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  • Norman Lamb meeting Exeter members
    Article: Jun 6, 2015
    By Adrian Fullam

    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.

  • Article: May 19, 2015
    By Adrian Fullam

    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 will stand for the Lib Dems in the 2015 General Election.
    Article: Feb 11, 2015

    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.

  • Community Patrol van
    Article: Oct 28, 2014
    By Cllr Stella Brock
    Speak up to save YOUR services
    Exeter Liberal Democrats have been fighting a positive campaign to prioritise our local services, like community patrol and street sweeping. Labour's priority for Exeter is a £20 million swimming pool. They are asking residents what sacrifices YOU will make in order to fund this luxury facility. A further £10 million will be borrowed (in addition to the current debt of £35 million) to deliver this project.
  • Article: Oct 25, 2014
    By Cllr Adrian Fullam, Leader of Exeter City Council Liberal Democrat group

    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.

  • Adrian, Sandy & Graeme - St Thomas
    Article: Oct 25, 2014
    By Adrian Fullam

    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 adrian.fullam@yahoo.co.uk or on 07855 979917.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2014
    By Cllr Adrian Fullam, St Thomas ward

    Following an article in the local St Thomas 'Focus' newsletter about the proliferation of weeds in the city, 5 residents have responded mentioning weeds, some opposing the use of chemicals.

    Council officers have suggested using the probation service's Community Payback scheme to remove weeds manually. In addition, the Council can co-ordinate community groups and businesses clearing weeds in their area.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014
    By Cllr Adrian Fullam, Leader of Exeter City Council Liberal Democrat group

    Those who like allotments in our city must be a bit confused. On one hand allotment holders are being told they can no longer get any financial support from the city council because of the nasty government taking it's money away. On the other hand, news about the proposed £20 million swimming pool in Exeter has been presented as Labour investing in the city despite the recession. However the pool will not be magically produced by the Labour-dominated Exeter City Council - it needs to be paid for. Their plan is to save up for half of it and borrow the rest. The only trouble is that they are still paying for the museum and a raft of other unfunded projects. Since the Council was completely debt-free in 2008, Labour have rapidly run up a debt of £35 million - that is about £290 for every man, woman and child in Exeter. This debt has to be repaid with interest.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2014
    By Cllr Adrian Fullam, Exeter Lib Dem leader

    Labour-controlled Exeter City Council decided to slash Community Patrol and Environmental Health staff at an Executive meeting today. Cllr Adrian Fullam (Lib Dem) criticised the decision: "These lost services are a direct result of the £2m debt repayments the Council is now paying after years of overspending." Community Patrol is being reduced from 7 staff to 4 staff. Environmental Enforcement is being reduced from 5 staff to 3 staff. This will make it more difficult for the Council to monitor and report anti-social behaviour and will reduce the ability of the Council to report problems in the community such as noise nuisance. Response times to enquiries from the public are bound to get a lot worse.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2014
    By Cllr Adrian Fullam, Exeter Lib Dem leader

    At an Executive meeting tonight the Council's Local Council Tax support scheme was reviewed. Following a question from Lib Dem Councillor Adrian Fullam, it was revealed that only £13250 of the Exceptional Hardship fund was spent out of a budget of £35000. The unspent money has been returned to Council coffers. Either the amount of hardship in the city is being exaggerated for political purposes or the Labour Council is failing to help those in need.