Does Exeter want a new pool or a new theatre? That is the question hotly debated in the Express & Echo over recent weeks. It's a fairly meaningless debate for now as the Labour-dominated Council has already decided on Exeter's behalf.
The new pool so beloved of the Labour hierarchy has become their Stalingrad - an objective so symbolic that all other priorities have to make way for it, our future mortgaged to it. The original quote for a replacement to the expiring Pyramids pool was £7m at the Clifton Hill site, but this version has spiralled to £26 million - which divided between the 42,000 homes in Exeter is a cost of £620 each.
Exeter University Liberal Democrat Society is hosting an informal discussion on the upcoming EU referendum as part of Freshers' Week.
They will be joined for this exploration of one of the most controversial political topic by Adrian Sanders who served as Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay from 1997 to 2015. Following the 2001 election Adrian Sanders was Liberal Democrat spokesman for Tourism and subsequently moved to the position of Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip in Parliament.
In October 2011, he was the only Lib Dem MP to vote in favour a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, despite being a supporter of the EU, as he believed it was "a liberal principle to trust the people".
Regardless of your experience or knowledge of the EU, do feel free to attend and join the discussion!'
Exeter Liberal Democrats have chosen Mike Payne to be their candidate in the City Council Pinhoe By-election to be held on Thursday, 13 August.
I moved to Exeter in 2002 to study at the University (as a mature student). My aim was to obtain a degree with the ultimate goal of becoming a teacher. I am extremely fortunate to have benefited from a first class education in a state school in the UK and I was inspired to try and pay back some of the debt I felt I owed. Whilst I successfully completed my degree, I subsequently discovered that I am not cut out to be a teacher!
Commenting today on the death of former Lord Mayor and Exeter Lib Dem Councillor Paul smith, Councillor Stella Brock said "I worked with Paul for a number of years and the local party very much values all the time that he gave."
She added "For Paul, the highlight of being a councillor was being Lord Mayor; he saw that as a great honour and he raised a tremendous amount for his charity." The local party and all those he reprented very much value all the time that he gave to the local community."
A strong contingent of Exeter Lib Dems attended the regional hustings in Plymouth last night. Norman Lamb and Tim Farron gave bouyant performances to an audience of experienced campaigners and brand new members.
There was a strong focus on Liberal Democrat values and the urgent need for a stronger liberal voice in British politics.
Following an exhausting and frustrating round of elections this year, the local Lib Dems have been boosted by an influx of new members.
Nationally over 12,000 people have joined the fight for liberal and democratic values and in Exeter our membership has surged by 50% in a week. Overall, only 12% of members nationally are lapsed members rejoining, so there is a real fresh impetus to our cause.
Joel Mason has won the nomination to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Exeter at the May 2015 General Election. Joel, 22, is a final year student at Exeter University studying Philosophy and Political Economy and he follows in the footsteps of Graham Oakes who gained 10,581 votes in 2010.
Joel, who comes originally from Bedfordshire, has been in Exeter since 2011 and spent a year of his course studying at Grenoble in France.
Your favourite Council cuts on a postcard please because we are now in it together! Labour's chickens are coming home to roost, and their leader, Pete Edwards, is in a flap. He is asking residents where to make cuts to save money. Try this, Pete. How about not spending £57000 on a consultation trying to pin the blame on the government. Perhaps look at the latest taxpayer funded Citizen newspaper headlining £750000 on a running track. How about not blowing the Council's assets and then spending £35 million pounds of borrowed money the Council never had, which has turned an annual investment income of £1.3 million in 2008 to an annual debt cost of £2.3 million in 2015. This switch is about £3.6 million per year off the services we used to enjoy, not far off the amount Pete wants us to find for him now.
Exeter Lib Dem Councillors are famed for working all year round and keeping people in touch with 'Focus' newsletters.
The 2015 elections are approaching and activity is gearing up in a number of strong Lib Dem areas such as St James & St Thomas.
If you are interested in joining in the campaign or would like to have a chat to find out more, contact Adrian Fullam at email@example.com or on 07855 979917.