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  • Article: Mar 19, 2019
    By Salli Martlew

    Pint and Politics at the Black Horse.

    In our last Newsletter I left you with the question 'How democratic is your vote?' Last night in our Pint and Politics at the Black Horse we went a long way to answering it.

    Members, friends and visitors brought thoughts and opinions from Barnsley, Harrogate and even the German perspective. We had a cracking evening discussing the many issues around Proportional Representation and Electoral Reform. Stimulating and entertaining. If you weren't there, you missed a treat.

  • Event: Mar 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Joint buses with Sheffield Group of Peoples Vote - South Yorkshire. Picking people up from Haigh Roundabout J38 M1 at 07.30 a.m. Details from peoplesvote.swy@gmail.com including costs and itinery.

    The map is indicative only. They have more details, some of us will certainly be joining them on what promises to be quite a big event deliberately timed to be close to the "final" meaningful vote.

  • Document: Mar 16, 2019
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    This letter was not chosen for publication, despite it's cross party interest.

    Hopefully the other "non Labour" parties in Wakefield District will share this writers dissatisfaction?

    Monday 11th. March 2019

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    "The Citizen", a WMDC psuedo newspaper

    This publication landed today. The 20 full colour pages tell us all the "good things" that our Council are doing for us, starting with an article from Leader Peter Box.

    I'm a Liberal Democrat party member but I'm writing this as on my own initiative without reference to anyone else because I'm hopping mad about this very expensive exercise that's plainly putting all the local opposing parties at a huge disadvantage in the coming local elections - what super timing for WMDC's "annual publication"!

    Let's estimate the cost, say 12p. per copy to print? 10p. Per copy to deliver? £80,000.00 to assemble copy, typsetting and distribute to c.240,000 households? In my book that makes £132,000.00 (if correct) of ratepayers money spent on a "newspaper" in praise of the incumbent party. This should help cement their dominant position.

    If my sums are incorrect can we please be told the correct cost?

    Yours Faithfully,

    John Clayton,

  • Article: Feb 15, 2019
    By Salli Martlew

    Do you want your vote to count for something? Of course you do! Local, general and even

    referenda need you to have your say - that makes the outsome democratic- well fairly, but we'll

    come on to that.

    Voting - that means you - because

    • The result affects you! Potholes, waste collection, street lighting all involve our councillors.
    • Elected councillors are the voice of our community, so if you don't vote your views may never be known,
    • Whether you are walking, cycling, taking the bus or driving, local politics is involved in where ever you go, how you travel and where you can stop and take a breather!
  • Event: May 2, 2019 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Postal Votes by hand must arrive by 10.00 a.m.

    By post they should be sent some days earlier depending on class of post and other possible factors.

We are the Liberal Democratic Party group for Wakefield and District.

Our organisation covers three parliamentary constituencies, Wakefield, Pontefract and Normanton. Also the one local authority, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.

Given the present hopeless and continuing political pandemonium this has to change - starting with the upcoming (WMDC) local authority elections on 2nd. May 2019 when we will contest the majority of our 21 council wards.

This region of Yorkshire absolutely has to have more Liberal Democrats in Westminster and at County Hall, Wakefield.

On these pages you can view our ethics, objectives and policies. Please do and feel free to contact us to discuss - we're a very welcoming crowd indeed!