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The Lib Dem Team for Newton Abbot & Teignbridge

Lib dems have councillors making a real difference accross the region, on the County Council, District Council and Town Councils.

On Teignbridge District Council our leader is Gordon Hook who is passionate about the environment and helping the residents of Newton Abbot South. Read Gordon's Blog here

On Devon County Council our leader is Alan Connet. Alan represents Exminster and Kenton and can be contacted by email here

Richard Younger-Ross was the Lib Dem MP for the area for ten years,and stood again in 2015. Learn more about Richard Younger-Ross

The constuency party chair is Martin Wrigley, and he is happy to help with anything relating to the Lib Dems in Newton Abbot. Read Martin's blog here

The team are keen to make the next General Election a Lib Dem win in Newton Abbot, and are looking toward the County Council Election in May 2017.


  • Article: Jul 30, 2016

    Lib dem Exmouth town councillors met and listened to members of the public today in the Strand, as part of an all party roadshow.

    The roadshow continues tomorrow in the Pavilion Car Park on the seafront. Items discussed included how to make the best use of the facilities Exmouth has, how the grass cutting budget is managed as well as concerns over services moving to Exeter.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2016

    A reminder that you can come along and meet your town councillors today in The Strand, and tomorrow at the Pavilion Car Park.

    An opportunity to ask them questions, let them know of concerns and find out more about what they are responsible for.

  • Tim Farron and Nick Clegg
    Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched the first briefing paper of his Brexit Challenge project, which analyses the options facing the Government if it intends for Britain to retain significant access to the Single Market.

    While Single Market access is essential to the British economy, and retaining access remains the best of a series of bad options for the economy post-Brexit, it comes with significant challenges and trade-offs. The analysis shows that even if the Government were able to achieve concessions on freedom of movement, seeking to retain significant access to the Single Market would still mean adherence to its rules and regulations, while not having any control or influence over them. It also concludes that the biggest benefit of Single Market access is the removal of non-tariff barriers, such as shared rules and harmonised standards, as opposed to tariffs.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Have your say to elected town councillors from all parties this weekend at the Town Council Roadshow.

    Saturday 30th July at the Strand 9.30 til 5.30


    Sunday 31st July at the Pavilion Car Park 9.30 - 5.30

    Ask questions and give feedback.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats saw an increase in their share of the vote by 20% on Thursday coming in second to the conservatives by a narrow margin of just 80 votes in the Littleham by-election for East Devon District Council.

    A strong performance was also seen in the town council election, with just 68 votes separating Sue Brooks from the victorious Conservative candidate.

  • Suzanne Fletcher, Chair of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary (LD4SOS)
    Article: Jul 22, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government for slipping out an announcement that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to close.

    It raises the prospect of children once again being held in immigration detention centres - a practice ended by the Liberal Democrats in Government.

    Liberal Democrats in Coalition established the centre to end the detention of children, and the Conservatives have used the final day of the Parliamentary session to reverse the move.

    Prior to 2010, thousands of children were being detained in prison-like conditions. During Labour's last 5 years in government, over 7,000 innocent children were held in adult detention centres, sometimes for weeks and months at a time.

    The establishment of the centre was driven by Sarah Teather and Nick Clegg and following the news of its closure the Liberal Democrat Seekers for Sanctuary have set out 10 questions the government must answer.

    Aside from scrapping the centre the Conservatives have failed to offer any assurances on what will replace it, the emotional support that vulnerable children will be given or any preparations that will be made for them ahead of their return to a country that many of them may not even remember.

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Ending the detention of children for immigration purposes was one of the first priorities of Liberal Democrats in government. It is the mark of our society how we treat the most vulnerable and it is disgusting that the Conservatives are now rolling back such an important measure.

    "It is outrageous they slipped out this announcement on the last day of Parliamentary business, and they must now set out what exactly is going to happen to children in the future. We cannot have a return to the days of children being locked up in immigration detention centres, as happened under Labour. The Government has a lot of questions that remained unanswered."

    Chair of Liberal Democrat Seekers for Sanctuary, Suzanne Fletcher, who has visited Cedars, and been part of an Independent Monitoring Board until the change of Government last year said:

    "Cedars provided an oasis of care and calm at a very traumatic time for those families with children who very sadly were being sent against their will back to their country of origin. , and our Government should be ashamed of such a backward step."

  • A pair of wedding rings (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Jul 22, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have branded the Conservative's Flagship Married Couples Tax Allowance policy a 'pathetic failure' after figures revealed that only a fraction of eligible couples had bothered claiming the allowance.

    Only 330,000 people have taken advantage of the allowance, equivalent to 8% of those eligible.

  • Child in prison cell mental health
    Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Alistair Carmichael has demanded the government rule out the prospect of children being kept in prison cells.

    This follows the government slipping out an announcement of the closure of the Cedars facility, which supports families who are being returned overseas by the Home Office. Ending child detention was a major Liberal Democrat achievement in the coalition government. The facilities were described as "exceptional" and their closure has also been attacked by Barnardo's.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2016

    In a report to Devon County Council cabinet on 13 July, Conservative councillors agreed to remove the current automatic entitlement to transport for post-16 students.

    Alan King, business manager at Okehampton College, has told the council that the new policy could lead to existing school buses running with empty seats that sixth formers could be using. He added:" On the point that parents can provide or arrange lifts for their post-16 child, can we ask if this is a serious option or simply an alternative suggestion someone at County Hall thought of? It is true that most of our families do have access to a private car but for the majority it is one car per household and this is used for the main breadwinner to get to travel to work".

  • Nick Clegg (The Guardian)
    Article: Jul 20, 2016

    Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has returned to the Liberal Democrat front bench as the party's European Union spokesperson in order to hold the Government to account over its plans for Brexit.

    Nick Clegg is uniquely well placed to challenge the Conservatives on their plans for Brexit. Not only did he sit around the cabinet table with Theresa May, Liam Fox and others, he was also a leading Member of the European Parliament and a trade negotiator in the European Commission under Leon Brittan. During the coalition years he established himself as the highest profile pro-European voice in British politics and is well known and respected in capitals across the continent.