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Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats

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  • Police car (By Oxyman (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 1, 2017

    The Safer Neighbourhood Teams of Suffolk Police continue to provide monthly newsletters, giving a breakdown of crimes reported each month, and of police priorities and activities in individual areas. Their website offers landing pages giving access to the individual areas:

  • Suffolk conversation topics
    Article: Jun 28, 2017

    Suffolk County Council is proposing to make changes to services for people with learning disabilities, based on feedback received from the community. These changes cover areas such as:

    • planned supported breaks
    • urgent respite
    • day, evening and weekend activities
    • short-term enablement and drop-in support service
    • the Suffolk Befriending Scheme grant
  • James Sandbach - best choice for Suffolk Coastal
    Article: Jun 1, 2017

    James Sandbach says:

    "I live in Saxmundham in the heart of Suffolk Coastal Constituency with my wife Julia, and I am a Town Councillor here so am familiar with local issues and concerns.

    "I'm particularly concerned about the threat to our schools from Conservative funding cuts and the ending of free meals, which help children's educational performance.

    "I work in the charity sector and want to bring my experience from this and voluntary work to support Suffolk Coastal by campaigning in Parliament for better broadband in rural areas, improved transport links and to confront our pressing environmental challenges. Having worked with disability, mental health, homelesness and legal advice charities, I am keenly aware of housing issues, the hidden problems of rural poverty, and the lack of advice and legal support when things go wrong in peoples' lives.

    "The Liberal Democrats will put an end to rough sleeping and set up a government commissioning programme to build new homes. We will make mental health a priority for the NHS.

    "I want the next generation to have the opportunities I had and be able to live, travel, work and study without hindrance across the EU. I will challenge hard brexit at every opportunity. I want a country that is Open, Tolerant and United."

  • James Sandbach
    Article: May 17, 2017
    I'm a Liberal Democrat because we're a Party that puts "community politics" first. As a Town Councillor in Saxmundham, I've become very familiar with local issues that I'd like to take to Westminster, including:
    • addressing the problem of hidden rural poverty
    • improving rail and road transport links, broadband speeds and mobile networks coverage
    • getting a better deal for rural local government and public services
    • restraining Sizewell
  • Aidan Van de Weyer
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Liberal Democrat members and supporters met at Henley on Tuesday evening to adopt Aidan Van de Weyer as Central Suffolk & North Ipswich Coastal parliamentary candidate for the General Election on 8th June.

    Aidan is a leading campaigner on rural transport issues, especially bus services and active modes such as cycling. He helped retain the main regular bus route for his villages and has been instrumental in successfully building up a network of rural cycle routes. He has worked on putting in place protections for some of the most important green spaces in Cambridgeshire, including an historic nature reserve and one of the largest village greens in the country. Alongside an active role in local politics, he works as a business and IT consultant for small companies.

  • Suffolk Coastal parliamentary candidate James Sandbach with wife Julia McLean (left) and Baroness Ros Scott (centre)
    Article: May 8, 2017

    Liberal Democrat members and supporters met on Sunday in Kelsale to adopt James Sandbach as Suffolk Coastal parliamentary candidate for the General Election on 8 June. James has both a national profile as a social justice campaigner, and a local profile as a Saxmundham Town Councillor. He stood for the Liberal Democrats for Suffolk Coastal in 2015.

  • By-election celebration
    Article: May 6, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are delighted that Caroline Page has been re-elected as County Councillor for Woodbridge electoral division. Caroline is an extremely hard-working and dedicated County Councillor, and it is a pleasure to see that the residents of Woodbridge recognise her commitment. Not only has Caroline been re-elected, but she actually increased her majority by a substantial margin, gaining more than half of all votes cast in the division. Good news for the Liberal Democrats -- and good news for the people of Woodbridge.

  • Kit Twinch, Lib Dem candidate for Wickham Electoral Division 2017
    Article: May 2, 2017

    Kit writes: "Many thanks to all of the people whom I have met during my campaign to become County Councillor for the Wickham electoral division, and especially to those of you who have helped and offered support. It has been great to meet so many local residents, and to share ideas on what we all want for Suffolk. You've been generous with your time and your opinions, and I really appreciate that. Of course, it has not all been smooth sailing, and not all faces on the doorstep have been as friendly as I would have liked. But the bumps in the road (or should I say potholes) have all been part of my learning journey - and we Liberal Democrats are experts at dealing with potholes! I have been very encouraged by the positive reaction we have received when out and about in Wickham division. It's not long to go now before election day. Please don't forget to vote (if you are not a postal voter who has efficiently cast your vote already). Thank you for your support."