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  • Afghanistan
    Article: Aug 17, 2021

    Our thoughts are with those in Afghanistan after this weekend's events. Women and girls will be terrified that their liberties and rights are about to be permanently extinguished. We must not conclude that this rapid collapse was inevitable. It was not. We must never forget that the scenes playing out before our eyes are a direct result of the decisions taken by President Biden, the UK Government and other coalition forces. The Prime Minister should call in all political parties and ensure that we respond with unity and purpose.

  • Money
    Article: Aug 13, 2021

    Despite the UK's GDP increasing by 4.8%, we shouldn't be lulled into thinking that all our problems are solved. We still face potentially massive obstacles if the Government goes ahead with ending the furlough scheme and the Universal credit uplift at the end of next month. Hard pressed families and struggling businesses need more reassurance than improving GDP figures - they need support extended into next year.

  • exams
    Article: Aug 13, 2021

    There is nothing more important than investing in children and young people - and that must include making sure they get the sixth form places they deserve.

    After all the stress and anxiety they have been through, young people deserve certainty and support. The Government should give them a clear guarantee: if you get the grades, you get the place.

  • Ed and Johnson
    Article: Aug 6, 2021

    Lib Dem leader Ed Davey, spoke out about Goverment vaccine incentives for young people:

    "This Government is all stick and no carrot when it comes to young people. Too many young people have been left out of education, let down on the climate, and now stand to lose out on a night out clubbing thanks to Boris Johnson.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2021

    Responding to the Government only giving NHS staff a 3% pay rise, Martin Wrigley, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and Councillor for Dawlish, said:

    "This is a slap in the face to NHS heroes who have put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe.

    "This miserable amount will do nothing.

  • Ed and Johnson
    Article: Jul 20, 2021

    Davey: Boris Johnson must self isolate

    The Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, is calling on the Prime Minister to self-isolate or risk derailing his own programme to open up the country.

    Ed Davey warns that by refusing to self isolate as millions of others have done, he will destroy the test and trace system entirely.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "The Prime Minister is making a mockery of the sacrifices millions of people have made. His decision to duck self isolation is callous and irresponsible.

    "With Covid cases going through the roof and hospitalisations growing, the Prime Minister's "Freedom Day" gamble is looking more and more reckless.

    "Through refusing to self isolate the Prime Minister is effectively destroying the whole test and trace system.

    "This is Barnard Castle on steroids. Johnson mustn't do a Cummings."

  • rubbish
    Article: Jul 13, 2021

    At SHDC's Executive meeting held last Thursday it was reported that the Council's waste collection contractor, FCC, has shown an improvement in its collection service.

    Cllr John Birch says "At the height of its dismal performance it was being reported that FCC was missing up to 1600 household recycling collections each day. Following widespread public outrage and pressure from SHDC councillors at two lively council meetings FCC took immediate steps to improve its performance. The missed collections at the beginning of July were reduced to 200 per day. However, this is still not good enough as there shouldn't be any missed collections.

  • Martin Wrigley
    Article: Jun 29, 2021

    Responding to the news that the Government has planned to cut Pupil Premium funding by some £90million, LiberalDemocrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and County Councillor for Dawlish commented:

    "Liberal Democrats warned the government months ago that the most disadvantaged children would lose out on support because of the Government's shameful penny pinching.