Working Hard For You
Wakefield and Morley Liberal Democrats work hard for you throughout the Wakefield MDC and Morley Area, standing up for your rights, protecting your freedoms, and dealing with the problems that affect you.
2016 local election candidates across Wakefield District
Ward 5 Crofton, Ryhill and Walton – Adam Belcher
Ward 8 Horbury and South Ossett – Mark Goodair
Ward 11 Ossett – Tony Sargeant
Ward 13 Pontefract South – Dan Woodlock
Ward 15 Stanley and Outwood East – Margaret Dodd
Ward 18 Wakefield Rural – Finbarr Cronin
Ward 19 Wakefield South – David Currie
Ward 20 Wakefield West – Peter Williams
Ward 21 Wrenthorpe and Outwood West – Natasha De Vere
We wish all of our candidates well and hope the people of Wakefield District get behind them and vote for liberal values and a liberal voice.
Campaign to keep Netherton Surgery open
Keep our surgery open in Netherton!
Local Lib Dems are deeply concerned by the proposed closure of Netherton Surgery. Finbarr Cronin is worried for the health and well-being of the elderly and young children who rely on being able to access a doctor in the village.
I/We the undersigned call on NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to:
1. Do more to support Orchard Croft Practice to employ permanent and/or locum staff in order to maintain weekly GP and Practice Nurse clinics in the village.
2. Ensure that any proposed closure will not be considered by Wakefield CCG without a replacement guarantee of more home visits if a Netherton patient is unable to travel to see a clinician in Horbury.
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Interested in Becoming More Active In Wakefield Lib Dems?
We are always keen for new members to help us promote the Liberal Democrats locally in a variety of ways. If you would like more information about joining Wakefield Liberal Democrats, contact Membership Development Officer, David Currie, on 01924 279295 today to express your interest or contact us via our online form. Alternatively you can join the party via the national website and they will forward your details to us.
Campaign action day in Pontefract
Local Lib Dem candidate Dan Woodlock and his team held a successful campaign action day in Pontefract on Saturday 19th September in advance of the by-election. Lib Dem campaigners turned the town yellow and black with balloons, street signs and posters. A street stall was well received by local shoppers who were pleased to see the Lib Dems actively engaging with local people and discussing the issues important to them.
The ‘Better rail services for Pontefract’ petition was well supported by residents who were pleased that Dan Woodlock was fighting for better public transport services for local people. Speaking on the day Dan said: “I am delighted that so many Pontefract people agree with my campaign issues and are supporting me as the Lib Dems aim to build a core support again in the town”.
Pontefract North By-election 24th September 2015: candidate Dan Woodlock announced
Dan is standing in this election because he wants to bring about real change to the town of Pontefract. Liberal Democrats believe in grass roots campaigning and in making a difference to people’s lives at community level. He understands what matters to local people because he grew up in Pontefract, went to school in the town and lives in the ward. Dan wants to improve the things which affect our daily lives:
1. I will campaign for more investment in public transport links to and from Pontefract. This government needs to know that their decision to freeze rail investment in Yorkshire will affect future job creation.
2. I will fight to bring decisions about Pontefract back to Pontefract by working with local people on a neighbourhood plan, giving us a greater say on new housing and infrastructure developments.
3. I will campaign for greater investment in Pontefract Park so that it is a more pleasant place for local people to relax and spend time with their families.
If you can help Dan and his team with the campaign in Pontefract please get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy
Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.
He led the Liberal Democrats to our party’s greatest electoral successes and showed immense courage when standing up against injustice, most notably when his spoke for the country against the invasion of Iraq.
Commenting on his death, Nick Clegg has said: “He always remained modest about his huge achievements. Whenever I asked him for advice, he was unfailingly kind and wise. Most of all, I will never forget the pride and love with which he would talk about his own family, most especially his devotion to his son Donald. My heart goes out to his sister and brother and to Sarah and Donald at this tragic time.”
The Liberal Democrats, and many more outside the party, will never forget him.
Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to Charles Kennedy:
“With that cheeky smile, highland voice and a few simple words Charles Kennedy captured the political hearts of the nation. Charles had a unique combination of political talent and public affection. He had a healthy disdain for policy detail but had highly tuned political instincts.
“He was in his element on the campaign trail – stealing the show in a TV debate on independence, a joust with opponents in a public meeting in Portree or greeting people on streets of Dunfermline. His wise counsel and gentle encouragement is something I especially valued. I will miss him so much.”
Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to Charles Kennedy.
“We are all immensely sad to hear of this devastating news. You would struggle to meet a kinder man than Charles. He was a man who had time for everybody; a real people person and that made him stand out from all the rest. He will always be remembered for his warm personality and brilliant quick wit.
“Charles was a giant in our party. He was robust, sincere and passionate. Never will I be more proud of our party than when Charles us led from the front in our opposition to the Iraq war. This wasn’t a decision taken lightly, yet Charles was a man of principle and did what he knew was right. The party owes him a great gratitude for the position he took and the bravery he showed.
“Above all else, our thoughts go out to Charles’ family at this very difficult time.”
Finbarr Cronin Puts Mental Health and Policing Question to West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner
3rd March 2015
Wakefield prospective parliamentary candidate Finbarr Cronin took the opportunity to discuss with Mark Burns-Williamson – West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, the excellent police work being done in Wakefield in partnership with NHS England.
In a question about the government’s ‘Liaison & Diversion’ pilot schemes where mental health nurses are stationed at around 50 police stations in the UK, Liberal Democrat Finbarr Cronin asked Mark about plans in West Yorkshire Police to role out similar services across the force.
Speaking after the event Finbarr said:
“I am pleased to hear that the pilot scheme successfully operating in Wakefield may be extended across West Yorkshire. People detained by the police and thought to have mental health issues are being dealt with by specially trained nurses. So instead of police officers needing to use their own resources, a health care professional can divert them away from police cells and the courts; and instead offer them the care and support they need.”
“I have heard myself form officers what a positive impact this scheme is having to their work, freeing up their time to deal with other policing matters. This is a sensible Lib Dem policy in action, being trialled in our city. It is part of the biggest ever package of reforms in mental health and it is happening because the Liberal Democrats are in government”.
Wakefield Rhubarb Festival – Finbarr Cronin enjoys the festival atmosphere with local speciality food producers!
21st February 2015
Wakefield Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Finbarr Cronin celebrates the best of Yorkshire’s produce at Wakefield’s hugely successful annual event. Having worked as part of the UK food industry for many years, Finbarr knows how important it is for small businesses and cottage industry producers to get an opportunity to showcase their products.
The soil conditions and climate are important factors when trying to grow rhubarb, both of which the Wakefield area seems to be ideally suited. As a keen allotment holder in the past, Finbarr knows how tricky it can be to successfully grow rhubarb and turn it into a tasty treat.
Speaking at the event Finbarr said:
“It is wonderful to see all the great products made from Wakefield’s rhubarb. It is also great to see many other small food producers selling their honey, cakes, meats and savoury pies, most of which are produced in the surrounding towns and villages of Wakefield.”
“I enjoy coming to Wakefield’s rhubarb festival year after year, it is certainly the best outdoor food event I attend. Knowing how important the food industry is to the local economy I will do all I can to back the interests of local food producers if elected to represent Wakefield in Parliament.
“Food production is an important part of the UK manufacturing sector and we need to do all be can to ensure as much of the food we buy is produced in UK factories, meaning full traceability and safeguarding UK jobs.”
Finbarr Cronin and Norman Lamb MP discuss Lib Dem Mental Health Policy
28th January 2015
Finbarr Cronin and Mary Macqueen campaigning today in Bradford East with Lib Dem MP – David Ward
Saturday 31st January – Wakefield Lib Dem volunteers enjoyed a great day at the Bradford East HQ. We were joined by volunteers from Sheffield, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, North Yorkshire and Leeds. We were kept busy folding leaflets and stuffing envelopes, it looks like they are on course to nail it! It was great to get out to speak to lots of Lib Dem supporters on the doorsteps of Idle
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Wednesday 28th January – Excellent speech on mental health and Q&A session with Norman Lamb MP – Minister for Health Care &Social at the University of Leeds. Wakefield’s Finbarr Cronin was there to meet Norman Lamb to discuss national policy on autism and increased NHS funding to tackle mental health.
Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make possible the Meet the Minister event, co-hosted with the brilliant Mind Matters society.