again the Foreign Secretary has shown why he shouldn't be allowed out of the house to talk about foreign affairs.

    He has revealed a complete lack of understanding of the complexities and history of the Northern Irish border. It is one of the major outstanding issues of Brexit negotiations and one of our most senior Cabinet Ministers hasn't even bothered to read his briefing notes.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2018

    Living in Britain today, we all know the scale of the problems approaching us - and yet it seems that no-one has the courage to argue for the radical solutions we need.

    Runaway climate change; an aging population; healthcare and housing both in crisis; the passing of the liberal international order; the commercialisation of our private data; the risks and rewards of automation and AI; one tax system for multinationals and the rich, another for everyone else.

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    "Corbyn started his speech claiming that Labour's position on Brexit has been consistent, by which he must mean consistently vague. And today was no different.

    "His slight movement on the Customs Union and some EU agencies might be one step on the road to rationality, but there is still a long way to go before the rhetoric meets reality. The Labour leader spoke of putting the British people first, but made no guarantees on making sure they are the ones who have a final say on the Brexit deal.

    "The reality is there is no Brexit that is good for workers unless we stay as integrated as possible. Until Corbyn guarantees that we will stay in the Customs Union and Single Market, and gives people a chance to decide their own future, he continues to be Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, walking hand in hand with Theresa May towards a destructive Brexit that risks jobs, the economy, and the Union."

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Feb 26, 2018

    The Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn now needs to show some strength and change course.

    'A jobs-first approach to Brexit' is a dangerous, meaningless and totally undeliverable soundbite with Britain out of the single market.

    The damage leaving the single market and customs union will do to our economy poses a real risk to the NHS and public services. Corbyn needs to listen to those in his party who are calling for him to change direction.

    If Jeremy Corbyn carries on down this path of 'having your cake and eating it', it would be another betrayal to those who believe that strong public services have to be underpinned by a strong economy, and Britain staying in the single market and customs union is crucial to that.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Feb 24, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    University lectures have started 14 days of strikes due to drastic changes to their pensions. They can expect to be left around £10,000 a year worse off in retirement as a result. The government must move to underwrite the Universities Superannuation Scheme, providing lectures and academic staff with guarantees that their pensions will be safe.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Immigration figures announced today show that 47,000 fewer EU nationals came to live in the UK, and that 28,000 EU nationals departed our shores, between the period of September 2016 to September 2017.

    This continued chaos and confusion over Brexit coming from the Government is damaging our economy and our communities.

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 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