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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: Chesham, Amersham, The Chalfonts and Great Missenden / Prestwood.

There are currently two 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: Mar 14, 2018
    Sec of State "minded to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval and further discussions, the locally-led proposal to replace the existing five councils across Buckinghamshire with a single council for the area."
    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
    Made on: 12 March 2018
  • Lord Ben Stoneham delivering his speech at Spring Regional Conference
    Article: Mar 6, 2018

    The South Central Regional Conference on 24th February was a great success. Region was delighted to welcome lots of new members, attending a Regional Conference for the first time. And a big thank you to all for your excellent donations in the appeal and for purchasing raffle tickets - we managed to raise £285 through the raffle which will help fund our campaigning.

    We had excellent speeches from our MP Layla Moran and Lord Ben Stoneham (pictured left). In addition, we had training sessions on Using Connect on Polling Day, MiniVAN, and Using Social Media. Thank you to Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Ben Dowling and Vanessa McPake who stepped in to lead on various training sessions as, unfortunately, one of our trainers was unable to attend. And thank you to all of you who made speeches at our Speakers Corner. We will be selecting several of the topics submitted to be developed into policy motions to be debated at our next conference on
    Saturday, 13 October 2018 (put that date in your diary now!).

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Feb 27, 2018

    Do you have a big, bold, radical idea to address the problems facing Britain today ? This is the Ashdown (Paddy Ashdown, left, former party leader) Prize. Please read on.

    The Liberal Democrats, Feb 26, 2018

    Lord (Paddy) Ashdown writes:

    Living in Britain today, we all know the scale of the problems approaching us - and yet it seems that no-one has the courage to argue for the radical solutions we need.

    Runaway climate change; an aging population; healthcare and housing both in crisis; the passing of the liberal international order; the commercialisation of our private data; the risks and rewards of automation and AI; one tax system for multinationals and the rich, another for everyone else.

    The list goes on.

    Unless we take firm action we will bow to these pressures, leaving the young and the vulnerable unable to lead the rich, full lives they deserve.

    In the face of such daunting forces, we must find radical new solutions to protect the power of the citizen - over their own lives, over the decisions that affect them, over the world around them.

    This is the Liberalism of tomorrow - the Liberalism Britain so badly needs.

    To that end, the Ashdown Prize for Radical Thought will be awarded to the boldest new policy idea that best empowers the citizen in the Britain of today and tomorrow.

    The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 8th April. My team of judges and I will announce a shortlist of three ideas on Monday 14th May, after which members of the Liberal Democrats will be invited to vote on which of the three ideas should win the Ashdown Prize.

    If you win the prize, you'll get to:

    • Meet with me in the House of Lords to discuss how to take your idea forward.
    • Receive a £500 award donated by Your Liberal Britain.
    • Receive support from the team at Your Liberal Britain to turn your idea into a policy motion for debate at Lib Dem Autumn Conference 2018.
    • Join forces with me at Conference to speak in favour of your idea, if it is selected for debate (which is out of our hands).

    To take part, follow this link:

  • Liberal Democrat candidate Frances Kneller
    Article: Feb 25, 2018

    Chesham and Amersham Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Frances Kneller will be standing as their candidate for the Ridgeway ward Town and District Council seats in the by-election on 22 March.

    Frances lives in the Ridgeway ward and knows the area very well. She is also very active in the local community and passionate about helping to make Chesham a thriving, vibrant town, with opportunities for all.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2018

    Brexit continues to dominate the political agenda as we progress into 2018. And there are signs that our campaign is bearing fruit, with, according to the latest polls, a majority now supporting our call for a second referendum.

    But there are other issues and concerns to consider. In January I (chairman Gareth Davies) wrote to the Bucks Herald (see letter below) about the county's pension fund's investment in fossil fuels. You may have your own thoughts about whether divesting from fossil fuels is better than keeping those holdings and trying to influence oil companies as shareholders, but I and other members believe the time has now come to take a firm stand on the issue of funding the continuing extraction of coal, gas and oil if there is to be any possibility of keeping the rise in temperatures below 2°C, let alone the hoped-for 1.5°C.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2018

    South Central Region consists of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

    We have around 10,000 members, 1 MP and 1 Council where we have majority control.

    Our wish is to grow the capacity of Lib Dems across our region to win elections at all levels and grow the party in all parts of the Region.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2017
    By Gareth Davies, party chairman

    The government is to allow Britain's public-sector pension schemes to dump their shares in oil, gas and coal companies, as part of the fight against climate change.

    This affects us in Buckinghamshire, where the Lib Dems have been campaigning for several years to persuade the county council, which administers pensions investments on behalf of employers across the country, to get rid of its shares in fossil fuels.

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