Liberal 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.
With the Conservatives having failed to field candidates in several wards, Sir Vince will tell local Liberal Democrat candidates, supporters and members that with their hard work the Liberal Democrats can end Tory control of North Devon Council and retain control of Barnstaple Town Council.
Sir Vince said: “Liberal Democrats right across the country are fighting a positive campaign to build on our track record of listening, working hard and getting things done for local people.”
“We expect to make gains both against the Conservatives, who have cut services nationally and locally, and from Labour, many of whose voters feel completely let down by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.”
“A vote for the Liberal Democrats at these elections is a vote to send a message to the parties who brought us Brexit, and every Liberal Democrat elected in May will be a local champion fighting for their communities and protecting local services.”
The Conservatives have already had to concede six places on Barnstaple Town Council alone to the Liberal Democrats for lack of ability to field candidates. Among them is North Devon Liberal Democrats’ youngest candidate, Tristan Clarkson, 19, standing unopposed in Fort Hill.
There are 15 women on the team, more than ever before. New faces include: Ros Armstrong, a nurse and mother of six who is standing in Bishops Nympton and local solicitor, Victoria Nel, standing in Landkey. In Newport, Caroline Leaver is standing with Louisa York and aiming to substantially increase her majority since being elected in a by-election in 2017.
In Bickington, the Lib Dems are fielding Helen Walker, a wheelchair user and disability rights advocate and Joy Cann, an experienced North Devon councillor and volunteer worker with local young people.
Also standing in Bickington is Barnstaple rugby player and former Devon captain Will Topps, a teacher at Pilton Community College. Anti-bullying champion Syed Jusef makes his political debut in the Central ward of Barnstaple Town Council.
North Devon Liberal Democrats’ first-ever female Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Kirsten Johnson, said: “This is a team of candidates who properly represent the communities of North Devon they hope to serve as councillors. Our candidates in 2019 reflect the real North Devon.”