Dorset Council faces legal challenge if it fails to act on Climate Change

Dorset Council has been informed that it could face legal action by the end of October, if it does not present any meaningful plans for reducing carbon emissions by the end of October. This is widely regarded as an attempt to hold to the council to the pledge it made when it passed a Climate Emergency motion a few months ago.

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Caroline Voaden MEP visits Mid Dorset & North Poole

Earlier this week, Caroline Voaden MEP paid a visit to Poole and Wimborne as part of her working tour of the South West constituency she was elected to represent in the European Parliament in May. Together with Vikki Slade, PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole, Caroline visited local businesses who held concerns over the future of Brexit.

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Concerns raised over "psychological wellbeing" of Dorset Police Officers

The Chair of the Dorset Police Federation, Anna Harvey has expressed concerns over the "psychological wellbeing" of the County's officers. "Our demands have increased whilst officer numbers have reduced, therefore officers are really struggling to cope with the impact of this, we are also increasingly filling in the gaps for the other services, such as social services, mental health and the ambulance service." This follows revelations last year that there had been a 40 per cent increase in the number of officers seeking help for psychological problems

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Unity Alliance continues to put best foot forward


Last week the new Unity Alliance in control of Bournemouth, Christchruch and Poole Council continued to put its best foot forward. Following the popular decision to begin reopening public toilets in Poole that were closed by the Conservatives, by unanimously passing a motion in support of child refugees and by declaring a climate emergency.

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Hospital merger to be reviewed

Last week Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered a review into the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's plans to restructure health services across Dorset. This investigation by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel would include the closure and transfer of A&E services from Poole to Bournemouth hospitals.

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Poole public toilets to be re-opened by Unity Alliance

One of the first acts in power of the new Unity Alliance Council will be to reverse the hugely unpopular closure of many public toilets in Poole by the previous Conservative administration. This move is part of the Council's main aim of balancing services across the three towns to a more equal state following the closure of half the town's public conveniences.

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Vikki Slade becomes leader of new BCP Council

Yesterday evening at the first formal meeting of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, an alliance of Lib Dem, Poole People, Labour, Green and Independent councillors voted together to make Vikki Slade the first ever leader of the brand new authority. 

 

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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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