Latest Tory defection increases Lib Dem control in South Somerset

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After over 3 years as a District Councillor and just over 1 year as a County Councillor Neil Bloomfield (Martock) has moved from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.

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Mick Clark Responds as Marcus Fysh Flops on Newsnight

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In the face of overwhelming evidence from industry experts, the current MP for Yeovil has attempted to shut down claims that a “No-deal Brexit” would lead to delays at ports and additional Tariffs. When confronted with suggestions, from the head of the British Sandwich Association, that leaving the EU without a deal could lead to shortages of foodstuffs, delays at ports and additional tariffs, Mr Fysh called the claims “ridiculous” and reinforced his view that Brexit is “the will of the people”.

You can see Marcus's meltdown on Newsnight here.  

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Somerset Tories Feel the Heat

Following the unexpected resignation of Somerset County Council’s Chief Finance Officer after 31 years of highly-valued service, last week the County Council’s ruling Conservatives received two shock resignations from the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council’s influential Audit Committee. Both quit their positions on the Committee and resigned from the Conservative Party with immediate effect.

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Fury as Yeovil MP threatens to “Down Tools”

MP for Yeovil, Marcus Fysh, has come under fire after suggesting that Conservative Brexiteer MPs should refuse to support the Government.

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Time to Come Clean Over Helicopters

Defence Minister, Earl Howe, has failed to come clean in the Lords today over the future of UK based, defence helicopter production in Yeovil based manufacturer, Leonardo

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Children's Services Overspend

The Conservatives at Somerset County Council continue to get their finances wrong at your expense

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Ric Pallister Speaks Out on Unitary Authority Proposals

Statement on behalf of South Somerset District Council from the Council’s Leader Ric Pallister regarding today’s announcement from Somerset County Council about exploring the option of a unitary local government

 

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Mick Clark Selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

“Now the work to win back this seat can begin”, says Paddy Ashdown, Chair of Yeovil Liberal Democrats.

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Who Pays for Tory Incompetence? You Do!

Jane Lock Slams County Council Budget as ''Incompetent''

 

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Jane Lock, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at SCC, was highly critical the County Council's Budget announced on Wednesday (21st) for the coming financial year.

She said: ''How many times do Somerset residents need to pay for Tory financial incompetence at Somerset County Council?

Council Tax in Somerset has already been amongst the highest in the Country over the last two years and will now rise again to the maximum allowed.

Now, they are asking taxpayers to take on a debt of up to a £120million to build schools that will be given away to academy trusts as soon as they are built.''

She added: ''Of course, we support the building of new schools; our children deserve the best environment in which to learn but we believe you (the taxpayer) have already paid for them and it is Tory mismanagement of County finances that means they are lumbering you with a debt that will never be paid.

This is all made worse by the fact that the County Council have sold £72m of your assets since 2009. We also know that they are slashing a further £10.345m from services for this coming financial year (including up to 100 staff), yet, as they did last year, the Tories have deliberately made the financial plans ambiguous as to where these cuts will exactly hit, as to not allow proper scrutiny. Perhaps this is to hide what we all know, they have been squandering your money since 2009 - when they took power.''


Lib Dems Criticise County Council over ‘Pay More, Get Less’ of Potential Library Closures and Council Tax Rise

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Liberal Democrats at Somerset County Council are very disappointed over the news that libraries across Somerset are being put to consultation with the potential that a significant number could close, whilst at the same time announcing a hike in Council Tax. 

Speaking on behalf of the Lib Dems on the matter of County Libraries, Cllr Liz Leyshon, has said she is extremely concerned about what this could mean for communities across the county.

She said, ‘’Many of these libraries provide important facilities for local people and school children, with remarkably high footfall numbers at many of the libraries earmarked for change and possible closure. The so-called ‘saving grace’ to change many of them into community run, which basically means run by volunteers, would mean that a lot of essential skills and knowledge would be lost. The Leader of the Council has rightly told us that the children of Somerset must be a clear priority, yet many of our children and young people may no longer have the benefit of a public library in their home town or village where they can read, learn and complete their homework online.’’

Leader of the Lib Dems on Somerset County Council, Cllr Jane Lock, linked the recent announcement in Council Tax from Somerset County Council to proposed changes. She said, ‘’ Instead of raising Council Tax gradually over the last 8 years, the Tories are now in a state of desperation, having starved services of £25 million because of their refusal to have a very modest rise of 38p a week over this period.’’ 

She added, ‘’It’s no wonder now that the average Band D property will see a £67-a-year increase from the County Council alone. It seems you have to pay more to get less!’’

Have your say on the future of Somerset libraries here:

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