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Meet David Beavan our Parliamentary Candidate

November 2, 2019 12:23 PM

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David Beavan has been selected as the new Liberal Democrat PPC for South Suffolk, following Ross Henley's decision to step down for personal reasons.
David is a well-known figure in East Suffolk and is the respected councillor for Southwold. He is an experienced campaigner who has successfully fought for the interests of his local communities and will do the same for South Suffolk.
David grew up in North Hertfordshire where he farmed and became only the second grower in the country to supply organic vegetables to supermarkets. He stood for the SDP in Waveney in 1987 gaining the best third party vote ever. Afterwards he moved to Southwold when his wife suddenly died and he had to look after two young children.
He combined water sports instruction with lecturing and teaching until he became a professional sail training skipper in the 1990's, restoring a 127 year old racing boat and taking underprivileged young people to sea from Lowestoft.
He won the safe Conservative council seat of Southwold for the Liberal Democrats in July 2018 with 70% of the vote and he was re-elected last May with 80% support, the highest personal vote in East Suffolk.
Last year, he successfully persuaded the Government to look at a loophole which allows second home owners to get away without paying either council tax or rates.
He lives with his partner Pamela. His son Jake works for Citizens Advice as a policy adviser and lives in Dedham with a French wife and two boys. His daughter Emily is a high-flying architect in London. David has helped run Southwold Rugby Club for 20 years and has returned from supporting England at the Rugby World Cup in Japan

  • Article: Nov 29, 2019


    The well respected Institute of Fiscal Studies has reviewed all the party manifestos and that was its main conclusion when looking at the Conservative and Labour offers

    They went on to say "If you think things are pretty much OK as they are, then you will like the Conservatives' proposals for tax and spend. If you want big increases in taxation and spending then Labour and the Liberal Democrats have plenty to offer," the IFS said. Outside health spending on public services will still be 14% (1/7th) lower in 2023/4 than in 2010/11 if the Conseratives stay in power.

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    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Leaked documents from the US-UK trade deal talks reveal that US negotiators offered PR advice to their UK counterparts on how to sell the controversial practice of chlorine-washing chickens to UK consumers and the British media.

    The document show that in November 2017 the US team agreed to share their "public lines" on chlorine-washed chicken to help "inform the media narrative".
    The leaked documents also show that US negotiators had 'the most angst' about EU limits to the use of chemicals in food production, trying to persuade the UK to change seek a clean break from EU rules that protect UK consumers by maintaining high standards in farms and the food industry across the UK.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    A Liberal Democrats Government would increase the minimum wage by 20 per cent for zero-hour contract employees and introduce a raft of policies to create a working environment that protects employees.

    The new, higher minimum wage for those on zero-hours contracts will seek to compensate workers for the uncertainty of fluctuating incomes.

    As part of their plan for the future of work, the Liberal Democrats will also promise to establish a new 'dependent contractor' employment status for workers tied to one employer, which enshrines rights such as minimum earnings, sick pay and holiday entitlement.

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    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of policies as part of a radical plan to end the UK's addiction to plastic.

    • These policies include:
      Requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use
      Implementing a deposit return scheme
      Ending plastic exports abroad by 2030
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    Article: Nov 26, 2019

    When the pictures of the designated Brexit Party candidate campaigning for the Conservatives appeared yesterday it was a shock. After all only three years ago t Cartlidge was campaigning for Remain, providing window posters to our village and publicly saying how much damage leaving the EU would do to the local economy. And that was in the days we were told a comprehensive free trade deal would be easy to negotiate

  • tt
    Article: Nov 26, 2019

    You may not have spotted it but a number of prominent Labour supporters have come out and advocated a vote for the Liberal Democrats


    Tony Blair yesterday advocated voting tactically to stop the election of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs

    And Alistair Campbell was out campaigning for Lucinda Berger


    He tweeted athttps://twitter.com/campbellclaret/status/1198613073608814593?s=20

  • key
    Article: Nov 23, 2019

    Our plan is to build at least 100,000 homes for social rent each year and ensure that total housebuilding increases to 300,000 each year.
    We promise that new houses will meet zero-carbon standards and it will devolve full control of Right to Buy to local councils.

    The manifesto reads: "People are struggling to afford good homes in in the right location: house prices are too high and the possibility of owning a home seems remote for many people; the private rental market is expensive and insecure; and there are not enough homes for social rent to meet demand.
    "We need to build 300,000 homes per year just to meet current demand, but are barely building half that amount.
    "The Conservatives, looking back to the 1980s, have tried to solve the problem of unaffordable homes by extending Right to Buy, but that has only served to deplete stock and deepen the crisis in social housing.

  • js2
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Our full Plan for the Future has been announced with the publishing of our Manifesto for the coming General Election
    This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.
    That starts with stopping Brexit.

    Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.
    Our politics has been dominated by the two, tired old parties for too long. This election provides an opportunity to change the future of our country.
    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

  • sc
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    Today, the Liberal Democrats announced plans to spend £10 billion more a year on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    A Liberal Democrat government will reverse frontline school cuts since 2015 with an emergency cash injection of £4.6 billion next year

    By 2024/25, the party will spend £10.6 billion more on schools than in 2019/20. This is more than the Conservatives have offered in every year of the Parliament.
    Liberal Democrats will use this money to boost teaching numbers by 20,000 over five years. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.

  • nhs
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today set out their plans to protect the NHS, by stopping Brexit and investing an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.


    The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax. On top of this, the party has announced a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st Century.