Liberal 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.
With the Conservatives having failed to field candidates in several wards, Sir Vince told local Liberal Democrat candidates, supporters and members that with their hard work the Liberal Democrats can end Tory control of North Devon Council on May 2.
On Barnstaple Town Council, the Conservatives have already had to concede six places for lack of ability to field candidates, leading the Liberal Democrats to predict they will retain full control.
At a Question and Answer session following his rousing speech, Vince answered questions about Liberal Democrat policies on issues including climate change, local affordable housing, the impact of universal credit and the need to reach out to people from the grassroots, rather than to impose top-down policies from Westminster.
Cllr David Worden, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on North Devon Council added: “With a slate of candidates who reflect the communities they hope to serve as Liberal Democrat councillors, we are well placed to win more wards on May 2 than before.”
“Everyone in North Devon knows that a vote for any other party than the Liberal Democrats risks leaving the Conservatives in charge at North Devon Council for another four years. Such a result would be nothing short of disastrous.”