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  • Chris Bowers has authored a chapter of this new book
    Article: Nov 17, 2019

    We've updated our General Election 2019 FAQ page - Wealden's LibDem Parliamentary candidate answers questions about the environment sparked by an RSPB initiative...

    QUESTION: What are you personally pledging to do to help protect the environment?

    A number of people have written to Chris asking him to use his voice to protect the environment. This was an initiative started by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds called Let Nature Sing in the General Election, but covers a number of environmental topics and asks candidates to answer three questions amounting to a pledge.

  • Chris Bowers, Oct 2019 - photo by Kate Wright
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Wealden Lib Dems welcomed the announcement of the Unite to Remain agreement and the call for tactical voting nationally. The need for a cooperative united remainer stance is now even more critical following the announcement by Brexit Party's Nigel Farage that they will not, after all, be contesting over 300 seats that Johnson's Pro-Leave Tories already hold (thereby doing exactly what US President Trump had suggested they do during a recent phone-in radio show). Little wonder the Brexit and Conservative parties are now being dubbed the "Brexitory" party!

    Wealden's Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Chris Bowers welcomed the Unite to Remain agreement which involves candidates from the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru standing aside in 60 constituencies in order to avoid splitting the Progressive Remain vote and to unite behind the one Pro-Remain candidate in each constituency who stands the best chance of winning.

    Chris described the announcement as "a shot in the arm for grown-up politics" and "an encouraging sign that there are people in UK politics willing to put the welfare of the country and its people ahead of their local party".

    The arrangement involves two of the three candidates in 60 named seats standing aside to enhance the chances of a pro-Remain candidate beating a pro-Brexit candidate.

    Although Wealden is not one of the 60 seats, Chris Bowers, who has a long track record as a passionate environmentalist, said: "We accept and respect that the Green Party will not be standing aside in Wealden, but we urge voters tempted to vote Green this time to put their weight behind the party most likely to beat the Conservatives, which in Wealden is clearly the Lib Dems." This is backed up by extensive data analysis by the leading cross-party tactical voting sites including Best For Britain's getvoting.org and the People's Vote Campaign's tactical-vote.uk where voters can look up their postcode to receive unbiased pro-Remain advice.

    "We all thank the Green Party and Plaid Cymru for their brave decision," said Chris. "Brexit is a national crisis. This groundbreaking agreement, facilitated by the Unite to Remain campaign group, will help to secure more Remain-supporting MPs in the next Parliament. And the more LibDems that are elected, the higher the chances are of us finally bringing about long overdue and much needed electoral reform - which would finally mean getting a fairer voting system in Britain, in which tactical voting would no longer be needed."

    Despite a sizeable majority, and long being considered a "safe blue seat", the Conservatives are by no means home and dry in Wealden, which has an unpopular and oft-absent MP and an electorate which, since 2018, has switched to being more than 50% in favour of Remain according to a Best For Britain report.

  • The Loan Charge has been linked to several suicides
    Article: Nov 11, 2019

    Ahead of the General Election on December 12th, constituents and campaign groups have, understandably, been contacting parliamentary candidates to get their views on specific topics. In order to respond as fully and clearly as possible to all those who've been sending him questions, Wealden's Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Chris Bowers is providing written answers to the most frequently asked questions, starting with his detailed response to many queries about the controversial Loan Charge.

  • Your Vote Matters
    Page: Nov 11, 2019

    Deadlines and info on registering to vote in the upcoming December 12th 2019 General Election:

    Register by 11:59pm on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December

    If you want to apply to vote by post, register before:

    • 5pm on 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales

    • 5pm on 21 November if you live in Northern Ireland

  • Chris Bowers, Oct 2019 - photo by Katie Vandyck
    Article: Nov 5, 2019

    The leading candidate running against Nus Ghani at the forthcoming general election has challenged her to a hustings debate - and says he wants the incumbent Tory MP to commit to staying for the full two hours.

    https://twitter.com/chris1bowers/status/1189681130276032512?s=20com/chris1bowers/statau118968113026032tac512?s=20With the latest data by progressive alliance pro-Remain sites such as Best For Britain's getvoting.org showing the Liberal Democrats as now being the strongest Remain party in Wealden, Lib Dem candidate Chris Bowers has challenged the sitting MP to debate with him at a hustings in front of constituents, to be held in either Crowborough, Uckfield or Hailsham - or ideally in all three. His challenge has received a lot of positive feedback from Wealden voters, but almost a week later, Ghani has still not responded.

  • The Hailsham LibDem HQ repaired and repainted by Steve Murphy Oct 23, 2019
    Article: Oct 24, 2019

    Following the recent attack by vandals on the Hailsham LibDem HQ, which is still being investigated by police, local LibDem activist Steve Murphy spent many hours removing the paint and repainting the damaged parts, and has managed singlehandedly to restore the building (as pictured yesterday). Well done Steve and a huge thank you from all of us!

  • Near identicle pamphlets by Tory MPs Nus Ghani, Robert Courts, Vicky Ford & Tim Loughton
    Article: Oct 22, 2019

    Wealden's MP Nus Ghani has been referred to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) by Chris Bowers, her leading opponent at the forthcoming general election, in the growing row over a leaflet the Liberal Democrats have described as 'greenwash electioneering'.

    Several constituents have contacted Ms Ghani's parliamentary office to find out more about a leaflet they'd received entitled 'Your Guide to Going Green', which the MP claims to have written, and which states was funded with money from her parliamentary allowances. Bowers says that this is likely a misuse of taxpayers' money - on top of their salary, MPs are allowed to claim a number of tax-free allowances. This includes a communications allowance to help MPs inform their constituents about their work, however it cannot be used for party political purposes. This is at the centre of the Lib Dems' complaint and was previously covered in an article on this website and in an article by the Kent-Sussex Courier newspaper (pictured below).

  • LibDem Hailsham HQ vandalised Oct 20 2019
    Article: Oct 21, 2019
    By Katrina Best
    As detailed in a Sussex Express article today we were all shocked and saddened to hear that the Hailsham LibDem HQ was vandalised in the early hours of Sunday morning, the third such incident this year. Previously, paint was thrown at the building and the windows were also shot with a BB gun.
    Wealden District Councillor Neil Cleaver, who lives nearby, said he returned home late on Saturday night following a Hailsham Bonfire Society meeting. "It was close to 1am when I walked home, and I passed right by the building and it was definitely not defaced at that time," said Cllr Cleaver, who was the first to spot the damage, which consisted of red and white paint that had been thrown across the windows and walls, the next morning around 8am when he was driving past. He immediately reported it to the police and took photos.
    Hailsham Mayor Paul Holbrook expressed his deep dismay that this has happened again. "This is the third time this year, and it looks like the same people are responsible," he said. "It's exactly the same kind of thick gloss paint which is near impossible to clean off and it will also be costly to repair. Last time a group of us gave up an entire weekend to help repair the damage, clean and repaint and the building, and it was looking great." Mayor Holbrook says he's grateful the police are taking it seriously, and hopes an eye witness will come forward to help. "Unfortunately there's no CCTV nearby," he explains, "but since we have such a narrow timeline we're hoping someone saw something so the police can finally catch the culprits."
  • People's Vote March, London March 23rd 2019
    Article: Oct 18, 2019

    With Johnson doing all he can to force his so-called "new deal" through Parliament tomorrow, despite experts' warnings that his hastily compromised version of May's thrice-defeated deal is even worse and will spell total disaster for the UK (aside, that is, from the handful of wealthy Johnson cronies who stand to benefit at the expense of the rest of us British citizens), tomorrow's People's Vote March in London is set to be the most important one yet.

  • Chris Bowers, Oct 2019 - photo by Katie Vandyck
    Article: Oct 13, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats' Wealden parliamentary candidate Chris Bowers has slammed Conservative MP Nus Ghani for using parliamentary allowances to fund an environmental leaflet that he calls "greenwash electioneering".

    Chris Bowers, who is likely to be the leading challenger to Ms Ghani at the next general election, says the Conservative MP has seemingly used taxpayers' money for advance election publicity disguised as public information.

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