MDNP Lib Dems welcome latest government U-turn on free school meals

BCP Liberal Democrats are ecstatic at the news that the government has once again been forced to U-turn on its controversial decision not to provide support to vulnerable children on free school meals over the holidays. There had been a previous U-turn on the issue over the summer but the Conservatives had dug their heels in prior to half-term and refused to extend the support scheme. The announcement came shortly after Joe Biden was declared President-elect, a good day for any government to bury embarrassing news.

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Vikki Slade calls on council to support local children

"I have been deeply saddened to read some of the comments aimed at families whose children receive Free School Meals. The suggestion that "they had them they should feed them" is simplistic, generalising and unfair. Even if true, it should never be for a child to pay the price for decisions made by their parents.
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It's time to rethink Navitus Bay

We live in a period of unparalleled uncertainty, the pandemic has shattered the established status quo around our lives, the way we work, the way we move, the way we think. The economic crisis that has followed has robbed many of their livelihoods and destroyed thousands of jobs that will never return. The climate crisis has seen the hottest ever Septembers for consecutive years. The future has never been so uncertain, but one thing is- the decision on Navitus Bay was wrong.

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New BCP Council Leader breaks first promise on the night he is elected

Last night Conservative Councillor Drew Mellor was elected the new leader of BCP Council, last night he also broke his first promise to his colleagues and residents. Despite a new commitment to "listen", an alliance between the Conservatives and some of the Independents, took away many councillors right to speak in support of the Unity Alliance’s candidate for Leader, Cllr Vikki Slade. A handful of councillors had spoken when, in a highly cynical move an independent councillor proposed that “the vote now be put”, supported by the Conservatives. This put an end to the debate, and brought forward the leadership vote sadly, Vikki was defeated so the council now has a new leader and a Conservative administration despite only getting 28% of the public vote in the 2019 election.

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A sad night for democracy

A little over sixteen months ago, residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole did something different; they voted for change. Three councils all with massive Conservative majorities became one, but voters tired of the non-transparent and uncaring style of local politics voted against exactly that. Despite winning almost half the seats, only 28% of voters across all three towns placed their trust in the Conservatives.

Out of this was born the Unity Alliance, an administration representing a range of views from different parties and various independents, led by Liberal Democrat Vikki Slade but united in one goal - providing the best possible services for local residents. Though its majority was always slim, the new council represented almost 2/3rds of votes cast in local elections and proved to be more open, cooperative, transparent and effective than any that had come before.

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Congratulations Sir Ed!

Mid Dorset and North Poole Lib Dems would like to wish Sir Ed Davey congratulations on his election as Leader today!

Ed has been acting leader since the end of last year, and has now been confirmed as the member’s chosen leader after a delayed but well fought campaign against fellow MP Layla Moran.

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Local Councillor Pete Parrish sadly passes away

It is with great sadness that Mid Dorset & North Poole Liberal Democrats must announce the passing of Cllr Pete Parrish yesterday. His death will be mourned by his colleagues, his family and his friends.

Although Pete had only been a councillor since May 2019, he had been a member of our team for much longer, and was involved in many community activities and events. We are all feeling shocked at this incredibly sad news and I have passed our condolences to his wife Tan and family. Whilst only a councillor for a short term Pete served his community with dedication for as a Canford Heath representative and on the Council’s licensing committee.

Sandra Moore, his ward colleague added “Pete will be sadly missed by his friends and colleagues in Canford Heath. He was well known for his litter picking skills and loved chatting to residents afterwards over a cup of tea. My heart goes out to his wife and family.


Corfe Mullen Speedwatch set to reconvene

The Corfe Mullen Community Speedwatch team are set to reconvene in the near future! Following a period of calm on Corfe Mullen’s roads, it is clear that traffic is once again returning to our roads and some are using these quieter times as an opportunity to speed. Therefore as the team are all fit, rested and raring to go, we think it’s a fantastic idea to get back out there and remind residents that we are still around, and so are the speed limits!

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No confidence motion against BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade FAILS

As many of you will have known, last night Vikki and the Unity Alliance faced their greatest challenge yet. In the wake of the of the tragic death of UA member Cllr Colin Bungey, and the pandemic that prevent a by-election of his successor, the Conservatives tried to exploit the situation to take power. Conservative Leader Drew Mellor had written not one but two letters, explicitly stating that he would not call a vote of no confidence to exploit a death and a national crisis for his own gain. Sadly, he changed his mind. The move was met with widespread outrage among both the Alliance and the public, nobody could believe that this was the right time for such a move and its destabilising effects. We have been so overcome with support from members, supporters and residents who simply just like the way the UA proves open, transparent and cooperative politics works for all. We cannot thank you enough, whether you signed the petition, emailed your councillor, wrote to the echo or just simply liked and shared things on social media you played a crucial role.

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Merley councillors celebrate opening of new Merley zebra crossing


Bearwood & Merley councillors, David Brown, Richard Burton and Marcus Andrews were pleased to celebrate the opening of the new Merley Lane zebra crossing, with an attempted recreation of the famous Abbey Road photo. All three were very pleased to see the necessary improvement finally being made, almost one year on from their election as local councillors to BCP.

Residents are glad that their concerns over the safety of the old crossing are finally being acted on and children at Merley First School can walk to and from home safely. It is also of huge benefit to the vulnerable and elderly residents of Selkirk Close who will be able to visit the Harvey Practice and Oakley shops more safely at all. The improvements were funded entirely by a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) bid and were therefore entirely free of taxpayer funding!