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

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    • 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.

    • Boris Johnson, Danny Kruger and Dominic Cummings
      Article: May 28, 2020
      By David Kinnaird

      Dear Mr Kruger,

      Your unconditional acceptance of the behaviour of your friend Mr Dominic Cummings is profoundly disappointing. In your tweets, and in your letter to the Gazette you have sought to downplay his actions and cast them as just the sort of action any man in that position would undertake.

      This is an admirable defence, but it misses the whole point. He is not just any man - he is the most senior advisor to the PM. He apparently did not consider, in his carefully weighed analysis, how his breaking and bending of the rules would look to a national population who had been instructed to abide by them. This alone marks down his judgment below any acceptable level - He doesn't care about a "good look" when that is exactly what he should care about. He set the rules, he must be seen to abide by them, not use cunning artifice to conveniently set them aside. There was no extreme emergency that justified his flight to Durham. He had no reasonable excuse to leave his house, despite his lawyered-up statement delivered on Monday.

    • Jo Waltham
      Article: May 25, 2020
      By Jo Waltham, Parliamentary Spokesperson

      Dear Mr Kruger,

      As public figures, neither yourself nor the Prime Minister should allow loyalty to a friend and colleague to cloud your judgement concerning reports that the Prime Minister's Senior Adviser, Dominic Cummings, has wilfully disregarded the lockdown rules.

      Poor decisions on this matter have real consequences; people will die unnecessarily in the weeks to come unless the clear message is re-established that it is unacceptable for symptomatic individuals to drive hundreds of miles across the country. It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else.

    Lib Dem News

    • Article: Oct 21, 2020

      I have a bill going through the House of Lords right now, the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill.

      It requires the Government to ensure (with certain reasonable exceptions) that all fuel poor households are properly insulated and heated to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C by 2030, and all other households by 2035.

    • Article: Oct 20, 2020
      By Liberal Democrats

      The Conservatives have continually promised to back British farmers throughout the Brexit process, but their failure last week to uphold our high food standards reveals just how hollow those promises were.

      Our high agricultural standards must be protected in international trade deals and after the transition period.

    • Article: Oct 19, 2020
      By Alistair Carmichael

      Conservative MPs have rejected all 10 cross-party amendments to the Government's Immigration Bill passed by the House of Lords earlier this month, including three from the Liberal Democrats.

      The 28-day time limit on immigration detention (Amendment 6) - introduced by Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Hamwee in the House of Lords - was rejected by 328 votes to 264.

    • Article: Oct 19, 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 12th October

      Monday 12th October

      Monday was a key day for British Farming, but the House started off with a Prime Ministerial Statement from Boris Johnson regarding the new tier system for Covid-restrictions. Ed Davey and Munira Wilson led the charge for the Lib Dems, with Ed stressing that time is of the essence; the British people have made painful sacrifices and the government cannot squander the opportunity to get solid testing systems in place. Munira raised another glitch in the trace system which attributes positive cases for students to their home addresses, rather than university addresses, skewing critical data.

    • Article: Oct 15, 2020

      Today, Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael led cross-party opposition to the Government's Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, calling a vote against the legislation in the House of Commons.

      Writing in the Independent ahead of the debate, Alistair set out our concerns:

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