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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

  • Article: Apr 4, 2014

    Cheltenham MP takes up @chelt52 Challenge

    Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood will spend the week 7 April - 13 April 2014 tweeting about Cheltenham as part of the @chelt52 campaign. @chelt52 was set up by local media experts Liam McKinnon and Sophie Fryer as a way to promote Cheltenham and portray the different lifestyles that make it such a great town.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2014
    The Government's decision to abandon its planned expansion of badger culling has been welcomed by the Liberal Democrats in Gloucestershire, but its continuation of the pilot culls in both the county and in Somerset has been condemned.
    Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton-on-the Water & Northleach) said that "I'm certainly very pleased that the badger cull is not being extended to other areas, and that finally the Environment Secretary is proposing a programme of vaccination. I am however bitterly disappointed that badger culling will nevertheless continue both in the county and in Somerset for a further three years.
  • Meningitis, Martin, Harriet & Kitty
    Article: Mar 28, 2014

    Martin Horwood MP has welcomed a Government decision to give all babies the Meningitis B vaccine free on the NHS, providing a price can be agreed with suppliers.

    Martin Horwood was among 135 MPs to support the Beat it Now! campaign led by Meningitis Now, the UK's largest meningitis charity, to introduce the vaccine.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2014
    Mel Gladwin, one of our members in Lansdown, attended with her husband for the second time this month. She is keen to encourage others to attend and writes about her experience:-
    This year the Lib Dem Spring conference was held in the centre of beautiful York. Martin, Rob and I attended on behalf of Cheltenham. It was an eye opening three days, packed full of debates & discussions on issues ranging from poverty in our constituencies to the crisis in Ukraine. We attended debates on proposals for a Digital Rights Bill, with Martin passionately arguing the case on some of the finer details of the bill whilst praising the work done by GCHQ. Rob attended fringe discussions on how to attract more people into the science and engineering profession. Martin also got a chance to contribute to the debate on planning whilst also presenting the case for being in Europe on the final day.

    I attended a heated debate on changes to how we as Lib Dems vote on policy updates. A proposal still under consultation that I would encourage all members interested in deciding policy to read.

    I also managed to slip in some training on how the new website tool works, which is looking very promising.

    There were also lots of new people to meet, a highlight for me being a chance to meet with Cllr Daisy Benson, an inspiring Lib Dem from Reading who we stayed up sharing stories and drinks with until 1am.

    If you ever get the chance to go to conference I'd recommend it. Do catch up with me if you want to talk about it further.
  • Article: Mar 19, 2014

    An £800 income tax cut for people in Cheltenham is the real budget boost, Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood said today.

    The budget revealed plans to increase the personal allowance from April 2015 and put an extra £100 back in taxpayers' pockets.

    Lib Dems have already delivered on their leading manifesto pledge at the 2010 General Election with a £700 tax but today's news goes even further for all those earning low and middle incomes.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2014

    A major childcare package is set to help 3,040 parents in Cheltenham.

    Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015.

    The Government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2014

    In the spending review last summer, the government announced that it would consult on how to allocate schools funding in a fairer way. The aim of the extra cash is to address funding disparities at a national level.

    The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds, Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson, has welcomed Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws' step towards delivering a fairer national funding.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2014

    A Lib Dem/Green motion will at full council next Wednesday request for the Council's Health Committee to monitor and evaluate the data collected by the county's acute hospitals of injuries suffered as a consequence of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

    The decision to submit such a motion came early last month when doctors and nurses in the UK were told to log the details of injuries suffered by victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

  • Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Martin Horwood, Member of Parliament for Cheltenham, has today highlighted the failures of the pilot badger cull trials in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Martin spoke in a debate attended by both pro- and anti-cull MPs.

    Martin commented: "It is now clear that the trial cull in Gloucestershire, which has cost a fortune, has failed to meet the target of killing 70% of the target badger population, with barely half that percentage actually having been killed. It is quite possible the pilot cull could even have made local bovine TB worse. The cull also failed the government's own humaneness test with some 18% taking more than five minutes to die".

  • Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Lib Dem schools minister David Laws has announced a consultation today that should see Gloucestershire getting £9.6 million in extra funding for schools each year - a big boost for a county which has been historically below average in its school funding.

    Speaking to the House of Commons, Laws said "For too long, school funding has been based on historical data that no longer reflects pupils' needs. Similar schools just miles apart can be funded at very different levels, just because they happen to be in different local authority areas. For the first time in a decade, funding will be allocated to local areas on the basis of the actual characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than simply on the basis of historic levels of spending"

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.