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Exeter Liberal Democrats

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Our Values

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

Local Democracy

We are a grassroots democratic party. All of our policy is voted on by our members on a one member one vote basis. All of the positions within our local party, and all of our candidates, are democratically selected by our members. By joining Exeter Liberal Democrats you will get a real say in the topics and issues we campaign on, and the policies you want us to implement on the Council.

Hard Work All Year Around

Liberal Democrat Councillors pride themselves on working hard all year around. Too often other parties just turn up at election time asking for your vote. We strive to keep in touch with the people we represent with Focus newsletters, and regular online content.

Community Action

As Liberal Democrats we strive to implement community politics. This is a way of solving political problems that seeks to actively engage and listen to the views of the local community. We seek to set up active community groups to bring people together to solve problems, and where possible to devolve power from central government and local government to local community groups. We are great supporters of localism, devolution and Town and Parish Councils.

Internationalist Liberals

Liberalism is a political and rich philosophical tradition. It has been at the heart of many great reforms in this country. Did you know for instance that it was Liberals who first introduced the State Pension? Or paved the way for the introduction of the NHS through the Beveridge report?

At its core, Liberalism is a belief in freedom, that humanity is at its best when citizens are free. We believe therefore that the freedom of individuals should only be curtailed when it impacts upon others. The great Liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill summed this up in his 'harm principle' which holds that the actions of individuals should only be limited to prevent harm to other individuals.

As Liberals we are internationalists. Our responsibility for justice and liberty cannot be confined by national boundaries; we are committed to fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur and to promote the free movement of ideas, people, goods and services. Setting aside national sovereignty when necessary, we will work with other countries towards an equitable and peaceful international order and a durable system of common security.

Our Vision for Exeter

We seek to create environmentally sound and forward looking local City and County Councils. Councils that embrace technology, free trade and free ideas to deliver services in partnership with the local community. Councils that promote equality, human rights and freedoms, and deliver high-quality value for money services that are democratically controlled by the local community.

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Our Local Party

People who join the Liberal Democrats are members of a national party, within a Federal Structure but also are members of a local party normally where they live. Exeter Liberal Democrats encompasses the parliamentary seat of Exeter.

As a local party we encourage our members and supporters to take part in local party activities be they of a social, political or campaigning nature.

At our Annual General Meeting held normally in December those members present elect an Executive committee; who are responsible for the running of the local party for the following 12 months. Officers are also elected for the forthcoming year. Members of the local party are involved in selecting both parliamentary and local government Liberal Democrat candidates.

As Exeter City Council has a thirds system for electing councillors the local party is campaigning and fighting elections every year. In the fourth year when there are no Exeter City elections the elections take place for Devon County Council.

In 2019 the Liberal Democrat Councillors on Exeter City Council joined with a Green Party councillor and an Independent to form the Progressive Group . This group is led by Liberal Democrat Councillor Kevin Mitchell.

If you would like to know more about Exeter Liberal Democrats please use the 'Contact Us' email reply form.

The 2021 main Officers of Exeter Liberal Democrats are:

Chair

Michael Mitchell Exeter

Cllr Michael Mitchell

Address:
35A Howell Road
Exeter
EX4 4LT

Email:
mike@exeterlibdems.org.uk

Phone:
01392 420342 (landline)

Secretary

Alan Williamson

Treasurer

Cllr. Stella Brock

Stella Brock

Address:
23 Dunsford Road
Exeter
EX4 1LG

Phone:
01392 277317 (landline)

Membership Development Officer

Adrian Fullam

Adrian Fullam

Address:
4 Berkshire Drive
Exeter
EX4 1NE

Email:
adrian@exeterlibdems.org.uk

Phone:
07855 979917 (mobile)

Twitter:
adrianfullam