• Article: May 14, 2019

    We launched a new poster in London today, calling out Jeremy Corbyn's dodgy Brexit voting record.

    With a weak minority government, he could have stood up and put an end to this national embarrassment. But instead, he's voted with the Conservatives 29 times to push Brexit through.

    Actions speak louder than words. Labour is a Brexit party.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    Content warning: this blog post will discuss issues relating to eating disorders

    It's mental health awareness week, and this year's theme is body image. Many people who suffer from ill mental health, such as having an eating disorder, still don't get the support they need. This needs to change.

    We need early intervention, better training for doctors, and standardised waiting times for adults, like we have for children.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    There was a new round of EU election opinion polling in this weekend - and the Lib Dems are performing amazingly!

    The data released has us between 12 and 15% - the highest we've been in years, with big increases in all 3. If we carry on this momentum, we could well record our best European election showing - ever! We're already well above the Conservatives - and getting close to challenging Labour for second place.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    We are a proud European party, and we want to keep it that way!

    As a part of us wanting to remain in the EU, we are excited to announce our new joint project with the German liberal party Free Democratic Party.

    It will allow you make direct contact with a new German friend to exchange ideas to help bridge the divide that has been caused by nationalism and misconceptions.

  • Article: May 10, 2019

    WARNING: there are naughty words ahead. Stray political editors from the Daily Express may find their sensibilities offended!

    We launched our EU manifesto yesterday: Bollocks to Brexit. It's as bold as the name suggests - committing us to:

    ✔︎ A People's Vote
    ✔︎ Defending our fishing rights from being traded away
    ✔︎ A carbon-neutral EU by 2050

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Brexit latest

    They say sailors should not complain about the sea, and - accordingly politicians shouldn't complain about the media.

    Nonetheless, it is one of the frustrations of leading a relatively small (if high quality) group in the House of Commons that we sometimes struggle to get the media coverage we deserve. Likewise PMQs, where I am called only once a month despite our party having secured more than double the vote of the SNP, whose leader is called twice a week!

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Today, we're launching our EU manifesto. We're running our campaign on a clear message - a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit.

    We were the first to call for a People's Vote in 2016 - and we haven't stopped fighting for it, nearly 3 years later. We want Britain to remain in the EU because it's best for our economy, our public services and best for the environment.

  • Article: May 8, 2019

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.

    And while they're trying to keep their position on Brexit as vague as possible, Labour has aided the Tories in pushing it through every step of the way. They're a pro-Brexit party.

    In fact, we did some digging. The Labour whip has instructed parliamentarians to abstain or vote with the Tory government on 28 Brexit votes. These include:

  • Article: May 8, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    1. We're the party of Remain

    With over 100,000 members and supporters, we're the largest group in the country fighting to Stop Brexit and Remain in the EU.

    We're growing fast, too - more than 2,000 more members have joined us since the local elections alone.

    We've been fighting Brexit for the past three years. We've consistently called for a People's Vote and campaigned up and down the country to remain in the EU.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Ramadan (or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar and this year will start around the 5th May and will end around the 4th June.

    Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. During this period, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, meaning they do not consume food or drink and abstain from smoking and sexual relations.

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