• Article: Jun 4, 2019

    So you've sat there wondering how that one Muslim colleague has managed to go nil by mouth, not swear, smoke or get involved in office gossip for a whole month, and now there's a conversation about some event called Eid. There are 2 Eids in the Islamic calendar and this one, Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Muslims will have made a point of rereading the Qu'ran, given at least 2.5% of excess wealth to charity and many will have fasted daily to support, what I call, the "resetting to our humble selves." Eid involves prayer, food and communities getting together. Fasting and giving charity are 2 of the 5 pillars in Islam.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    YouGov and the Times released a huge new poll last night. And for the first time since 2010, they had the Liberal Democrats in first place on 24%.

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    That's right. We're fast becoming not only the biggest, strongest party of Remain, but the biggest, strongest party full stop.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today is Global Day of Parents - a day proclaimed by the UN to honour parents throughout the world. The birth of a child is a life-changing event. For many mothers, this will be the happiest time of their lives, but this is never the whole story. New mothers can often experience mental health problems before and after birth, cope with the trauma of pregnancy and birth, and struggle with societal expectations of motherhood.

  • Event: Jul 4, 2019 8:00 PM
    The Hyde Tavern Pub, 57 Hyde Street, Winchester

    First Thursday of the month join us at the Hyde Tavern for Lib Dem drinks - everyone welcome

  • Article: May 31, 2019

    Over 70,000 people still die every year in the UK thanks to smoking-related illnesses. Lib Dems demand better preventative care measures to prevent this.

    Over fifty years on from the discovery of the true health consequences of smoking, smoking has been reduced but still costs the lives of over 70,000 people in the UK every year.

  • Article: May 31, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    On Question Time last night, Jo Swinson announced her intention to succeed Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. She released her manifesto today, with 3 main themes:

  • Article: May 31, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    11,000. Yep, that's 5 digits.

    That's how many people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the start of May. 馃く

    To put that in perspective, that's enough people to fill:

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    馃敹 Blackpool Tower ballroom - 5 and a half times 馃拑馃徎

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    馃敹 Wimbledon's No.1 Court 馃幘

  • Article: May 30, 2019

    There can be no doubt. This weekend's results - our best ever in an EU election - prove that the Liberal Democrats are back in business.

    16 brilliant MEPs.

    20.3% of the national voteshare.

    Beating Labour and the Tories for the first time since 1906.

    Seeing so many of our hard-working candidates get the amazing results they deserved this weekend was an extraordinarily special feeling. My thanks go out to them and everyone who played a part in getting them elected.

  • Article: May 30, 2019

    Today, Ed announced his campaign to succeed Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader.

    He's running his campaign on 3 main tenets:

    • Winning campaigns
    • Fighting for liberal values
    • Tackling the climate crisis
  • Article: May 28, 2019

    Today is World Menstrual Hygiene Day. The date serves as a reminder that no one should be disadvantaged because of their period. Eradicating period poverty has been a priority for Liberal Democrats for over two years. We were the first party to lay a motion on the issue in Parliament back in 2017 and in Wales our Education Minister, Kirsty Williams rolled out a 拢2.3 million scheme to provide sanitary products to girls across primary and secondary school. The fight to eradicate period poverty wherever it exists is far from over.

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