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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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    Devizes Lib Dem News

    • 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: Jan 12, 2021

      Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

      Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.

    • Article: Jan 11, 2021
      By Lisa Smart

      Last month's Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) kicked off with a productive Q&A with deputy Leader Daisy Cooper. Daisy's approach to collaborative working across parts of the party was warmly welcomed and FCEC expressed its support, and desire to assist, Daisy's ongoing work to support a diverse range of candidates to stand.

    • Article: Jan 8, 2021
      By Tim Farron

      In the early months of this pandemic, the Government's messaging was clear. 'Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.' And so it is once again. Monday's lockdown announcement, although belated, was absolutely right.

      But why must we protect the NHS? So that it can continue to tackle COVID, but also, equally, so that the NHS can carry on its life-saving work in every other area.

    • Article: Jan 8, 2021

      Like you, I watched domestic terrorists and insurrectionists storm the US Capitol last night with a sense of horror and shock.

      I watched with a sense of horror and shock

      A symbol of democracy worldwide was shown to be fragile, vulnerable.

      It is a stark reminder that will remain etched in our memories.

    • Article: Jan 7, 2021

      The chaotic incompetence of a government that declares schools safe on a Sunday, sends children back for a day and then closes them is the sort of thing that should be the domain of political fiction.

      Sadly and tragically, it's the government we suffer from in Westminster. It is a reminder about how important it is that we recover as a party, and a spur to our efforts to ensure we do our part in defeating the Conservatives at the ballot box.

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