First Woman NFU President Set to Visit North Devon

Kirsten Johnson, Lib Dem PPC for North Devon with Liv Phoenix, NFU External Affairs ManagerMinette 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”.

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North Devon Liberal Democrats Win Brexit Victory

Graphic showing outline of North Devon District Council boundary, dice with union jacks and EU flags and Cllr David Worden.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”.

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Kirsten speaks at Lib Dem Conference

Dr Kirsten Johnson speaking at the 2018 Lib Dem Conferene in BrightonKirsten 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.



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North Devon Gazette Interview with Kirsten

Image of Dr Kirsten JohnsonDr Kirsten Johnson, the recently selected Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for North Devon, is interviewed by Matt Smart of the North Devon Gazette.

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Lib Dems publish plans to cut taxes for businesses by 19% in North Devon

Dr Johnson is photographed at a visit to local firm, Lineal, meeting the MD, Mike Matthews 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”.

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Kirsten in Braunton

Liz and Derrick Spear, Kirsten Johnson and Adam BradfordOver 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. 

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Commando Logistic Regiment - freedom of Barnstaple

Entrance sign to RMB Chiveor showing Commando Logistic Regiment badgeLiberal 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.”

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Councillors' Greed Trumps Children's Safety

Local LibDems present a petition on a Barnstaple school crossing patrol to the leader of Devon County Council yesterday.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.”

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Another Lib Dem Gain from the Tories

Image of Cllr Joy Cann with Caption 'Another Lib Dem Gain from ToriesThe 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.

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Following the By-Election Road

Graphic pointing Lib Dems the way to Lewisham East, Fremington and BickingtonKirsten Johnson, newly selected Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for North Devon writes about the recent by-election in Lewisham East, and the forthcoming ones in North Devon.

"Well done to Lucy Salek and the team in Lewisham East for a fantastic by-election result! The Lib Dem vote share went up by 19%, pushing the Tories well into third place.

This result can inspire us in our efforts to win the Fremington District Council seat and Bickington Parish Council ward in the June 28th by-elections here in North Devon.

Everyone has a role to play – those who deliver leaflets, people who make phone calls, donors who fund the campaign and activists who knock on doors to canvass voters. Lewisham East has proven that a team effort works, and every little bit helps. Do join in with other North Devon supporters and members in winning these District and Parish Council seats.

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