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The Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are a political organisation based in Chippenham. We work across and represent the five constituencies in Wiltshire, which include - North Wiltshire, Chippenham, South West Wiltshire, Salisbury and Devizes.

To find more details of our work locally in each constituency please click on the maps below. Or to find out more about the work of our Liberal Democrat group at Wiltshire Council scroll to the newsfeed beneath.

Chippenham constituencyDevizes constituencyNorth Wiltshire constituencySalisbury constituencySouth West Wiltshire constituency

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Thank you to all who have joined us in saying how sad they are at the untimely death of our former Leader, Lord Paddy Ashdown.

    It was a privilege to have known Paddy. He was a frequent visitor to North Wiltshire and was the guest speaker at our 2017 Annual Dinner, just one year ago.

    Paddy inspired many to join the Lib Dems. A Liberal to his core, he was a person of great integrity, courage and ‎compassion. A man who loved this country.

    A former Royal Marine Officer and member of the elite Special Boat Squadron who saw active service, Paddy knew and understood the difference between true patriotism and narrow nationalism.

    For Paddy patriotism was about working positively with others for the common good of all. Whereas nationalism seeks to blame others for the problems of all.

    For that reason Paddy was a passionate and committed supporter of Britain remaining a member of the European Union. Paddy believed that these should be a People's Vote to decide whether the final deal is better than what we already have

    He will be greatly missed but his legacy lives on in the Liberal Democrats he helped create and was so proud to lead.

    If you share Paddy's values of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, environmentalism and internationalism then ‎come and join us.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    The almost 16,500 people who protested the Conservative Run Wiltshire Council proposals to close the counties outdoor education centres will be celebrating today following a proposal to save the service.

    "I hope the Cabinet have learned many lessons here. The original closure of both Braeside and Oxenwood was announced behind closed doors at a Cabinet meeting last March. The time allowed for expressions of interest was too short. Staff were not properly consulted. All of that was wrong. Many people have worked hard including my Liberal Democrat Councillor colleagues to get us to a better place unlike the Labour Councillors who couldn't be bothered to attend key meetings.

  • LED Street Light
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Cllr Ian Thorn

    Over the years Wiltshire Council has rejected Liberal Democrat Councillors calls for the Council to invest in LED street lighting. LED lights are cheaper, better and environmentally friendly.

    Sadly, our words fell on deaf ears until now.

    Currently just 3% of our County's our 45,000 existing lights are LED. Lighting Wiltshire's highways, car parks and amenity spaces costs‎ £1.9m a year. Electricity costs rose by 7% last year alone.

  • U-turn
    Article: Nov 19, 2018

    Reacting to the ‎news of Wiltshire Council's last minute U-turn to drop Sunday car parking charges due to start this Sunday, Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group Leader on Wiltshire Council Ian Thorn said,

    "I'm delighted that Wiltshire Council's Cabinet have finally seen sense. These Sunday parking charges were a terrible idea.

  • Brian Mathew selection
    Article: Nov 5, 2018

    Local Liberal Democrats have chosen Dr Brian Mathew as their prospective candidate to be North Wiltshire's next MP.

    The result was declared at a packed members meeting at Kington Langley Village Hall on Saturday 3 November.

    The announcement came after Dr Mathew and his opponent Alistair Fernie had spoken to and answered members' questions. The meeting was the climax of a month long, intensive campaign

  • Sunday parking charges graphic
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats have launched a County wide petition to force a full Council debate and vote on controversial new car parking charges.

    The new charges for Sunday and Bank Holiday parking in Wiltshire Council car parks will be introduced from 19th November in the run up to Christmas.

    The Lib Dems hope to get 5,000 signatures on a petition calling for the charges to be dropped. If successful, that will force a full debate and vote on the charges at the next meeting of Wiltshire Council in the New Year.

  • County Hall, Trowbridge (Robert Cutts (pandrcutts) at https://flickr.com/photos/21678559@N06/26911210273)
    Article: Oct 25, 2018
    By Cllr Ian Thorn
    Dear Editor,

    At this month's Council meeting Wiltshire Liberal Democrats raised both our County's preparations for Brexit and tangible recognition for our armed forces and blue light services.

    Predictably both of our proposals were backed by the Lib Dem Councillors and opposed by the ruling Conservatives. However one voice was totally silent, Labour's. The reason was simple. None of their Councillors were there.

    This is not the first time when Labour have "disappeared" on important issues. They failed to show up to the key meeting that would have forced a review of the Conservative's decision to sell off the County's Outdoor Education Centres at Braeside and Oxe‎nwood.

    Perhaps Labour Councillors feel a longer lunchbreak and beating the traffic home is more important than speaking up for Wiltshire's residents. Perhaps they feel that pressing the Tories to act on key issues is a waste of time. If so, then we Liberal Democrats disagree fundamentally with them.

    Holding Wiltshire's Conservative leadership to account and putting forward constructive, alternative proposals is the responsibility of an effective Opposition. We provide that. Labour clearly does not. No doubt residents will remember this when they cast their votes in 2021.

    Yours sincerely,

    Councillor Ian Thorn,

    Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group‎on Wiltshire Council

  • EU/UK flags
    Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are calling for a Brexit Summit on the potential impact on local residents, businesses and vital services of leaving the European Union next Spring, in a motion to Wiltshire Council on Tuesday in Trowbridge.

    Last August a Lib Dem Freedom of Information request revealed Wiltshire Council had held no meetings about exiting the EU and had undertaken no Brexit impact assessments.

  • Soldiers
    Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats want a 20% discount on council leisure services for our armed services and emergency services personnel who carry either the Defence Discount or Blue Light cards.

    The Lib Dems also want these discounts extended also to Wiltshire's looked after children and their nominated carers.

  • 2018 Western Counties conference
    Article: Oct 12, 2018

    Western Counties Liberal Democrats are excited to announce a top line-up of enthusiastic and engaging speakers at our conference in Tiverton on 17/18th November 2018.

    Keynote speakers will include Layla Moran MP, Sir Graham Watson, Wera Hobhouse MP and Vince Cable MP, plus debates, training sessions and workshops for you to learn new skills to support your local party, and much, much more...

    Book NOW to come to the Joint Regional Conference and AGM's

    Draft timetable - a full agenda will be released nearer the time