The Liberal Democrats have announced a plan which will plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in our first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.
The tax would raise £6bn nationally and this means additional £50 million for Somerset alone, with £40 million for our NHS and £10 million for social care.
£1 billion of this extra money would be dedicated funding for mental health services.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and our first major policy announcement ahead of the election. Its not just throwing cash at the NHS and hoping for the best either. Our manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services.
This is already proven to be a very popular policy, at least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.
"Our fab Doctors and nurses are working flat out, but without proper funding and a plan our NHS is at real risk.
Right now in Somerset we are seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.
The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.Read more
Former Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt has been re-selected to contest the next General Election here in Somerset and has her ‘sights firmly set on a return to Westminster’.
“I’m delighted to have been re-selected as Parliamentary Candidate for the Wells Constituency, my family home. I loved serving Somerset and I’m proud of what I achieved for our area and the country, from establishing the Inquiry into child sex abuse cover ups to voting against fracking. Being an MP is an absolute honour. It’s also an unique opportunity to get things done and there’s so much more I want to achieve”.
“With our political system in chaos, the need for positive, strong and independent-minded voices in politics is greater than ever, I will provide just that."
Alan Gloak, local Party Chair, said:
“I am over the moon that Wells Liberal Democrats have chosen Tessa Munt as their candidate. Tessa did a fantastic job for us as our MP from 2010 to 2015. I have no doubt that she will campaign energetically across Wells and take up the issues that matter in the city and shire.”
Paddy Ashdown said:
“I was thrilled but not surprised, to learn that Wells Liberal Democrats have re-selected Tessa to contest the next election."
"With ‘Tessa the firebrand’ as MP, local people got the best of both worlds: a truly local MP who ran a record 700 advice surgeries and a provided a strong voice in Westminster asking difficult questions, standing up for Somerset and more often than not, getting results against the odds."
"I can’t wait to see Tessa back in Parliament."
19th July 2016
Post Office Ltd has finally told us that it can't make a decision on where its base in Wedmore is going to be.
1. Post Office Ltd knows that well over 1,000 locals didn't like its plans. It still thinks it knows what's best for Wedmore. So much for "consultation".
2. Sophie & Mark at the Village Stores have withdrawn their application to host the Post Office.
3. The Wedmore branch will stay open and where it is only until Post Office Ltd finds somewhere else to put it. And it's looking hard to find somewhere.
4. Post Office Ltd really doesn't 'get' rural life and rural communities. It's studiously ignoring most of the points raised by locals.
5. A rural Post Office isn't a viable business in its own right, so it has to piggy-back onto other traders to exist at all.
6. Post Office's business case hasn't persuaded Richard Helps, Wedmore's Postmaster, that the 'merits' of its 'Local' model are good enough for him to take it on in Wedmore, so we're back exactly where we started 2.5 years ago.
7. Whatever Post Office Ltd thinks it's going to do, it is obliged to "consult" us again before it re-locates the service.
19th July 2016