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Dover & Deal Liberal Democrats

Welcome to the Dover and Deal Liberal Democrats which is a branch of the East Kent Coast Liberal Democrats along with Thanet.

We're an active group and growing fast. Meetings are held regularly where we get together to chat about the political scene. It's also a great opportunity to get to know new members. You're welcome to come along even if you are not a member (yet!). The next event will be a Pizza and Politics evening in Sandwich.

We are always needing more people to help out with the various tasks from writing and delivering leaflets to helping out with social events.

For details of our next meetings, please contact the Branch Chair, Aston Mannerings on dover.chair@eastkentcoastlibdems.org.uk, or Lynne O'Donoghue, Sandwich Town Councillor, on lynne.odonoghue@eastkentcoastlibdems.org.uk

Dover Branch members out and about campaigning in a busy Deal High Street on Saturday 3rd June 2017

About Dover & Deal

Dover & Deal is a coastal constituency situated about two hours from London by normal rail. The recent development of HS1 has reduced travel time to about 1h15m.

The port of Dover, the busiest ferry port in the world, is the economic hub with many jobs dependent directly or indirectly on the cross-channel ferries. The cruise terminal from the Western Docks is also important to the town's economy. Dover is one of the largest conduits for lorry-based freight into the UK and often a focal point for protests on issues such as the live export of animals. The former Kent coalfield forms a large part of the constituency. Although the last pit closed in 1982, many of the villages and the Mill Hill area of Deal still retain a mining identity.

The recent closure of Pfizer Pharmaceutical's Sandwich site, located in the adjacent constituency of Thanet South, which employed over 2,000, was a major blow to the local economy, leading to the loss of many jobs for Dover & Deal residents as well as those of Thanet South.

The resort of Deal, in particular, is becoming popular with visitors from London and the number of (often empty) second homes has increased in recent years. Both Dover and Deal have strong senses of community with vibrant community groups and societies. Census data shows a community that is overwhelmingly white British and older than the national average.

The electorate in 2010 numbered 71,993. The seat is seen by the media as a Con/Lab marginal. The seat has almost always had an MP on the government benches (whether Lab or Con) since 1945. The sitting MP is Charlie Elphicke (Con) who defeated Gwyn Prosser (Lab) in the 2010 election with a 10.4% swing.

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Royal Hotel, Deal

23rd Feb 6:30 PM

Dover and Deal Liberal News

  • Liberal Bird
    Article: May 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are fighting these elections as the largest pro-European Party, campaigning hard for a People's Vote with an option to remain in the EU. We are working hard to give a voice to the millions of people who demand better than Brexit Britain.

    We are fighting these elections on a clear message: a Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit.

  • Councillor gains in 2019
    Article: May 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats performed well in the recent council elections across Kent with 228 gains.

    The Lib Dems are the main party of opposition in Kent standing up for the people of Kent against the Tory party's austerity and removal of our public services.

  • Save Kent's Buses
    Article: Dec 5, 2017


    Kent County Council are considering reducing the subsidy it gives to 78 bus routes all over Kent. The bus operators have warned that these services could be withdrawn if the subsidies are cut. You can find a list of buses that could be axed by clicking here.

    People rely on these vital bus services - schoolchildren, disabled and elderly people and their carers. People who can't drive will find it harder to get to doctors or hospital appointments. People living in rural areas will struggle to get to the shops. As a result KCC has chosen for many years to keep these 'socially necessary routes' running by paying bus companies a contribution towards their costs. .