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Torridge and West Devon Liberal Democrats
  • Article: Dec 8, 2021

    The scenes of people trying to cross the Channel demand urgent action. They also show that the Government's approach isn't working.

    in her two years as Home Secretary, Priti Patel has only made the problem worse."

    These crossings are incredibly dangerous - as demonstrated so tragically by the deaths of 27 people when their dinghy sank two weeks ago. They line the pockets of the criminal gangs engaged in people smuggling and human trafficking. And they undermine public confidence in our whole immigration system.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021

    When I arrived in London as a teenager, Sir John Major was Prime Minister. I felt a connection with the City. My political views formed, firstly at university, and later whilst living in Islington. I joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I was honoured to be elected as the Lead London Regional Diversity Champion. I continuously help to increase participation and engagement within our inclusion and diversity teams. I am vocal within Liberal Democrats Members to help represent those underrepresented in the UK Politics. In 2020 I founded the national BLAC Liberal Democrats (Blac Lives Action Committee) with the mission to make heard the voice of Black members within the Party.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    Dear Lib Dem friends,

    I know already you are as keen as I am to improve the experience of people from under-represented groups within the party, particularly people who are not White. May I
    thank you now for your excellent attitude, for listening closely to my suggestions on what to do. The improvements are immediately noticeable. Please keep going.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021

    Vision

    My goals for this role are:

    • I want to help provide a platform for better training and promote a programme that supports ethnic minority members to develop their potential, so they are competently able to stand for external and internal elections of office;
    • I want to see established an attractive and resilient message that helps to build a strong foundation for the Liberal Democrats to engage in Ethnic Minority communities;
    • Within the party, I want to establish a better understanding of Ethnic minority issues on housing, education, LGBT+, heath, crime, etc. This will allow us to better serve the ethnic minority communities at a national and local level.
  • Article: Dec 4, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    As a former Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate, I have seen prejudice close-up, within British politics and, sadly, within our party. And I know that I'm not the only one. My experience led me to take time to reflect and then, at Harvard, I learnt from world leaders on race equality, collaborative working, and leadership. I want to translate my experience and learning into change for our party in the UK. As a starting point, we must implement the Alderdice Review recommendations.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    I was a 100/200m Sprinter. Catastrophe struck in my early 20's when my achilles tendon ruptured. For 20 months I was in a wheelchair. I needed wheelchair-friendly public transport to hospital and the inadequacy of it shocked me. It made me realise that everyone has a choice. When you see something that's wrong, do you leave it for someone else, or do you fight for change?

    I decided to fight for change. I set up a transport company and, eventually, was transporting 5,000 vulnerable children and adults in wheelchair accessible vehicles. I got involved in drafting the Private Hire Vehicles Act and helped lead the campaign for cab safety. I delivered contracts to the 2012 London Paralympics. I was named in the Black Power List.

  • Phoebe outside John's
    Article: Dec 2, 2021

    It's been a tough couple of years for our local village small businesses, so both Sam and Phoebe fully support the 'Shop Local' message here in Northam, Appledore and Westward Ho!

    "With such talented artists, bakers and craftspeople plus a great range of local produce and places to eat available right on our doorstep it's an easy choice in the run up to Christmas and puts money back into the local economy", said Phoebe.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2021
    I was absolutely fuming when I saw in the news that MP and mother Stella Creasy was told that she could not have her baby with her when she was in the House of Commons. I was completely shocked because surely this is not anything new? MPs have been taking their babies with them to Westminster since Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, who I believe was the first in 2018. As well as this, we watched and congratulated the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, when her 3 month old baby accompanied her to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Jacinda stated that she wanted to inspire change and "create a path for other women". And yes, it really does inspire us as women; we watch and we realise it is possible for women, indeed even new mothers, to have these important roles in government.
  • Article: Dec 2, 2021

    The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Cox, QC

    First Floor, Lockyer House
    Paddons Row
    Tavistock PL19 0HF

    28 November 2021

    Dear Sir Geoffrey,

    I am writing to you in relation to ongoing concerns about the amount of time you dedicate to your professional activities in the British Virgin Islands, and the allegation that you infringed parliamentary standards by using your Westminster office for these purposes.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2021
    By Jeremy Hargreaves

    The Federal Policy Committee has had a busy autumn, kicking off our next programme of policy development work.

    We have spent some time over the last few months trying to understand the party's key political priorities to win over the voters we need, and the right messages and supporting policies needed to achieve that (recognising that detailed policy is not usually the thing that swings most voters). This has been the starting point for our latest programme of work.