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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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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