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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

  • Tim Farron 2017
    Article: Jun 9, 2017
    By Tim Farron

    Speaking at the National Liberal Club on the day after the general election, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    This was the hardest of elections, marred by the tragedy of those vile terrorist attacks in Manchester and in London.

    And now the future of our country is less certain than it was when Theresa May called this election a month and a half ago.

  • Social Care Icon
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Dover could be forced to pay 56% of the value of their homes for social care after they die, it has been revealed.

    The manifesto plans, which would mean that people would be forced to hand over assets worth over £100,000 to pay for social care at home, would have a particularly damaging impact on sufferers of dementia, who have complicated long-term health needs.

  • NHS Logo
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Dover and Deal have expressed concern at recent figures published by the Health Service Journal showing the number of GP's in Kent over 55 is as high as 24.2%, the highest in the country.

    With more doctors leaving the NHS than joining it, fears are spreading that Kent could fall into crisis with older GP's approaching retirement age as demand for services increases.