Update on my Tarporley Rail Station Campaign


I am delighted to have been invited by Beeston Parish Council to discuss plans and prospects for the Tarporley Railway reopening campaign.
Beeston, alongside Tarporley itself, will benefit directly from reopening the station.
With plans for HS2 gathering steam, it is even more important to improve our local rail infrastructure, for too long neglected.
I will let you know how our discussions develop.
If you want to join me at the Parish Council on the evening of 7.30 pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Peckforton & Beeston Village Room please do.
If you haven't already please sign my petition

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A big thankyou to Eddisbury !


A big thank you for the help you gave me in the general election in Eddisbury. The Liberal Democrats are back! We are fighting back right across the UK and gained 3 extra seats giving us 12 in total, a 50% improvement from the start of the previous Parliament.

In terms of results, Eddisbury came 16th out of 77 parliamentary seats in the North West if you rank them in terms of votes achieved by the Liberal Democrats. We have a solid base for the future with a healthy membership and a good campaign team. We ran an active campaign focused on school cuts, health and social care and avoiding a hard Brexit. We had a lot of positive feedback.

Once the dust has settled I will set out more details of our plans and campaigns for this Parliament, though I’ll have to be quick as there may be another general election around the corner given the lamentable performance of the Conservatives.

On a national level, it was a good night for us with a strong diverse and talented team of our MPs heading to Westminster. In a Hung Parliament, we will exert a strong influence. It is clear that there is no mandate for a hard Brexit. The country needs our voice to be heard.

However, you helped, whether as part of the Liberal Democrat team or simply by lending me your vote, I am truly grateful as we fight on.

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10 Reasons to Vote for Me Tomorrow


Well, it's the final 24 hours of campaigning for the General Election tomorrow.  I can hear audible sighs of relief from voters and quite a few weary campaigners too.

Seriously though this is a seminal election vital to our future.

We have been really busy in Eddisbury these past few weeks.  We have worked harder than ever before delivering leaflets, canvassing and running our biggest ever digital campaign.  The feedback has been great with plenty of supporters and a friendly reception on the doorstep. Unlike the Conservatives and Labour we have to work hard to gain your vote and so you can be sure we will work even harder to keep it.

At this election, I am asking compassionate Conservatives and traditional Labour voters to lend me your vote so we can provide a robust, honest and decent opposition. Let us not give the Eddisbury Conservatives and Theresa May a blank cheque. 

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A Manifesto to change Britain's future

Today, as the Lib Dem candidate in Eddisbury , I am immensely proud to launch our 2017 manifesto: Change Britain’s Future.



Over the past few weeks we’ve been working tirelessly – speaking to the public, analysing costs, fine-tuning our priorities – to bring you a single blueprint for a better Britain.

This momentous new manifesto sets out our hopes and plans for an open, tolerant and united country. From defending our place in Europe, to protecting universal human rights, to building a greener economy, it encapsulates our positive vision for the future.

You can read our manifesto in full HERE.

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This is a chance for voters in Eddisbury to prevent a hard Brexit


I have just sent my press release on the 2017 General Election to the media you can see it below. I hope to have a further update on the General Election campaign early next week.

'People in Eddisbury should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy.' Ian Priestner the party’s parliamentary spokesperson has said today.

The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.

The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.

Ian Priestner commented:

“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Eddisbury to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.

“Whether people in Eddisbury voted decisively to remain in the EU or to leave they certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.

“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance.

“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”


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Our New Tarporley Focus Leaflet is out



I am pleased to say our latest Tarporley Focus leaflet is hitting the streets this weekend. If you haven't got yours already you can find a copy HERE 

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Natwest’s decision to close their Tarporley branch


NatWest has confirmed it will shut its High Street branch in Tarporley on June 6th as part of a raft of closures across the country, brought about because more and more customers no longer uses branches regularly. However not everyone can use online or telephone banking and many older customers and businesses in particular rely heavily upon branch services to make cash/cheque deposits.What do you think of the branch closure ?

I have set up a Facebook Poll HERE

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Local Resident and Rail Enthusiast Endorses our Campaign


This week I had the pleasure of meeting local resident and rail enthusiast Richard Bass pictured under the original Tarporley Railway Station sign which he purchased after the station had closed.

Richard is delighted we are trying to re-open the Station and fully endorses our campaign.

He remembers when the station was a busy hub and you could get a direct train to London Euston.

Our campaign gathers steam ! We now have over 650 signatures. We have a team of more than 30 volunteers and we are setting up a Steering Group. We've had some excellent media coverage in The Chester Chronicle HERE , Tarporley News HERE and Tarporley Talk HERE.

If we were to succeed it would certainly be a step in the right direction to reduce traffic on the roads, improve access to Chester and Crewe and be in a position to take advantage of Hs2 if and when it happens. It will also help with emissions, be a safer and quicker way of travelling and reduce the chronic parking problems at Tarporley and neighbouring towns and villages.

To succeed we need to carefully and consistently raise awareness of the need to re-open the Station and with over 650 signatories on the website petition already we are certainly heading in the right direction. However we have a lot further to go if we are to get Cheshire West and Chester Council to sit up and take notice. We need to get beyond 1000 at least, representing a good proportion of residents in Tarporley and neighbouring areas.

You can find my petition HERE .

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Thoughts on the Richmond Park By-Election


The defeat of the UKIP-Conservative candidate in the Richmond-by-election is a rejection of Brexit and its fellow travellers. It's a mighty resounding cheer of support for those of us who believe that our future is as an engaged, connected progressive country.

Let's keep the faith and insist that Parliament and the people have another chance to interrogate this huge mistake for our country and its people.

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Liberal Democrats select Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Eddisbury


Today I am releasing the following statement to the media:

Ian Priestner, 59, who fought the seat of Eddisbury at the last General Election in 2015, has been selected by Eddisbury Liberal Democrats to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the seat in the event of an early General Election.
Ian, who lives near Tarporley in the heart of Eddisbury with wife Jenny and daughter Victoria, took the Party's performance from 37th overall out of 75 seats in the NorthWest to 9th, gaining 9.2% of the vote.
His career, primarily in the energy and water industries, stretches over 35 years and he comes from a NorthWest-based farming family.
He is currently campaigning to re-open Tarporley Railway Station and the petition to support his campaign is on his website;
Further details on Ian and Liberal Democrat policies are also available on his website.

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