Former Exeter PPC & Torbay mayoral candidate Dennis Brewer addressed Exeter Lib Dems at a recent event.
It was a vibrant and positive discussion reflecting on the causes of the Leave vote, the options for the country and the vital role that progressive citizens have in pressing for positive international engagement.
Someone has joined the Lib Dems every single minute since the referendum result including many in Exeter. Our assumptions about institutionalised British values of equality, freedom, liberty and justice have been rocked as the refendum represented a tipping point to the instincts of fear, insularity and division.
Unlike the other main parties, we are united in our shock at the referendum decision and the advance of fear, intolerance and division.
We passionately believe in internationalism, co-operation with our European neighbours and above all a respect for everyone who lives in our country regardless of where they were born.
Liberal Democrats had another tough set of local elections on 5 May, fought within new larger ward boundaries. We worked hard in more areas than before and fielded a strong slate of candidates in 19 of the 39 seats on offer.
Winning just under 10% of the votes cast in the city, we secured just 2.6% of the seats - we are delighted to see Kevin Mitchell back on the Council representing St James & Duryard ward.
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.