Lib Dem candidate wants to meet voters

Reeten Banerji meeting voters.

Reeten Banerji meeting voters.

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THE Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Salisbury is getting into the election spirit by offering voters the chance to meet and chat with him in a city pub.

Management consultant Reeten Banerji will be at the New Inn every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm, starting this week.

Mr Banerji, 40, who lives at Old Sarum, is a former maths teacher and assistant headteacher at Westminster Academy, and has a particular interest in education.

He began his career in the IT industry in America, working with the giant AT&T and later moving into consultancy in Silicon Valley, helping start-up companies.

While in the US he gained an MBA, and also taught economics at Western Carolina University.

Health is another of his interests, particularly the pressures on the NHS from an ageing population, and he campaigned against the expansion of Heathrow airport because of its impact on people’s wellbeing.

Workwise, he now specialises in helping people to understand and manage change.

Off-duty, the former Territorial Army soldier is a keen cyclist and hiker.

LibDem supporters can also hear Mr Banerji speaking at a fundraising afternoon at Laverstock Village Hall on Sunday August 10 at 2pm.

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4:19pm Tue 29 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

"and has a particular interest in education"

Which should prove useful in the Lib Dem party...

Whose manifesto pledge was to not increase university tuition fees....they trebled them from £3,000 per year to £9,000 per year. Not content with that they then scrapped the EMA, the Education Maintenance Allowance all under the instruction of their new owners, the Tory party. Anyone below the age of 25 who votes LibDem needs some serious therapy.
"and has a particular interest in education" Which should prove useful in the Lib Dem party... Whose manifesto pledge was to not increase university tuition fees....they trebled them from £3,000 per year to £9,000 per year. Not content with that they then scrapped the EMA, the Education Maintenance Allowance all under the instruction of their new owners, the Tory party. Anyone below the age of 25 who votes LibDem needs some serious therapy. karlmarx
  • Score: 15

11:03pm Tue 29 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

"LibDem supporters can also hear Mr Banerji speaking at a fundraising afternoon at Laverstock Village Hall"

Where they failed to field a candidate at the last election and bussed in a remote candidate the election before and finished at the tail.

With the party haemorrhaging councillors at WC, with them defecting one by one and already the third party in Salisbury to Labour, it is an uphill struggle to even get to the starting line.

The least enviable time to be a LibDem in Salisbury. Join the local residents association or the parish council and make a difference to Old Sarum.
"LibDem supporters can also hear Mr Banerji speaking at a fundraising afternoon at Laverstock Village Hall" Where they failed to field a candidate at the last election and bussed in a remote candidate the election before and finished at the tail. With the party haemorrhaging councillors at WC, with them defecting one by one and already the third party in Salisbury to Labour, it is an uphill struggle to even get to the starting line. The least enviable time to be a LibDem in Salisbury. Join the local residents association or the parish council and make a difference to Old Sarum. IanMcL
  • Score: 7

4:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Hartley Hare says...

Mmm. All parties have had their issues. Haven't they? Some councillors, in all parties, work very hard.

How many Lab cllrs on Wiltshire? Answers on a postcard please, or see the answer at the bottom.

For a party that got less than 4,000 votes in Salisbury at the last general election and brought the country almost to it's knees while in government, we'll see.

Answer: 4.
Mmm. All parties have had their issues. Haven't they? Some councillors, in all parties, work very hard. How many Lab cllrs on Wiltshire? Answers on a postcard please, or see the answer at the bottom. For a party that got less than 4,000 votes in Salisbury at the last general election and brought the country almost to it's knees while in government, we'll see. Answer: 4. Hartley Hare
  • Score: 7

11:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

Hartley Hare wrote:
Mmm. All parties have had their issues. Haven't they? Some councillors, in all parties, work very hard.

How many Lab cllrs on Wiltshire? Answers on a postcard please, or see the answer at the bottom.

For a party that got less than 4,000 votes in Salisbury at the last general election and brought the country almost to it's knees while in government, we'll see.

Answer: 4.
As we didn't have local elections in Wiltshire this year let's take a look at the European election results first then the local elections for England.

European election results South West:
UKIP 2 no change
Conservatives 2 down 1
Labour 1 up 1
LibDems 0 down 1
Green 1 up 1

So in the South West the 'coalition' lost 2 MEPs

European election results UK:

UKIP 24 up 11
Labour 20 up 7
Conservative 19 down
LibDems 1 down 10

Overall in the UK the 'coalition' lost 17 MEPs

Local election results for England:

Councils:
Labour 82 up 6
Conservative 41 down 11
LibDems 6 down 2
UKIP 0 no change

So in England the 'coalition' lost 13 councils

Councillors:

Labour 2121 up 324
Conservative 1364 down 236
LibDems 427 down 310

In England the 'coalition' lost 546 councillors

Lots of work for both the Conservatives and the LibDems to do in their 'coalition' before the next general election. Of course the hidden economic figures, the real ones, will make this task nigh on impossible.
Examples:
The National debt has doubled under the 'coalition'
The 'coalition' have borrowed more in four years than the previous government did in thirteen years.
The deficit is growing, again.
Bankruptcies up 6% and personal insolvencies up 20% in the last year.
1.4 million people on zero hour contracts
1 million people on minimum wage
1 million people in receipt of free food hand outs
And so on. Good luck with keeping the lid on that mess.
[quote][p][bold]Hartley Hare[/bold] wrote: Mmm. All parties have had their issues. Haven't they? Some councillors, in all parties, work very hard. How many Lab cllrs on Wiltshire? Answers on a postcard please, or see the answer at the bottom. For a party that got less than 4,000 votes in Salisbury at the last general election and brought the country almost to it's knees while in government, we'll see. Answer: 4.[/p][/quote]As we didn't have local elections in Wiltshire this year let's take a look at the European election results first then the local elections for England. European election results South West: UKIP 2 no change Conservatives 2 down 1 Labour 1 up 1 LibDems 0 down 1 Green 1 up 1 So in the South West the 'coalition' lost 2 MEPs European election results UK: UKIP 24 up 11 Labour 20 up 7 Conservative 19 down LibDems 1 down 10 Overall in the UK the 'coalition' lost 17 MEPs Local election results for England: Councils: Labour 82 up 6 Conservative 41 down 11 LibDems 6 down 2 UKIP 0 no change So in England the 'coalition' lost 13 councils Councillors: Labour 2121 up 324 Conservative 1364 down 236 LibDems 427 down 310 In England the 'coalition' lost 546 councillors Lots of work for both the Conservatives and the LibDems to do in their 'coalition' before the next general election. Of course the hidden economic figures, the real ones, will make this task nigh on impossible. Examples: The National debt has doubled under the 'coalition' The 'coalition' have borrowed more in four years than the previous government did in thirteen years. The deficit is growing, again. Bankruptcies up 6% and personal insolvencies up 20% in the last year. 1.4 million people on zero hour contracts 1 million people on minimum wage 1 million people in receipt of free food hand outs And so on. Good luck with keeping the lid on that mess. karlmarx
  • Score: 2

11:17am Thu 31 Jul 14

gingin says...

Hartley Hare wrote:
Mmm. All parties have had their issues. Haven't they? Some councillors, in all parties, work very hard.

How many Lab cllrs on Wiltshire? Answers on a postcard please, or see the answer at the bottom.

For a party that got less than 4,000 votes in Salisbury at the last general election and brought the country almost to it's knees while in government, we'll see.

Answer: 4.
Rose coloured spectacles come to mind. Can't see any improvement with this government either and as for Labour bringing the country to it's knees well the shower in charge now isn't exactly doing any better.
[quote][p][bold]Hartley Hare[/bold] wrote: Mmm. All parties have had their issues. Haven't they? Some councillors, in all parties, work very hard. How many Lab cllrs on Wiltshire? Answers on a postcard please, or see the answer at the bottom. For a party that got less than 4,000 votes in Salisbury at the last general election and brought the country almost to it's knees while in government, we'll see. Answer: 4.[/p][/quote]Rose coloured spectacles come to mind. Can't see any improvement with this government either and as for Labour bringing the country to it's knees well the shower in charge now isn't exactly doing any better. gingin
  • Score: -4

1:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

Hartley Hare refers to 4 Labour Cllrs in Wiltshire.

Yes...and they are all in and adjacent to Salisbury, which proves the point that Labour is 2nd and growing in Salisbury District.

7 Salisbury Parish Cllrs too (won last bi-election)

Salisbury's Clare Moody has just been elected as Labour MEP for the South West.

An excellent time to join Labour and help grow the local strength even more to take on the Conservative MP. Something the LibDems cannot achieve next time round, owing to the political situation everywhere.
Hartley Hare refers to 4 Labour Cllrs in Wiltshire. Yes...and they are all in and adjacent to Salisbury, which proves the point that Labour is 2nd and growing in Salisbury District. 7 Salisbury Parish Cllrs too (won last bi-election) Salisbury's Clare Moody has just been elected as Labour MEP for the South West. An excellent time to join Labour and help grow the local strength even more to take on the Conservative MP. Something the LibDems cannot achieve next time round, owing to the political situation everywhere. IanMcL
  • Score: -8

1:21am Fri 1 Aug 14

Hartley Hare says...

We can all dream. Then wake up to reality and come third; again.

As for who to vote for, they're all the same! Labour will keep to the coalition plans for the first year, so no change there. Then I suppose the cheque book will come out and then they'll spend spend spend. Then it'll be time to emigrate, as they will open up the borders as they did before.

Exciting times ahead!
We can all dream. Then wake up to reality and come third; again. As for who to vote for, they're all the same! Labour will keep to the coalition plans for the first year, so no change there. Then I suppose the cheque book will come out and then they'll spend spend spend. Then it'll be time to emigrate, as they will open up the borders as they did before. Exciting times ahead! Hartley Hare
  • Score: 7

8:16am Fri 1 Aug 14

gingin says...

Hartley Hare wrote:
We can all dream. Then wake up to reality and come third; again.

As for who to vote for, they're all the same! Labour will keep to the coalition plans for the first year, so no change there. Then I suppose the cheque book will come out and then they'll spend spend spend. Then it'll be time to emigrate, as they will open up the borders as they did before.

Exciting times ahead!
Yes we can all dream of getting rid of this coalition government! As for Labour spending, sources keep reporting this government has spent more in four years than Labour did in it's time in office. I'm sure you will have an opinion on that whether it's right or not.

Deficit needs to be addressed but as voters are finding out public and front line services are suffering. Without "spending" or investment then these things disappear, so the cuts go on and so does the level of service > not much to applaud in the 21st century is there?
[quote][p][bold]Hartley Hare[/bold] wrote: We can all dream. Then wake up to reality and come third; again. As for who to vote for, they're all the same! Labour will keep to the coalition plans for the first year, so no change there. Then I suppose the cheque book will come out and then they'll spend spend spend. Then it'll be time to emigrate, as they will open up the borders as they did before. Exciting times ahead![/p][/quote]Yes we can all dream of getting rid of this coalition government! As for Labour spending, sources keep reporting this government has spent more in four years than Labour did in it's time in office. I'm sure you will have an opinion on that whether it's right or not. Deficit needs to be addressed but as voters are finding out public and front line services are suffering. Without "spending" or investment then these things disappear, so the cuts go on and so does the level of service > not much to applaud in the 21st century is there? gingin
  • Score: -4

5:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

RNBanerji says...

The Labour party has failed to spend properly with financial competence during the boom years and that's partly why EMA payments had to stop. I saw first-hand the abuse of EMA by the very children the payments were meant to help. EMA payments were used to purchase the latest video game or download music rather than books and stationary.

Much better to set up a £2.5 billion Pupil Premium fund, which puts more money in schools, so that Headteachers themselves can target pupils who need the most help.

All the research consistently shows that children do better if governments invest in the early years of schooling. Indeed, trials for the Free School Meals scheme, which comes into effect in September, show that infants from poorer backgrounds perform better in the classroom. The evidence is clear - free school meals will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have a dramatic impact on how a child performs and works in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.

Labour have let down hard working families, only the Liberal Democrats work all year around for the vulnerable in society, building a stronger economy and a fairer society.
The Labour party has failed to spend properly with financial competence during the boom years and that's partly why EMA payments had to stop. I saw first-hand the abuse of EMA by the very children the payments were meant to help. EMA payments were used to purchase the latest video game or download music rather than books and stationary. Much better to set up a £2.5 billion Pupil Premium fund, which puts more money in schools, so that Headteachers themselves can target pupils who need the most help. All the research consistently shows that children do better if governments invest in the early years of schooling. Indeed, trials for the Free School Meals scheme, which comes into effect in September, show that infants from poorer backgrounds perform better in the classroom. The evidence is clear - free school meals will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have a dramatic impact on how a child performs and works in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life. Labour have let down hard working families, only the Liberal Democrats work all year around for the vulnerable in society, building a stronger economy and a fairer society. RNBanerji
  • Score: 2

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