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Welcome to Central Devon Liberal Democrats

Central Devon constituency was formed from a number of electoral wards from the Districts and Boroughs of East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and West Devon.

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  • Article: Feb 1, 2016

    Saving Devon's threatened 'Lollipop' school crossing patrols from the financial axe should be a top priority in the county council budget, say Liberal Democrat councillors campaigning to protect the service.

    Set against overall budget cuts totalling £34 million, due mainly to a huge fall in Government support for Devon, saving all the school crossing patrols is just £154,000, said Cllr Alan Connett, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at County Hall.

  • Round the bend at Williams Gate
    Article: Dec 21, 2015

    The forthcoming 13 week road closure of the B3344 at Bradley Bends between Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Knighton has infuriated local residents (see attached picture).

    Local Lib Dem Campaigner Sally Morgan writing in the Mid-Devon Advertiser states that many local residents share her frustration with Bovis Homes over the issue.

  • Delegates at Regional Conference
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    Over 200 Lib Dems attended the South West Regional Conference held in Exeter on November 14th & 15th.

    Lord 'Paddy' Ashdown gave an inspirational speech in which he warned that we should at all costs avoid becoming isolationist 'Little Englanders' the cause espoused by UKIP and elements of the Conservative Party. Whether we like it or not we live in a global world in which business and the economy is highly competitive. The Risks of Britain leaving the EU are enormous especially as it could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom as Scotland would almost certainly opt to remain in the EU. In view of the growing external security threats the need for a coordinated international approach was more pressing than ever and 'going it alone' was no longer an option.

  • Lib Dem Councillors at Crediton Office
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    Whilst anger mounts and residents face losing the important and the well-used Crediton council office, Liberal Democrat councillors have acted quickly, launching a petition to try and stop the cuts. Crisis talks have already taken place between Crediton's councillors and Mid Devon's District Council chiefs. The Conservative administration based at Tiverton has proposed the closure which would mean removal of the Crediton walk-in Market Street office next April.

  • Devon Lib Dem Councillors with Lollipop Lady
    Article: Nov 13, 2015

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson Alex White is somewhat bemused by David Cameron's complaints to Conservative controlled Oxford County Council about the cuts in the Council Services.

    In a letter to the leader of Oxfordshire County Council Cameron wrote that that he was "disappointed" by the council's proposals "to make significant cuts to frontline services" apparently unaware that the cuts are a result of his own government's austerity measures.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015

    "Food banks can expect to be busy this winter, as Tory cuts on welfare start to bite," Central Devon Lib Dem Chairman Councillor John Nutley told a meeting of Lib Dems in Bovey Tracey on Wednesday night. Councillor Nutley, who helps in a Food Bank in Ashburton, warned that as the Chancellor's policies take effect, more and more people will be visiting the Food Banks.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £3.1 million cut to the public health budget in Devon. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS.

    Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    "After five years of coalition government with the Conservatives, the Lib Dem profile has possibly become a bit blurred," John Farrand-Rogers told a meeting of Lib Dems in Christow last week.

    "For five years, Liberal Democrat spokesmen presented the policies of the Coalition Government, while Lib Dem policies tended to fade into the background. Many Lib Dems cringed whenever Danny Alexander appeared in the media to defend yet another unworkable Tory policy that had been foisted onto the Coalition. In contrast, Mr. Cameron pushed Conservative policies forward whenever the opportunity arose. "

  • Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Devon's schools are stockpiling nearly £21 million of public funds given for education, figures from Devon County Council reveal.

    An investigation is being demanded by County Lib Dem leader, Cllr Alan Connett, into why so much money is being held in reserves by schools.

    "There's some homework to be done to justify why so much money is being held back for schools by the county council, especially at a time when we face severe cuts," said Cllr Connett.

    "Devon is one of the lowest funded councils in the country for education, so every single penny really does matter. The Conservative run county council needs to get to the bottom of this because otherwise it could damage the all-Party campaign to win better funding for our schools," he added.

  • Alex at OKehampton Castle 2
    Article: Jun 23, 2015

    I am sure that, like myself and many others, you are incredibly disappointed by the national result which saw us reduced to just 8 MPs. After going into coalition we always knew this election was going to be difficult, but no-one predicted that the result was going to be quite so devastating.

    Locally we fared much better and managed to buck the national trend. On Mid Devon District Council we increased from three to five councillors. Nick Way and John Downes were returned with big majorities in Boniface Ward (Crediton) and Bob Wright and Frank Letch won comfortably in a tight and hotly contested fight, in Lawrence Ward (Crediton). Luke Taylor, after just missing out in both 2007 and 2011, had a fantastic win in Bradninch amassing a majority of 250. On Teignbridge District Council our Chairman John Nutley also got elected, where he topped the poll in a three member ward.

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