South Somerset District Council has confirmed its decision to acquire the Marks and Spencer building in Middle Street, Yeovil.
Councillor Ric Pallister, the leader of South Somerset District Council, spoke to Somerset Live: “This is the first major step for the Council in actively applying its new Commercial Strategy which is all about creating new income to protect services and enable us to continue to deliver on our ambitions for South Somerset.
"The alternative was to cut services that the public both need and want and that was never an option we were going to seriously consider without trying sensible but challenging alternatives.
"We believe that our residents would want us to take this approach in the face of massive cuts in funding from central government. While becoming more commercial, we remain focussed on our role of delivering for everyone in our communities and this will help us safeguard critical public services into the future.”
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with the Yeovil Lib Dem team as our Constituency Organiser. This is a paid role, working from our Yeovil office, helping to support the important work of our elected Lib Dem Councillors and the Constituency. We are looking for someone who is good with people and able to motivate and manage our brilliant local volunteers. Designing and writing literature, and managing social and other media will be critical elements of the role, some training and development will be provided, but previous experience of campaigning is essential.
The great philosopher Mick Jagger once wrote "you can't always get what you want", and so it was with the General Election. Our team worked every hour of the shortened campaign to get our brilliant candidate, Jo Roundell Greene elected, tens of thousands of pieces of literature were delivered, thousands of doors knocked on & phone calls made.
We take heart from an election where people joined us from the day the election was announced, and are still joining us - many took part in a political campaign for the first time which can only be good for local politics. Our team remains committed, focused and ready.
Following the tragic events last night in Manchester, Yeovil Liberal Democrats have suspended our General Election Campaign until further notice.
Our Candidate, Jo Roundell Greene is deeply saddened by the events and the disproportionate impact on children and young people. We wish to pay our respect to the emergency services, the victims and their families.
Our volunteers have been instructed not to conduct any campaign related activity until further notice. We have closed our Volunteer Centre in Yeovil until further notice as a mark of respect to the victims of this tragedy.
People in South Somerset can expect to take the brunt of Conservative plans to introduce a Dementia Tax to pay for care costs in later life. Under these plans a typical homeowner in South Somerset will pay an additional £140,000 to fund care costs in later life - 60% of the value of their home. This is a great betrayal for ordinary people who have worked hard and saved all of their lives.
The Liberal Democrats have committed to capping the cost of care.
“This Conservative government has slashed funding on defence, cut our Royal Marines and left our troops on the front line without basic equipment.
"Billions has been spent on big ticket items that we may not even have enough troops to use.
"Of course adequate spending on defence is welcome and necessary, but this is a piece of last-minute chicanery to cover up the Conservative's dismal record.
"No wonder Britain's top generals have accused the Tories of trying to deceive the public over defence cuts.
"It shows why Britain needs a strong opposition to hold the Conservatives to account."
Saturday, May 6th saw the launch of the Liberal Democrats campaign to win back the Yeovil Constituency from the Conservatives.
Speaking to a large crowd at East Coker Village Hall, Campaigner Jo Roundell Greene said”
“I fully support an extra penny on income tax to pay for our crumbling NHS, we must support it, we must fight for it.
Liberal Democrats in South Somerset are pleased to have returned six Councillors to Somerset County Council following yesterday’s local elections. We have more than held our own against a low turnout, this is a very good basis upon which to build a General Election campaign. The hard work of our candidates has led to us winning both UKIP held seats - leaving them with no seats in our area.
At a meeting of Yeovil Liberal Democrat Members held on Wednesday 3rd May at Yeovil Town Football Club, the party selected Cllr Jo Roundell Greene as its Parliamentary Spokesperson.
Statement from Daisy Benson on her withdrawal as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Yeovil
With regret I've decided not to put myself forward to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Yeovil in the upcoming snap General Election.
Although I've been preparing for the past year, this election unfortunately comes at precisely the wrong time for me. I'm just in the process of completing purchasing a house within the constituency.
It would be unfair to constituents and the local party not to be able to devote 100% of my time to campaigning in this election but plan to play as a full part as I can in the coming weeks to ensure Yeovil returns a Liberal Democrat MP.