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Welcome to Chiltern Liberal Democrats

Here you will find news from the Liberal Democrats who represent the residents of the Chiltern District. Chiltern District is drawn from four local areas, these are Chesham, Amersham, The Chalfonts and Great Missenden / Prestwood.

There are currently three Liberal Democrat Councillors on Chiltern District Council, as well as two on Chesham Town Council and one on Little Chalfont Parish Council.

Recent updates

  • Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the high court ruling that NHS England can fund the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

    "The Liberal Democrats warmly welcome the Court's decision, which is a landmark moment in the fight against HIV. PrEP is a revolutionary treatment which has the potential to save thousands of lives, and it is absolutely right that this should be funded by NHS England.

    "I am now urging the Government and NHS England to work together to ensure that PrEP is made available to all individuals at the highest risk of infection without any further delay."

  • 2016 EU Referendum
    Article: Jul 8, 2016

    The Lib Dems have attracted 16,000 new members between June 24th and July 8th.

    This is Alessandro Lanuto's take, republished courtesy of Huffington Post UK

    The not-so-subtle suggestion from Danny Alexander was clear enough: whichever way the undecided voter turned, she'd be confronted with the uncomfortable reality of an entrenched, out of touch political class pulled increasingly to the extreme. Look to the center, however, and now the discerning voter could seek refuge in the outstretched arms of the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury himself. Indeed, the visual was designed to firmly stake out the middle ground by the Liberal Democrats, the only major party that, as the campaign poster implied, had managed to retain its ideological integrity while representing those segments of society fed up with decades of partisan deceit.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to safeguard student access to the Erasmus Scheme. Brexit now puts the exchange scheme at risk.

    The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987. Millions of British people have benefitted from the scheme over the last thirty years, and over 100,000 were due to take part in the next few years.

  • Lib Dem 15000
    Article: Jul 7, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have their highest membership for a decade after attracting 15,000 new members to the liberal movement since the referendum result.

    This followed Tim Farron's announcement that the party would fight the next general election as the only UK-wide party committed to protecting Britain's relationship with Europe.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jul 6, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake has tabled a bill that would give European citizens residing in the UK the right to stay in the country if we leave the European Union.

    The move follows Tim Farron's demands that the government offer assurances that those Europeans who have made their roots in the UK would not have to leave in the event of Brexit.

  • Lib Dems Iraq
    Article: Jul 6, 2016

    "Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.

    "Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.

    "Charles Kennedy's judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2016

    Reprinted courtesy of Liberal Democrat Voice.

    12000 new Lib Dems in 7 days. Wow. That's a lot of angry people. Just the tip of the iceberg though: there are millions more angry people marching to Westminster and angry people venting on Facebook.

    Tim Farron is resonating with them. Why?… because he and we are all angry. On 24th June 2016 we woke up in a country that is no longer tolerant, open, progressive or friendly. Love not Leave: we want our country back.


    Although this is about the EU for the angry mob, we are about so, so much more than that.

    Liberalism is living life how you choose without oppression and without oppressing others: a value all modern Brits hold dear. Brexit has woken-up the inner-Liberal of the digital generation. We need to help them into a new dawn.

    And waving our little fists will not get us anywhere. The Rags have ignored the new 12000. The Fiberals, the Limp Liberals, the Diberal Lemocrats, the Sandal Brigade. WE ALL KNOW THE SCORE: stop disturbing the class and go cool off outside.

    That cannot happen! Not this time. Baby will not be put back in the corner. Britain's soul is on the line. So we need to get organised, get on this and get moving: now!

    So, I submit a plan to all my fellow Lib Dems:

    1. Look For Leadership. After reeling like everyone else, I contacted my local Lib Dem Leader, Avril Davies, for guidance. She, like so many, is a fantastic Lib Dem Councillor working tirelessly against stiff opposition with few resources for many years. People like her know how to do it. Find them.
    2. Engage the Angry Mob. Convert our new members into the greatest Liberal Movement in a hundred years. Otherwise we lose them. Contact our new members and friends, welcome them, console them, engage them and get them active.
    3. Get Together, Stick Together. You are not the 'Only Liberal in the Village'. We have half the Tory membership now! Find your fellow Lib Dems. Meet monthly, support each other, plan together and work together.
    4. Keep Your Foot Down. This is a long-game. We will only fill the hearts and minds of doubters with Liberalism by Drip-Drip-Dripping. Flying around like blue-arsed flies just before an election will not. Use the Focus, use the stalls, and talk with colleagues, neighbours and friends. Got any other ideas?…go for it!
    5. Be Loud, Be Proud. We are the 'in' crowd again, but we must be seen to be believed. Badges, car stickers, posters and speak out: Yes…I am a Liberal, get over it!
    6. Sound-bytes, Sound-bytes, Sound-bytes. If UKIP and Trump have shown anything, it's that sound-bytes beat a well-constructed argument every time. Think about the message. Keep it sweet, keep it short.
    7. Nobody likes a sour-puss. We are the Yellow lot. The Sunny-Side up lot. Bounce-back-ability is what we do and we are one and all Tiggers, bouncing all other the place. They can't stop us, because they can't hold us down.

    My Fellow Lib Dems: This is our Moment in History.

    Kick off the sandals and get on the DMs!

    * David Frearson is a scientist and a member based in Buckinghamshire near Aylesbury.

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