Jean’s victory boosts our team

Fareham Liberal Democrats’ team on the Borough Council is stronger after Thursday’s local elections, with Jean Kelly taking back the Portchester East seat from the independent group. The result makes the Lib Dems once more the main opposition group on the Council.

Jean Kelly

Our two sitting councillors who were defending their seats were safely returned – Roger Price retained his Portchester seat on Hampshire County Council, and Katrina Trott kept hers on Fareham Council. (Roger Price and Gerry Kelly are our other two sitting Fareham councillors for Portchester East.)

All of our other candidates increased the Lib Dem vote compared with 2016, the last time these particular seats were contested. (Councillors are elected for a four-year term, with half the council normally up for election every two years – this year’s elections were postponed from the 2020 cycle.)

Follow the links below for the results on Fareham Council’s website.

Fareham Borough Council

Hampshire County Council

Police Commissioner – first count

Police Commissioner – second count

Below are details of all the Liberal Democrat candidates.

Hampshire County Council

Fareham Crofton
Jimmy Roberts
Fareham Titchfield
David Leonard
Fareham Portchester
Roger Price
Fareham Town*
Ciaran Urry-Tuttiett
Paul Whittle
Fareham Sarisbury
John Hughes
Fareham Warsash
Jim Palmer
*Fareham Town has two County Council seats, so residents will have two votes

Police Commisioner

Hampshire Police Commissioner
Richard Murphy

Hope for Hampshire – the Lib Dem county manifesto

Fareham Borough Council

Fareham East
Katrina Trott
Stubbington
Jimmy Roberts
Hill Head
David Hamilton
Fareham South
James Fowler
Portchester East
Jean Kelly
Titchfield
Justin Grimley
Portchester West
Ashley Brown
Warsash
Jim Palmer
Fareham North
Ciaran Urry-Tuttiett
Sarisbury
Peter Davison
Fareham North West
Dominic Wong
Fareham West
Rowena Palmer
Park Gate
Graham Everdell
Locks Heath
Darren Alderson-Hall
Titchfield Common
Sandra Abrams

Vision for Fareham

Elephant in the counting room

The major question – ‘the elephant in the room’ – at Fareham Council’s budget meeting last week was:  How can we remedy the Central Government’s damage?  And the most cohesive answer was provided by Cllr. Roger Price – Leader of Fareham’s Liberal Democrat Group.

He told councillors: “This Conservative government has made it impossible for this council to provide the services Fareham residents want.”

For Fareham, three issues rise above all other complaints of centralised incompetence:

  • Major Environmental Improvements – an all-party concern, with scope for wider public involvement in policy development – particularly by engaging with young people and climate-change activists.
  • Housing – working to overcome glaring contradictions in Whitehall’s policies so that we can retain vital green spaces between communities.  The health of residents, the economy and our environment, is also an all-party concern.
  • Reviewing the value of the Council’s office space – yet another all-Party concern that could save money and improve our effectiveness.

These three areas of concern provide scope for action with broad appeal beyond party politics.  The real test will come when firm proposals emerge, but the agenda for progressive policy development will depend on the results of the elections next May.

See Roger’s full speech.