Chittlehampton By-Election

Looking out over The Square, Chttlehampton

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. 

D-Day Service

Wreath laying at the Braunton Peace TreeKirsten Johnson, North Devon Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, attended the D-Day service at St Brannock's, Braunton, on June 6th.

Led by the Vicar of St Brannock's church, Rev’d Anne Thorne, the service included the laying of wreaths by Mrs Liz Spear, Chair of Braunton Parish Council; the First Secretary from the U.S. Embassy in London; and the British Legion.

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Crisis in Care in North Devon

Avril Stone and Kirsten JohnsonWe are facing a catastrophe in the care of our most vulnerable people.

Two recent reports have highlighted the issues. Monday night’s BBC Panorama programme: Care in Crisis: Who Cares? highlighted many heart-breaking failures in our care system. On Tuesday, the Institute of Fiscal Studies produced a report highlighting the vast shortages of money for social care.

Kirsten Johnson, North Devon Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, is leading the campaign to improve the quality and recognition of care in North Devon. She says “I demand proper recognition and reward for those many people in North Devon who undertake care of vulnerable people. This is the most important work anyone can do, yet it often goes under-appreciated. Care must be properly funded.”

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Election Thanks From Councillor David Worden, Leader of North Devon Council

L-R: Councillor Malcolm Prowse (Deputy Leader), Councillor Julie Hunt (Vice Chairman), Councillor Frank Biederman (Chairman) and Councillor David Worden (Leader)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.

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Great Night for North Devon Lib Dems

Lib Dem candidates in the May 2019 electionsNorth 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.

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Whoops! North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones Faces Further Questions

Rod Teasdale, Liberal Democrat Candidate for InstowDid 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.

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Standing Room Only as Vince Cable Rallies North Devon Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Vince Cable speaking in Barnstaple, North DevonLiberal 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.

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Tory MP Peter Heaton-Jones Caught Misusing Expenses by Parliamentary Authorities

Rod Teasdale, Liberal Democrat candidate for InstowHeaton-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.

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Barnstaple Rugby Player and Local Teacher Pushed Over the Line by Continued Cuts to Education

North Devon Liberal Democrat Candidate Will ToppsWill 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.

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Sir Vince Cable Launches Final District Election Push in North Devon

Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Vince CableLiberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable will be visiting North Devon this coming Saturday to launch the final push of the district election campaign in which local Liberal Democrats are fighting hard to gain overall control of North Devon District Council.

Sir Vince will join David Worden, leader of the Liberal Democrats on the North Devon Council, at a special event for candidates, members and supporters in Barnstaple on the afternoon of Saturday April 13 2019.

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