Across County Durham, Liberal Democrats are winning elections with some remarkable swings.
In the once Hard-Labour town of Shildon our candidate Garry Huntington swept to victory with almost 1257 votes compared to just 682 for the local Labour candidate in last years By-Election.
In February 2020, our County Council candidate for North Aycliffe and Middridge, Michael Stead won a stunning by-election victory in the Woodham ward with nearly 80% of the vote, leaving Independent and Labour miles behind. The Tories didn’t even have a candidate.
This was one of the last elections before lockdown.
Across the County we are determined to win more seats. Come and join us and help us change our county for the better.
A few months ago Lib Dem councillors tried to make sure that Durham County Council would meet the challenge of Climate Change. Sadly a Labour Party motion changed the deadline for the Council to meet climate change targets to 2050 from the 2030 being introduced across the Country by almost all other councils.
Durham Labour have let down our county and should be ashamed. Protesters at the end of the meeting made their feelings known very loudly. Lib Dems tabled an amendment to the motion seeking to change it back to the 2030 target.
Lib Dem group leader Amanda Hopgood comments, “Durham isn’t in a bubble unaffected by climate change. We don’t have static CO2. “County Durham should be leading the way on this issue, just as Lib Dems did when getting the Council to scrap single-use plastics.”
Chairman of Central Durham Lib Dems, Edwin Simpson says, “Being carbon neutral can save money as we find new ways to do things, cut waste and make County Durham a better place to live and work in.” Cllr Amanda Hopgood, parliamentary campaigner adds, “We have stunning countryside, wonderful communities and a World Heritage city. “Across the whole of the County, much more could be done with more Liberal Democrat MP’s and councillors.”
Nationally and locally it is the Liberal Democrats leading the fight against climate change.
Across County Durham people are joining the Lib Dems because they see us as the only opposition to an out of control local Labour Party. We are the official opposition party on Durham County Council, leading the fight against Labour.
Residents are signing up, helping deliver leaflets, and agreeing to stand for election in their area.
So many people are angry at the way Labour is running County Durham. When Lib Dems uncovered a £12600 a year taxpayer-funded payment to the Labour chair and vice-chair for clothes it hit the national press. We got it scrapped.
When Labour shut the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Lib Dem councillors led the political fight-back alongside furious residents. And Lib Dems have led the fight against a new £50 million taxpayer funded Council Palace.
You can now join the Lib Dems for just £1 a month. Visit www.libdems.org.uk
Local Lib Dems are continuing their fight to protect our open spaces and environmental gems.
The County Council’s plans to rip apart Kepier Woods have been resoundingly rejected by local residents.
Whilst there is some support for a new road, the route proposed will lead to serious damage to the Wear Valley.
Lib Dem parish councillor Mick Watson (left in pic) with campaigners Gail Robinson (right) and Dawn Watson (centre), two of the many residents involved in the battle to stop Labour damaging the lungs of our World Heritage city.
Cllr Watson says, “The County Plan will soon have its day in public and we are working hard with everyone who is interested to stop this damaging proposal.”
Lib Dems have repeatedly called for a proper analysis of all possible routes for a new road as well as other options which might be available. Whether it’s road routes or it’s crazy new HQ plans, Lib Dems are the only party fighting Labour’s damaging proposals around Durham City.