Cheltenham's Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood got a soaking with the help of Gloucestershire Echo Editor Kevan Blackadder.
MP Martin Horwood and Local Liberal Democrats are still challenging NHS bosses over the downgrade of services at Cheltenham General’s Accident & Emergency department.
Martin strongly defended a well-funded local police force, called for smart sentencing and innovative approaches like restorative justice to cut re-offending and involve victims more in the justice process.
There were more than 7,000 recorded crimes in Cheltenham in Martin's last full year as an MP - still far too many but more than 27% less than in 2010. Domestic burglary, drug offences, bicycle theft, public order offences, possession of weapons offences and vehicle offences were all sharply lower then in Cheltenham than they were in 2010. This is a tribute to Cheltenham people including Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, to Gloucestershire Constabulary's effective community policing and preventive work and to innovative projects like the Aston Project and the Halt project who have worked to reduce the risk of offending amongst young people.Read more
It has never been more important to stand up for the local NHS. As your local MP, Martin campaigned tirelessly for free, local health services.Read more
Martin has never believed that the best way to help the homeless or make homes affordable was to build all over the countryside. So he has always strongly supported campaigns to protect treasured green spaces around Cheltenham.
In opposition he developed a policy for the Liberal Democrats which was then implemented by the coalition government as the Local Green Space designation. It provides protection for local green spaces not for their landscape value or scientific importance but simply because they are important to local people - providing free recreation and quiet enjoyment, growing local food, improving physical and mental health and absorbing both CO2 and dangerous particulate pollution.Read more