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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

    • Soulatso harbour at night
      Article: Jun 8, 2020
      By John Gillet

      ( Boris Johnson - my part in his downfall...)

      December 13th recedes a little further into the past.

      In January there are about 800 people in Antiparos, I'm told by Bob and Sue in Soulatso's. Which seems to be the only place serving beer in this small harbour settlement, where most locals live. La Liga in the corner. Messi looking frustrated. Basketball on another T.V. That's what the locals are interested in. Panathinaikos taking on some German team. 15 or so Greek men watch anxiously. All smoking. Playing cards on their tables. People here aren't wild about Germany, it turns out. Maybe that can wait....... Bob and Sue have just got back from England. West Country folk. Lovely gentle Devon accents. They spend most of their time in Antiparos now. Sue fell in love with it years ago. Bob's more of an I don't care where I live as long as it's warm kind of guy. He goes outside to have a smoke. Obviously English.

    • COVID-19 hospital beds graph
      Article: May 30, 2020
      By David Waltham

      Dominic Cummings famously declared that he didn't care about appearances-he'd stuck to the letter of the law and that's all that matters. It sounds like an unsympathetic insurance company wriggling out of a claim but I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt because the real issue, for me, is that appearances do matter. And we'll be able to tell in about a week's time whether I'm right.

    • john Gillet
      Article: May 29, 2020
      By John Gillet

      This is Aldbourne resident John Gill- ...Aldbourne? Village. Near Ramsbury. No? Near Hungerford? Ring any bells? No? Oh well, it's in Wiltshire, and like most other Wiltshire villages, is packed with people who unthinkingly vote Tory and think Boris is "a right laugh". I've lived in a beautiful 17th-century cottage here for 10 years. My name's John Gillett. But locally I'm known as "John the actor". Probably other things too, but mainly that one, because.... well, because I'm an actor. I'm known as Aden Gillett when I swan about the stage, but John the Actor when I swan about The Blue Boar or Crown in Aldbourne.

    Lib Dem News

    • Article: Jul 10, 2020

      Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

      For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter:  @LibDemWhips

      Weekly Whip w/c 6th July

      Monday 6th July

      There are some two million victims of domestic abuse a year. More than one in ten of all offences recorded by the police are domestic abuse related. In 2017, the Conservative government committed to introduce a bill to transform the approach of the justice system and wider statutory agencies. It has now been 3 ½ years since this commitment, but the Domestic Abuse Bill finally passed through the House of Commons on Monday night with cross-party support.

    • Article: Jul 10, 2020

      On Thursday 16th July, the two candidates for leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey and Layla Moran will be answering questions from a panel of experts in a new hustings format.

      So you want to be leader? Is styled like a job interview. Candidates will get to make their pitch to the panel on why they should be leader and that'll be followed up by questions from the panel on the skills they'll need to make being leader a success.

    • Article: Jul 9, 2020

      Over the last 2 weeks, members have been nominating candidates to stand as the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

      This is the first time that the system has been run mostly online and also the first time we have published these totals.

      We decided to publish the totals as we felt it gave candidates a chance to demonstrate some of the key skills they'll need as leader.

    • Article: Jul 9, 2020

      What are Party Awards?

      Party Awards recognise publicly those who have given the party outstanding service and commitment in the past year. They are presented at Autumn Conference (national conditions allowing) and each winner receives a trophy to keep and a special mention.

      Candidates must themselves be party members, and be nominated and seconded by two party members.

    • Article: Jul 8, 2020

      Countless families are facing serious financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. More than a million people have lost their jobs and many more are worried about losing theirs in the weeks and months ahead.

      We are also facing big challenges in deep-seated inequality and the climate emergency.

      We must ensure no one is left behind.

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