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  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: Jun 9, 2017

    Lynne Beaumont has thanked voters across Folkestone and Hythe for their support in the General Election. Locally Damian Collins retained the seat for the Conservatives and Labour were second, with Lynne Beaumont moving from 4th in 2015 to take 3rd this time around.

    Nationally the Conservatives lost their majority in a snap election called by Theresa May to increase her majority in a call that seems to have competely backfired, with calls for her resignation coming from within and outside her Party. Full results by consistituency are available here.

  • J12 M20 Cheriton Interchange (Screenshot from Google Maps under Fair Use https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/help/terms_maps.html)
    Article: Jun 9, 2017

    A neighbour got in touch recently to mention that their are a number of streetlights that are out on the slip roads / roundabout at the Cheriton J12 M20 junction.

    Essentially, the lights on the M20 and slip roads are the responsibility of Highways England, and those on the roundabout those of Kent Highways. I've contacted both, and have had the below response from Highways England today, saying they should be fixing at least some of the slip road lights on Monday. Progress I hope!

  • Folkestone Charivari Festival 2017 Poster
    Article: Jun 7, 2017

    Charivari Day comes of age this year, as this is the 21st carnival, and will take place on Saturday 8th July.

    To celebrate the Charivari organisers Strange Cargo are partnering with the 2017 Folkestone Triennial and all the costumes in the parade will be inspired by the Triennial theme double edge. So as the parade makes its noisy way through Folkestone, pay careful attention to the hundreds of colourful costumes, because amidst the miles of floating ribbon and the sea of glitter, there are glimpses of what to look out for when the Triennial artworks are unveiled on 2nd September… there will be an array of extraordinary hybrid carnival sculptures that have been inspired by the double edge idea of bringing two objects to make something new. See what you can spot!.

  • Lynne Beaumont 2017 General Election Campaign Poster
    Article: Jun 7, 2017

    Lynne Beaumont and the Liberal Democrats will fight for local services

    Our local schools are losing millions under the Tories. Our NHS is creaking, with GP services in Folkestone closing their doors, threatened cuts to hospital services in East Kent and lengthening waiting lists.

    Lynne backs the Lib Dem plan to save the NHS by putting a penny in the pound on income tax to:

  • Theresa May & Co
    Article: Jun 2, 2017

    A mock estate agency called "Theresa May and Co" has been launched by the Liberal Democrats today attacking Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

    The Conservative policy would force the sale of family homes to fund care for elderly and vulnerable relatives.

    The party has estimated that the Dementia Tax would cost £125,884, for someone receiving ten years of care living in an average-priced home in Folkestone and Hythe.

  • Stop the Squeeze logo
    Article: Jun 1, 2017
    By Lynne Beaumont, Liberal Democrat candidate fior Folkestone and Hythe

    We've got to stop the squeeze on our public services.

    Every week now, we're hearing more and more alarming news about our NHS, social care, schools and other key public services. They've been squeezed too far. If we don't act soon, they will collapse.

    I fear for the future of our NHS and schools if Theresa May's Conservatives are elected with a huge majority. Big majorities tend to lead to big mistakes. And those 'big mistakes' are likely to include choosing the most damaging form of Brexit, and allowing forces in her Party to crush our NHS, our schools and our other public services like local policing. Even people who are natural Conservatives don't want that.

  • Providence Inne, Sandgate
    Event: Jul 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    The Providence Inne, 47-49 Sandgate High St, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3AH

    A regular meet-up on the first Wednesday of every morth for Liberal Democrat members, supporters and the Lib Dem curious in the Shepway area!

    Simply come along for a social drink and a chat: no speeches, no leaflet delivery. It's a "buy your own" event (sorry!) but come along and say hello to our Councillors, campaigners, members and friends.

  • Vote change in Shepway from May 2015 to May 2017
    Article: May 31, 2017

    Lots of people in Folkestone & Hythe say:

    "It's so Tory here that we'll never beat them."

    BUT the Tory vote in the last three General Elections has been pretty constant at 26,000.

    • In 2015, more than 28,000 registered voters here chose not to vote;
    • In 2010, it was more than 24,000;
    • In 2005, it was nearly 22,000.

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