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Westbury White Horse

Welcome to South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

South West Wiltshire Constituency Liberal Democrats covering the towns of Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury and Mere, together with the large village of Tisbury. For more details about goings on in the constituency visit swwiltshirelibdems.org.uk.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    In Westbury North FOCUS, November 2018

    We waited weeks expecting an appeal to the Secretary of State following the recent decision to "refuse" planning permission for the construction of an Advanced Thermal Treatment Plant by gasification in July.

    Instead, Northacre Renewable Energy, claiming to have learnt lessons, have responded by submitting a strikingly similar plan to their former unsuccessful plan arrogantly telling Wiltshire Council that it has one last chance to get this right or they will appeal, claiming cost.