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Martyn Pennington - South Thanet Parliamentary Candidate

Martyn Pennington 2017

Martyn Pennington was born in the north of England, and now lives in Westgate-on- Sea where he is a councillor. He retired a couple of years ago following a career spent improving the effectiveness of overseas aid, working with large organisations such as the UK Government, the European Commission, the World Bank and the United Nations. He is married and has three grown-up daughters. He enjoys sport, and plays guitar in a church worship band.

He re-joined the Liberal Democrats in 2014, having seen the tone of the British political debate become increasingly negative and xenophobic. He is concerned about the cuts to health and social services, and will fight to ensure that the poor and most vulnerable are protected.

He says, "I understand those who feel abandoned by years of Government and Council neglect. We really need to make the political system focus on those in low-paid jobs and inadequate housing. We need to give all our children a fair start in life, and support them when they come to look for jobs, which is why local businesses should be helped not milked. And we need to make sure our elderly people, and those who care for them, are treated with dignity, and can keep their independence for as long as possible."

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to devote 1% of income tax to health and social care, ringfencing it so that it cannot be misused as the Tories have done.

Martyn is also encouraged by the growth in membership of the Liberal Democrats since 2015.

"We have four times the membership in Thanet compared with just two years ago - many of them disillusioned Labour and Tory supporters, many of them young people. We are the authentic voice of a new Britain and a new future".

You can contact martyn via email on martynpennington4souththanet@gmail.com

Martyn Pennington (centre), Chair of East Kent Coast Lib Democrats and Parliamentary Candidate for North Thanet, speaks at a Hustings in Sandwich and chaired by David Foley (right). Pictured left is Craig Mackinley

Martyn Pennington (centre), Chair of East Kent Coast Lib Democrats and Parliamentary Candidate for South Thanet, speaks at a Hustings in Sandwich held by the Thanet and District Chamber of Commerce on 2nd June 2017, and chaired by David Foley (right).

Articles

  • Martyn Pennington 2017
    Article: Nov 12, 2019
    By Martyn Pennington

    Why am I a candidate?

    I'm standing for the Lib Dems in South Thanet because I believe Thanet deserves better than the two old parties can ever achieve; they are torn apart by infighting, and are more concerned with their own power, rather than the welfare of their constituents. The Labour Party has been taken hostage by left-wing extremists who don't care about helping small firms, or about the nation's security, or about encouraging our youngsters to achieve the highest standards.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Liberal Bird
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    We all know that schools are being forced to sack teachers because of funding cuts. This is a huge waste of training costs but even more, a waste of our best resource - our people, whether teachers or young people. Schools are not delivering the high-class outcomes and well-educated young people which we need to thrive in a modern economy.

  • NHS Logo
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    Most of us rely heavily on the NHS for health care. Yet the system is collapsing. Because of inadequate funding and mismanagement, doctors are packing up, junior doctors are still in conflict with the Government over their new contract, nurses are overstretched (40,000 nursing positions can't be filled), and waiting times for even basic GP appointments get longer and longer. The NHS is certainly not safe in the Tories' hands. NHS hospitals and surgeries will close under the Conservatives because they are starved of funds. Even Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, was surprised he was still in his job after the last re-shuffle.

  • Martyn Pennington 2017
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    Dear voters of North Thanet,

    Our country is at an important moment in our history, and the coming General Election is one where we need to get it right. The Conservative Party has called this election for cynical political reasons, just as it called the referendum. This is not the Conservative Party I grew up with; the 'one nation' party of Harold Macmillan, John Major or even of Margaret Thatcher. It is close to UKIP, and is one of division and privilege. They are the "new kippers".

  • Liberal Bird
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    On 23 June 2016 the UK voted by a narrow majority to leave the European Union. I canvassed for a 'remain' vote in North Thanet, but we lost. However, the comment of one man I spoke to stayed with me; he said "In 1975 we voted to join a single market, but we didn't vote for all this political union". It goes to show how different people expected different things when voting 'leave'.

  • Martyn Pennington 2017
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    I was born in Bolton, Lancashire. My father was a sales engineer; when he left school his father, a partner in the company, made him start work on the shop floor like the others (he led a strike against his father at the age of 19!). He didn't go to university and always told me to get some letters after my name. My mother left school at 12 and became a legal secretary. We moved to the north-east when I was just three months old.

  • Liberal Bird
    Article: Apr 26, 2017
    By Martyn Pennington

    As you know we have elections on 4 May for KCC and 8 June for Parliament.

    The day that Theresa May announced the General Election, the Daily Telegraph had the headline "Price rises ahead as inflation starts to bite". There is only one reason for this election - the Tories want a clear majority before their cuts and misguided policies start to hit us.

You can contact martyn via email on martynpennington4souththanet@gmail.com

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