This letter to the North Devon Journal is reproduced with the permission of Mr. Bradshaw:
"I have just arranged my six-monthly check-up at N Devon Hospital's Eye Clinic. They admitted they had a backlog, as they always have. Discussions with my consultant over the 11 years I have been in their care reveal an ongoing shortage in funding and staffing. I don't blame them, they provide a wonderful service. Other issues at the hospital have been well documented and the Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) organisation does sterling work. Nationally the NHS has troubles.
Our local schools are suffering due to funding discrepancies which PM Mrs May refuses to budge on. Local councils are suffering from a shortage of funding from central government and services are being decimated.
There is a risk of free TV licences for the over-75's being removed due to the government passing responsibility for funding over to the BBC (the government saves money and the BBC are the bad guys!). I don't benefit, by the way!
We have little idea about what is happening with Brexit, the Tory party is being torn apart by the May/Johnson spat, and time is running out. Where are our emerging trade deals?
Minette Batters, the first female President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), in over 100 years of its history, is set to visit North Devon at the invitation of Kirsten Johnson, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC). Kirsten is the first woman to stand for Parliament in North Devon.
Following a meeting with Liv Phoenix, NFU External Affairs Manager, Kirsten Johnson issued the invitation. She says, “I am delighted that Ms Batters is open to visiting North Devon, where agriculture, food and farming are vital parts of our culture and economic prosperity. The future for farming is daunting – with Defra’s own statistics showing that up to 25% of farms will be forced to shut down as a result of increased tariffs and the removal of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies. I welcome this opportunity to introduce her to some of our farmers and agri-employers, in my role as the North Devon Lib Dem PPC: working hard on issues that really matter to North Devon”.
North Devon Liberal Democrats on North Devon Council successfully led a motion which will ensure that businesses and services in North Devon will have a chance to prepare for Brexit by ensuring that they are aware of any new regulations that might impact on them, post Brexit.
Cllr David Worden, Leader of the ND Lib Dems says;
“Brexit is the biggest challenge to North Devon in my lifetime. The future prosperity of North Devon depends very much on being prepared. I had hoped that, as my Independent colleagues did, the Conservatives would also see the sense in setting up a Cross Party symposium to achieve this. However, with a couple of exceptions, they sat on their hands and either opposed this pragmatic and crucial vote or abstained. I cannot think of a more cynical act of dereliction of political responsibility”.
Kirsten Johnson, Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson for North Devon, has been speaking at the 2018 Liberal Democrats Conference in Brighton.
She speaks on three topics of vital concern to all who live in this part of the country.
Dr Kirsten Johnson, the recently selected Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for North Devon, is interviewed by Matt Smart of the North Devon Gazette.
Read the article here
The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 19% in North Devon.
Local Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson Kirsten Johnson has described the plans as “exactly the sort of policy we need to boost local investment and ensure businesses in North Devon thrive”.
Over a weekend in August the new North Devon Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Kirsten Johnson, joined up with local Braunton Councillors, Adam Bradford and Liz & Derrick Spear. Very much a listening exercise about a variety of local issues in Braunton and its surrounding hamlets. Kirsten wants to find as much time as possible to engage with local residents.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Roome, Chairman and Mayor of Barnstaple Town Council said:
“Being an ex-servicemen based at RAF Chivenor, it was a great pleasure to propose to the full council that the Commando Logistic Regiment, Royal Marines be granted the Honorary Freedom of the Town.
“This is the highest honour that the town council can bestow on an organisation and I’m delighted that the town council recognises the contribution that the serving personnel and families make to our community.
“I’m sure that this relationship between the Commando Logistic Regiment, Barnstaple Town Council and its community will continue to foster good relations for the future.”
Caroline Leaver and other local LibDems presented a petition on a Barnstaple school crossing patrol to the leader of Devon County Council on 1st August.
Caroline is a local mum and LibDem councillor for Newport, Barnstaple. She said
“Newport School’s lollipop lady couldn’t afford to carry on working after the County Council stopped paying her travel expenses. She had to resign in May and since then, our children have had to cross a busy main road on their own to get to school every day. When I heard that County Councillors had agreed to increase their own expenses, at the cost of £100,000 a year, rather than find a few quid a week extra to keep local children safe, I was outraged.”
The result from the Bickington by election for Fremington Parish Council means Lib Dems have gained yet another seat from the Tories in North Devon!
Congratulations Joy Cann who polled 268 votes (80.7%). Her only opponent, Labour, polled 64 votes (19.3%). This vacancy was caused by the resignation of Tory Councillor Jackie Flinn so is a Lib Dem gain from Conservatives.