We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

WELCOME TO TRURO & FALMOUTH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

We are the Liberal Democrat Local Party for the Parliamentary Constituency of Truro & Falmouth. Our objective is to promote Liberal Democrat values, particularly by gaining democratic power in Parliamentary and local council seats.

Truro and Falmouth Constituency is one of six Parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall. It runs diagonally across central Cornwall, from St Agnes and Perranporth on the north coast to Falmouth and St Mawes on the south.

The constituency was created for the 2010 General Election by combining parts of two existing ones - Falmouth & Camborne and Truro & St Austell. Although the latter had a long history of Liberal and Lib Dem representation, the new seat is currently held by the Conservatives.

Cornwall Council is the unitary authority operating all major council services. It is currently run by a Lib Dem/Independent coalition.

Beneath the unitary council, sit Truro City Council, the Town Councils of Falmouth and Penryn, and a number of parish councils. Only the first two have councillors representing political parties.

If you are interested in joining us, please follow the link on the side bar to Join the Party. This will take you to the national website, and your details will be forwarded to us.

If you are a Liberal Democrat supporter in the Truro/Falmouth Constituency and wish to become more involved, please get in touch; you can e-mail your interest to info@trurofalmouth-libdems.org.uk.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @TruroFalLibDems

or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TruroFalLibDems

Our parliamentary candidate is Ruth Gripper.

Ruth Gripper

Ruth Gripper was born and raised in Cornwall. She grew up in Perranwell in the heart of the constituency and went to the village school along with her brothers and older sister. Her dad was a GP in Devoran and Chacewater for thirty years, and her mum was also a GP and later worked at St Julia's Hospice.

Ruth has a track record of public and community service through her career in the charity sector. At the NHS Confederation she worked with hospital trusts, charities and patient groups on issues facing the health service. She went on to work in a range of roles in the charity sector, working with charities and funders to help improve what they do.

Ruth lives in Perranwell and works for the university, based at the Knowledge Spa at Treliske Hospital. Her role involves bringing small businesses together with university researchers to support innovation, particularly around issues affecting work and health.

Ruth has been interested in politics for a long time, but it was only recently that she decided to stand for election.

"The UK is at a crossroads and what happens in the next few weeks and months will affect all of us and how our country is seen around the world.

"Three quarters of people think that our political system is broken. Too many people feel that they have no way of making themselves heard and no real representation in Westminster where all the major decisions affecting our lives are made.

"I want to change that. Cornwall has been let down by its Conservative representatives. I think things can be better, and that's why I'm standing as a Liberal Democrat to represent my home constituency."

Ruth's priorities are:

  • averting a disastrous No Deal Brexit
  • tackling the climate crisis for future generations
  • working for a fairer funding deal for Cornwall

We're proud to have her standing for us in the upcoming December election, you can see more on her website by clicking here





  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    I'm sure you've noticed. It's pretty hard not to.

    There's rather a lot of few new faces among our ranks.

    In recent months, the Liberal Democrats have welcomed more and more brilliant, progressive MPs into our ranks. MPs like Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger have joined us from the Labour Party, while MPs like Sarah Wollaston and Sam Gyimah have joined us from the Conservatives.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Brexit has already taken far longer and cost far more than anyone said it would. But this is just the beginning. New research has uncovered a shocking figure:

    Brexit will slash our economy by £50 billion over the next five years.

    Britain will be £50 billion worse off. That's money taken from our schools, our police and our communities. That's even more families having to use food banks. That's the NHS having to turn people away in their hour of need.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    We have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

    Day in, day out, millions of people are affected by mental health issues across the country. But when they ask for help, it's often not available.

    The NHS has been driven to crisis point by chronic underinvestment by the Tories. Their reckless pursuit of Brexit means we have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Want to help during the election? We're open for business.

    The work done here is so important - and we make it fun!

    We've got a brand new Campaigns hub in Charing Cross - and we need you to join us!

    RSVP here

    All you have to do is RSVP here and then come along.

    We have everything - admin, surveying, phone canvassing - to get done and less than a month to do it in!

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Come and join the phone canvassing team!

    We're hitting the phones hard this election, and we need you to lend your voice to the cause.

    Come and join our evening group at the new Volunteer Hub!

    RSVP here

    We're open every weekday evening until 9pm when we break for pizza!

    We're also loaded with drinks and healthy snacks so we can keep calling voters and convincing them to vote Liberal Democrat this election.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Dodgy Tory video clipping has set off a wave of disinformation around this General Election. Both old parties are desperate to cling onto power - to the point that some of their supporters are resorting to creating and sharing fake stories to discredit their opponents.

    The Liberal Democrats are the future - and they see us as a threat to their cozy stitch-up on power. They want to drag us out the EU and take our country backwards - we're standing in the way, and they're willing to play dirty to stop us. Fake news does real damage to our democracy and we all need to play our part in cracking down on it. Here's how to recognise and deal with it:

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Conservative austerity has left a fifth of UK citizens in poverty, unable to afford even the most basic essentials.

    Since 2015, the Tories have bungled the roll-out of Universal Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty.

    By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    The campaign is now well underway.

    And the Liberal Democrats are announcing fantastic policies every single day.

    In fact, we've announced so many brilliant ideas this week that it can be hard to keep up.

    So we've rounded up everything we've announced this week right here:

    Skills Wallets 💰

    We will create "skills wallets" - a bold new initiative to give adults £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives. They will help everybody to develop the skills needed to work in a 21st-century economy.