Central Devon Liberal Democrats

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  • House of Commons Parliamentary Debate (Catherine Bebbington/Parliamentary Copyright http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/copyright/use-of-parliamentary-photographic-images/)
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Tory-led SHDC and Torbay Council have no one to blame but their cousins in Westminster

    South Hams District Council and Torbay Council, like local authorities throughout the country, will be under even greater financial pressure from today thanks to the Tories.

    Last night in the House of Commons the Tories passed a bill that will cut a further £1.3 billion to councils all over the UK.

  • House of Commons Parliamentary Debate (Catherine Bebbington/Parliamentary Copyright http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/copyright/use-of-parliamentary-photographic-images/)
    Article: Feb 6, 2019
    By John Anderson

    Tory-led SHDC has no one to blame but their Cousins in Westminster

    The South Hams District Council, along with local authorities throughout the nation, will be even under greater financial pressure this morning thanks to the Tories.
    Last night in the House of Commons the Tories passed a bill that will cut a further £1.3 billion to councils all over the UK.
    Critics are saying the funding approach will take money from poorer councils and direct it to affluent areas in keeping with the Tories' proven practice of protecting their own interests at the expense of others.
    And if that wasn't enough, last night's legislation will undoubtedly result in a rise in council tax for the coming year.
    The Tories track record in funding councils over the past few years is so dire that the independent Local Government Association warned last week that many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole.
    Locally, Caroline Voaden, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Totnes, noted that Conservative-run SHDC may complain about lack of funding but it is their Conservative colleagues in Westminster who have imposed the cuts in funding.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2019

    As the battle over Brexit in Parliament reaches its final stages, many people are asking me, "what has happened to the People's Vote"?

    Behind the political manoeuvring and procedural wrangles at Westminster, there is still everything to play for. The People's Vote is alive and well.

    The next step to securing it is to narrow the options, by removing a massively disruptive 'no deal' from the table.

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    Article: Dec 27, 2018

    The 2018 edition of Ad Lib Magazine is out now. Read it here:

    Read the latest edition

    Starting next year, Ad Lib will now be an online-only publication, released quarterly. We'll also be sending some of the editions to our members who aren't on email as well.

    If you'd like anything included in future editions, please email membership@libdems.org.uk.

  • Article: Dec 27, 2018

    We've passed an amendment in the Lords so that people in care are only deprived of their liberty when it is necessary to prevent them from harm.

    People in care deserve their freedom too. That's why we've ensured that their freedom is only restricted when they're at risk to themselves.

    Vulnerable people deserve protection - and the government has a duty to protect them.

  • Article: Dec 27, 2018

    This Christmas, I have worked with St Giles Trust to learn more about the gang culture which is fuelling knife crime and tragically costing young people their lives. St Giles works directly with those affected, providing education, mentoring and support to fill the void into which gangs otherwise slip.

    In the film, I discuss the causes of knife crime with Liam, a St Giles Project Co-ordinator. And we hear the incredibly brave voice of Sophie Kafeero whose own son, Derick, was killed last year - now she is campaigning with her local MP, Ed Davey, to take knives off the street.

    As we sit down to our Christmas festivities, I hope the film helps to remind us of those who have lost someone; who have an empty chair at their Christmas table. And helping charities like St Giles is one way we can make a difference.

  • Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Since learning of Paddy Ashdown's death last night people have been taking to social media to share their memories of this incredible man.

    We've collected a few of those memories of Paddy from members, supporters and the public at large here. You can also share your memories of Paddy and add your name to the book of condolence here: www.libdems.org.uk/book-of-condolence-paddy-ashdown

  • Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Earlier this evening, Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats passed away following a short illness.

    Our thoughts are with Jane and Paddy's family this evening.

    This is a hugely sad day for the Liberal Democrats and for the very many people across political and public life who had immense affection and respect for Paddy.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Throughout 2018, Jeremy Corbyn has refused to fight this chaotic, disastrous Brexit.

    He has pulled his punches on this Brexit mess. He has let Theresa May off the hook in key votes. He has resisted calls within his own party for a People's Vote. His weak opposition has helped the Conservatives get this far.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    With the end of year fast approaching I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know of some of the achievements of the Brexit campaign.

    A year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say - now a majority of the public want to have their say

    For more than two years, the Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight on Brexit - and this year we've been running our largest ever campaign outside of an election. And it's working - a year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say - now a majority of the public want to have their say.