Victoria Collins with Liberal Democrats fighting to stop downgrade of Poole Hosptial

The Conservative Governments' funding cuts to the NHS have directly led to plans to downgrade Poole Hospital’s “Highly-Rated” A&E services and the closure of the maternity unit in Poole, at a time when have been shown to treat record numbers of patients. This is an absolute travesty, and we must continue to fight to stop that downgrade, protect Poole Hospital and the NHS.

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Lib Dems announce plans to tackle the growing number of long-term empty homes in Poole


The Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.

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Poole Lib Dems at the Final Say March in London



On Saturday 19th October, One Million people marched in London to demand a People’s Vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The Poole Liberal Democrats were there in big numbers to demonstrate our undivided and continuing support for our place in the heart of Europe.

Along with our friends and colleagues in Dorset for Europe, it was an early start on coaches from Poole to London, our presence at the march showed our love for our community, our country and our future.

As the rain started to fall this did not dampen our spirits, we all stood together in Parliament Square anticipating the result of the Letwin Amendment taking place in the Commons only yards away. The scenes outside Parliament were electric after we once again defeated the Government on their extreme hard Brexit position.

The speeches given by the Liberal Democrat MPs were some of the best of the day, with our leader Jo Swinson stealing the show demonstrating the unashamedly Pro – European stance of the Lib Dems what a contrast to that of the Labour Party. Former Leader of Poole Council, Brian Clements started the chanting of “Where’s Jeremy Corbyn”, with the leader of the opposition once more sitting on the fence on the biggest issue of our time. Also, Cllr Millie Earl was there flying the Dorset flag high from Hyde Park to Parliament Square. The Poole Liberal Democrats are proud to be from Dorset, the UK and also Europe.

Our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Victoria Collins stated her strong Pro-European position with the following statement;

“The million people who came together in London to march for a Europe and a People's Vote is incredible. That included many from Poole who travelled together for this momentous occasion. This clearly shows how the public mood has shifted and our place is at the heart of Europe. A recent study showed that Poole would be among the top 30 towns to be most negatively affected by Brexit”.

Victoria added that, “We strongly believe that Poole deserves to thrive and to do so in a thriving Europe”.

All in all, a very successful day, with the PM suffering defeat once again and another extension seeming very likely, we will be ready to march once again for our place in the heart of Europe very soon.

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Tech entrepreneur Victoria Collins selected to fight Poole in General Election


Poole Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce the selection of their new prospective parliamentary candidate, Victoria Collins, to represent them in the next General Election.

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Climate emergency declared by council

The new Unity Alliance in control of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council continued to put its best foot forward last month by declaring a Climate Emergency. It was the first major decision made by the Alliance, which is made up of several political groups - the largest party of which is the Lib Dems.

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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Dorset Police by 5.7% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

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Hospital merger set to be reviewed

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a review into the Dorset CCG’s plans to restructure health services across Dorset. This investigation by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel would include the closure and transfer of A&E services from Poole to Bournemouth hospitals.

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Poole's public toilets to be reopened

One of the first acts of the new Unity Alliance council will be to reverse the hugely unpopular closure of many public toilets in Poole by the previous Conservative administration. This move is part of the council's main aim of balancing services across the three towns to a more equal state following the closure of half of Poole’s public conveniences.

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Brexit would result in a decade lost to political crisis and economic trouble

Three years on since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Liberal Democrats have warned Brexit must be stopped to avoid “a decade lost to political crisis and economic trouble”.

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Foodbank usage in the South West reaches record high as Government cuts support for the poorest households

A record number of people in the South West are being forced to turn to foodbanks, according to figures released today by the Trussell Trust.

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