Lib Dems: No coalition deal with Labour OR the Tories

Originally published 23 April 2017.

Local Liberal Liberal Democrats have strongly welcomed Tim Farron's declaration today that the Liberal Democrats will make no coalition deal with either Labour or the Conservatives after this election.  He told the Observer today:  “There is no way we can countenance any kind of arrangement or coalition with the Conservative party and likewise with the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.  He accepted hard Brexit, he voted for it. He enabled it. It has put us in the situation we are now in.”

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Election is chance to stop Hard Brexit, save NHS and invest in schools

Originally published 18 April 2017.

The General Election is a chance for voters in Cheltenham to stop 'hard' Brexit, save the NHS and invest in schools

People in Cheltenham should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local NHS and local schools, the party’s candidate and former Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood has said today.

The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on 8 June, breaking her repeated promises not to do so.

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Rate of EU staff leaving Glos NHS has doubled

Originally published 13 March 2017

68 EU nurses, doctors and other staff nurses quit Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2016

The Liberal Democrats have called for an “NHS Passport” to secure the rights of EU nationals working in the NHS, as figures have revealed a sharp rise in staff from the EU in Gloucestershire quitting the health service.

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Former MP pledges he won't take second job if re-elected

Originally published 22 March 2017.

Former Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has signed the national petition calling on the Conservative MP for Tatton, former Chancellor George Osborne, to resign following his appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard. 

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Budget fails Cheltenham, say Lib Dems

Originally published 8 March 2017.

Philip Hammond's first and last Spring Budget today has failed Cheltenham, say local Liberal Democrats.

'This was the crunch moment for NHS funding and an opportunity to put right the looming financial crisis facing many Cheltenham schools as well' said Martin Horwood, Cheltenham's Lib Dem parliamentary candidate and former MP. 'And on top of that he has hit our 6,800 strong army of self-employed workers with a bigger bill too.'

'Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust (which runs Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal) is in the red and going deeper into the red' he said ' and after the failure of the Fair Funding campaign headed by our own MP, we now know many local schools are heading that way too.'

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