Once again Devon County Council are seeking to save money by cutting back on 'School Crossing Patrols' at Yeo Valley and Ashleigh Road primaries. It would seem that the Governments plans to end Austerity have not filtered down to County Hall! The blossoming of the Autumn flowering 'Money Tree' seems to be passing us by.
It was only 4 years ago that there was a proposal to make savings by cutting out all School Crossing Patrols in Devon and thereby jeopardising our children's lives. This was met with strong opposition with North Devon leading the way. A large petition and a deputation to County Hall was fully supported by local TV, Press and Radio coverage highlighting the very real dangers.
The campaign soon put a stop to this dangerous initiative.
It is with the deepest regret that I resign as the Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon Liberal Democrats with immediate effect.
I am acutely aware that my comments in the recent Radio 4 interview caused offence, and I reiterate my sincere apologies. Whilst I have had many very good interviews, on this occasion I totally lost the thread of what I was saying, which was interpreted in ways that I certainly did not intend or believe about the people of North Devon.
Kirsten Johnson, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the North Devon Liberal Democrats, congratulated Elisha George on her election to Barnstaple Town Council for Forches Ward.
Kirsten says, "Elisha is young, enthusiastic and willing to work hard for her community. I am thrilled she has been elected to Barnstaple Town Council. Elisha is ready to get stuck into casework and making a difference for local residents. Liberal Democrats are community champions and fighting hard for a fairer society in North Devon. This begins at the grass-roots, and people like Ellie George, representing the ward where she lives, can make a real difference."
We would like to thank our fantastic candidate Victoria Nel for flying the Lib Dem flag in the recent Chittlehampton by-election.
The poll was delayed from the May elections by the death of Walter White. Walter was a very popular and well respected member and will be missed on the Council. The anti-Tory vote was split between the Green candidate and Victoria Nel for the Lib Dems and that enabled the Conservative to win.
Overall the Liberal Democrats have exactly half the seats on the Council – 21 out of 42 and like many other District Councils in Devon and beyond have replaced the Tory administration and are now running the Council with the Independents.
Already, the executive system, where one party had all the power, has been changed to a much more inclusive committee system. This is allowing all councillors to be much more involved in the decision making rather than just giving all the power to a few.
Election night was a thrilling night for North Devon Liberal Democrats as we won many more seats and now represent half of the council wards. On behalf of my party I would like to thank all who voted and particularly those who put their trust in the Liberal Democrat candidates. We will do our best to serve all our residents and continue to work on behalf of all electors.
North Devon Lib Dems had an excellent day at the polls - once more becoming the majority party on North Devon District Council in the May 2nd election;
David Worden, leader of the Lib Dem group on the council says:
"I am absolutely thrilled that the North Devon Liberal Democrats have won 21 out of the 42 seats on the North Devon Council with one election still to come. It was a tremendous night for us and shows that the Lib Dem fight back is well and truly happening. We have some excellent new councillors and hopefully will make a big difference in North Devon. The Conservative vote collapsed in many areas as people have realised that the Liberal Democrats are the ones that work hard all the year around."
Also up for election were a number of Town and Parish councils across North Devon.
On Barnstaple Town Council, Lib Dems won 22 of the 24 seats; On Braunton Parish Council Lib Dems won seven of the thirteen seats; Fremington Parish Council, Lib Dems won two of the fifteen seats; South Molton Town Council Lib Dems won three of the twelve seats.
Did local Tory MP charge taxpayers nearly £4,300 more for additional 2017 publications that breach IPSA rules on MP’s expenses?
North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones faces further questions today over the misuse of taxpayers’ money after the discovery that he claimed an additional £4,245 in 2017 for printing and distributing a second political leaflet believed to breach the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s rules.
On Monday, Instow Liberal Democrat candidate Rod Teasdale revealed that Mr Heaton-Jones was ordered to repay significant postage costs for distributing an Annual Report deemed by the parliamentary watchdog IPSA to have breached MPs’ expenses rules.
Liberal Democrats on course to seize control of North Devon Council at May 2 election
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable MP told a packed meeting of candidates, members and supporters in Barnstaple that they had a ‘unique chance to seize control of North Devon Council from a Tory party riven by divisions and in-fighting’ when the county goes to the polls on May 2.
“We have a real opportunity to seize control of North Devon Council from the Conservatives, with their dreadful track record of austerity cuts and a complete disregard for the needs of the North Devon community,” Sir Vince told the meeting on Saturday April 13.
Heaton-Jones told by Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to repay money in full in humiliating move
North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones has been reprimanded by Parliamentary authorities and ordered to repay monies after making expense claims that contravene the code on MP’s expenses.
Ten years after the 2009 expenses scandal ended the careers of several MPs by exposing the widespread misuse of public funds, Mr Heaton-Jones has been castigated by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) for charging ineligible expenses to his MP’s Procurement Card and ordered to repay the money in full in a humiliating move.
Will Topps, former Devon captain and 200-game Barnstaple Rugby Club First XV stalwart, is standing for Bickington Ward on North Devon Council as one of three Liberal Democrat candidates.
With daily experience of the devastating effects of funding cuts on his own classroom by Conservative-controlled Devon County Council, Will Topps, an English teacher at Pilton Community College, decided to make a stand against unfair Tory education funding.