South Hams District Council has got its housing priorities wrong in Totnes, by continuing to grant planning permission for expensive executive homes in the town
These houses are beyond the reach of many who live in Totnes and in particular the young and first time buyers. There are nearly 2000 people on the council's waiting list in South Hams. Hardly any of the houses now being built in Totnes will reduce the waiting list.
•will fight to restore our EU membership in the next election
•will seek guarantees for EU nationals living in Britain
Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said after the vote on 23rd June: "I want to make clear that the Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore Britain's prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not outside it
The Government and councils in Devon and Somerset are planning to set up what is described as a Combined Authority. It is proposed that one of its responsibilities will include housing development and there is already talk of 179,000 new houses. But there's no mention of where the houses will be built or any reference to affordable
The Tory administration at South Hams District Council has got it wrong when it comes to priorities.
On the one hand the Council is squirrelling away money from your council tax and government grants, instead of using it for much needed community projects and services. The council has put about twice as much into its Reserve Account than that recommended by the Audit Commission.
The Liberal Democrats have selected John Birch to stand again as their candidate for this second by-election in Totnes Ward in the last few months.
About John Birch
For the last seventeen years John has lived in Totnes. His wife Lynne taught at The Mansion in the town for several years.
John is standing in this election because he believes it is now more important than ever that the voice of the town is heard loud and clear in the council chamber. The district council is dominated by Tory councillors whose interests fail to appreciate the needs and aspirations of the people of Totnes.
"Far from being Bush's passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain's reputation around the word."
"Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.
"Charles Kennedy's judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.
Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement that George Osborne is to abandon his fiscal rule and called on the Government to move Government spending to a 'war footing' to combat the impact of a Brexit Recession.
The Liberal Democrat shave long said the fiscal rule would restrict growth, but it's impacts would be even more severe given the impact of a Brexit vote. They said that now is the time to dramatically increase spending on infrastructure to boost the economy.
Tim Farron and Caroline Pidgeon visited the Polish centre in London today to show solidarity with the Polish community and to make clear that xenophobic attacks it suffered recently will not be tolerated.
The attack on the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith was just one of numerous racist and xenophobic incidents reported in the week since the Brexit vote. The Liberal Democrat leader and London Assembly member were given a tour and met numerous people from the London Polish community, as well as staff from the Polish embassy.
Tim Farron said: "We must send the message that racist thugs cannot get away with intimidating any of the diverse communities of the UK. One of Britain's great strengths is its mix of cultures, and despite the referendum result we must ensure that all citizens are made to feel safe.
"Some of the racist campaign posters and disgusting claims by Nigel Farage and co in the referendum campaign have unleashed something very dangerous, as I warned at the time. This has led to some thinking that racist behaviour is acceptable. It isn't, and Nigel Farage shares the blame for making our streets less safe."
The Polish centre has been inundated with flowers, cards and messages of goodwill since the attack.
"The excellent people who staff this centre have taken great comfort from the support they have received from Britons up and down the country. The centre is a hugely impressive space and welcomes other communities into its heart. On my visit a local primary school was using its theatre to practice for a play. It is multi-cultural Britain at its best and must be protected."
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today demanded that EU nationals residing in the UK are given complete assurances that they will have the right to stay in the UK indefinitely.
The Prime Minister has said that whilst negotiations are ongoing the status of EU nationals in the UK will not change, something repeated by the Home Secretary in her leadership launch yesterday. But the future status of these people is not clear beyond any renegotiation period, leading to uncertainty.