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  • Vilnis Vesma
    Article: Jul 3, 2020
    By Andrew Cooley

    District Councillor for Newent, Vilnis Vesma, was elected as chair of the Forest of Dean Council's Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee by an overwhelming majority at the the Council's recent AGM.

    Cllr. Gill Moseley writes, "This was just five days after the date one year ago when (with help from many local Lib Dem party members here) we broke the four year Lib Dem vacuum on the District Council in a delayed election. There are just two of us Lib Dems in a 38 strong council, so this shows that we are making our mark."

    "FODDC has a Cabinet system so this is one of the two most important committees of the Council. I am on the other one, Planning, which has just elected Cllr Dave Wheeler as Chair. Some members will remember him as a Lib Dem cllr some years ago before he joined the Green Party. He has my support with over 20 years of experience on this committee."

    "So, please join me in congratulating Vilnis. He will do an excellent job. As a member of this committee for the past year, he has been proactive, forensic and imaginative (not a combination you see in all councillors!) and has impressed both members and officers. Very well deserved!"

    Cllr Vilnis Vesma

  • Wendy Chamberlain MP (Wendy Chamberlain)
    Article: Jul 1, 2020
    By Andrew Cooley

    In June, the Liberal Democrat Constitutional Spokesperson, Wendy Chamberlain MP, called an adjournment debate on PR, where she demolished the arguments for First Past the Post.

    This was the first time since 2016 that the need for equal votes was debated in the House of Commons, and it was long overdue.

  • Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jul 1, 2020
    By Andrew Cooley

    Choose our next leader

    Help choose the next Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    This summer,
    Liberal Democrat members will be electing a new leader.


    We want you to be part of it.


    Every member gets an equal say in choosing who they want to lead our party.

    To get your vote, all you need to do is join as a member by midnight on 9th July.

    Get your vote

    Want to know more about becoming a member or supporter?


    Find out here.

  • Gill Moseley
    Article: Jul 24, 2019

    Gill Moseley and Vilnis Vesma representing the Liberal Democrats were returned to represent Newent on the District Council, in a delayed election on June the 20th.

    Gill Moseley

    Cllr Moseley said: "We've been working with the Newent community for the past 18 months in a bid to improve the facilities in the local area."

    "Now we are elected to the FODDC, we intend to work closely with Newent Town & Taynton Parish Councils. Exchanging ideas and information can help develop better resources and projects for all the residents of our ward."

    "We have a method of keeping in touch with every household with our regular Focus newsletters."

    Vilnis Vesma

    Cllr Vesma added: "Being returned as a district councillor is an endorsement of our party's policies."

    "It also shows that, having a vision for the future of this town as part of the wider district, is beneficial for all concerned."

  • Roy with his illuminated certificate
    Article: Jul 24, 2019

    Forest of Dean Liberal Democrats would like congraulate Roy Birch on being made Freeman of Tidenham. Below are a number of pictures taken where Chairman Peter Brown congratulates Roy.

    The forester also carried an article on Roy being awarded, which can be found by clicking the following link: Roy Birch made Freeman of Tidenham