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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 constituencySwindon Constituency

  • Petition: Mar 22, 2019

    Barclays are closing their Malmesbury High Street branch. It will shut on Friday 28 June. Cllr Gavin Grant has reacted angrily, "Barclays and other banks were bailed out with our cash. They owe it to customers, local businesses and charities to keep this branch open. I am demanding that they do. Help by signing my petition below."

  • Article: Feb 26, 2019

    Wiltshire Council today narrowly adopted the Lib Dem call for the Council to acknowledge a climate emergency and to seek carbon neutrality by 2030.

    Below is the text of Brian Mathew's motion that was adopted:


    To consider the following motion submitted in accordance with the constitution:

    Full Council notes:

    1. Humans have already caused serious climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre- industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm) 1. This far exceeds the 350 ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity2 and will continue to rise if no action is taken.

    2. In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes by 2030.3

    3. Individuals can accept responsibility for living in a more sustainable way, but cannot be expected to make all these reductions on their own. Greenhouse gas emissions primarily result from burning of fossil fuels, incineration of the products of fossil fuels (waste plastics), unsustainable agricultural practices and the production of cement. Thus, governments at all levels: national, regional and local, must change legislation, standards, infrastructure and their approach, to meet the need to reduce CO2eq emissions and thus make low carbon living easier to achieve and the new norm, while protecting the most vulnerable in society from poverty.

    4. The County of Wiltshire is already at the fore in the field of solar electricity generation, where it has the highest UK local authority area level of photovoltaic (PV) capacity at 581.1MW4, the second highest number of installations 9193 (large and small), and the second highest actual generation of solar electricity 530,719MW(h) per annum. Wiltshire Council has installed 5 rapid electric vehicle (ev) charging points with a further set of fast charging points being installed at 15 Wiltshire Council car parks and it operates a fleet of 3 fully electric vehicles and 10 with ultra-low emissions, it has become largely paper free with its adoption of lap top computers for all councillors and staff. It has also reduced carbon consumption by consolidating its offices into fewer more energy efficient buildings, as well as increasing the 'roll out' of LED street lighting and within its offices.

  • Wiltshire Cllr Budget Statement
    Article: Feb 26, 2019

    Lib Dem councillors on Wiltshire Council voted against the County's ruling Conservative budget for 2019/20 and proposed an alternative approach.

    Speaking in the debate this morning, Lib Dem leader Cllr Ian Thorn described the budget as "failing the people of Wiltshire".

    Cllr Thorn added, "Today's budget is more of the same. For 10 years Wiltshire residents have witnessed relentless cuts.

  • Budget statement 1
    Article: Feb 26, 2019

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats today have launched their vision for Wiltshire.

    DEMANDING BETTER

    This document is the start of a process of developing a fully costed Liberal Democrat manifesto for the Wiltshire Council elections in 2021. It sets out the Lib Dem approach and our immediate priorities for Wiltshire. It is the first step in a process that will include discussions and consultation with residents, businesses and the impressive array of community groups and organisations that make up our diverse county.

  • Salisbury Library Petition
    Article: Jan 10, 2019

    For as long as I can remember, Salisbury Library has been at the centre of the Salisbury community. Wiltshire Council's plan to relocate Salisbury Library to a new facility underneath a Travelodge will reduce the library's capacity by 70%. Sign the Salisbury Library Petition.

    Charlotte James explains why she is leading the campaign to ensure Salisbury doesn't lose out in this redevelopment.

  • 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