Tewkesbury constituency

Welcome to Tewkesbury Constituency Lib Dems

Tewkesbury constituency covers most of Tewkesbury Borough (except the area west of the Severn) and parts of Cheltenham Borough and Gloucester City.

Essentially the main centres are Tewkesbury town, Ashchurch and Northway, Bishops Cleeve, Winchcombe, Churchdown, Brockworth, Prestbury and Swindon Village and Longlevens.

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    • Ian Dobie
      Article: Jun 19, 2018
      • 56 per cent of respondents to a recent survey, carried out by Cycling UK, said they were worried by close passes by vehicles while cycling
      • Operation Close Pass led to a 20 per cent reduction in casualties in the West Midlands in its first year - with the force recently recognised for its work to raise awareness of safe overtaking by Cycling UK
    • Jeremy Hilton at work
      Article: Jun 13, 2018

      On the 7th of June the Information Commissioner's Office issued a decision notice on a Freedom of Information Act request to disclose further information on the waste incinerator contract between Gloucestershire County Council and Urbaser Balfour Beatty.

      The reference number is FER0682654

      Cllr. Jeremy Hilton, County Lib Dem spokesperson on waste disposal said:

    • Paul Hodgkinson
      Article: Jun 11, 2018

      Responding to the piblication of the OFSTED inspection of Gloucestershire County Council on the 8th of June, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach), Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

      "The publication on the 8th of June of the latest OFSTED report into Gloucestershire's Children's services makes for mixed reading and tells of a slow approach to improvement since the last inspection in January.

    • Paul Hodgkinson
      Article: Jun 11, 2018
      • District councils across Gloucestershire pledged to relocate 140 families within the county between 2015 and 2020
      • Lib Dem led Cheltenham Borough Council offered 100 of those places (over 70 per cent of the total)
      • However, halfway through this period. only 37 families have arrived, around 25 per cent of the commitment
    • Paul and David
      Article: May 11, 2018


       In 2016/17 violent crime rose by 26 per cent in Gloucestershire, while total recorded crime increased by 13 per cent  There are now 250 fewer police officers in Gloucestershire than 10 years ago, while the number of Police Community Support Officers has fallen by 16 per cent since 2013  Gloucestershire Constabulary's budget has been cut by £30 million since 2010
      Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are bringing forward a motion at the County Council meeting on 16 May, calling for a reversal in cuts to the county's already stretched police force. The motion, to be proposed by Cllr. David Brown, highlights the group's concern surrounding cuts of over £30 million to Gloucestershire Constabulary's budget, with the associated loss of 250 police officers and 16 per cent of the county's PCSOs.
      The motion recognises the hard work of the county's police officers in challenging circumstances, while noting that cuts to the police budget have coincided with a rise in total recorded crime of 13 per cent in 2016/17, with instances of violent crime in Gloucestershire up 26 per cent.
      Cllr. David Brown (Barnwood and Hucclecote) said: "Local communities across the county are seeing the impact of the Conservative cuts to police budgets, with the drop in police numbers and rising levels of violent crime and anti-social behaviour.
      "These cuts to Gloucestershire's police force have gone too far, which is why we are asking the Conservative Council leader to write to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the new Home Secretary, calling for him to properly fund the police force and provide it with the resources it needs to serve the communities in Gloucestershire."

    • Jeremy Hilton outside Crown Court Gloucester
      Article: May 10, 2018

      There are calls for a new civil justice centre to be built in Gloucester city centre rather than in Quedgeley.

      The Liberal Democrat group leader on the City council, Councillor Jeremy Hilton, said that if a new crown, county and magistrates court complex was to be built in the city then it should be in a central location, rather than at the Waterwells business park in Quedgely.

    • Cllr Joe Harris and pothole!
      Article: May 4, 2018


       Of £30 billion raised in vehicle tax and fuel duty only £10 billion is reinvested in the road network  Gloucestershire County Council is ranked 121st in a league table of 214 local authorities for filling potholes, compiled by charity Cycling UK1  The repair backlog is estimated at £80 million
      Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are bringing forward a motion calling on the UK Government to spend more on the country's road network. The motion, to be debated at the Council meeting on 16 May, highlights the group's concern that of £30 billion raised by vehicle tax and fuel duty each year, only £10 billion is reinvested in the UK's roads.
      The motion is being brought by Cllr. Joe Harris, who also calls on the County Council Leader, Cllr. Mark Hawthorne, to write to the Secretary of State for Transport and the county's six MPs outlining the county's position that more funding should be made available.
      Cllr. Joe Harris (Cirencester Park) said: "Potholes and the state of the county's roads is the number one issue on the doorstep. Gloucestershire faces a huge challenge, with a backlog of road repairs totalling an estimated £80 million.
      "To highlight this gap, we are calling for the council to support our motion and for the Conservative Council leader to ask his party colleagues in UK Government why the road network receives so little investment from vehicle tax and fuel duty and to request that a greater proportion of it is actually spent

    • Jeremy Hilton
      Article: Apr 30, 2018

      Tackling air pollution in Gloucestershire from vehicle emissions is set to be an important priority for Gloucestershire County Council. Today the report of the air pollution task group, chaired by Cllr. Jeremy Hilton (Lib Dem Kingsholm & Wotton), is published.

      According to Public Health England, poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, and the Royal College of Physicians has estimated that poor air quality is responsible for 40,000 premature deaths in the UK annually.

    • Article: Apr 18, 2018

      Liberal Democrat councillors have expressed their concern after it was revealed that Gloucestershire County Council's spending on consultants

      has increased by a quarter compared to the previous year.

      Following questions today to the County Council's Conservative Cabinet by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it was revealed that spending on consultants rose from £1,327,372 in the year ending 31 March 2017 to £1,712,833 in the same period this year - a staggering rise of 23%.

    • Paul Hodgkinson
      Article: Apr 12, 2018

      An albatross unwittingly feeding plastic to their young. A sea turtle hopelessly ensnared in floating debris. The most celebrated and watched programme of 2017 was also the most sobering.

      'Blue Planet II' brought to life the staggering impact that our consumerist, throwaway culture is having on our seas. It's estimated that 9 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our seas and oceans every year, causing huge damage to marine life and the environment. Single-use plastics (SUPs), such as straws, plastic bottles and disposable coffee cups are not widely recycled, and can take up to 900 years to degrade, breaking into fragments that enter the food chain.

    Published by Audrey Ricks on behalf of Cait Clucas and the Liberal Democrats at 17 Westover Court, Churchdown, Gloucester. GL3 2AA

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