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Welcome to Cheltenham Liberal Democrats

Martin Horwood

My name is Martin Horwood and I have been Cheltenham's MP since 2005. I was born and brought up in Cheltenham and I lived and worked here with my family before I was an MP, so when I fight to protect our green spaces, to defend local NHS services and see the best for our children, these are issues that really matter to me.

I'm also proud that we have a Liberal Democrat-led council and that the LibDems introduced the first kerbside recycling of glass, paper, cans, green waste, cardboard and now plastic bottles, that they held out a helping hand to charities like the Cheltenham Housing Aid Centre when the last Conservative administration cut their funding and that they were the first to change council policy to help stop 'garden-grabbing' overdevelopment.

On this website you'll find out more about what we've been campaigning about, links to our manifestos, Cheltenham Liberal Youth and more.

I hope you'll become part of Cheltenham's great Liberal tradition too and help us fight for greener, safer, fairer Cheltenham. Use the links above to get in touch. I'll look forward to meeting you.

Latest News

  • Event: September 16, 2014 7:00 PM
    The Wheatsheaf Inn

    A fashion show at the Wheatsheaf Inn, 283 Old Bath Road, Cheltenham. GL53 9AJ. Tickets will be £5 in advance, or £6 on the night. The company will be selling a range of perfect, seasonal ladies clothing, of high street quality which will be available to purchase on the evening at bargain prices, by cash or card. Good size range in most sizes, size 8-24".

  • Event: September 30, 2014 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Cheltenham Town Football Club, Whaddon Road, Cheltenham. GL52 5NA

    You are invited to a supper with politics event with a junior Minister who holds one of the more interesting portfolios. Stephen Williams MP is the LibDem member for Bristol West and is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government. His remit covers:

  • Staffies. They’re Softer Than You Think
    Article: Aug 7, 2014

    Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood today visited Cheltenham Animal Shelter for the launch of their new campaign - Staffies. They're Softer Than You Think. The campaign, which is in partnership with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London, aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Staffie, challenge negative perceptions about the breed and show the true soft character of these loveable dogs, that were once known as 'Nanny dogs' for their affinity with children.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2014

    Liberal Democrats across the county are delighted that progress is being made with the £450,000 non-recurring two-year investment in Young People's Mental Health.

    The agreed investment that was secured at the Council's budget setting in February came after Lib Dems raised concerns over statistics released earlier in the year showing the number of people hurting themselves deliberately was on the rise. The number of people admitted to hospital because of self-harm had also increased.

  • Event: November 21, 2014 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Cheltenham Park Hotel

    Join us on Friday 21st November for The Cheltenham Liberal Democrats Annual Dinner.

    At the Cheltenham Park Hotel, Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings, GL53 8EA.

    7pm - 11pm

    Guest Speaker: Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby.

    Price £29.50 for members and their guests/partners and £45 for non members.

    To book places or for more information contact Heather Turner on 01242 574227 or email: pandhturner@blueyonder.co.uk.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014
    The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party County Councillor for Stroud Central are calling for all elected members of the county council to know the full range of costs that would be incurred if the decision was taken to cancel the current contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty for the provision of a residual waste treatment facility.
  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    CHELTENHAM MP Martin Horwood has welcomed an end of term boost for local arts organisations and schools.

    On the day parliament rises for its August recess, schools minister David Laws has confirmed the proposal announced in March that will mean more than £10m extra for Gloucestershire schools based on a fairer funding formula. Gloucestershire schools had historically lost out because of traditionally poor funding by the county council going back many decades, which was then locked into national funding by a formula based on historic spending levels. "For the first time in a decade" wrote David Laws to Martin this week "funding will be allocated to local areas on the basis of the actual characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than historic levels of spending".

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have welcomed reports from Network Rail at the recent Environment and Communities Committee that the new Kemble to Swindon dual line will finally go live this September.

    In January 2013, Network Rail started work on a £45million project to upgrade the railway route and infrastructure between Swindon and Gloucester via Kemble and Stroud allowing four trains an hour in each direction.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2014

    CHELTENHAM MP Martin Horwood today strongly supported a greater role for local communities in planning decisions. Speaking in Parliament, he criticised the government for failing to ensure public consent for planning decisions, despite the provisions made in the Localism Act.

    Martin said "This isn't the first time I have spoken out against the way in which the government has applied planning laws. I was proud to support the coalition's actions to protect green spaces, but in reality these protections have been ignored or undermined by unelected planning inspectors.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2014

    MORE than a thousand carers in Cheltenham would receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a future Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.

    The no strings attached Carer's Bonus would help more than one million people who look after disabled loved-ones.

    The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.