Jon Hubbard

Liberal Democrat Wiltshire Councillor for Melksham South and Town Councillor for Melksham Spa Learn more

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In May voters will get the chance to back a new and fairer voting system: the alternative vote. Unfortunately, the BBC is failing to provide a fair debate around the referendum, and is even implementing Orwellian style censorship. I have co-signed a letter the BBC demanding that they reverse their ridiculous guidance on banning the […]

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Urgent Survey for Better Trains in Melksham

by Jon Hubbard on 24 January, 2011

Trans Wilts Rail has been set up by Wessex Chambers of Commerce with the support of Wiltshire Council and other partners to press the Government for improvements to the rail network between Salisbury and Swindon.  The proposal is rapidly gaining momentum and a decision is expected shortly.  TransWilts is now seeking public and business support […]

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Channel 4 Report on Coalition Concerns

by Jon Hubbard on 2 January, 2011

Just before Christmas I took part in an interview for Channel 4 on how the Coalition Government is six months on. The article ran on New Years Day and you can see it by clicking on this link – http://bcove.me/72k4qpj3. You can also see the full article online at http://bit.ly/hLnDJz.

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Liberal Democrats in Wiltshire have condemned plans forced through by the ruling Conservative group at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting in Trowbridge that removes free parking from almost every council owned car park in the county. The plans to bring in a one-size-fits-all set of charging bands across the county mean that some residents will see the […]

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New research commissioned by the Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) has revealed that despite the hard economic times and the arrival of the Arctic weather conditions, millions of people are still missing out on free help with their energy bills because they don’t think the help being offered is meant for people like them,. […]

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Pay Your Taxes George

by Jon Hubbard on 9 December, 2010

I’ve just signed a petition asking George Osborne to pay his fair share of taxes. It turns out he’s using “legal” loopholes to get out of paying £1.6million in tax. He says “we’re all in this together” so if we are, shouldn’t he be paying his fair share of tax?   The more of us […]

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Fabulous Melksham Christmas Lights

by Jon Hubbard on 30 November, 2010

Last night when arriving at the Town Hall for Council I was just bowled over by how fantastic the Christmas lights look in the town this year. Congratulations to the amazing teamof volunteers who not only give up their time to put up the lights every year, but also fund raise all year round to […]

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Last night at the Policy and Resources Committee meeting of Melksham Town Council we reluctantly voted to cease negotiations with Wiltshire Council over the future of free parking in Melksham’s car parks. Wiltshire Council is changing its pricing policy to have a common charge across the entire county for parking, with towns forced into four […]

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I have been sent a copy of a press release showing that St Damien’s Doctors Surgery is to merge with Bradford-on-Avon based St Margaret’s surgery and the Health Centre in Bradford-on-Avon. The full press release is shown below, together with the FAQs for patients that has been issued. “The partners of the Health Centre, Bradford-on- […]

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The Campaign for Fairer Votes

by Jon Hubbard on 17 October, 2010

The Coalition Government has pledged to hold a referendum on whether to introduce the Alternative Vote (AV) for elections to the House of Commons. This very simple change to our current First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) voting system can have a profound, positive and lasting impact on how we do politics in Britain. The principle is a no-brainer: […]

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