VIP visit from Baroness Sal Brinton

Posted September 8, 2014

On Friday, I was delighted to welcome Baroness Sal Brinton to Frome. She had kindly offered to visit to help with my campaign and I was delighted to accept. She’s a really nice person (always a good starting point!), but also really interesting. She chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bullying, is a patron of the Red Balloon Learner Centres for severely bullied children, and is an anti-bullying ambassador for the Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Pro. In the recent passage of the Children and Families Bill, she persuaded the Government to amend the definition of bullying in the schools Code ... More

Dodging the juggernauts

Posted September 4, 2014

Over the last few weeks, campaigning for the Frome North county seat, I’ve been to Norton St Philip quite a lot, spending time talk to residents. The two issues that come up every time are overdevelopment and the traffic. I have been staggered that nearly every time I venture onto the High Street that I see enormous juggernauts and people in cars travelling at selfish and appalling speeds. In fact yesterday I had to step back smartly from the edge of the pavement or a commuter in a Mercedes would have knocked me down. Now that could have spoilt my by-election! ... More

Behind the scenes!

Posted September 3, 2014

As a candidate in an election, people know what you’re doing – either knocking on doors or delivering leaflets! But there’s always other admin things to do – in this case a database so I can reply to surveys filled in by local people – so my campaign team got to work creating the database. I just have to compose the letters now! I also had my photo taken with Mollie for use in my leaflet. There was a biscuit being held just behind the camera… ... More

David Heath MP backs Damon

Posted August 29, 2014

“It was thirty years ago that I was first elected to be the County Councillor for Frome North. The division I represented then was a little less spread out that it is now – it didn’t include the villages – but I’ve always felt close attachment to the area, and I’ve tried to keep in touch. Occasionally people are kind enough to remind me of things we got done for them all those years ago. Now Frome North have the opportunity to elect a new representative at a County Hall. Sadly Sam Phripp has had to reign, having done a ... More

Frome North By-Election Candidate

Posted August 28, 2014

I have been chosen as the Liberal Democrat by-election candidate for Frome North due to be held on September 25th. I was very sad to hear that Sam, the previous councillor, had to stand down, I wish him all the best for the future. I am delighted to have been chosen to take over from him on the County Council. I’m looking forward to working with local people to get the best for our area. I won’t make promises I can’t deliver but I promise to make sure our voices are heard in Taunton if I’m elected. I hope ... More

Planning frustration

Posted January 11, 2014

Over the last year I have become increasingly frustrated at the damage being done to our villages by inappropriate housing development that cannot be stopped as Mendip District Council doesn’t have a 5 year housing land supply and Mendip Tories are not being robust enough in preventing the villages being overwhelmed by unsustainable and inappropriate development which will fundamentally alter the character of our villages and towns. And now Mendip Tories are proposing to reduce the size of the planning board which will mean even less chance of protecting our villages. This slow erosion of democracy means even less protection ... More

A Million Jobs …and counting!

Friday, June 28th, 2013 by craigwhittall

Since 2010, more than one million jobs have been created in the private sector. We are proud of the role that the Liberal Democrats have played in directing government investment into job creation and training. We are now focusing our efforts on improving this record and delivering a million more new jobs as we continue to build a stronger economy for the future. Jobs for Young People The coalition government has already delivered 1.2 million apprenticeships for young people since 2010. The Liberal Democrats are now campaigning to double the number of apprenticeships being offered. Jobs in Manufacturing Manufacturing is the key to a sustainable ... More

Laws: More Money for Pupil Premium

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 by craigwhittall

The Coalition Government has today announced how much Pupil Premium money each school in England will receive in 2013/14. The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government. The Pupil Premium will be worth a total of £1.65bn, or £900 per child, in 2013/14. It covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. Commenting, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws said: “Liberal Democrats are building a ... More

Liberal Democrats: Cutting Your Taxes by £600 a Year

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 by aldcadmin

Commenting on the rise in the Income Tax personal allowance announced in the Autumn Statement, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Stephen Williams said: “Liberal Democrats are working for a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone can get on in life. That’s why we are cutting taxes for working people. “Today’s announcement means that by April, Liberal Democrats will have cut your income tax bill by £600 a year. “Liberal Democrats want fairer taxes, which is why we made raising the tax-free allowance our number one priority at the General Election – so important that we put it on the front page ... More

Free Christmas Car Parking

Posted November 27, 2012

From 10 Dec 2012, all Mendip’s car parks will be free from 2pm each day until after christmas, to allow shoppers to spend money locally and help boost town centre trade. The Car Parks will also be free all day on New Years Day. ... More