Simon Werner

Jul 202016
 
Tamasin Barnbrook

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.

What made you decide to stand in the local election?

In short, I was asked! Because this is my local community I felt I would be able to appreciate the issues which people raised and be able to get out and spend time listening. I also wanted to offer an alternative choice on the ballot paper and to be a different representative voice on the Council. I think democracy is best when people are drawn from diverse backgrounds and I don’t feel that the current make-up of the Council does this.

We’re in a Tory stronghold, how do we challenge people’s point of view?

I think the best approach is to get things done which matter to people, and people will almost certainly recognise this when voting locally. The results of the survey we delivered as part of my campaign show that the public do sometimes vote differently locally than they do on a national level and I think that getting stuff done (as Simon Werner and George Fussey have both shown) is valued and recognised by local people. Sometimes the focus on national politics means that we lose sight of this.

How did you manage to find time to stand for election?

I would have liked to have had more time to spend on my campaign. I think you should be prepared to commit a fair amount of time to knocking on doors and listening to the people you are asking to vote for you. I got some good support from individual members of the local party who had loads of experience and a little more time than me. They were great at helping me to make the most of the time I had, and at getting out and about when I wasn’t available. I am now working on the results of this work to try and build on this for the next election. There are many different jobs you can do within the party that are vitally important but which don’t require as much of a time commitment. If the ward in which you stand is your home ward it is time well spent – you are improving the area you live in for yourself and your neighbours – instead of moaning about things, you can start trying to put things right.

Jul 172016
 

Tamasin BarnbrookOn 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.

What made you decide to stand in the local election?

In short, I was asked! Because this is my local community I felt I would be able to appreciate the issues which people raised and be able to get out and spend time listening. I also wanted to offer an alternative choice on the ballot paper and to be a different representative voice on the Council. I think democracy is best when people are drawn from diverse backgrounds and I don’t feel that the current make-up of the Council does this.

We’re in a Tory stronghold, how do we challenge people’s point of view?

I think the best approach is to get things done which matter to people, and people will almost certainly recognise this when voting locally. The results of the survey we delivered as part of my campaign show that the public do sometimes vote differently locally than they do on a national level and I think that getting stuff done (as Simon Werner and George Fussey have both shown) is valued and recognised by local people. Sometimes the focus on national politics means that we lose sight of this.

How did you manage to find time to stand for election?

I would have liked to have had more time to spend on my campaign. I think you should be prepared to commit a fair amount of time to knocking on doors and listening to the people you are asking to vote for you. I got some good support from individual members of the local party who had loads of experience and a little more time than me. They were great at helping me to make the most of the time I had, and at getting out and about when I wasn’t available. I am now working on the results of this work to try and build on this for the next election. There are many different jobs you can do within the party that are vitally important but which don’t require as much of a time commitment. If the ward in which you stand is your home ward it is time well spent – you are improving the area you live in for yourself and your neighbours – instead of moaning about things, you can start trying to put things right.

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Jul 142016
 
Simon Werner outside Furze Platt School

A number of popular local schools, including Furze Platt and Oldfield are having their funding cut by the council.

The council agreed with the schools that they would receive additional funding over a number of years to pay for their expansion in pupil numbers. Midway through that expansion the council has cut the money they promised and, worse, they are only now proposing the changes, in July, for this September after the schools have already done their planning, budgeting and recruitment plans for the next academic year!

Local Lib Dem and former headteacher at Furze Platt, Tony Hill says, “These schools have evidence that they were promised this money by the council when they were expanding to help deal with the increased costs. Now the council are saying that they cannot have the money.”

Local Lib Dem Councillor Simon Werner said, “The council says the only way to provide more money is to take it from other schools. Not true – the council can honour its promises and find the money from elsewhere – from the money given to the council by developers to pay for expanding schools!”

As the headteacher of Oldfield School said, “The council should stand up and honour that agreement. It questions the integrity of the local authority.”

Jul 022016
 

Tim June 2016Recently 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.

This is not a surprise, since we don’t have to pander to any radical wing of our party we can say it like it is and apply some common sense.

Nationally, Liberal Democrats have correctly called the four biggest issues of the last twenty years. Indeed, had these views been heeded we would not now be in the mess we’re in.

  1. The Lib Dems were the only major party to oppose the disastrous Iraq war, which led to turmoil in the Middle-East; the rise of Isis and the ensuing torrent of refugees.
  2. Only the Lib Dems – with Sir Vince Cable as chief advocate – warned about the twin dangers of unregulated banking and individual over-borrowing. This warning went unheeded and we had the market collapse of 2008, followed by recession and austerity.
  3. Only the Lib Dems fought to make our present “first past the post” voting system more democratic and representative, via the recent referendum on electoral reform – again to no avail. As a result millions of people continue to feel unrepresented in Parliament and it was this disaffected, alienated group of voters that took Brexit over the line.
  4. Only the Lib Dems have demonstrated that what the public wants from its politicians is, in fact, doable. People want to see fewer inter-party squabbles and a genuine desire from all parties to work in the interest of the country. The Lib Dems heeded this, formed a coalition and worked well with the Conservatives in Government.

In this latest crisis Windsor needs a party of the middle ground which will counter the right wing drift of the Conservatives and balance it against the left wing inclinations of Labour.

We’re not making predictions now because the reality is here; an unrepresentative council and MP who do not share the views of Windsor residents.

It is time for the business community to back the Lib Dems with some financial clout and for people in numbers to start supporting a party which has a track record in getting the big issues right.

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Jun 292016
 
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People have been joining the Liberal Democrats at the rate of one a minute since the referendum result was announced, with a sharp spike after Tim Farron declared that his party would go into the general election committed to restoring Britain’s place at the heart of Europe.

By Wednesday, over 10,000 people had signed up and numbers continue to rise. This includes many in Maidenhead where there was widespread frustration that despite Maidenhead voting to Remain, Britain now faces an uncertain future out of Europe.

People are shocked that Brexit leaders clearly had no plan and are understandably fearful of what awaits for jobs and investment. But even more than that, new members want Britain to remain an internationalist, open and optimistic country.

We must also reach out to those who voted Leave. They were lied to by Boris Johnston as Brexiteers already admit they won’t give the NHS an extra £350m a week, or of reduce immigration. Many voters were as angry with Westminster as Europe, understandably frustrated by the lack of re-training, social housing and school places.

The Conservative Party put a bomb under the British economy – destroying its reputation for economic competence – while Labour has embarked on civil war. At this time of national crisis only the Liberal Democrats are focused on how we should stabilise the British economy and improve the lives of people in Maidenhead.

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Jun 252016
 

Antony Wood and George FusseyA 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.

Sal Brinton, the Liberal Democrats Federal President put it well:

“While we recognise that the British people have spoken, as Lib Dems we do not recognise the values held by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as being the values that truly define Britain.”

It’s also worth noting that both Councillor Dudley, the Leader of the council and Adam Afriyie our MP actively campaigned to leave. It just goes to show that our current elected officials are not representative of us and our values. In the Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead the majority of us are part of the 48% of the country that did not want to leave. It is essential now that we hold our councillors and MP to task on this, they have been predictably quiet about the result but we don’t intend to let them forget it.

Thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democracts nationally since the referendum, with many joining new members locally.”. For years we have had the safety net of the EU, now we are out of that comfort zone, our elected officials will have much more scope to abuse their positions. So it is now vital we get involved and hold them to account.

If you are not a member already join us and then get active. There are so many ways to be help; canvassing, writing, organising, calling, the list goes on and on and as we have seen the smallest margins make the difference. There will be social activities taking place soon to welcome our new members so join and be the difference.

As Tim Farron has said this week:

“Our fight for an open, optimistic, liberal, diverse and tolerant Britain is needed now more than ever.

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