Weston business to leave UK over Brexit.

Weston-super-Mare based automotive supply company Eurocams has announced that it will be closing down UK distribution operations and moving part of its business to the Netherlands to avoid tariffs and border checks after the UK leaves the EU.

This latest announcement shows that the Tory’s shambolic handling of the Brexit process is having real consequences for jobs and livelihoods here in Weston.
While Weston’s Tory MP continues to refuse to take a catastrophic “no deal brexit” off the table, the clock is running down towards the 29 March cliff edge and businesses are having to take very difficult decisions as they have no certainty about the trading conditions in just over a month from now.

The LibDems have been fighting against this disastrous Brexit from day one. We will not give up the fight for people’s livelihoods and jobs and will continue to demand better than Brexit.

Fighting for a strong NHS in Weston

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to

meet management and staff at Weston General Hospital to hear about the work they are doing and their plans for the future.

While there will certainly be lively debate around the upcoming consultation on the future of healthcare provision in Weston and the surrounding villages, following my visit I am certain that we can be proud of our hospital and the dedicated staff who work there.

Liberal Democrat’s are campaigning to ensure our NHS has the resources it needs, and are the only party to propose ring-fencing a penny on the pound of income tax to raise the necessary funds.

We will also be fighting against the government’s restrictive new immigration plans, that would prevent the hospital recruiting badly needed doctors and nurses.

You deserve a strong health service and the LibDems will be demanding better for our NHS.

Demand the Final Say

Demand the final say on Brexit: https://www.libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit

Posted by Patrick Keating on Monday, 14 January 2019

North Somerset LibDems propose an alternative budget

North Somerset’s Liberal Democrat opposition will table their Alternative Budget for 2019/2020 at a council meeting tonight.

The fully-costed Lib Dem Alternative Budget will propose additional investment in key services neglected by the Conservative administration:

• A £200,000 ‘green action fund’ to enable community groups and town and parish councils to improve our local environment, including support for community litter picking, community recycling and other green initiatives.
• £100,000 for further support for rough sleepers, the homeless and in homelessness prevention.
• £200,000 for improvements to cycling and pedestrian friendly streets in our town centres to promote sustainable forms of transportation.
• £100,000 investment in improved supported bus routes to enable communities across North Somerset to use public transport.
• A practical plan for fairer parking across the district, including residents’ parking zones, reduced parking charges, free parking after 6pm and introducing a 30 minute free parking period on street in Weston.
• A feasibility study to explore options for a park and ride scheme for Bristol Airport to tackle parking problems in the area around the airport.
• A feasibility study to explore options for a park and ride scheme for Weston-super-Mare to reduce the amount of traffic in town.

The proposals will see the Conservative council’s current budget black hole of over £1 million filled and identify a further £2.1 million in savings and increased income.

Cllr Mike Bell, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group said: “After 12 years in charge of North Somerset, the Conservatives are holding our community back. They’ve stopped listening to local concerns and ignored sensible alternative ideas from opposition groups.

“The Lib Dem Alternative Budget is a chance to invest in key neglected services while keeping the Council Tax rise below inflation.

“Our fully-costed plans invest in vital services that the Conservatives have ignored: a plan for fairer parking, tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, and backing our community groups trying to make North Somerset cleaner and greener.

“This Alternative Budget shows that a better North Somerset is possible. If Councillors won’t vote for this Lib Dem plan, then local people will know that the only way to secure it is for North Somerset to vote Lib Dem in May’s elections.”

The fully-costed proposals can be viewed here. 

Tory cuts to blame for Weston Hospital capacity crisis.

An article in this week’s Weston Mercury shows further illustrates how our local NHS services are under serious pressure and stretched to capacity.

These figures shows the pressure our local NHS is under, with patients stuck in ambulances outside A&Es and many hospitals suffering from a severe lack of beds.

The Tory government is to blame, as Ministers refused to provide the funding top NHS officials said was necessary and now patients are paying the price.

Patients deserve better health care and a strong NHS. Only the Lib Dems advocate putting a penny on income tax to raise an extra £6bn a year for NHS and care services.

Demand a final say

Final Say

Final SayAmongst the Brexit omnishambles, the truth must not be forgotten. No matter the Brexit, any Brexit will leave the UK weakened and the public poorer.

For the livelihoods of people right across the UK, there is no deal better than the deal we currently have as EU members.

Theresa May’s discredited deal, which leaves the UK a rule taker not a rule maker, is bad for the country, bad for the NHS and bad for British jobs. No one voted for this. But that is what is now being offered thanks to the mess created by the Tories and the absent opposition
from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

People deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why the Liberal Democrats have consistently made the case for remaining in the EU.

Liberal Democrats know that remaining in the EU would enable us to focus on the challenges which really affect communities up and down the country, like waiting lists in the NHS,schools under-funding and falling police numbers.

The future of our country should be decided by the people.

The people must be given the final say on Brexit, including the option to remain in the EU.

We need your help!

There is a lot of work to do in the coming months. We have local North Somerset Council elections in May, and the Tory government’s chaotic Brexit deal could well lead to a snap general election in the next few months.

The local elections are a chance to keep and elect councillors who will protect local NHS services, safeguard our schools and cut crime on our streets.

And in a general election, we could elect an MP who will demand better than the heartless and extreme vision of Britain offered by Labour and the Conservatives.

We’ve been planning for the elections and we’re ready to win. But we need your help!

Looking for a treasurer

Our most urgent need is to find a new treasurer to help manage the constituency finances. Our current treasurer is stepping down at the end of the year, and under party rules, we need to find a replacement before January. If you would be interested in volunteering for this role, get in touch with Ray Armstrong at [email protected].

Stand as a candidate in the local elections

Whatever needs changing in your area, you could be just the person to effect those changes by becoming a local Councillor. No other role gives you such a good opportunity to make a huge difference to your neighbours’ quality of life.

We’d like you to consider joining the growing team of enthusiastic Liberal Democrat candidates for the local elections due in May next year. We need people who really care about their community to come forward and chat with us about what’s involved. If you are interested, get in touch with Cllr Mike Bell – [email protected]

Help with campaigning

We need your help to spread our message to voters across the constituency, particularly in the villages and rural areas. Please do let us know if you are able to give a bit of time to deliver leaflets, support with canvassing, or help with designing leaflets and materials. Get in touch with me at [email protected] or visit our website https://westonlibdems.org.uk/en/ to let us know how you can help us to win here.


With a snap General Election possible at any point, we need to make sure that we have strong finances to fight a campaign. Any contributions you can make much appreciated. https://westonlibdems.org.uk/en/donate

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If, like me, you demand better for our area please donate or volunteer today and help the Lib Dems win here.

Weston Residents Demand a People’s Vote

Weston residents have overwhelmingly shown their support for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, says Weston’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Patrick Keating.

At a street stall on Weston High Street this weekend, Weston residents were asked if they wanted politicians or the people to have the final say on the Brexit deal, with the vast majority of respondents saying that they want to have a vote on Theresa May’s draft Brexit plan.

Patrick Keating said, “This week’s events show that the government is in meltdown and the Tories have made a mess of Brexit.  The residents have Weston have demonstrated that they want to have a say on the final Brexit deal. The Lib Dems are the only party demanding for a People’s Vote.”

Weston’s former MP, Lord Cotter, who also participated in the street stall said, “The Tory government – and our local MP John Penrose – are not listening to the public who are demanding a final vote on the Brexit deal. From day one the Liberal Democrats have been the only party committed to opposing this Brexit mess.”

Recent polling by Best for Britain (www.bestforbritain.org) shows that more and more voters in Weston and the surrounding villages want to stay in the EU, with support for Brexit falling by 6 points.

Tory Council Rejects Sensible Development Plans at the Vale

It’s scandalous that North Somerset Council is choosing to impose disruptive development on the community in Churchill and Langford against residents wishes, while ignoring a well thought through plan to develop needed homes with transport links and other infrastructure at the Vale.