Parliament gagged on International Aid cuts

This week Parliament was denied its voice by first the Speaker and then the Prime Minister. He faced a rebellion of his own MPs over the cut to foreign aid from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5%, led and supported by a former PM in Theresa May and several former Cabinet members and Ministers such as David Davis and Andrew Mitchell and even some of our local MPs. But no vote was allowed to take place.


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Bearwood & Merley Councillors' response to traveller site application.


Your three ward Councillors have recently learned of the planning application APP/21/00503/F for a "gypsy / traveller transit site" on Magna Road and we have met near this site to discuss the application. A number of local residents in Canford Paddock and across Bearwood have already commented on this proposal and we would encourage you all to go online and add your comments for the Planning Officer to consider.

You can comment by following this link: click here



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MDNP Lib Dems pay tribute to "trailblazing" Shirley Williams


Baroness Shirley Williams
27.07.30 – 12.04.21

Daughter of Vera Brittain (author of A Testament to Youth) and George Caitlin, Shirley held many positions over her life time including: MP, Cabinet Minister, a member of the Gang of Four who founded a new political party - the SDP, President of the SDP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, a Professorship at Harvard University and much more.

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Decision Due on Bearwood development

Two large developments in Bearwood and Merley are likely to go to the BCP Planning Committee this spring. These sites were taken out of the greenbelt by the former Conservative led Poole Council.

The first one is likely to be the application to build 695 new houses on land north of Magna Road and Knighton Lane known as UE2, or Canford Park, application number APP/19/00237/P. It will be going before committee on the 18th of March. (This application should not be confused with the Canford Paddock development which is already under construction.)


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Dorset Local Plan now out for public consultation

Dorset Council’s Local Plan began its public consultation period last week and residents are now able to make their voices heard. Once public consultation is complete and this Local Plan is published later in the year, following further consultation and pending its approval, it will form the basis for all housebuilding and development in the Dorset Council area until the year 2038. The plan proposes what areas are the most suitable for development over the next two decades, contains detailed policies to promote high quality development and aims to keep with the character of each area. 

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Local planning area committees for Poole and Christchurch blocked by Bournemouth Conservatives

Late Tuesday night, Conservative Councillors voted against exploring setting up three area planning committees for the three areas of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch with a central board for strategic applications to replace the current, unwieldy single committee of 15 members for the whole conurbation. The move would have given greater levels of control over local planning decisions to councillors from these immediate area rather than keeping all decisions within Bournemouth town hall by councillors who have nothing to do with your area of the BCP conurbation. Almost all the votes in favour of the amendment came from Poole and Christchurch councillors whereas Bournemouth tories voted to keep planning decisions  in their hands. 

The Lib Dem led Unity Alliance administration asked the Audit and Governance committee to consider this change to the constitution in early 2020 to bring it into line with other large unitary councils like Wiltshire, Dorset and Bristol, and ensure that residents are served by smaller, localised committees of councillors with more relevant local knowledge.

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A massive thank you from all of us

Residents across North Poole have supported our councillors over the last few weeks in making sure that local children don’t suffer.

At half term, a pop up pantry was set up in the Broadstone Liberal Hall and residents filled the space with food and essentials to get through a week without Free School Meals.  Charities, social workers and community groups referred families to the pantry and we delivered parcels around Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.

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Dorset and BCP to remain in Tier 2

In an address to parliament today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave an update to the House of Commons of coronavirus tier restrictions, in the run up to Christmas many authorities will be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 in the South and East of England. However, very few areas will be moving in the opposite direction. Despite a significant decline in case rates Dorset & Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils will be remaining in Tier 2.

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Lib Dems force Dorset Council into parking charges U-turn

Plans to extend the period in which car parking charges apply past 6pm until 8pm have been dropped by the Conservative Dorset council administration. Local Lib Dem councillors across Dorset joined with residents to oppose a move. Local businesses and organisations feared that the extended charges would be the final nail in the coffin for retail and hospitality on many of our high street. Sadly the planned changes to introduce Sunday charges in many place for the first time are still to go ahead.

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Not so "Global Britain"

Whilst the announcement that the Government was rolling back on its legal commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income (GNI) on International Aid was expected, it is still incredibly disappointing that the Conservatives are content to break a manifesto – and more importantly and moral – promise to the people of the UK and the developing world.

With a shrinking economy, the Foreign Secretary had already withdrawn funding from almost £3b worth of projects to concentrate on the ’40 most vulnerable countries’ in July following the decision to scrap the Department for International Development (DFiD) earlier in the year.

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