Manchester

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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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