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Horsham Liberal Democrats

Louise Potter

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Horsham Liberal Democrats

Read what Louise has to say:

Louise Potter

STOP BREXIT

Brexit is tearing our country apart. It's costing jobs at home and respect abroad. I want to be part of a tolerant and inclusive country within Europe. So let's stop Brexit now - we've got more important things to deal with

The wrong homes in the wrong places

We desperately need more affordable homes for our families and key workers. But the Tories are letting developers decide

what they want to build. Not nearly enough of them are for local needs. We're being asked to find room for 10% more people in just 5 years - and an astonishing 40% in 18 years!

Fair funding for Public Services

All this new housebuilding comes without proper services. Everywhere you look, we're struggling. It's not fair on our teachers, doctors and social carers. The Tories said austerity was over - not for public services it isn't! I will fight to restore funding for schools, GPs and carers to sustainable levels.

Let's beat climate change

As a new District Councillor I helped declare a Climate Emergency in my first few weeks. This is just the start. I see green policy as an opportunity to do things better! We need strategies to achieve zero carbon emissions far sooner than 2050. That means better public transport, electric vehicles, more cycling and walking routes, and care for the environment.

Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    With her conference speech today Nicola Sturgeon has shown that she has given up on all the people across the UK trying to stop Brexit.

    The momentum is with us. We can win this, if we stick together.

    Instead of helping to unite people across the country, the SNP this week ruled out any co-operation unless they get independence.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Mike joins us from his current position as Chief Executive of Addaction, a mental health, drug, alcohol and young persons charity, and was previously Assistant Chief Executive at Citizens Advice and through both of which he has extensive experience of managing member-style organisations.

    I am delighted Mike will be taking on this crucial role at such an exciting time for the Liberal Democrats. Mike's experience in senior management and at leading organisations will be hugely valuable to the continuing growth of the party off the back of successive election campaigns which have put the Liberal Democrats back in a strong position in UK politics.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    During the recent online hustings, the chair Lorely Burt produced a horribly complicated diagram from a few years back showing how the Liberal Democrats are structured. It's a good point - our organisation can be complicated, confusing and even hazardous to navigate.

    Looking at the diagram, I did a quick mental tally of how many of the bodies shown on it I've served on at some point in my many years as a party staffer, including running the party's digital operation for Charles Kennedy, and as a volunteer, as a local party officer, regional officer, English party committee member and federal committee member.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Today, Her Majesty The Queen opened the new parliamentary session. But we have exactly the same problems as we did in the last session: a government with no majority, no leadership and no realistic plan for our country.

    I used my speech in Parliament today to give a warning to my fellow MPs.

    Here's my speech in full:

  • Article: Oct 13, 2019

    I know it's tempting fate and that I shouldn't really, but this week I have not been able to resist the temptation to think what life might be like if I were to win the Presidency.

    So I decided to think what a week might be like in this possible future, combining my job as MP with the job of President.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Our experience has taught us that the best campaigns are built on personal stories.

    They give an emotional and personal connection beyond cold, hard facts.

    So to help our campaign to stop Brexit succeed, we have a very specific request.

    Can you tell us how Brexit is personally affecting you and your family?

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Parliament is in deadlock and we are preparing for a GE to be held soon. The Liberal Democrats will go into any election campaigning to win, fighting for our place in the European Union, where we can work internationally to tackle the Climate Emergency.

    Help us make that happen.

    Be ready to vote for the Lib Dems by registering for a postal vote now.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My own family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe in the previous two centuries, scarred by the horrors of extremism, despotism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its many flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Probably the most common question I've had so far in this campaign is 'what's the role of President?' It's an important question because it gets to the heart of what we need to do to be more successful in our ambition to build a fair, free and open society, as it says in our constitution.

    One part of the role - being the voice of the grassroots in the room with the party leadership - is one all previous Presidents have taken seriously. But what else they do with the role has varied depending on the circumstances.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe, scarred by the horrors of extremism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.