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About Lynne Beaumont

Lynne Beaumont was the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Folkestone and Hythe for the 2015 General Election.

Lynne Beaumont and Danny AlexanderLynne has lived, worked and campaigned here for 30 years. She has lived in Folkestone, Hythe and the Elham Valley and raised her children here, and is delighted that her grandchildren are also now growing up here.

Lynne has been a Councillor in Shepway for over 10 years, and a School Governor for 12 years before that. Lynne fought and won by-elections to return to Shepway District Council and Folkestone Town Council in November 2012, overturning large Conservative majorities to take the seats.

A nationally renowned campaigner, Lynne helped lead the FairerFuelUK campaign against rises in fuel duty costs and has been a key part of the Gurkha justice campaign since its inception.

Lynne believes that our next MP should be dedicated to our area full time. Fighting for local services. Working with local people and local councils to deliver for the area. Standing up for what local people want - not blindly following a Party line.

Lynne Beaumont with Folkestone and Hythe MP recognition surveyPopular Local Campaigner Lynne stood for the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone and Hythe in the 2010 General Election, coming a very clear second to the Conservatives, miles ahead of Labour, the Green Party and UKIP. Lynne says:

"For the past 5 years, we have had an MP nobody seems to know. Surveys show 7 out of 10 residents do not even recognise him!

"I have spoken to so many people who ask me 'where is our MP?'. Even the local press call him 'Desperate Damo'.

"Voting Tory means you will get more of the same from your absent, quiet MP, and for most people, that's nothing."

More from Lynne Beaumont

  • Lynne Beaumont at Royal Victoria Hospital
    Article: May 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced an investment of an extra £6bn a year in our NHS & Social Care system.

    This new funding will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax. This funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found.

  • Stop the Squeeze logo
    Article: May 16, 2017

    Schools across Folkestone and Hythe are facing slashed funding over the next few years.

    The Conservatives' new funding formula for schools will take money from many of our local schools. Over the next few years, that means a loss to our local schools:

    • Folkestone Academy: -£1,435,809
    • Folkestone School for Girls: -£701,328
    • Brockhill Park PA College: -£562,403
    • The Harvey Grammar: -£405,206
    • The Marsh Academy: -£320,948
  • Lynne Beaumont 2017 General Election Campaign Poster
    Article: May 12, 2017

    With the General Election fast approaching on 8th June, are YOU looking for a way of showing your support for Lynne Beaumont's campaign? Thinking about putting up a window poster, but actually want something with a bit more IMPACT? Have we got just the thing for YOU!

    You can show your support for Lynne Beaumont and the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone and Hythe by agreeing to have a garden poster for the campaign. The Liberal Democrats will erect the poster on your behalf and take it away after the election.

  • Lynne Beaumont 2017 General Election Campaign Poster
    Article: May 9, 2017

    Lynne Beaumont has today become the nominated Liberal Democrat candidate for Folkestone & Hythe at the June General Election.

    Lynne Beaumont was the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Folkestone and Hythe for the 2010 and 2015 General Elections. Lynne has lived, worked and campaigned here for 30 years. She has lived in Folkestone, Hythe and the Elham Valley and raised her children here, and is delighted that her grandchildren are also now growing up here.

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: May 8, 2017

    Nearly 28,000 pensioners living in Folkestone and Hythe will receive at least £772 extra per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

    At 27,730, Folkestone and Hythe has one of the highest numbers of people receiving state pensions in the country, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics, which puts it 20th out of the country's 635 constituencies.

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: May 1, 2017

    Lib Dem campaigner Lynne Beaumont has pledged to stand up for Shepway's Schools on Kent County Council.
    Having been a school Governor and had her children, grandchildren and foster children taught in Shepway Schools, Lynne knows the issues well! She says:
    "Shepway already has a real problem with a shortage of school places, and the crunch is coming.
    "We will fight to see early details of the new primary and secondary school places that our area desperately needs. There must also be real consultation on the types of school that are opened.
    "We will stand up against the forced academisation of our schools - it should be THEIR choice, no-one elses. We will fight for a proper funding deal for Kent schools from the Government."

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Apr 4, 2017

    The Shepway Liberal Democrats have nominated candidates for all six of the Shepway divisions for the 4th May 2017 elections to Kent County Council. Nominations were submitted and accepted on Friday 31st March.

    Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East candidate Tim Prater is looking forward to the election campaign. He commented:

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: Mar 14, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised Damian Collins for voting against the right of thousands of EU nationals in Folkestone and Hythe to stay last night, as a majority of MPs gave the final go-ahead to a hard Brexit.

    There are 4,123 residents from elsewhere in the EU living in Folkestone and Hythe.

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called on Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins to ensure thousands EU nationals living in Kent are guaranteed the right to remain in Britain, as figures have revealed the extent to which local NHS services rely on EU nationals.

    The news comes after the government was defeated in a historic vote in the House of Lords this week, after peers voted for an amendment to guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK. The issue will now be voted on by MPs, as pressure mounts on the government to change position.

  • GRAPH: net council gains/losses between 6th May and December 15th 2016
    Article: Dec 16, 2016

    The Conservatives lost every single Council seat they were defending in local-by elections last night, including 3 seats to the Liberal Democrats in the South-West, all areas that had voted Leave in the EU referendum.

    Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman Lynne Beaumont welcomed the results.