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On the 23rd June there was another vote in RBWM, the Sunninghill and South Ascot Ward by-election. We caught up with the Liberal Democrat candidate Tamasin Barnbrook to talk about her experience.
What does being a Liberal Democrat mean to you?
I have been a member on and off since 2010 and have supported the LibDems since I started voting at 18. I chose the party because I felt it best promoted the values of a fair, free & open society which I personally agree with. The Local Party was particularly good at getting this across and at doing things for the local area which to me seems to have more impact on people's lives than national politics. I felt I may be able to do something useful.
Wokingham Liberal Democrats attended that March for Europe in London this weekend. This was a protest in hope that the government would not invoke Article 50 and start the Unitied Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU.
Recently the hashtag #mysticclegg has been trending on twitter because of an article Nick Clegg wrote, with incredible foresight, concerning the referendum and its fallout.
Many articles have been doing the rounds and the internet is getting excited about this isolated event. However, mystic Clegg has been a 'thing' for a good while.
A huge thank you to all our members who were engaged actively in this referendum. We were out canvassing in the rain, we held camp in high streets and stations and we made a difference and, even though it might not seem like it, we won. The Royal Borough voted to Remain. The figures were Remain 44,086 to Leave 37,706. It wasn't enough, but we are so proud that we got out there getting people engaged. For us that's the British spirit, fighting for decent values no matter the odds. Getting our feet on the ground and walking round to people to get them talking.
Local Lib Dems are stressing the importance of securing a positive vote to remain in the EU in the referendum on Thursday June 23.
Here are 5 things we are doing to make a difference right now.
A team led by Antony Wood has been out leafleting and knocking on doors in various areas of Windsor with two clear messages. First, on a whole range of issues more is to be gained than lost by continuing to work with partners within the EU. These issues include protecting jobs, exports and our environment, and tackling crime and terrorism. Second, it is important that as many people as possible get out to vote.
Catherine Bearder, a Liberal Democrat MEP vistied Wokingham this Saturday to talk to residents about the EU Referendum.
Local Liberal Democrats, who were supporting the #StrongerIN and the #INTogether campaigns in Wokingham Town Market Place were talking to residents about reasons why we should vote on the 23rd June to support the UK staying in the EU.
A new consultation document from the Conservative led Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have confirmed claims made by Local Liberal Democrats six years ago about the locations the Conservatives had in mind for Green Belt development.
Back in 2008 a headline in our Windsor Focus leaflets read "Secret Green Belt Development plans" and was accompanied by pictures of three sites we believed the Conservatives were considering. At the time Conservatives branded the content's of this leaflet as lies, however they refused to disclose their plans.
Conservative-controlled Wokingham Borough Council has massively increased car parking charges at Dinton Pastures and California Country Parks, causing fears that many local families will now be unable to use them. This steep rise in charges is likely to put people off going to the parks, so there will be less income, not more!
Wokingham Liberal Democrats would like to present their alternative views to the Wokingham Regeneration Scheme.
The key point of note are: