In the local elections in May 2023 the Liberal Democrats had our best result in decades.
The photo shows Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader, celebrating with councillors for Windsor and Maidenhead where the Lib Dems gained enough seats from the Tories to have an overall majority. Despite gaining an overall majority, the Lib Dems in Windsor and Maidenhead sensibly chose to share power with some of the Independent councillors.
The Lib Dems gained over 400 seats across the country. Most of these were from the Tories. The victories were partly in places where the Conservatives were not running the Council very well, such as in Windsor and Maidenhead.
The Lib Dem successes were also because the national Tory Government is doing such terrible damage to our vital public services such as the NHS, and to our economy and cost of living because of Brexit and other mistakes.
The Lib Dems proposed better policies, especially for services under the worst pressure such as GPs, ambulances, mental health and dentistry. The Lib Dems are also promoting our policies for supporting carers and the social care system, supporting COVID-recovery programmes in schools and for tackling sewage in rivers and areas where people swim.
Lib Dems are also campaigning for Fairer Votes in the UK and against the shameful Tory law on ID for voting which effectively deprived some of our fellow British citizens of the cherished right to vote. This terrible Tory law also in practice discriminated against groups such as young people who were known to be less likley to vote Tory: bus passes for the elderly counted as ID, but Student Travel cards did not. Shameful Tories.
The message from these elections is clear: people are fed up with being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative Government - it is time for a change.
The Lib Dems also made gains from Labour in places such as Liverpool and Slough (see earlier posts) where Labour had been running the Councils very badly.
Finally, people living in Colnbrook and parts of Langley such as Foxborough and most of Langley Marish will be able to vote for one of the new Lib Dem councillors in Windsor to become a new Lib Dem MP at the next General Election. Under the new boundaries being imposed on our area, parts of Langley wil join Colnbrook in being included in Windsor parliamentary constiuency. Councillor Juilan Tisi was chosen as the Lib Dem candidate for Windsor months ago when the old boundaries were still in place.