Vic D’AlbertCommenting on the news that nearly 1m people have lost their NHS dentist since the Government introduced a new contract for NHS dentists in March 2006, local Lib Dems accused the Government of “ignoring the plight of the low paid and building a dental health time-bomb.” 

According to figures from the NHS Information Centre a total of 338,000 people lost their NHS dentistry in the last three months of 2007 – 3,674 people a day.

In the North West the number of people treated plummeted by 61,000 in the 24 months to December 2007, compared to the period up to March 2007.  4 out of 10 North West residents were not treated in the last 24 months.

Vic D’Albert, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bury South commented. 

“If evidence were needed that the new dental contract is failing then this surely is it.” “This Government is overseeing a crisis in NHS dentistry and as a result more and more people either don’t have a dentist, can’t find an NHS dentist or can’t afford the exorbitant cost of treatment. With dentists and hospitals treating more and more serious dental problems it’s now clear that the long term legacy of this Governments mishandling of NHS dentistry is a dental disease time-bomb.
” We need an urgent review into why reforms undertaken just two years ago have completely failed to improve access and action to get NHS dentistry back on track.”


Vic D’AlbertA leading local Liberal Democrat has called on the Government to start tackling knife crime head on, by first dealing with knives in the home. 

In response to health service research that has identified that most knives used as weapons are kitchen knives, Vic D’Albert, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Bury South is calling on the Government to press for changes to kitchen knife design. 

Vic D’Albert said, “Most kitchen knives have a sharp pointed end which is rarely if ever needed. Most kitchen knives are needed for chopping and cutting and we just don’t need a pointed end for stabbing! Even my bread knife has a pointed end – god only knows what that is needed for. “Health research has proven that many of these knives end up being used as weapons. If the Government is serious about reducing knife crime then every avenue has to be investigated.  

“Clearly it is a traditional that knives have a pointed end, even when not required. In my mind it is blindingly obvious that at a stroke we could make the home safer and cut the number of dangerous knives in the public domain by designing out the problem. Its time manufacturers responded and the Government needs to make sure that they do”. 

Lib Dems back National Recycling Week

recycle.jpgA UK-wide campaign to encourage people to recycle more of their household waste has been backed by Liberal Democrats in Bury. 

National Recycling Week is being held on 2nd – 8th June. This is the fifth year it has been held. It is run by Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a national organisation set up to help people produce less waste and advise on how best to deal with rubbish in an environmentally friendly way. 

Vic D’Albert, Parliamentary spokesperson for Bury South said, “In Bury the recycling and composting rate is 23%. That means we still have a long way to go before we are dealing with our waste in a way that does not leave a lasting problem for generations to come. 

“Liberal Democrats in Bury are delighted to be able to back National Recycling Week. We are encouraging as many residents as possible to make small changes in their lifestyles which will make large strides to ensuring we do not wreck our environment. 

“We waste a huge amount of food each year – on average we throw away 112kg of food each, most of which is still usable. People can avoid this waste by doing simple things such as producing a shopping list of what food is needed, rather than wandering around the supermarket buying what takes your fancy! 

“Last year in the UK, it was estimated that we spent £8 billion on food that was still fit to be used when it was thrown away. Being green can save money! But if you do produce food waste, why not get a compost bin if you have a garden? 

“People should also try to buy food and other goods which have less packaging. And full use should be made of recycling facilities to dispose of waste. It is better that waste is turned back into something that is useful rather than dumped in the ground. 

 “There is a limit to how much rubbish we can throw into holes in the ground. There comes a point when we have to say that we cannot go on getting rid of waste in this way. 

“I am therefore we could support National Recycling Week  and I hope by highlighting the issue nationally it will be a great success and will help residents of Bury to cut waste and live greener lifestyles.”

Bury Election Results 1 May 2008

Besses – Labour hold 32.44% turnout
Besses – Labour hold 32.44% turnout
Baum, Julie (Liberal Democrat) 614
Boden, Derek (Labour) 1084
Douglas, Adele Naomi (Conservative) 584
Morris, Stephen (English Democrats) 354

Church – Conservative hold 44.29% turnout
Chesters, Linda (Labour) 789
Kay, Julia (British National Party) 292
Thomson, Tamsin (Liberal Democrat) 287
Walker, Roy Edward (Conservative) 2425

East – Labour hold 33.17% turnout
Byrne, John (Labour) 1148
Davison, Emma (Liberal Democrat) 384
Hussain, Azmat (Conservative) 1023

Elton – Conservative hold 36.57% turnout
Carter, Simon Richard (Labour) 775
Creswell, Yvonne (Conservative) 1861
Sloss, Robert (Liberal Democrat) 405

Holyrood – Liberal Democrat hold 36.54% turnout
DAlbert, Vic (Liberal Democrat) 1632
Hague, Matthew (Conservative) 852
Shatliff, Benjamin Francis (Labour) 669

Moorside – Labour hold 35.66% turnout
Cane, Angela (Conservative) 1197
Cassidy, Dot (Labour) 1279
Finney, Nissa (Liberal Democrat) 223
Hagan, Victor (Independent) 130
Sedman, Phil (British National Party) 317

North Manor – Conservative hold 47.32 % turnout
Arthur, Ewan (Liberal Democrat) 338
Gunther, Dorothy Lyn (Conservative) 2694
Mitchell – Male, Lynette Elaine (Independent) 66
Nuttall, Tom (British National Party) 162
Parnell, Nick (Labour) 577

Pilkington Park – Conservative hold 37.60 % turnout
Burrows, Wayne (Liberal Democrat) 304
Campbell, Gill (Labour) 637
Wiseman, Michelle Jacqueline (Conservative) 1908

Radcliffe East – Labour Loss, Conservative gain 36.37% turnout
Halsall, Mike (Liberal Democrat) 308
Hurst, Sam (Conservative) 1384
Johnston, Daisy (Labour) 907
Rosser, Tom (British National Party) 466

Radcliffe North – Labour loss, Conservative gain 41.50% turnout
Chamberlain, Timothy Paul (Labour) 1265
Hallows, Peter (British National Party) 472
Harris, Jackie (Conservative) 1656
Molloy, Lynn (Liberal Democrat) 220

Radcliffe West – Labour hold 33.18% turnout
Clough, Stewart (British National Party) 484
Greenhalgh, Harold (UK Indepenence Party) 89
Isherwood, Tony (Labour) 1187
O Hanlon, Joanne (Liberal Democrat) 175
Slingsby, Bernard (Conservative) 727

Ramsbottom – Conservative hold 36.70% turnout
Robinson, Val (Labour) 872
Theckston, Barry (Conservative) 2010
Turner, Janet (Liberal Democrat) 354

Redvales – Labour loss, Conservative gain 38.55% turnout
Ahmed, Ijaz (Conservative) 1465
Brison, Bill 98
Harling, Mike (Independent) 104
Jenkins, Paul (Liberal Democrat) 302
Jepson, Brian (British National Party) 317
Southworth, Susan (Labour) 1093

Sedgley – Liberal Democrat hold 41.86% turnout
Adam, Frank (Labour) 906
Garner, Ann (Liberal Democrat) 1488
Grosskopf, Jonathan (Conservative) 1238

St Mary’s – Labour loss, Liberal Democrat gain 37.15%
Mary D’Albert (Liberal Democrat) 1308
Kevin Lee (Labour) 1013
Raymond Solomon (Conservative) 692

Tottington – Conservative hold 37.48% turnout
Roger Brown (Conservative) 1700
David Foss (Liberal Democrat) 456
Jane Lewis (Labour) 614
Reginald Norris (BNP) 210

Unsworth – Conservative hold 43.42% turnout
Ann Audin (Labour) 1165
Sam Cohen (Conservative) 1821
Theodor Tycyzyna (Liberal Democrat) 24

Nick Clegg Launches Local Election Campaign

Nick Clegg MP

The Lib Dems have claimed to be the “practical” party of local government at the launch of their campaign for council elections in England and Wales. Leader Nick Clegg said the party’s record was a “success story – quality services, and value for money”.

Speaking at the campaign launch in Sheffield, he accused Labour of failing on crime and the Tories of having “no stomach” for addressing green issues.

The party currently controls 29 local authorities across Britain, and is defending 700 Council seats on May 1st. We also hope to make other gains in Bury, including of course in St Mary’s.

Today, Nick Clegg said the party had come up with local solutions to problems including housing, crime and the environment.

“The Liberal Democrat record in local government is a success story – quality services, and value for money. And we are ready to apply the lessons that we have learned to councils throughout this country. “ He said: “We don’t promise to fix or solve every problem, but we do promise to give people a say, to give them the opportunity to fix things for themselves.”

Iraq Five Years On – Time to Hold our MPs to Account

Its five years since the start of our involvment with the war in Iraq.

Nick Harvey MP – the Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Minister marks the occasion with this video.

Britain only invaded Iraq because MPs voted for it. Asked on 18th March 2003 to support Tony Blair’s motion for military action against Iraq, Labour and Conservative MPs lined up to vote “aye”.

Both the Conservative and Labour frontbenches in the House of Commons supported the war. The Conservatives even argued that the Government wasn’t being tough enough.

Five years on, over 170 British servicemen and women have been killed in Iraq, along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. British taxpayers have poured £6.5 billion into the conflict, and the Conservatives are trying to rewrite history by now calling for an inquiry.

Why not visit the special website – it’s time to hold the politicians who took us to war to account!


Too many families in Bury are losing their homes because of difficulties over mortgage payments, claims Vic D’Albert, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Bury South. 

New figures show that 668 orders for home repossession were issued by Bury county court in 2007. This is a rise of 12% since 2006. 

“668 home repossession orders means 668 families being turfed out of the house they have lived in, often for many years,” said Vic D’Albert. 

“Many people remember the boom and bust policies of the last Conservative government that saw tens of thousands of people lose their home because they could not keep up with mortgage payments. Now it looks as though the current Labour Government has blundered into a similar mess. 

“The Government has failed to ensure there are enough homes to meet people’s needs. For every ten families on the waiting list in England for social housing in 1997, when Labour came to power, there are now sixteen. 

“And Gordon Brown has run an economy that has been fuelled by a runaway credit boom he has done little to bring under control. 

“668 families in 2007 paid the price for growing economic incompetence by Gordon Brown in Bury. There are now serious concerns that in 2008, the situation will get worse.”