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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
    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.

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

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