We should welcome those in need
As the horror continues to unfold in Ukraine, the generosity of our communities is inspiring, with local people willing to open their homes and their hearts.
However, frustration due to the red-tape and bureaucracy that people are facing as they offer support, is loudly condemned by Lib Dems in Teignbridge. The government's incompetence is now made worse by the Home Secretary's attempt to deal with the issue of refugees by sending them half a world away to Rwanda. We need less rhetoric and more action. Lord Harrington, Minister for Refugees, needs to make his mark and take action.
There is a stark contrast between the Government's response to this crisis and that of the Syrians and Afghans. Many refugees are still waiting for help, they cannot be forgotten.
The Government's reaction to this crisis simply does not reflect the compassion seen from the British people, both at home and on the border with Ukraine. Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are betraying refugees and the British people who are ready to welcome them with open arms.
We need to keep pushing the Government to do their bit.
Please help send Conservatives the message that we cannot turn our back on Ukraine.
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Article: Feb 14, 2023
Decision making within Mid Devon District Council has been thrown into chaos as four Conservative Councillors have left the Cabinet ahead of a Special Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 14th February.
Counter claims of 'sacking', or 'resignation', from Mid Devon Council Cabinet of four Conservatives over further funding for the speculative property development company, 3Rivers Development, leaves this key committee without enough members to make decisions.
Article: Feb 11, 2023
By Mark Wooding
So last Wednesday (08.02.2023) I attended the three-monthly meeting of my local #Parish Council in Nymet Rowland. As with all these meetings the issue of pot-holes came up again. Yet again we heard the deflections and vague excuses from our local Conservative Mid Devon District (MDDC) Councillor as to why little could be done; exhortations to report pot-holes; suggestions to contact the Conservative Devon Councillor; explanations that money was tight; concerns that local government officials were abiding by a system that prioritises the 'squeaky wheel'; amazingly even that the problem was "Devon has too many roads". Never at any point a self-realisation that the problem could be fixed. It was almost as if there were rules written in stone that stopped things being done. Never any sense that the Conservatives who control (and long have done) Devon County Council (DCC) could do something about it. Never any recognition that the problem is one of our Councillor's own political party's creation. I guess it is convenient to pretend that nothing can be done.
Petition: Feb 9, 2023
We, the undersigned, express our support for people to be allowed to 'wild camp' on Dartmoor and in other National Parks across England & Wales.
We believe the High Court ruling in the Alexander Darwall case is just the latest in a string of assaults on public access to the countryside, and sets a dangerous precedent.
Article: Feb 9, 2023
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a higher minimum wage for care workers in Devon, to tackle chronic staff shortages in social care.
It comes as the latest figures reveal Devon has 2,024 job vacancies in the social care sector, meaning there is a vacancy rate of around 10%.
These chronic staff shortages are leading to patients being left stuck in hospitals waiting for social care, contributing to record-breaking waits in A&E and dangerous ambulance delays.
Article: Feb 6, 2023
By Mid Devon Lib Dems
Mid Devon Liberal Democrats are accusing Conservative Councillors of 'squandering' Mid Devon council tax payers' money with a decision to continue funding the disastrous 3 Rivers Developments Ltd (3RDL) property development company.
Concerned for the residents of Mid Devon, the Liberal Democrats are calling for Mid Devon Council's Cabinet's decision to advance further loans to 3RDL to be called before the Council's Scrutiny Committee immediately to prevent the Council from falling into 'Special Measures'.
Article: Jan 25, 2023
By Will Aczel, Exeter Lib Dems
Liberal Democrats from across Devon joined over 3,000 people for the right to wild camp on Dartmoor protest last Saturday.
It follows a ruling by the High Court that took away right to wild camp on the moor that had been assumed for generations. The case was brought by a former hedgefund manager turned large estate owner, which includes a significant proportion of Dartmoor common land. Dartmoor National Park fought against the ruling and are expected to come to decision over whether to appeal this Friday.
Article: Dec 24, 2022
By Martin Wrigley
Happy Christmas to all!
Christmas is a joyous time for many of us, but for some it can be tough. In this time of a cost of living crisis money worries may be on the mind of some. For others they may be missing someone dear, or on their own. And for others they may be worrying about preparing for they days ahead and the expectations of others.
Article: Nov 17, 2022
After crashing the economy and sending mortgage bills spiralling, the government is now inflicting eye-watering tax hikes and real-terms cuts to our public services.
This is the cost of chaos budget. Everyone is being forced to pay the price for this Conservative government's incompetence. The country shouldn't be forced to clean up their mess.