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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: 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.

  • Alex in Exminster
    Article: May 6, 2015

    It takes more than unseasonal weather to unsettle Alex White's campaign.

    On Tuesday he was back in Exminster with local Lib Dem Councillor Alan Connett. Local issues were much to the fore especially the Tories Garden Tax and Building on Greenfield sites.

    "There needs to be more affordable homes for local families instead of allowing thousands of unaffordable houses to be built on our green fields" said Alex. "Instead of this we are getting more traffic congestion as a result of at least' 2,000 houses around the Devon Hotel and more cars diverted to the Ide interchange area for the new Park and Ride system."

  • Open Space at Monterey Park
    Article: May 4, 2015

    Central Devon is a massive constituency and whatever the weather Alex is still out and about meeting voters and also helping District Council Candidates.

    On Sunday he was in Bovey Tracey helping deliver letters from the local candidates and also savouring some of the local culture including AL Fresco Morris Dancing outside the Cromwell Arms.

  • Alex at Moretonhampstead Hustings
    Article: Apr 26, 2015

    Despite the apparent apathy in some parts of the country voters in Central Devon are flocking to election hustings held in local churches, village halls and community centres.

    After a massive turn-out of 150 people at Bovey Tracey Parish Church it was the turn of Moretonhampstead and the back room at The Union Inn was packed with over 100 people, some of whom stood for nearly 2 hours, for the question and answer session.

  • Alex and Luke Taylor
    Article: Apr 23, 2015

    The sheer expanse of the constituency means Alex has been hopping from one side of Devon to another, trying to speak to as many people on the doorstep as possible. Alex has also been doing all he can to support the many District Council candidates.

    Last Friday he spent the afternoon knocking on doors with Luke Taylor in Bradninch. Luke has narrowly lost the last two District Council elections for the Bradninch ward, including by just one vote in 2007. Alex and Luke got a really positive response, with people recognising the work the Liberal Democrats are doing locally to protect bus services and prevent the introduction of the hated 'Garden Tax'. On a national level many people are recognising the raising of the personal tax allowance and the subsequent £800 tax cut as a Lib Dem achievement, as well as family friendly measures such as the Pupil Premium and free school meals for children up to the age of 8.

  • Alex at Okehampton Castle
    Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Out and About With Alex White

    As well as getting around Central Devon Alex is still responding to between 50 and 60 e-mails a day on a wide range of topics ranging from the NHS to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    Having impressed at the Lapford Hustings (see picture below) Alex will be appearing at further hustings as shown below.

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