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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: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • EU - Not Guilty
    Article: Aug 25, 2016

    Local Lib Dem Activist Paul Van Goor explains why he was angered by the Brexit Vote

    "Many of us have been left wondering why Britain voted to leave the EU.

    The television channels were kind enough to ask people why they voted to leave. I saw a couple of the programs and noticed some recurring answers including:

  • Article: Aug 24, 2016

    Exmouth Lib Dems who successfully led opposition to the motion at Exmouth Town Council to demolish Jungle Fun and the crazy golf are dismayed and concerned that EDDC have now said they are pressing ahead anyway through 'delegated powers.' In effect giving themselves permission.

    As the town council opposed the motion, EDDC have then consulted with the ward councillors, namely Bruce de Sarum, Mark Williamson and and Bill Humphries who confirmed their support for the demolition to go ahead.

  • Tessa Munt
    Article: Aug 24, 2016
    By Adrian Fullam

    Tessa Munt (former MP for Wells) will be joining Exeter Lib Dem members and supporters to discuss the effects of the recent EU referendum.

    The event will be on Monday 12th September 2016 in Exeter from 4pm to 5.30pm.

    Tessa is a leading campaigner in Somerset and has experience working with Vince Cable in government as a PPS until she resigned in order to support a motion against fracking.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    What European Country should you study in? Take our quiz and find out:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Exmouth Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Gazzard has requested the proposed cuts to the hospital services to go to the next full town council meeting in September for discussion. He had also requested someone from the hospital trust comes along to discuss the changes.

    Exmouth Lib Dems are concerned about the cuts which would see the closure of the injuries unit from 10pm, and patients having to travel to Exeter. There has been no consultation with local GPS, patient or community groups.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.