Several 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.
The 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”.
The 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."
North 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.
A 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.
The 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”.
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Devon, chaired a national discussion on Universal Credit and Homelessness on Saturday at the Liberal Democrat Conference in York.
She said: “It was good to hear the insights of Lord John Shipley, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing and Social Security, who maintained that lack of social housing was a root cause of homelessness. Lord Shipley told us that if 50,000 social houses were built per year, for the next 10 years, we would go a long way towards tackling homelessness.”
Kirsten 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.
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.”
Kirsten 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.