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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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Dover and Deal Liberal News

  • Martyn Pennington 2017
    Article: Nov 19, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    As in 2016, this year turned out very differently from what we expected a year ago.

    In April, just as we were preparing our last push in the KCC elections, a real snap General Election meant we had to go the extra mile and carry on campaigning until June 8th. After the shattering results of the 2015 General Election, followed by the massive disappointment of the EU referendum in 2016, we hoped for better - hopes that a large proportion of the 48% 'remain' voters, and a significant number of Labour voters unable to agree with Jeremy Corbyn's leadership style and policies, would support us, gave us a reasonable base for optimism. The outcome could have been worse but could have been so much better.

  • Anne Fox
    Article: Aug 25, 2017

    The East Kent Coast Liberal Democrats' candidate for the upcoming by-election for Sandwich Town Council is Anne Fox.

    Formerly a Local Council officer, now retired, Ms Fox says she is extremely keen to put her knowledge, experience and time to good use for the benefit of the people of Sandwich.

    Describing herself as "open-minded but pragmatic," Fox vows to become an "active and effective member of Sandwich Town Council".

  • Martyn Pennington 2017
    Article: Jun 11, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    When we saw the exit poll results at the Winter Gardens on Thursday evening, our first thought was "it could have been a lot worse!".

    From a purely Lib Dem point of view, we gained a significant increase in the number of MPs, which was a key objective, and the results have shown how close we came to winning several more (we lost Fife North-East by just two votes, and Richmond Park by 45 votes).