2019 Local Election Results

On 2nd May the Liberal Democrats were the big winners of the night across the country gaining a phenomenal 704 new seats, our best ever result nationally while the two main parties fell backwards. Here in Mid Dorset & North Poole the story was no different and we have achieved our best ever local election results winning a phenomenal 17 out of 19 Council seats in the constituency. The results were as follows:

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Change UK MEP backs Lib Dems as 'strongest Remain party'

 

Julie Girling, who has served as a South West Member of the European Parliament for the last 10 years, is calling on Remain voters to back the Liberal Democrats in the European elections.

Ms Girling was elected twice to the European Parliament for the Conservatives, before leaving them over Brexit. Ms Girling is widely respected across parties and recently announced that she was not going to be a Change UK candidate for the European Elections.

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The Late Eric Osmond MBE

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our dear friend and colleague Eric Osmond, Town Councillor for Wareham and former Purbeck District Councillor, passed away on 25th April.

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Dorset Council Tax now second highest in country

Despite nationally the Conservative party proclaiming itself to be a low tax party with a commitment to keeping council tax rates as low as possible, locally the reality would appear to be very different. Under the management of the Conservatives, Dorset residents will now be paying the second highest council tax bills in the entire country. The average bill for a Band D property in Dorset is now £2038 beaten into 2nd place by the also Conservative run Rutland.

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Dorset County Council votes against £5 million for children with special needs

When Local Government Reorganisation was first considered, we were told that this was the best approach to cut costs and ensure that future Budgets were secure. Now we have been told that unless we have total reform within two years, Dorset will join the several other Counties that have been declared bankrupt.

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Bearwood's last remaining Post Office counter has closed

The Post Office counter at Bearwood Post Office and General Store on Magna Road closed at the end of January, leaving local residents without a convenient place to access Post Office services. It is understood this is for business reasons. The nearest remaining Post Office counters will be in Kinson or Merley.

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Wimborne Brexitometer outstanding success!

                 

On Friday the 23rd local Liberal Democrats braved Britain's heatwave to engage with the people of Wimborne and seek their views on the current Brexit process. Many of our Councillors, candidates and activists spent several hours in the sweltering sun to discuss the most important national issue with local people.

 

 

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Upton Lib Dems welcome Town Councillor Ryan Holloway to the team

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Ryan, a committed local campaigner, has joined the Upton Focus Team. Ryan was co-opted on to Upton Town Council last year. He is aiming make Upton a better place to live alongside Cllr Fred Drane and Cllr Carol Tilling.

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19% rise in fly-tipping incidents

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Latest statistics show that Dorset is one of the worst counties for acts of illegal fly-tipping.

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Alex Brenton pays tribute to local campaigner John Phelps

John Wintour Phelps was one of those people who was interested in everything and had an opinion about most of it.

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