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.

Our PPC is Alex Hegenbarth.See www.alexhegenbarth.com for more information.

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

More about the Liberal Democrats in Tewkesbury.


    • 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.

    • Kay-Berry
      Article: Mar 1, 2018

      Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) Planning Committee at its meeting on February 13th decided to defer the application to build 465 homes on Cheltenham Road East adjoining Dancey Road and Parkside Drive.

      They requested further information after listening to Churchdown Lib Dem councillor Kay Berry when she addressed the meeting. Kay drew their attention to the education report of October 2nd which had not been included in their papers. This clearly stated that there is 'no capacity' in any of the local schools to take any of the children from this development of 465 homes. It also said that the full development of the whole Joint Core Strategy (JCS) strategic site of Churchdown South would require the construction of a new 3 form entry primary school and extra classrooms for the two secondary schools.
      The application will be heard again on March 13th when representatives from the County Council's education department and Highways England will be invited to answer questions from the committee.

    • Cheltenham General Hospital
      Article: Dec 19, 2017

      No return to overnight A & E provision at Cheltenham General Hospital -
      So say the Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Trust for Gloucestershire

      At a seminar for Cheltenham Borough Councillors this week, Deborah Lee, CEO of the Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust and Mary Hutton, who leads on Gloucestershire's Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, both made it absolutely clear that there was no chance whatsoever of their agreeing to Cheltenham General Hospital reverting to a full 24/7 A & E facility.

      So, despite Cheltenham Tory MP Alex Chalk's fine words and promises to restore our overnight A & E, he capitulated to urgent care which made it easier for this outcome to be imposed on us. And, despite the Prime Minister's fine words at Prime Minister's Questions saying that the Trust would listen to the views of local residents, this has clearly not been the case here.

      The Trust argue that their decision is to ensure the safety of the public. What they really mean is that they cannot afford to recruit sufficient specialist clinicians to staff two overnight A & E departments in the county. Why can't they afford to do so? Because, like local authorities, the police and other public sector bodies, the NHS has been starved of much needed funds by central government as, first, George Osborne and now Phillip Hammond obsessively pursue a policy of austerity.

      As Lib Dem Councillor Dennis Parsons points out 'the truth is that public safety is put at risk by the absence of an overnight A & E facility at Cheltenham. This means that Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough residents in areas such as Bishop's Cleeve and Winchcombe need to traipse all the way to Gloucester while suffering injury or illness that may or may not be life threatening.' .

      The Liberal Democrats have argued and will continue to argue for a penny on income tax to raise £6 billion specifically ring-fenced to provide improvements in NHS and social care.

      The Liberal Democrats owe it to the people of Cheltenham and surrounding area never to stop campaigning for a fairer funding solution and the restoration of a full time 24/7 A & E Department at Cheltenham General Hospital.

    • Winning in November
      Article: Dec 2, 2017

      Tewkesbury Constitueny Liberal Democrats are delighted to report that the Liberal Democrats won all four of the council by-elections that were held on Thursday 30th Nov, gaining seats from the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP and holding a seat already held.

      The sweep of victories means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November, significantly more than any other party.

    • Paul Hodgkinson
      Article: Dec 2, 2017

      LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have today raised concerns over the rising number of recorded hate crimes in Gloucestershire and are asking what is being done to tackle them.

      Figures from a Freedom of Information request sent to Gloucestershire Constabulary by the main opposition group on the County Council show there has been an 18% increase in the number of recorded hate crimes in Gloucestershire in 2016/17 compared to 2015/2016. There were increases in all categories of hate crime including race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender.

    • Article: Nov 30, 2017

      LIBERAL DEMOCRATS in Gloucestershire are putting the spotlight back on lowering the voting age to 16 after accusations of Tory filibustering were made which prevented the debate in September.

      Both locally and nationally, the Liberal Democrats have campaigned for years to allow 16 years the right to vote. They were also at the forefront of laying down an amendment in parliament back in 2015 that would have given 16 year olds a vote in last year's EU referendum.

    • Jeremy Hilton at work
      Article: Nov 27, 2017

      The total cost to the public purse of the abortive attempt by Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, to takeover the county's fire and rescue service was £135,000.

      The fire and rescue service has been governed by Gloucestershire County Council since 1974. All members of the council are united in their support of the county council remaining the local fire authority.

    • Children
      Article: Nov 9, 2017

      An Ofsted letter sent to Gloucestershire County Council on 18th October 2017 has today finally appeared in the public domain. The letter summarises the findings of the recent monitoring visit to Gloucestershire's Children's services. This is the 1st monitoring visit since Gloucestershire County Council was inspected on 27th February to 23rd March 2017 and found to be inadequate in the Ofsted report published on 13th June 2017.

    • Paul and David
      Article: Nov 8, 2017

      Gloucestershire's Liberal Democrats have today started an online campaign calling for the Home Secretary to stop the cuts in the county's police force and properly fund it.

      Figures reveal that there are now nearly 250 fewer PCs in Gloucestershire than 10 years ago and the numbers of police community support officers (PCSOs) have reduced by 16% since 2013.

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

    Tewkesbury Abbey (W. Lloyd MacKenzie, via Flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/saffron_blaze/)