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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

Devizes Constituency covers the towns of Devizes, Marlborough, Ludgershall and Tidworth, together with the large villages of Bulford, Durrington and Pewsey.

Coronavirus - Helping Our Communities here in the Devizes Constituency

Across the country, people are volunteering to help their communities through the Coronavirus outbreak.

Stay at Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

The Liberal Democrats are dedicating resources to supporting that community effort.

That's why we're making this page with links to online resources produced by volunteers and public bodies available.

Please use them and share them with your friends and neighbours. We will be updating it regularly as more resources become available.

Go to the Government's Coronavirus advice page - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We can all make a difference - each and every one of us.

One of the many things that unites Liberal Democrats is our campaigning zeal for our communities. Our drive to change things for the better. A way of working that engages local people in our campaigns.

Many of you have already turned your campaigning zeal wholeheartedly towards helping your community during this Coronavirus crisis.

To help you, there is new guidance to party members - you can find it here: www.libdems.org.uk/covid19

Email me lisa@devizeslibdems.org.uk and let me know what you've been up to in your community, you can help by sharing best practice about how our caring community politics and activism can and is helping vulnerable people during this crisis.

Examples of what some of our members have been up to….

  1. Kym-Marie Cleasby, Sara Holden and Jo Waltham have all been very active in Marlborough Town Council volunteer group, read all about it in this Marlborough News article
  2. I've helped to set up a volunteer scheme for Urchfont Parish Council and have a village veggie scheme which anyone, including the immobile and those in isolation, can join in with. Download our poster.
  3. Mark Mangham is working with the Devizes COVID19 Support Group which now has around 400 volunteers, please take a look at Devizes COVID19 Facebook group
  4. Jan de Jonge and his partner Debbie joined the For The Love of Scrubs - Your NHS Needs You group on Facebook. It is a group across the UK helping people sew PPE for healthcare workers.

We're a party that cares about people, cares about communities and cares about the most vulnerable. I'm sure we will all rise to this national challenge. Whatever happens, we can make a difference.

For top tips on setting up a volunteer group, advice on supporting those in self-isolation, and a range of template forms and useful signposting to other local resources, see this Wiltshire Council guidance - http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/downloads/22151

Wiltshire Council has published a Community Groups Directory. It can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/downloads/22069

For up to date Vale of Pewsey Village Support Network's lead contacts see https://c19vop.wordpress.com/

And now the politics bit!

Now is the time to work together in this national effort, however, the Liberal Democrats are holding this Government to account for the years of NHS underfunding, the lack of preparedness despite clear identification of the risk, the speed of response and the evident crises in Social Care.

Our local Tory MP and free-market enthusiast, Danny Kruger will no doubt have to explain how he now gives such wholehearted support for the NHS. His old employer was the Legatum free-market think tank - a part of the US-funded Atlas Group which was actively campaigning for opening up the NHS to competition from US healthcare companies.

If you can help us with our local campaign please consider donating here: https://devizeslibdems.org.uk/en/donate

Upcoming Events

Due to COVID-19 we have no upcoming events.

    Devizes Lib Dem News

    • wild scents in the air
      Article: Jul 11, 2020
      By John Gillet

      LOCKDOWN.

      March 16th: all non-essential shops in Greece are closed.

      Antiparos is about half the size of Guernsey, with less than a 60th of Guernsey's population. It's probably quiet anyway at this time of year. But now: you can hear your blood go round. It's rare for me to see anyone on my long walks around the northern headland.

    • Ermoupoli
      Article: Jul 3, 2020
      By John Gillet

      February 26th 2020.

      As the boat edges into Ermoupoli, things look....... different... Beautiful, pale houses curve like an amphitheatre around the harbour. Not the normal Cycladic cuboids. Ermoupoli went up in the boom years between the 1820's and 1860's, when the harbour was the new nation's busiest. Neoclassical architects. A more feminine, decorative feel to the place. I'm smitten.

    • Marlborough High Street
      Article: Jun 24, 2020
      By Kymee Cleasby

      Liberal Democrats for Marlborough have asked for councillors to consider easing restrictions on outdoor spaces for hospitality businesses within the town

      They are asking for a simplified application process to help local Marlborough hospitality businesses to apply to make the best use of outdoor space. Permitting them to increase their potential offering of additional chairs and tables, is urgently needed. Marlborough's famous wide high street makes this particularly feasible

    Lib Dem News

    • Article: Sep 28, 2020

      My late friend Paddy Ashdown saw this coming.

      When Hong Kong was handed over to China, he campaigned to give Hong Kongers the right to live in the UK should China ever renege on the promises made and enshrined in the Joint Declaration.

      It's up to us to protect the people of Hong Kong and their human rights.

    • Article: Sep 28, 2020

      In his first keynote conference speech as Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey shared his vision on rebuilding the Party and how he plans to fight for a greener, fairer country as we move forward through the coronavirus pandemic.

      On the government's failures over COVID-19

      Opening his speech with the challenges facing our country right now, Ed slammed the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying:

    • Article: Sep 28, 2020

      We're in the final stretch of the 2020 Autumn Conference with Day 4 now underway. But yesterday saw the biggest day yet with four policy motion debates, an emergency motion on planning and a speech from Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie.

      Here's what you might have missed on Day 3, as well as what's coming up today, the last day of Autumn Conference.

    • Article: Sep 27, 2020

      The Liberal Democrats fought long and hard to Stop Brexit.

      And our values have not changed. At every step of the Brexit process, we have been clear and outspoken in our position that Britain is better off within the EU. We will always stand firm in our pro-European, internationalist values because we know, we are so much better off together than we will ever be alone.

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