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  • Eu flag
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced candidates for the European elections - the first political party to do so.

    I am delighted to have been selected first on the list for the party's campaign in the South West.

    I am a true remainer - I have lived and worked in six EU member states and speak five languages. I consider myself a European.

  • Sarah Wollaston
    Article: Feb 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for nearly three years now to stop Brexit - a policy that we believe will damage the United Kingdom for generations.

    Today Sarah Wollaston MP left the Conservative Party because of its shift to the right and the government's 'disastrous handling of Brexit'.

  • Library
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    My letter to the Totnes Times Feb 12th 2019:

    In a week that saw the Conservative government cut local government funding even further, we can but wonder what services will be left to cut by the end of the year?

    And how long before we are looking at an environmental, social and cultural wasteland?

    The Tories' new funding settlement was passed on Tuesday night, cutting a further £1 billion from councils, penalising poorer areas and practically guaranteeing more council tax rises. Our MP Sarah Wollaston didn't attend the vote - could it be that she was attempting to distance herself from yet another Conservative party fiasco?

  • House of Commons Parliamentary Debate (Catherine Bebbington/Parliamentary Copyright http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/copyright/use-of-parliamentary-photographic-images/)
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Tory-led SHDC and Torbay Council have no one to blame but their cousins in Westminster

    South Hams District Council and Torbay Council, like local authorities throughout the country, will be under even greater financial pressure from today thanks to the Tories.

    Last night in the House of Commons the Tories passed a bill that will cut a further £1.3 billion to councils all over the UK.

  • Fat Cat
    Article: Jan 4, 2019

    We've barely gone back to work and yet, on Friday 4th January, the average CEO of a FTSE 100 company has already made more money than the typical UK worker, earning just under £30,000.

    And here in Devon, where the average wage is just over £24,000, it only took them two and a half days!

    If ever there was a sign that our economy is broken this is it.

  • Maisie's winning design
    Article: Dec 20, 2018

    Huge thanks to Mrs Wilkinson and Year 6 at Furzeham Primary School in Brixham for entering some fantastic designs for my Christmas card competition!

    The winning design was Maisie Lee's, which we printed onto a card and sent out around the constituency.

    The most fun part of it all was visiting year 6 and being quizzed by them on what's involved in being a politician, Brexit and environmental issues. They were very clued up!

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