Lib Dems set to win Wokingham after by-election bounce

The Liberal Democrats shock triumph in the Chesham and Amersham by-election would see some 154 seats across the country flip to the party after they sent shockwaves through the Tory blue wall. 

The Liberal Democrats gained a 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham electing their 12th MP Sarah Green. 

Wokingham would be one of 154 constituencies that would turn Liberal Democrat at an election. 

The 25% from Chesham and Amersham has put blue wall seats like Wokingham “on notice” with South East Liberal Democrat being the leading opposition to the Conservatives. 

The Liberal Democrats are winning against the Conservatives. At the May 2021 local elections the party gained a host of seats and Councils from them at the local elections last month - from gaining control of Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire Council for the first time ever, to gaining seats in Wiltshire, Woking, Surrey, Tunbridge Wells at many more. 

The Lib Dems have said many Conservative MPs such as John Redwood MP are looking over their shoulders and feeling worried about the party making gains in their area.

Commenting Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the South East said:

“Our huge triumph in Chesham and Amersham has shown that the Liberal Democrats are a serious and credible opposition to this Convervative party. 

“Their blue wall isn't just on notice; it has been shaken at its foundations by the Liberal Democrats in both the Chesham and Amersham by-election and the last set of local elections.

“Residents do not like being taken for granted and that’s exactly what this Conservative party is doing time and time again.”

Commenting on the Chesham and Amersham by-election success, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: 

"This is a huge victory for the Liberal Democrats. The people of Chesham and Amersham have sent a shockwave through British politics.

"We were told it was impossible for any party to beat the Tories here in Buckinghamshire. We were told this seat was too safe and the Tories too strong. This Liberal Democrat win has proved them utterly wrong.

"Across the south, the Tory Blue Wall is beginning to crumble. Here and in great swathes of the country, only the Liberal Democrats can beat the Conservatives and breach their Blue Wall.

"This amazing win will strengthen our fight to safeguard our precious natural environment and build a fairer, greener, more caring country."


Pride 2021

The Wokingham LGBTQ+ Pride group, led by Cllr Rachel Bishop-Firth, are busy organising the Wokingham Pride event, for the whole community to enjoy.

Please join us on Elms Field at midday on Saturday 10th July. Bring a picnic, or get a takeaway from the local shops.

More information is available here: https://www.wokingham.today/picnic-gathering-to-mark-this-years-wokingham-pride/


Council culture needs to change

WOKINGHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL needs to change its culture over the coming year – that was the warning from opposition leader, Cllr Lindsay Ferris.

 

https://www.wokingham.today/council-culture-needs-to-change-warning/


South Wokingham Distributor Road

One of our newest councilors has been pushing for the new South Wokingham Distributor Road to be reconsidered for safer cycling and walking.

 

https://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/19308802.row-design-new-wokingham-road-big-decision-looms/?fbclid=IwAR2TYxmBDPe64oKcioQY8vQV1wytqRPRgmRaqUGsjIqgjRigq7FablBRGbo 


Thank you

I should like to thank all those local residents who supported the Liberal Democrats in Thursdays Local Election. It is much appreciated. We are elected to help and support all residents in our areas, irrespective of how you voted, or not.

Bearing in mind what has been happening across the Country we can be proud of the three gains that were made at these elections.

A tremendous amount of work was put in by the Lib Dem team and I should like to send my thanks to everyone who helped during this campaign.

With an increased team of 18 Borough Councillors, we will be pressing even harder for a better run council than we have had over the past few years.

I should like to welcome our new members to you.

Cllr Morag Malvern - Emmbrook Ward
Cllr Ian Shenton - Evendons Ward
Cllr Peter Dennis - Wescott Ward

Many Thanks

Cllr Lindsay Ferris
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council


Lib Dems Winning Here

As the results for the 2021 elections come in, we were pleased to hold on to all of our seats (the only party in Wokingham to do so) and to pick up 3 more, each from the Conservatives, giving us more opportunity to hold the council to account.

 

Emmbrook gain

Evendons Gain

Wescott Gain

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WBC borrowing

Wokingham.Today on the projected future borrowing of WBC and the false claims being made by other parties.

https://www.wokingham.today/vote-2021-parties-clash-over-leaflets-claiming-wokingham-councils-debt-has-been-independently-audited-at-83-million/


Lib Dems pushing council to meet carbon targets

Paul Fishwick and Sarah Kerr in the news. https://www.wokingham.today/councillors-clash-over-wokinghams-carbon-neutral-targets/For more info, Sarah has also published a blog explaining further why we have concerns.
https://cllr-kerr.co.uk/2021/04/20/are-we-on-track-for-net-zero-carbon/


FROM THE CHAMBER: Living with disability as a Councillor

Our Councillor David Hare is in the news with his moving piece: https://www.wokingham.today/from-the-chamber-living-with-disability-as-a-councillor/


Wokingham Borough Council didn’t hold a consultation with disabled groups over new recycling bags

Our Loddon candidate Beth Rowland has found out that disability groups were not consulted about the introduction of the green recycling bags, despite claims that a "full Equality Impact assessment" had been carried out.

Full story here:

https://www.wokingham.today/wokingham-borough-council-didnt-hold-a-consultation-with-disabled-groups-over-new-recycling-bags/


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