Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 8th to 14th April 2012

Articles for the past week:

Leader:  Hard Labour

News this past week:

1. Tory Leader Refuses Hustings.

2. No Labour Candidate In Heene

2. Disappear Day

WORTHING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8TH TO 14TH APRIL 2012

Lib Dems will keep Worthing’s services local

Lib Dems will get on with bringing our town into the 21st century – no more dither and delay

Lib Dems will ensure ‘We are all in it together’ – no more waste and high pay

Lib Dems are the only opposition in Worthing – Labour can’t win here

Lib Dems support 20 mph in Worthing’s residential roads

 Leader:  Hard Labour

When Labour was last in power they abolished the 10p tax rate hitting 3 million low earners with more tax.  Compare that with the Liberal Democrats who on 6th April delivered an increase to the Personal Allowance of £630 which will benefit 25m ordinary working people. An extra 250,000 people were lifted out of income tax altogether.  Since joining the coalition Liberal Democrats have removed more than one million low-paid from paying any income tax and given every ordinary worker an annual income tax cut of up to £330.  Which party can be trusted more to help the lower paid?
When Labour was last in power they gave a measly 75p a week rise for pensioners. Compare that with the Liberal Democrats who on 6th April paid the largest ever cash rise in the basic state pension – £275 a year or £5.28 per week (an extra £500 since we joined the coalition).  Which party can be trusted more to help pensioners?

When Labour was last in power they introduced ID cards and the national identity register. Compare that with the Liberal Democrats who have repealed ID cards and destroyed the National Identity database.

Which party can be trusted more to respect your privacy?

Liberal Democrat priorities are clear. In difficult times we must make sure we do all we can to help ordinary working people. That is why, unlike Labour, every Liberal Democrat council in England has frozen council tax. In fact in Worthing we proposed a council tax reduction of 2.5% – the Tories refused.  In Sompting Labour raised parish council tax for 2012-13 by 13%.  Which party can be trusted more with your money?

According to Local Government Chronicle research, Liberal Democrat run councils were more than twice as likely to give the lowest paid workers a pay rise compared to Labour, and five times more likely than Conservative run councils.  Which party can be trusted more to help public service workers’ pay?

Voting Labour in Worthing is a completely wasted vote. But be careful as Tory MP Peter Bottomley will advise you otherwise as he has done in the past on the Herald letters page urging more Labour candidates to stand. Sir Peter realises a vote to Labour in Worthing increases the chance of getting a Tory in a marginal ward.  Don’t fall into that trap – if you want to rid Worthing of the Tory “high tax-no spend” party there is only one way to vote on May 3rd – vote Liberal Democrat.

If you are naturally hard Labour it’s time to soften up – let’s cut the Tories out.

Worthing Liberal Democrats 

NEWS FROM THE PAST WEEK

TORY LEADER REFUSES HUSTINGS

Wednesday 11th April – It was suggested on Twitter today by an ordinary Worthing resident to hold a hustings where local candidates for the Worthing Borough elections can be quizzed by the electorate. Worthing Liberal Democrat Leader Alan Rice immediately accepted but his opposite Tory number Leader of the Council Paul Yallop wasn’t so keen and refused.  Perhaps the Worthing Tories are rightly embarrased about their record in power and rightly embarrased they missed the opportunity to reduce council tax, restore Sunday and evening bus services and give more to community projects.

Worthing Lib Dem Group Leader Alan Rice said: “The Tories appear very reluctant to discuss their policies in open debate.  What are they afraid of?   I suspect there is a lot they wish to remain covered up – the continuing theatres loss and a new pool not fit for purpose for a start spring to mind.”

NO LABOUR CANDIDATE IN HEENE

Wednesday 11th April –  There is no Labour candidate in Heene ward in the nominations declared today for the Worthing Borough elections on May 3rd but there is a UKIP candidate.  Heene ward now looks very interesting for the Liberal Democrats and an ousting of the sitting Tory member looks very much on the cards.  Labour polled almost 600 votes in the 2011 elections and the UKIP candidate is bound to split the Tory vote. Tories throughout Worthing are ready to say enough is enough.

Worthing Lib Dem Group Leader Alan Rice said: “We are getting fantastic reports throughout the town of how well our policies of lower council tax and restoring of Sunday and evening bus services are being received.  The new expensive non-Olympic pool in an Olympic year and the continuing theatres loss of £3000 a day are also draining the Tories of their core support.   Liberal Democrats have won in Goring before, in Offington before, in Salvington before but never in Heene.  There is a first time for everything and a first victory in Heene will put the icing on the cake.”

DISAPPEAR DAY

Thursday 12th April –  Today saw a very successful celebration of the 150th birthday of Worthing Pier organised by local hero Dan Thompson.  The sun shone at first allowing the cake to brought out to be cut but then unfortunately the rain came. Their bodies may have been a bit damp but the attendees’ spirits were certainly not dampened.  The media turned out en-masse to record the event but unfortunately the TV team were from BBC South and Worthing is no longer in their area – having moved to BBC South East very recently.  This also meant that NTL/Virgin viewers were unable to see the interview with Dan – including unfortunately Dan himself.  From that respect it became a dis-a-pier day.

DIARY

Tuesday 17th April – WBC Full Council Meeting – Council Chamber, Town Hall at 6.00 pm

Tuesday 17th April – Lib Dem Durrington Surgery – New Life Church, Durrington 7.00 to 8.00 pm

and every third Tuesday of the month

Wednesday 18th April – WBC Planning Committee – Gordon Room, Town Hall at 6.00 pm

Wednesday 18th April – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm

Thursday 19th April – WSCC Shadow West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Management Board – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm

Friday 20th April – WSCC Environmental and Community Services Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Saturday 21st April – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Shops 10.00 to 10.30 am

Saturday 21st April – Lib Dem Gaisford/Tarring Castle Wards Surgery – West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring 10.30 to noon

FURTHER AHEAD

Monday 23rd April – WSCC Governance Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm

Tuesday 24th April – WSCC Cabinet Meeting – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Wednesday 25th April – WSCC Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Wednesday 25th April – WSCC Pensions Panel – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Thursday 26th April – WSCC Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Friday 27th April – WSCC Policy and Resources Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Tuesday 1st May – WSCC Planning Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Thursday 3rd May – Worthing Borough Council Elections

Saturday 5th May – Lib Dem Central Ward Surgery – Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road 10.30 am to 12.00 noon

and every first Saturday of the month

Saturday 5th May – Lib Dem Broadwater Surgery – The Community House, Dominion Road 2.00 to 4.00 pm

and every first Saturday of the month

Thursday 17th May – WSCC West Sussex Joint Commissioning Board – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm

Friday 18th May – WSCC Full County Council (meeting will be webcast) – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Friday 18th May – WBC Annual Council Meeting – Council Chamber, Town Hall at noon

Thursday 24th May – WSCC Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Tuesday 29th May – WSCC Planning Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Tuesday 29th May – WBC Planning Committee – Gordon Room, Town Hall at 6.00 pm

Thursday 31st May – WSCC Policy and Resources Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

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