THANKS for your letter, Doina (Gazette, July 21, 'Tory cuts to blame').

I belong to the Lib Dem party because I have the right to a thing called freedom of speech. If I don't like it, I have every right to voice my opinion and say so.

Look where the alliance with the Conservatives got us in government - it nearly destroyed the party.

I have never supported the coalition at Stroud over the last six years or so, and the same thing has happened again, as I have told my party on many occasions. Just look at my voting record.

At the moment I support the Brexit campaign to leave the EU the Lib Dem party is aware of my views, I listen to the people in the street, and not someone from a party machine who is telling me to do this or that with their party dogma.

Brian Marsh

Somerset Avenue