Jon Hubbard

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Out of Hours Changes from NHS

by Jon Hubbard on 10 February, 2010

NHS Wiltshire have issued a press release saying there are to be some changes to the Out of Hours services. Typically they have given scant few details and, quite unbelievably, have said that they are not prepared to give any more details at this time! The full text of their press release is shown below: […]

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NHS Saddled With £63bn Bill

by Jon Hubbard on 8 February, 2010

Figures released today by the Liberal Democrats have revealed that the NHS is facing a £63bn bill for PFI hospitals which are only worth £11bn. The figures also reveal that: The first payments for hospitals PFIs began in 1999 and the NHS still owes £58bn on 106 PFI contracts over the next three decades. The […]

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Last Week, the Government published new figures showing that the annual cost of running quangos has risen to £46.5bn – a rise of nearly £10bn since Gordon Brown became Prime Minister. Commenting, Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said: “Gordon Brown has taken Labour’s obsession with unelected and unaccountable quangos to a new […]

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Nick Clegg will today [Monday] challenge the other two party leaders to agree an emergency programme of political reform. Speaking at an election summit of parliamentarians and parliamentary candidates on Monday, the Liberal Democrat Leader will challenge Gordon Brown and David Cameron to sign up to the programme of political reform as a first step […]

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Clackers Brook Flooding Fix

by Jon Hubbard on 1 February, 2010

I’m pleased to report that a fix has been undertaken and the flood waters at Clackers Brook are now receeding. It appears there was some faulty equipment and the drainage ditch was clogged up. This has now been cleared by the Council and steps are being taken to investigate what other corrective action is required. […]

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The Pupil Premium policy is one of the most innovative parts of our Lib Dem education policy. I am proud to have voted for it at our Spring Conference in Harrogate last year. As a teacher myself, and as the Lib Dems spokesperson on schools on Wiltshire Council, I cannot overemphasise the importance of smaller […]

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Poverty: Labour’s biggest failure

by Jon Hubbard on 27 January, 2010

If there is one single area where Labour has persistently failed many people in this country it would be in its attempts to reduce poverty and the poverty gap in Britain. And within that their pledge to eradicate Child poverty is the most miserable failure of all.  A report by the National Equality Panel published […]

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Power 2010 – vote for what needs to change

by Jon Hubbard on 25 January, 2010

A new web site has been launched – Power 2010 – where the public can vote for the five most needed changes in our political system.  You can find it at : http://www.power2010.org.uk/votes Your  chance to influence the campaign’s top five pledges.

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Is the End in Sight for Melksham’s Blue Pool

by Jon Hubbard on 24 January, 2010

The top Tory responsible for leisure services at Wiltshire Council (WC), Stuart Wheeler, has confirmed his opinion that West Wiltshire has too many swimming pools. At a recent meeting of Wiltshire Council’s Environment Select Committee, Cllr Wheeler repeatedly confirmed the line. However, closures will not take place until after the general election. The committee was […]

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Public Meeting to Discuss Future of Lorry Park

by Jon Hubbard on 17 January, 2010

Following efforts from local councillor Jon Hubbard a public meeting has been arranged for Monday 25th January at 7pm in Melksham Town Hall to allow local residents to participate in the consultation process as the council considers how to deal with King Street Lorry Park. Local Councillor Jon Hubbard has been leading the campaign to […]

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