Tories condemned for slashing local special needs budget by over £11.6 million

The Liberal Democrats have today condemned the Conservative Government for slashing Gloucestershire County Council’s budget for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £3,823.16 per pupil in real terms since 2015, resulting in a loss of specialist provision.

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Cheltenham - a town of sanctuary

“I had just been put in temporary accommodation and I was so grateful that I had somewhere safe to stay.  I wanted some food, I walked into the shop for bread, but I was so bewildered I had no idea how to order it and couldn’t speak a word of English so I couldn’t talk to the shopkeeper.”

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Why did our MP change his mind on ‘no deal’ Brexit?

In politics I don’t ever resort to personal attacks and I will stick to the facts. But I reserve the right to point out when I think opponents are getting it wrong. Particularly on the biggest issues facing our country.

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Climate breakdown – Cheltenham says it’s an emergency

The sight of thousands of school pupils leaving lessons to protest about climate breakdown gave many of us pause for thought.

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EU citizens in Cheltenham face 110-mile round trip to register for settled status

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government for their “unfair treatment” of EU citizens after the Home Office released guidance on the new EU Settlement Scheme.


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Schools funding crisis

Schools and education is always a hot topic on the doorstep for local councillors. Whether it’s catchment areas, the 11+ or education funding, nearly everyone has a view.


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Theresa May's Brexit deal is dead

Cheltenham Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Max Wilkinson has said the Tories’ Brexit Deal is dead.


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Rail fare rise is another kick in the teeth for Cheltenham commuters

Responding to today’s increase in rail fares, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Cheltenham Max Wilkinson said: “The rise in rail fares is another kick in the teeth for rail passengers in Cheltenham.


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Conservatives must come clean on misleading funding claims after local school cuts revealed

Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham Max Wilkinson is calling on Conservatives to reverse damaging cuts to budgets after a local head teacher said schools could no longer afford to run.


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Paul Baker to spearhead Lib Dem promotion push

Cheltenham Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that former Cheltenham Town F.C. Chairman, and councillor for Charlton Park, Paul Baker, has been elected as constituency chairman for 2019 at this year’s AGM.

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