Article: Nov 15, 2021By Keith Selmes
Several people set up a "Missing MP" banner in Tavistock last Saturday, in protest at Geoffrey Cox allegedly moonlighting in the Virgin Islands, and not being available in his constituency. A lot of people seemed to find it amusing, as it made a point about standards in government, with which they largely agree.
Article: Nov 14, 2021By Keith Selmes
Our AGM on 6th November went quite well.
It has to be planned some way in advance, and as we couldn't predict the state of the pandemic , we went for the "hybrid" approach, giving members the option of meeting together for real, or joining in via Zoom. We were lucky that our chosen venue, the Quaker House, had already installed some excellent equipment, complete with projector and really big screen.
We were also fortunate in getting a guest speaker, via Zoom, Lord Andrew Stunell, who took an interest in our local activities, as well as giving us his planned talk about the state of play in the House of Lords. Always good to get insight from people on the spot in Westminster, and the benefit of years of experience in politics.
In the event, the pandemic hadn't worsened, or not much, so, within the constraints of health and Safety and risk assessments, most attendees were in person, with a few joining on Zoom.
Meeting people in real life was almost like a new experience, and pleasant of course, with the odd little personal conversations at the end, that you don't always get on line.
Notwithstanding the good things about our AGM, I was personally grateful to our chairman for keeping the procedings moving on track, as I got back to the car before the 3 hours free parking ran out!
Article: Nov 14, 2021By Keith Selmes
Litterpicking again! Must be habit forming.
This time we went to the Broadway in Plymstock. There was a surpising amount of rubbish, it seems to have blown across the car parks, and fetched up against walls and fences, and in hedges. As before we found some nasty stuff, blue masks and all, and a fair amount of recyclable.
Compared with our first effort, which was hot, sunny, shirt sleeve and even shorts weather, this time we were bundled up for November, but it was still dry for us, and no problem.
Article: Oct 18, 2021
In October, whilst we're looking ahead to our AGM in November, it might be worth a quick look back at 2021.
Still in the throes of pandemic, we have nonetheless been able to meet outdoors. Early in the year we delivered leaflets and letters for the May local elections, and met a few voters along the way.
Article: May 3, 2021
Our candidate list for the 2021 council elections was published recently in the local news media.
Here it is again, with a few links to further details
Budshead ................. Colin MacKenzie
Compton ................... Richard Bray
Devonport .................. Jeff Hall
Efford and Lipson ...... Alex Primmer
Eggbuckland ............... Richard Simpson
Moorview .................... Jim Spencer
Plympton Erle ............ Dennis Draper
Plympton St Mary .... Sarah Worrall
Plymstock Dunstone . Richard Worrall
Plymstock Radford .... Roy Plumley
Southway .................... Katie Mc Manus
St Peter & Waterfront Hugh Janes
Stoke ............................ Jacqui Spencer
Article: Apr 28, 2021
Plymouth Liberal Democrats
A shared future for an ambitious city
As a city, and as a nation, we have experienced a tumultuous time through the COVID- 19 pandemic, which has tragically seen many deaths. It has been a time of great worry and anxiety for people, affecting us all in different ways.
The pandemic has reminded us of many things: the importance of family and friends; the importance of green spaces and fresh air; the importance of community and working together with shared goals in mind.
Our manifesto focuses on areas which we believe will bring positive benefits to our communities and the environment we live in. The environment has always been at the heart of our vision and there has never been a more important time for environmental protections and improvements.
The Liberal Democrats seek solutions which are practical, creative and evidence-based. If elected, we will work hard for our residents, so that their concerns can be addressed and their ideas can be acted upon.
As a party, we stand up for values that unite, rather than divide us. We want to encourage rational and compassionate politics and this needs to start at a local level.
We believe in the importance of local communities and their ability to make changes that have a positive impact on individuals' lives. We stand for an open, tolerant and united society and this begins with local people, local communities and local government.
Article: Apr 24, 2021
Parties in Exeter to stand down from Polling Stations on the 6th May.
Following an initiative from Exeter Liberal Democrats, the Conservative, Labour and Green parties have agreed to not have 'tellers' at Polling Stations this year.
Tellers are the party volunteers who ask voters for their polling numbers outside polling stations.
Article: Apr 24, 2021
Tim Dumper, Exmouth's Lib Dem candidate believes that joined up thinking is required to solve some of Exmouth's transport problems.
The pandemic has put in sharp relief problems of congestion, especially on the seafront, and action is needed to make things safer for pedestrians, cyclists, disabled people and motorists.
Article: Apr 22, 2021
Plans for a National Landscape Service to replace Dartmoor National Park are about as welcome as the ill-fated European Super League proposal, says a Devon council leader Alan Connett.
The Government is expected to make an announcement shortly on the future of the nation's National Parks like Dartmoor and Exmoor, as well as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Article: Apr 20, 2021
Everyone has the right to feel safe where they live, and everyone who has been the victim of a crime deserves justice.
Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Brian Blake, is calling for a return to proper community policing, as half of all people say they never see police patrols in their local area.
Article: Apr 16, 2021
I spent my early life in care, and so have experienced many of the injustices I would like to see righted. My mum went into the Council offices when I was a toddler, put me on the counter, and said "I can't cope!". She then walked off without a word. I remember this trauma well, but I was too young to talk. The social workers didn't even know my name.
Article: Apr 15, 2021
Devon Liberal Democrats have confirmed their Devon County Council election candidates to get Devon back on its feet.
Alan Connett, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Devon County Council, said:
"I am delighted that the Liberal Democrats are fielding such a strong group of candidates for the local elections across Devon.
Article: Apr 14, 2021
Devon Liberal Democrats have launched their Devon County Council election manifesto 'Six-to-Fix' setting out their priorities for Devon over the next four years.
The manifesto identifies six key areas to get Devon back on its feet following the Covid-19 pandemic and years of Tory mismanagement of Devon County Council.
Article: Apr 13, 2021
Seventy-one Liberal Democrats MPs, Peers and Council Group Leaders, including Lib Dem leader of Torbay Council, Steve Darling, have written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to oppose the Government's plans to gut a critical scheme allowing energy inefficient homes to access grants.
Article: Apr 9, 2021
We pay tribute to Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh who died today at the age of 99.
He dedicated his life to our country and we will always be thankful for his service.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
Article: Apr 8, 2021
Today is International Romani Day, a day to celebrate Romani culture and highlight the discrimination and issues faced by Romani people. Many face exclusion and prejudice every day in our society, and there is much more we can do collectively to work towards equality.