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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

  • Alan Rankin Wiltshire Council speech
    Article: May 23, 2018

    Potterne resident and local campaigner Alan Rankin spoke out in support of the campaign to save Oxenwood and Braeside at the full Council meeting of Wiltshire Council on 22 May 2018. To view Alan's speech visit this link, or a transcript is avaliable below.

    A recent National Audit Office report on the financial sustainability of Local Authorities describes the financial background in which Wiltshire Council is making difficult decisions. A background of a real-terms reduction of government funding and increasing statutory service demands and inflationary pressures.

  • Cllr Brian Mathew
    Article: May 22, 2018

    Tuesday's Council meeting saw the Lib Dems propose a motion to start a feasibility study into using waste plastic to repair our county's roads. This both environmental and economically beneficial motion has been passed to the overview and scrutiny committee to assess its use in Wiltshire.

    Cllr Brian Mathew proposing his motion argued that while, "parts of our planet are starting to drown under a sea of waste plastic, and with UK waste plastic no longer going to China for recycling, we have to find another way and find a use for this material here at home. What is less known is that it is already underway in the UK. And if this was extended to all local Authority areas, a productive use for as much as 60,000 tonnes of waste plastic could be found each year in UK roads."

  • Braeside Outdoor Education Centre
    Article: May 22, 2018

    The strength of community campaigning was once again demonstrated with the protest against the decision to close Braeside and Oxenwood at today's full Council meeting. The Conservative administration accepted a Lib Dem amendment that in referring the decision back to cabinet that it should be open and transparent and use every "best effort" to ensure these two sites remain in use for outdoor education.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are fully behind the community protest, organised by the 'SAVE Braeside & Oxenwood' community group for the 28thApril in Devizes, against the closure of the county's two outdoor education centres.

    The protest will be enthusiastically attended by a number of Lib Dem councillors and the party hopes that the Tory cabinet will rethink their heartless decision to close these two valuable community assets. Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Hubbard, who chairs the council's Children's Select Committee has attacked the council's closure decision saying that it "fails the young people in our communities and yet again puts the purse before the people."

  • Helen Belcher
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    Helen Belcher was re-selected as the Liberal Democrats' prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham at a packed meeting in Melksham on Thursday evening.

    Over 100 party members crowded into the pavilion in King George V Park to hear three strong candidates express their views on international relations, local issues and party policy. Helen won the subsequent vote with an overwhelming majority.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2018

    Wiltshire residents from across the political spectrum have reacted with anger to news that the Conservative administration in County Hall have voted to close the county's two outdoor education centres.

    The facilities, Oxenwood near Marlborough and Braeside in Devizes are now set to close in August after the decision was taken in a secret session of the council's Cabinet last Tuesday that excluded members of the press and public.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    At the end of an at times fractious day discussing the budget, the full council meeting ended with cross party agreement to support Dr Brian Mathew's motion to assess the feasibility of scaling up the 'Shared Lives' programme in Wiltshire. This will now go to the next cabinet meeting to establish how this can go forward. There is a potential for a real 'win-win' here for both adult social care in Wiltshire and serious savings for the Council's budget.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Today the Liberal Democrats advocated for the adoption of an amendment to Wiltshire Council's budget to allow for a greater move to LED street lighting across the county.

    Unfortunately, the Lib Dem amendment was not adopted by Wiltshire's ruling Conservatives, who chose to ignore the benefits that increasing the adoption of LED lighting would bring to the county. The Lib Dems supported funding an extra £1m to be more proactive in our approach to rolling out LED street lighting in Wiltshire. Cllr Steve Oldrieve, who drafted the Lib Dem amendment commented that, 'the Lib Dem amendment is a win-win proposal allowing significant revenue savings whilst reducing our carbon footprint. It is unbelievable that Wiltshire Council's Conservative administration have rejected it and shows a lack of leadership in the fight against global warming."

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats on Wiltshire Council proposed an amendment at today's council meeting to cut the number of Councillors by 12, from 98 to 86.

    The number of Wiltshire councillors is currently ‎under review by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The party are proposing a cut in Councillor numbers, the Lib Dems have parted company with the ruling Conservatives on the Council. The Tories, backed by Labour, want to increase the number of Councillors to 99!

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    The Liberal Democrat amendment to prevent further cuts to the already decimated communities budget was voted down by the ruling Conservatives today in Trowbridge.

    "We want to stop the proposed cuts in the communities budget. Building stronger and more resilient communities is vital for Wiltshire's future," said Lib Dem group leader Cllr Ian Thorn. The Lib Dem amendment to the budget proposed cutting Wiltshire Councillors travel expenses by a modest 20p and halving the budget for portfolio holders. This was felt to be a fair compromise as Cllr Thorn argued, "it's important that councillors take their fair share of pain at this challenging time. When jobs are at risk and services cut. Councillors must play their part."