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2017 Message from the Chair

As incoming Chair of the Liberal Democrats in our area I want you to know that 2017 will be a busy and, I hope, encouraging year for us. We plan to build on the string of successes in 2016:

  • Our local membership in East Kent has more than doubled in the last 18 months, with over 100 members in each of the Thanet and Dover branch areas
  • Nationally we have a fantastic record in by-elections, not just in Parliament but in Council elections where we gained 22 seats from other parties in 2016 ... Read more >

News

  • Article: Feb 19, 2017

    On Thursday the 9th of February the Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council succeeded in making a change in the County Council budget.

    Martin Vye, Canterbury county councillor and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the county council, said: "The Conservative administration presented the budget, said 'It can't be changed now, take it or leave it'. But we looked at the figures very carefully. There was no way, given the cuts the Government have inflicted on local government, that we could make a big difference in the money for education or social services. But we found a way to re-route half a million pounds to a service that will make a big difference to our most vulnerable fellow-residents."

  • Article: Feb 18, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    As incoming Chair of the Liberal Democrats in our area I want you to know that 2017 will be a busy and, I hope, encouraging year for us. We plan to build on the string of successes in 2016:

    • Our local membership in East Kent has more than doubled in the last 18 months, with over 100 members in each of the Thanet and Dover branch areas;
    • Nationally we have a fantastic record in by-elections, not just in Parliament but in Council elections where we gained 22 seats from other parties in 2016.
  • Event: Feb 22, 2017 6:00 PM
    Dover Town Council offices

    Dover Town Consultation Meeting, Dover Town Council offices - 22nd February 6pm.

    This could be an important meeting as one of our main concerns is the traffic/transport problems in Dover and the need to keep up the pressure for "Sarah's Tunnel" to ease traffic from the port.

  • Event: Feb 22, 2017 7:00 PM
    Royal Hotel, Deal

    Come along to our "Lib Dem Pint" social event. Catch up with friends, meet new friends and discuss a range of topics.

    Every last Wednesday in the month, 7 PM in Royal Hotel Deal.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Event: Jun 7, 2017 7:00 PM
    Royal British Legion Social Hall, 20 Market St, Deal CT14 6HS

    Branch meetings at Royal British Legion Social Hall, 20 Market St, Deal CT14 6HS at 7pm. All welcome.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.