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About Patrick

Patrick Smith is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bracknell

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Your Local Candidate

Patrick is a local resident, living with his wife and two year old son in the heart of Bracknell. He grew up in neighbouring Reading and has spent most of his life in the area.

Having studied acoustical engineering at the University of Southampton, Patrick now works as a senior project manager for an audio-visual company based just ten minutes from Bracknell. His professional life has offered him some fascinating insights into many aspects of business, economics and culture, having worked with many of the UK’s most prominent companies, charities and community organisations.

Patrick’s passion is to see a politics in this country that works for everyone, that tackles entrenched inequalities and creates genuine opportunity for all. In 2017 he is fighting against a dangerous Hard Brexit, the consequences of which will be disastrous for our economy and will hurt the vulnerable in our society the most.

"Bracknell, to me, is home

…Bracknell is my community; it’s where my wife and I made our home, and where we started our family."

Why Patrick?

If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit, this is your chance. Democracy didn’t end on June 23rd 2016, the people can have their say on what happens next. This election is your opportunity to change the direction of our country.


Fighting Hard Brexit

I respect the outcome of last year’s referendum on our membership of the EU, but the vote to leave left many more questions unanswered. By pursuing an ideological Hard Brexit that wasn’t on the ballot paper last June the Tory government aren’t enacting the will of the people, they are interpreting the will of the people. Very nearly half the population of our country didn’t want any Brexit at all, many more of those who did vote to leave did so on the basis of promises that are not compatible with Theresa May’s Hard Brexit strategy – their voices deserve to be heard.


Single Market Access

There is no element of our relationship with Europe as important as our access to the single market. Participation in the single market enables British consumers and companies to buy and sell, import and export with our neighbours across the continent at no cost and without any red tape, exactly as if we were doing business internally. Leaving the single market would be catastrophic for British businesses, devastating to our economy and ultimately destructive to the lives of millions of ordinary people whose jobs and livelihoods would be at risk. This is the Brexit the Conservative Party wants.


Fair Funding For Schools

Our schools are on the brink of financial crisis and teacher morale is at an all time low. Per pupil funding is at its lowest in decades whilst schools face ever rising costs. It’s not enough to simply encourage efficiency savings, head teachers have already exhausted all such avenues. Vacated teaching posts are being left unfilled while local schools are on the verge of asking parents to make specific per pupil financial contributions – this is the end of state funded education as we know it. It is critical that the next government protects schools funding, both in line with rising costs and on a per pupil basis.


Protecting Our NHS

The Conservative government  have all but declared war on our precious National Health Service. Antagonistic negotiations and a refusal to engage with the legitimate concerns of dedicated front-line medical professionals have already led junior doctors to engage in the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS. Our vital nursing staff are now facing the same difficult decisions. The next government has to invest in the NHS, working with rather than against NHS staff to tackle long term challenges and ensure high quality health care is available to all for generations to come.

My Politics

  • “@DrPhillipLeeMP as chair of Right2Vote can you explain why you failed to support the cross party amendment for a #PeoplesVote today?”

    @PatrickSmithLD – March 14, 2019

  • “Rumours @DrPhillipLeeMP is considering defecting to @TheIndGroup. Can’t see this as a good fit. He may be with them… https://t.co/344nvYhETs”

    @PatrickSmithLD – February 22, 2019

  • “Dr Lee and I have had our differences over the last two GE’s in Bracknell, but wholeheartedly support his stance on… https://t.co/WTwMVih6Rt”

    @PatrickSmithLD – November 15, 2018

  • “@SkyUK why is your customer service so useless? If I am on the phone to one of your representatives it is ridiculou… https://t.co/zrGpEiSE5f”

    @PatrickSmithLD – October 24, 2018

  • “RT @UniofReading: We’ve had feedback over the last week that some people are unhappy with our plan to offer up to 14 scholarships to refuge…”

    @PatrickSmithLD – July 3, 2018

  • “…and then he goes and fails to follow through on it. Shame.”

    @PatrickSmithLD – June 12, 2018

  • “Had my differences with @DrPhillipLeeMP over the last two GE campaigns we have contested in Bracknell, but total re… https://t.co/hgHlD9IfXx”

    @PatrickSmithLD – June 12, 2018

  • “RT @gregjudge: A not so subtle message? #Brexit #QueensSpeech https://t.co/52Op9kwwIR”

    @PatrickSmithLD – June 21, 2017

"Nothing is more important to me than my family.

I think we can all relate to that."

News & Blog


Manchester

Posted by Patrick | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was shocked and saddened to wake up on Tuesday morning to the news of the terrible events in Manchester. Terrorism of all forms is depraved and beyond any justification, but the deliberate targeting of children and young people makes this attack even more perverse.   My thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and […]

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Lib Dem Commitment on Refugees

Posted by Patrick | May 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

I want you to imagine waking up tomorrow to discover that the world around you, your community, your country, has erupted into a sudden, violent, bloody war. In that moment everything you take for granted about life in a civilised, settled, peaceful and secure society is savagely stripped away.   You head out to the […]

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Schools Funding Update

Posted by Patrick | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week I wrote about the financial challenges facing our schools and my commitment to fight to properly protect education funding.   Today the Lib Dems announce bold plans not only to protect funding going forward but to address the emerging deficit in school budgets since 2015.   The Tories remain in complete denial about […]

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Fighting for schools funding in Bracknell

Posted by Patrick | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

On average schools across the UK are facing an 8% cut in per pupil funding by 2020 due to rising costs and growing pupil numbers. The National Association of Head Teachers predicts that an extra £2bn of funding will be needed in the next five years just to keep per pupil funding at existing levels, […]

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I’m running in 2017

Posted by Patrick | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

  I am excited to announce that I have been appointed again as the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bracknell and look forward to standing in the upcoming general election on June 8th. This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. A vote for the Liberal Democrats in Bracknell is […]

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Working for you in Bracknell

Posted by Patrick | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been a long journey, but polling day is finally upon us in Bracknell. In 24 hours time it will all be over and the results will be in.   As I pause briefly this afternoon it’s good to reflect on all that’s gone by.   For me one of the greatest privileges of standing […]

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Patrick welcomes fairer deal for public sector workers

Posted by Patrick | April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve written on a number of occasions before about the injustice of public sector pay cuts, freezes and below inflation pay rises (all of which effectively amount to real terms cuts).   Over the last five years we’ve had to make some really tough decisions as a nation, including finding savings in many areas of […]

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Open Letter to Dr Phillip Lee, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate

Posted by Patrick | April 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bracknell, Patrick Smith, has today released an open letter to Conservative incumbent Dr Phillip Lee challenging him to come clean with voters on his positions regarding the future of the NHS.   During a live radio debate for BBC Radio Berkshire last week Dr Lee denied having ever suggested that […]

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Protecting Your Rights & Privacy Online

Posted by Patrick | April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg is calling for a new Digital Rights Bill to be introduced within the first six months of the next Parliament.   The Liberal Democrats have launched a public consultation on the planned Bill, which the party would introduce if they were to form a new coalition government after the election. […]

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Liberal Democrats Launch “Help to Rent” Plans

Posted by Patrick | April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Liberal Democrats today announced plans for a new Help to Rent scheme, targeting support at young working adults who still live with their parents but want to move out and rent their own place.   Research shows around two million young working adults – sometimes dubbed the ‘boomerang generation’ or ‘clipped wing generation’ – […]

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"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."

Contact Details

I want to hear what you think about politics, the Lib Dems, and life in Bracknell. Whether you’ve got a policy idea, want to talk about how I would represent you in parliament, or have an issue I can help you with; you can get in touch with me via the form below, or by contacting the Bracknell Lib Dems at the address to the right.

 

Get in touch!

Bracknell Lib Dems

37 Lochinver

Bracknell

RG12 7LD
info@bracknelllibdems.org.uk

www.bracknelllibdems.org.uk

 

(+44) 01344 640 048





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