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  • 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!

  • Caroline Voaden and Andrew George at Lib Dem Autumn Conference 2018
    Article: Sep 19, 2018

    New planning permission rules to use a house as a second home could make a radical change to South Hams towns that are being hollowed out by wealthy second home owners, said Totnes Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Caroline Voaden.

    Supporting an amendment put forward to the Lib Dem autumn conference in Brighton by former St Ives MP Andrew George, Caroline said:

  • Petition in Totnes
    Article: Sep 3, 2018

    South Hams Liberal Democrats have delivered a petition to the leader of South Hams District Council asking for an end to the secrecy over future development plans. They request the council reveal the identity of several sites it is considering for new development.

    Over 200 people signed the petition in Totnes, Kingsbridge and online, as concerned citizens 'urging SHDC to act now to disclose and identify the proposed development sites in Totnes, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge and Salcombe which are currently being kept secret'.

  • Caroline Voaden with Vince Cable
    Article: May 21, 2018

    It was hard to miss the strength of feeling in the room about healthcare provision in Dartmouth at the packed public meeting last week. It is clear residents of the Dartmouth and the surrounding villages feel they are not being listened to by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

    I am appalled that the trust allowed the closure of Dartmouth Hospital to happen before a new site was operational.

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