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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North Devon Liberal Democrats Mine Local Talent with Candidates Who ‘Reflect the Real North Devon’

North Devon Liberal Democrat CandidatesSeveral Lib Dems unopposed as rival parties struggle to field candidates.

North Devon Liberal Democrats, led by their first female Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Kirsten Johnson, are standing a record-breaking number of candidates across the constituency for elections on May 2.

Lib Dem candidates outnumber Conservatives, who have had to concede six places on Barnstaple Town Council alone to the Lib Dems for lack of ability to field Tory candidates.

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Liberal Democrats Demand Action to Boost Barnstaple Town Centre

Kirsten Johnson and Iaan RoomeThe Liberal Democrats have set out a comprehensive plan ahead of the local elections to support struggling high streets across England, including for Barnstaple town centre. 
 
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, described the plans as “exactly the sort of policy we need to boost local investment and ensure businesses in North Devon thrive”.

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Tories Have Pushed 200,000 Children into Poverty

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North DevonThe number of children living in absolute poverty across the UK has risen by 200,000 in a year, to a total of 3.7 million.

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, said: "I have been calling for an end to austerity and fairer funding for North Devon. This report shows the horrible effect cuts are having on the most vulnerable in North Devon. We must provide properly for our children and young people, to give them the future they deserve." 

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North Devon Tory Councillors’ Failure to Report Condemned as ‘Shocking’ at Council Meeting

Councillor Caroline Leaver with her dogNorth Devon Council was told of a ‘shocking’ record of inaction and arrogance by members of the ruling Conservative group at a crunch meeting last week.

Nine Tory members of the council administration failed to deliver essential annual reports required by their appointment as advisers and overseers of key local and national bodies, the council was told at a full meeting on March 13, 2019.

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Department for Education Report Confirms North Devon Lib Dems’ Fears for Local Schools

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North DevonA report published by the Department for Education (DfE) and reported in The Times Educational Supplement, supports the warning issued by Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, in October 2018, almost six months ago.

The DfE report, published on March 15th 2019, confirms that even good rural schools are struggling to recruit teachers, to find enough funding and to provide a broad curriculum.

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Revealed: North Devon Council Have No Plans To Increase Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North DevonThe Liberal Democrats have demanded North Devon Council take ‘urgent action’ after revealing it is one of over 100 councils across the country that has no plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points.

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for North Devon, claimed local councils have been “hamstrung by Conservative Government cuts” and warned “urgent action is needed to tackle rising transport emissions”.

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North Devon Lib Dem PPC to Chair Panel on Universal Credit and Homelessness

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North DevonKirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, will chair a national discussion on Universal Credit and Homelessness on Saturday in York. This debate is part of the Liberal Democrats' Spring Conference.

On the panel are Lord John Shipley, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson, Daniel Dumoulin from Depaul UK, a charity which helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged, and Caron Lindsday, Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing and Social Security.

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Revealed: DEFRA Have No Brexit Impact Assessment for Sheep Farming

Kirsten Johnson and Devon farmer David Chugg

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that the Conservative Government has not conducted any analysis of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming in the UK.
 
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, said: “Over half a million sheep are farmed in North Devon each year. Europe is our biggest export market. I have been speaking to local sheep farmers who are dismayed about the impact of Brexit on their businesses.”

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Lib Dem PPC warns of a ‘postcode lottery’ for health checks in North Devon

Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North DevonKirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, has warned of a ‘postcode lottery’ as official figures reveal only 48% of people in Devon have been offered a health check over the last five years, significantly below the national average of 85.21%.
  
Health check-ups for adults in England are available to everyone aged 40-74. According to the NHS, these checks are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

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