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Coronavirus update - Lockdown 3

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in many ways and has been extremely difficult for us all. Once again we are in lockdown and should adhere to the Government advice and guidlines. There are many local organisations gathering to offer help; if you are self-isolating, in need of help, or simply need to speak to a friendly voice you can always get in touch.

Mid Devon District Council and West Devon Borough Council offers lots of advice and are a good place to start.

For more details, including Schools and Families, head to Devon County Council.

The latest Government advice and guidance can be found here.

The latest NHS medical advice is here.

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    Article: Oct 31, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    Make no mistake we are not trying to reopen the Brexit debate. The United Kingdom has now left the European Union.

    That will present both opportunities and challenges. The opportunity is for the Government to make good on promises to boost United Kingdom exports. The challenge is to do so without compromising United Kingdom standards in manufacturing and food quality. It will be a hollow victory indeed if a 'more global Britain' is also a less safe and a less healthy one.

  • pk
    Article: Oct 27, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    The coronavirus crisis has changed many aspects of our lives. This month one of the pressing questions for parents of young children is "should I let my children go trick or treating?".

    You'd have thought this would be an easy question for the Conservative Government to answer. But interviewed this past week all Tory Minister Nadhim Zahawi would say is "hands, face, space" (good advice) and "use your common sense". So yes or no Minister? Is it a good idea for children to be going from house to house?

  • Candidate Evening
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By CDLD

    We are holding a Candidate Q+A Evening on Friday 30th October at 7pm. The event will be held via Zoom. If you would like to attend please contact the Secretary via email at secretary@centraldevon-libdems.org.uk

    We hope you can join us and meet your candidates.


  • Sunking
    Article: Sep 30, 2020
    By CDLD

    Liberal Democrat Councillors will today bring a motion of 'no confidence' in Mid Devon District Council Leader Bob Deed. Councillor Deed recently 'sacked' Liberal Democrat members of his Cabinet after losing a vote, 7 to 1, on the controversial Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP).

    The Plan proposes significantly more house building than envisaged under the Council's own neighbourhood development plan and has met with opposition, as it is seen as being more about the urban needs of Exeter than the rural needs of mid Devon.
    In a reference to the despotic French monarch, Louis XIV, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Luke Taylor, accused Mr Deed of "… acting like the Sun King, imposing his will on the Council against all standards of reasonable democratic behaviour."

  • logo
    Article: Sep 25, 2020

    You may just be noticing references in newspapers and on TV to the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP). You may be wondering what it is, and if it will affect you. It could have big implications for Mid- and East Devon, Exeter and the Teignbridge areas affecting house building, roads and infrastructure. As such it is likely to be controversial, with some in favour, some very strongly against. We will try to set out here what the big picture is, and how it may affect us, without taking sides. This is likely to be a big local issue over the next few years, so you may want to take the time to learn a little more.

  • Shakespeare
    Article: Sep 19, 2020
    By Alison Eden

    "Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!" From 'Othello' by William Shakespeare, Act II, Scene III, line 254.

    Schools are going back and in a September Summer sun bags are packed with freshly acquired pencils and course-work. I suspect former Prime Minister John Major studied, as millions have and will, Shakespeare's play 'Othello.' Iago an evil ensign, disappointed in promotion, takes revenge by convincing his General, Othello, that his wife Desdemona has committed adultery. Cassio, a supporter of Othello's gets horribly drunk and disgraces himself. As a teenager I found Cassio's speech about reputation funny. I think I missed the point!

  • facemask
    Article: Sep 15, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    So I definitely have certifiable 'Mask Rage'.

    As a matter of principle I've started asking people in public spaces (where the wearing of face coverings is mandated - such as on public transport and in shops) why they aren't wearing masks. I'm always polite. I'm always ready to accept there may be a good reason - I suffer from asthma so I know it's not a great experience. Alas invariably I am received with abuse, 'effing and blinding'.

  • mddc
    Article: Sep 1, 2020
    By Luke Taylor

    Following the full Council meeting held on the 26th August 2020, the four Liberal Democrat Councillors who stood on Mid Devon District Council Cabinet have been removed. The move by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Bob Deed, follows from an initial amendment put forward by Lib Dem group leader Luke Taylor to withdraw from the controversial Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP). The amendment was passed 7-1 (with only the Leader voting against).

  • Papers
    Article: Aug 20, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    Should we have been surprised by the Tories' exams fiasco?

    Even accepting that the Cabinet has been filled by Prime Minister Johnson with Yes-woman and Yes-men, more for their loyalty than their ability, we really shouldn't be surprised.

    This is a Government that sees us, its citizens, as data-points not people. We are here to be modelled. Algorithms are to be applied to decide how we'll behave and what we'll do. We are reduced to the lowest common denominator. The herd. (Tellingly the Conservatives' early objective in the COVID-19 crisis was to achieve 'herd immunity' - not really a very attractive way to describe the UK population.)

  • Potholes
    Article: Aug 1, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    In the surveys we've conducted of local people's concerns the one that nearly always tops the list of worries is the state of our roads, and, specifically potholes.

    We've been campaigning hard (read article) to get Conservative run Devon County Council to get the roads repaired. It's especially important now given that many more people have taken to bikes during the COVID-19 crisis and potholes are a very serious threat to cyclists.